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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A Foundational Course in STEM/STEAM Education!

Tomorrow is beginning of a foundational course in STEM/STEAM education!

Here are some of the visuals that I embed in early course communications.

fireworksYAY

the path of success begins today

Begin with the end in mind

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Apply the Design Process- #STEM #STEAM

Apply the Design Process to Innovations such as the Fire Fighting Drone.


#STEAM603  #STEM  #STEAM

 

Source: Tech Insider on YouTube https://youtu.be/Bm2BVTTir4c

 

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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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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ June 5

“Research shows STEM education teaching is enhanced when the teacher has sufficient content knowledge and domain pedagogical content knowledge.” ~Kelley & Knowles, 2016, p. 3

STEMWordCloud

#STEM


 

Reference

Kelley, T. R., & Knowles, J. G. (2016). A conceptual framework for integrated STEM education. International Journal of STEM Education3(1), 11.

 

 

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Engineering Current Event: Carnegie Mellon Will Open Source Its Digital Learning Software

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Pre-Thanksgiving Fall Leaves STEM & STEAM Lesson Ideas- Lesson Deliverable

In yesterday’s post, ideas and resources for STEM and STEAM integration for lessons on seasons were explained. Here is the Thinglink resource described in the STEM lesson integration on “Why Do Leaves Change?” Scroll over the image and click on the little black and white circles to view curriculum components.

 

#HarnessingImagination

 

 

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Pre-Thanksgiving Fall Leaves STEM & STEAM Lesson Ideas

 

We returned from #CCEFinland to full-out fall leaves courtesy of a sudden freeze while we were away. Keeping to our presentation theme of #HarnessingImagination, we brainstormed some lesson ideas while we raked the leaves and gathered components for our Thanksgiving centerpiece.

Teachable Moments, like turkey giblets, are never wasted. For a STEM connection, I can use the photos along with information from ESF State University of New York to form the basis of a ThingLink scavenger hunt on the science behind why leaves turn different colors in fall.  ThinkLink Inc. is a Finnish-American in-image app created in 2010 by Ulla Engeström and Janne Jalkanen. Depending on time limitations (and how compelling the Black Friday sales are), I can ask students to either complete the Scavenger Hunt that I create or they can add their own components. 

Question 1: What design elements would you add to this lesson?
Question 2: What standards does this lesson address?

Please leave a comment with your ideas.

The leaves transformed the lawn to a carpet of color. For a STEAM connection, I can use the photos of the multi-color lawn as a palette for student composed poetry/haiku. After reading and discussing the technique of haiku from the Australian Writers’ Centre, student teams can take turns writing alternating lines of the poem or haiku. Alternately, students can choose to work solo on their poem/haiku.

Question 3: What design elements would you add to this lesson?
Question 4: What standards does this lesson address?

Please leave a comment with your ideas.

Tomorrow’s post will feature the STEM lesson Thinglink deliverable. Click here to view.

All of the outside color found a place on our Thanksgiving table with our Fall Centerpiece of Safflower blossoms, garden parsley, rosemary, and chives. A little glitter spray paint glammed up some of the outside English laurel leaves.

 

 

References:

#HarnessingImagination

Australian Writers’ Centre, (2018, April 19). 19 Haiku poems about Autumn. Retrieved from
https://www.writerscentre.com.au/blog/19-haiku-poems-about-autumn/

College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York (2018). Why Leaves
Change Color
. Retrieved from: https://www.esf.edu/pubprog/brochure/leaves/leaves.htm

All photos by Teague

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STEM and Makerspace DIY Games

V.I.T. (Very Important Tweet) from my Twitter Feed:

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Summer Day Camp Combines Literacy and STEM on a University Campus

Hardin Simmons University’s Dream-Catchers Summer Camp Engages Students – Enhances Literacy for Young Scholars

Hardin-Simmons University’s Irvin School of Education hosted the sixth year of Dream-Catchers Summer Camp, a program designed to enhance literacy among elementary and middle school scholars from the Abilene Independent School District (AISD) and other nearby districts, held June 18 – 21 and June 25-28, 2018.

Dream-Catchers Summer Camp, funded by numerous donors through the Community Foundation of Abilene, HSU alumni, friends of the program, and local businesses, promotes problem-solving, critical thinking, and hands-on activities while building motivation and achievement in science and social studies. Dr. Renee Collins, Associate Dean of the Irvin School of Education, developed the camp as a result of research in the Engagement Model of Learning for diverse learners. The camp provides real-world connections with opportunities of collaboration, autonomy, and abundance of texts pertaining to Texas Parks and Wildlife Growing Up Wild and Project Wild activities for the young scholars as well as the American Revolution for the adolescent scholars.

According to Dr. Collins, the many motivating and engaging activities provides opportunities for success while applying reading and writing strategies. The scholars make connections through art, music, theater, and technology activities within the day. HSU is designated as a summer feeding site for children under the age of 18, so all scholars attending the camp eat a nutritious meal furnished from Abilene ISD. The 70+ camp staff members include current HSU education majors, AISD teachers, HSU alumni, Abilene community members, and other education major from nearby universities. The 165+ scholars, who range from kindergarten to 8th grade, make friends, develop literacy skills, expand knowledge about science and social studies, as well as
enjoy university aged mentors during the two weeks. It is a win-win experience for everyone.

For the first time, live-tweeting will occur during the camp. The live tweet hashtag is #HSUDreamCatchers

~Post content adapted from original press release by Dr. Renee Collins.

Post by Helen Teague, cross-posted at https://hsutxonlineed.edublogs.org/2018/06/19/hsu-dream-catchers/

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