Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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NSF STEM for All Showcase Goes Live May 14-21, 2018

For one week, starting Monday, May 14 -21, the STEM for All Showcase, highlighting various NSF-funded projects advancing STEM education, will be fully activated for engagement. This is a great way to see thinking in action and the interesting projects going on across the globe.
Check out our research team’s video May 14 – 21st… you may want to visit periodically, contribute to the comments and ask questions. The comments will only be active during this week.
IC4 STEM for All Video

Here is Information on the Research

Research on an International Network for STEM Media Making and Student-Led Participatory Teaching

How does collaborative STEM project-based learning change when the participating students represent fundamentally distinct cultures, countries, economic, and social backgrounds, and work together over synchronous and asynchronous internet settings?

Does the use of videoconferencing in such STEM project-based learning settings alter intersubjectivity or shared meaning in ways that might have broad social impact?

Differences in where people live and in our cultures factor deeply into social and economic fractures in US and global society. Can students working together across such boundaries experience virtual presence and shared meaning-making through project collaborations in ways that allow deeper appreciation of each other’s differences, and reduce such fractures?

Does such collaboration from the context and comfort of one’s own cultural settings helped to neutralize anxiety and distrust of others, and in ways that are promising for the next generation learning settings that will feature more abundant international collaboration at middle and secondary school levels?

Featuring students who collaborate with one another from sixteen sites in the US, Kenya, Finland, Namibia, Mexico, Iran, and India, the IC4 project explores the intersection of learning, culture, and collaboration. Supported by NSF’s AISL Program, the project provides an international, collaborative, and digital makerspace that explores these questions and seeks to understand how student learning changes when collaborating teams identify themselves as teachers seeking to help peers understand STEM topics.

NSF Awards: 1612824

IC4 Research Team


Also, check out other projects in the Showcase, at least two or three, and provide some comments to them. Dialogue and exchange adds to our awareness of innovations in our learning landscape.

 

 

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Shout-out for HSU from Digital Learning Day

Tomorrow is Digital Learning Day across the country and Hardin-Simmons University, where I am interim instructional designer, received an online shout-out and website placement for our Canvas Cowboy Innovator Event. “Digital Learning Day is a day to celebrate the great things that digitally happen EVERY Day in classrooms around our country. It is NOT about using digital tools for one day.” -From a DLDay Twitter post. 
Canvas Cowboy Innovator on the Map!
Here is the link to the main Digital Learning Day page: http://digitallearningday.org/
 \See additional Digital Learning Day posts here

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Be Internet Awesome: Helping kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world.

Be Internet Awesome: Helping kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world.

This resource from Google is packed with curriculum, games that allow for hands-on practice, and even a pledge to teach students how to safely navigate the internet.

Here is the link: https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/
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Weekend Ed. Quote~ September 29

“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

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STEM Learning Resources from PBS Learning Media

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

Additional Resources

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

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Quick Glance STEM Stats 2

Quick Glance STEM Stats

  • In 2013, 1.38 million American high school students enrolled in physics courses. *Source
  • In 2015, 1505 young women earned a college degree in Physics. *Source

*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.

 

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ September 23

“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

From NASA Website: Swirling Patterns on Saturn

 

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Quick Glance STEM Stats 1

  • Only 6.7% of women graduate with STEM degrees. Source
  • .04% of teen girls plan to major in computer science. Source

#MakeWhatsNext   #STEM   #QuickGlanceSTEMStats

Please share your STEM stats in the comments section.

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Thank-A-Coder: Nigel de Grey

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.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2633708/how-zimmerman-telegram-changed-history/

Zimmermann telegram code from https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2633708/how-zimmerman-telegram-changed-history/

 

Nigel de Grey’s brilliant code hacking helped him to be known as “the greatest hacker of the first World War.”

 

Read More: The Road to Bletchley Park, Codebreaking in World War One, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes

 

Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/29/bletchley-park-codebreakers-first-world-war-exhibition

What is The Zimmerman Telegram and how did it lead to America joining the allies in World War One?


https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/01/the-greatest-hackers-of-the-first-world-war/

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ September 16 ~ Perfection of Cassini

“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.

 

Saturn’s North Pole, NASA Photo

 

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