“It is important for the school to wrap around the learner, rather than to have the learner wrap around the school.”
~Dr. Eric Hamilton, PhD, Pepperdine University
Digital media and emerging technologies, especially social media, change the educational lives of students, teachers, administrators… and those who love them! The rush to add associations labeled as “Friends,” “Contacts,” “Followers,” “BFFs,” “Super BFF,” “Besties,” “Mutual Besties,” “Mutual BFs,” (and many more), reflects the desire to connect and interact.
The spontaneity of participatory discussion is fun. Using long and short discourse, conversationally toned text, even emojis and animated gifs, ideas sprout, grow, and transplant across minds and miles.
Through the experience of a knowledgeable educator, the spontaneity of participatory discussion achieves a heightened level of learner engagement.
Over the course of the next several weeks, I’ll be thinking and writing about The spontaneity of participatory discussion, or Participatory Spontaneity. I would love to learn about your experiences with Participatory Spontaneity too so please share comments.
Additional Posts on Participatory Spontaneity
PBS Learning Media has abundant #STEM resources to take your students on a learning adventure and inspire a lifelong love of science!
Wild Kratts follows the adventures of Chris and Martin Kratt as they encounter incredible wild animals, combining science education with fun and adventure as the duo travels to animal habitats around the globe! Explore Collection
Animal Adaptations / Grades: PreK-3
How are some birds able to survive winter weather while others have to fly North? Why are Polar Bears and Walrus’ able to survive on land and water? Discover Wild Alaska with the Kratt Brothers! Students will learn about animals in Alaska and how they adapt, survive, and thrive in the wild. Discover More
Ready Jet Go! / Grades: PreK-3
This space-themed collection includes fun, educational video clips about planet Earth, the other major planets in our solar system, and the characteristics that set them apart. Discover More
Earth Science / Grades: K-2
From different weather patterns to land formations, help your students learn more about how the Earth works and how it was formed with this collection from NASA. Discover More
Quick Glance STEM Stats
*The aps.org site offers raw data, data rendered in excel, powerpoint, and Adobe files for additional in class use.
#MakeWhatsNext #STEM #QuickGlanceSTEMStats
Please share your STEM stats in the comments section.
“A superb machine in an amazing place doing everything possible to reveal the mysteries and secrets of our solar system… This morning, a lone explorer, a machine made by humankind, finished its mission 900 million miles away. To the very end, the spacecraft did everything we asked. We believe we got every last second of data. We have indeed accomplished everything we set out to do.” ~ Earl Maize, Cassini project manager, referencing the September 15th demise of the Cassini spacecraft.
Cassini Fast Facts:
Launched in 1977
Traveled almost 1 million miles
Reached Saturn in 2004
Today is Global Collaboration Day, produced by Lucy Gray, Steve Hargadon, and The Global Education Conference Network/GlobalEd Events.
There are two useful step guides for participating in Global Collaboration Day and the Global Education Fair, which opens officially today, September 21, 2017. Take a look at the links in this post in case you’re not sure how to join in the fun and learning that is happening around the world today! Use the hashtag #globaled17 to share your thoughts, ideas, and resources on Twitter
Moderators also will be available in the chat on the front pages of each of the websites most of the day today offering help, if needed.
Have a great Global Collaboration Day and visit our virtual Global Education Fair!
Here is a “Thank-A-Coder” post to include STEM in everyday classroom instruction and observation.
Nigel de Grey was a British coder during World War I. Like many coders, Nigel de Grey worked to break the codes that the enemy used to plan attacks, coordinate arms shipments, and discuss battle strategy. Also, like many coders, Nigel de Grey worked in the obscurity of Bletchley Park, in the cramped office known as Room 40. One hundred years ago, in 1917, Nigel de Grey hacked the coded text of the Zimmermann telegram.
The Zimmermann telegram, sent from the German foreign minister Arthur Zimmermann to the German ambassador in Mexico. The telegram, written completely in code, urged Mexico to become a German ally and fight against the Allies in World War I. In return for becoming a German ally and attacking the United States, Arthur Zimmermann promised to cede the US states of Texas, Arizona and New Mexico to Mexico, along with large some of money, as a prize after the war.
The codes used by the Germans were “exquisitely complex, so much so that the Germans assumed they could never be cracked.” Working at Bletchley Park, Nigel de Grey had to be hacked by hand since no computer existed (yet) to crack such complicated codes. The decoding of the Zimmermann telegram greatly influenced American President Woodrow Wilson to reverse America’s previously neutral status during World War I and enter the war, thus ensuring victory for the Allies.
Nigel de Grey’s brilliant code hacking helped him to be known as “the greatest hacker of the first World War.”
“It was a perfect spacecraft…Right to the end, it did everything we asked it to. It’s perfect, it’s perfect.” ” ~Julie Webster, spacecraft operations chief.