10-Rep Learning ~ Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Best Field Trip Since 1969!

The Best Field Trip Since 1969!

On this day, 52 years ago, Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) and Buzz Aldrin (born 1930) landed on the Moon in the greatest engineering accomplishment of the 20th century!

Today, just outside dusty Van Horn, Texas a small team of private citizens blasted off in the Blue Origin rocket called the Alan Shepard. The rocket was named after Alan Shepard (1923-1998), the astronaut who, in 1961 became the first American and the second man to travel into space. Ten years later, Shepard also walked on the Moon.

 

New Shepard Blue Origin Crew

Field Trips or Field Excursions have been a foundational component of educational and instructional practice . Two notable Critical Thinkers, Friedrich Froebel and John Dewey encouraged educational excursions (Woods, 1937). The Existentialist Henry David Thoreau and his brother John are considered to be the first teaching pair to include field excursions in their Concord curriculum circa 1839 (Lunsford, 2019).

 

The Blue Origin private citizens Jeff Bezos, Mercury 13 aviator Wally Funk, Mark Bezos, and Oliver Daemen became astronauts when they took an 11-minute field trip, including 3 minutes of weightlessness in the first Field Trip 66.5 miles (351, 210 feet) above Earth!

What are your thoughts on today’s flight?


Read More Here: https://www.space.com/blue-origin-jeff-bezos-first-astroanut-launch-crew

Taking a Field Trip from PBS Learning Media: https://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/educators/technique-guide/taking-a-field-trip/  (Links to an external site.)Oregon Public Broadcasting,   (Links to an external site.)2014.

 

References

Lunsford, M. (2019).  Lunsford Column: The Real Value of Field Trips. Indiana News and Tribune.  https://www.newsandtribune.com/opinion/lunsford-column-the-real-value-of-field-trips/article_e4b9c688-2b37-11ea-a88c-e38452f95e29.html  (Links to an external site.)

Woods, H. (1937). A study of the origin and development of the educational excursion and field trip. https://ir.uiowa.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4940&context=etd/  (Links to an external site.)

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NSF STEM for All Showcase Goes Live May 11-18, 2021

For one week, starting Monday, May 11-18th, 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 the IC4 research team’s video May 11-18th… you may want to visit periodically, contribute to the comments and ask questions. The comments will only be live during this week and archived for the future.
IC4 2021 STEM for all Video Showcase

IC4 2021 STEM for all Video Showcase

Click here to see this video and over 280 videos supported by NSF funding grants.

Here is the link to our project: https://videohall.com/p/1986 

Here is Information on the Research

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

NSF Awards: 1612824

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? All the more timely during the current pandemic, the IC4 (ic4.site) projects seeks to understand and shape such learning through international and cross-cultural collaboration.  The project continues to expand intellectually and geographically.

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 sites in the US, Kenya, Mexico, and Brazil, the IC4 (International Community for Collaborative Content Creation) 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

An NSF Project
This project, supporting students who collaborate in digital makerspaces in six countries, is funded by the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) Award #1612824.


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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Happy Fibonacci Day ~ November 23

Happy Fibonacci Day! Leonardo Pisano Bigollo (aka Leonardo Fibonacci) (1170-1250) created the Fibonacci Sequence in 1225 to solve the puzzle of rabbit breeding rates. It has since been found to occur widely in nature.

Today’s date corresponds to the first numbers of the Fibonacci sequence – 1 1 2 3

This video offers a exposition of the patterns recurring in the Fibonacci sequence

This video synergizes the number sequence to music.

There is a lively discussion already on Twitter at the hashtag #FibonacciDay and #MathMonday

 

FindingFibonacciOne book that approaches Fibonacci and his life and work is the extremely interesting book called Finding Fibonacci by Keith Devlin

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Comet Neowise – STEM / STEAM in Real-time Current Events

Awesome STEM / STEAM in Real-time Current Events – Comet Neowise

Comet Neowise over Sedona

Image Source: https://twitter.com/dlennard/status/1283231808755126272/photo/1 by David Lennard

 

#STEM #STEAM
#NeowiseComet

@NeowiseComet

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Pink Moon April 7 and 8, 2020

    pinkmoonTonight brings the brightest moon of 2020!

Tonight’s Supermoon is also known as a “Pink Moon,” the first full moon of spring. Native Americans named this moon because of the pink phlox that blooms around this time. It has special names in other countries too such as Bak Poya, Egg Moon, Full Sprouting Grass Moon, Growing Moon or the Full Fish Moon. STEM Alert: Not all Pink Moons are also Supermoons. A Moon has to come within 90% of its closest approach to Earth (or 224,865 miles) to be formally defined as a Super Moon.

STEM Alert: The Pinkish hue (sometimes more orange if you are in a city), is from photons passing through dusty particles in the Earth’s atmosphere. Earth’s atmosphere of oxygen and nitrogen filters the bluer wavelengths (through refraction) of moonlight so your eyes may see more of a pink tone. Full moons also have some tide effects.

If you need a break from being inside, tonight’s the night!

pink moon and Ruby by Helen Teague

If you would rather view the Pink Moon virtually, here are some fun resources:
Astronomy Briefing https://youtu.be/WNlgftoWaHI

April’s ‘pink moon’ is the biggest supermoon of 2020.

Click on the linked text to learn how to catch Tuesday’s ‘pink moon, the biggest supermoon of 2020.

#PinkMoon #PinkSupermoon

Pink Moon by Vickie B

STEAM Alert: What’s in a Name? The Almanac pairs the other named moons with their date of appearance:
Wolf Moon – January 10
Snow Moon – February 9
Worm Moon – March 9
Pink Moon – April 8
Flower Moon – May 7
Strawberry Moon – June 6
Buck Moon – July 5
Sturgeon Moon – August 3
Full Corn Moon – September 2
Hunter’s Moon – October 1
Beaver Moon – November 30
Cold Moon – December 30

There is also a connection between the Pink Moon and Nick Drake.

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STEAM Differentiation Jeopardy Week 3

STEAM Differentiation STEAM Challenge Question (Week 3)

 

 

#STEAM  #CUNE606

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References:

Basham, J. D., & Marino, M. D. (2013, March). (PDF) Understanding STEM Education and Supporting Students … Retrieved January 8, 2020, from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/275353986_Understanding_STEM_Education_and_Supporting_Students_through_Universal_Design_for_Learning.

 

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STEAM Differentiation Jeopardy Week 2

STEAM Differentiation STEAM Challenge Question (Week 2)

STEAMDifferentiationJeopardy2

 

#STEAM   #CUNE606

 

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Reference

Basham, J. D., & Marino, M. D. (2013, March). (PDF) Understanding STEM Education and Supporting Students … Retrieved January 8, 2020, from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/275353986_Understanding_STEM_Education_and_Supporting_Students_through_Universal_Design_for_Learning.

 

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STEAM Differentiation Jeopardy Week 1

STEAM Differentiation STEAM Challenge Question (Week 1)

STEAM Differentiation Jeopardy Wk1

 

 

#CUNE606

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Reference
Gaskins, N. (2016). The new face of STEAM [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/the-new-face-of-steam-nettrice-gaskins

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Saturday STEAM Jeopardy

SaturdaySTEAMJeopardyWeek7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

#STEAM  #CUNE604

 

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Saturday STEAM Jeopardy

Saturday STEAM Jeopardy Sleigh

 

Source: Link 1  and Link 2

 


 

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