Technology that supports High Yield StrategiesTechnology plays a significant role in the world of STEM Schoools. Using technology to support and enhnace high yield strategies can help students acquire the skills they need to survive in a complex, highly technological knowledge-based economy.
Why Integrate Technology into the Curriculum?: The Reasons Are Many"Learning through projects while equipped with technology tools allows students to be intellectually challenged while providing them with a realistic snapshot of what the modern office looks like. Through projects, students acquire and refine their analysis and problem-solving skills as they work individually and in teams to find, process, and synthesize information they've found online.".
Teaching with Technology 21st Century Skills“Exemplary science education can offer a rich context for developing many 21st-century skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, and information literacy. These skills not only contribute to awell-prepared workforce of the future but also give all individuals life skills that help them succeed.” (NSTA, 2011)
Learning TechnologyToday "We face a different kind of student. Todays kids are completely different. Minds wired differently. Neuro plastic. Hyperlinked minds. Children scan a photo 60,000 x faster than they process text. Digital natives read a page, by scanning the bottom of a page, then the sides, in an F pattern. Students scan for information. They have developed this habit from the internet use." (Crocket, 2010) Our digitally literate students want learning to be entertaining, and in order to meet that want or need the use of multimedia in teaching can provide many opportunities to present various representations of content (text, video, audio, images, interactive elements) to cater more effectively to the different learning styles and modal preferences of an increasingly diverse student body.
Assessing with TechnologyAssessing nowadays requires educators to create assessments that are focused on the learning processes and outcomes rather than compliance, in order to be 21st Century aligned. In learning about assessing in the 21st Century, I worked with 3 of my classmates to investigate ways in which we should assess students here and now and thereby enable them with the skills and know-how to be "21st Century ready". Please follow the link: http://prezi.com/fpsf06dhltcs/assesment-in-the-digital-era/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy …
Assessing with STEMGuidelines for assessing within the STEM curriculum suggest using pre-assessmenet, formative assessments, and summative assessments. "When teachers give students the opportunity to explore their prior knowledge and beliefs and then thoughtfully look and listen at what is revealed they are gathering information for responsive instruction. This style of teaching intentionally connects what students already know with the desired outcomes."(STEM Resources.com)
- Formative assessments encircle a variety of strategies to direct student progress toward achieving specified learning goals. As Menken (2000) pointed out, “for assessments to be effective and useful for educators in instructional practice, they must be deeply entwined with the classroom teaching and learning driven by the standards.”
- And, Summative Assessments are given at a point in time to measure a students’ achievement in relation to a clearly defined set of standards. These types of assessments are administered after the learning has occurred.
- Project-Based learning plays an integral part in the assessment of STEM. Patti Duncan, fondly referrred to as the "STEM Diva" is a proponent of Project Based Learning and Assessment.
Beyond Assessment,Technology, and ChangeIn week 10 of our course we held a hang-out to disucuss rethinking teaching, learning and assessing in the digital era: Alternative models. I was especailly interested in my classmate Elizabeth Ferry's soapbox presentation on STEM to STEAM. For more on this presentation copy and paste the following link: http://elizabethaferry.blogspot.com/2014/06/ed7726-soapbox-presentation-reflection.html …
STEAM is a movement championed by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and widely adopted by institutions, corporations and individuals.The objectives of the STEAM movement are to:transform research policy to place Art + Design at the center of STEM, encourage integration of Art + Design in K–20 education, influence employers to hire artists and designers to drive innovation.
- The world's need for students equipped with 21st Centrury skills in science, technology, math, and engineering have driven the initiative for STEM education. We know that the world of educational technology is always changing and STEAM is a prime example of how Art + Design are poised to transform our economy in the 21st century just as science and technology did in the last century.