Hands-On Computer Science: Robotics in the Classroom 2.0

In the past, I have shared how hands-on learning empowers students to learn actively in ways that challenge them to solve real problems rather than with contrived word problems or worksheets that lack rigor and incentive. It is effective in early childhood learning and at the elite levels of MIT's Media Lab. It is particularly … Continue reading Hands-On Computer Science: Robotics in the Classroom 2.0

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STEM & EdTech PD Opportunities In NYC

Living in NYC gives teachers a distinct advantage in their ability to seek professional development from both inside and outside of the NYC Department of Education regularly partners with great city science, sustainability, and educational technology organizations to improve student learning and professional development. These outside organizations often provide free resources and training, so they are … Continue reading STEM & EdTech PD Opportunities In NYC

15 Insights From the NYC Summer STEM Institute

The NYCDOE once again held their summer institute to advance STEM Instruction. Last year, our former chancellor had a heated discussion with Neil DeGrasse-Tyson. It made it clear that we must confront science denial and the reasons why we are failing in math instruction. I strongly believe that hands-on STEM learning is crucial to successfully … Continue reading 15 Insights From the NYC Summer STEM Institute

50+ Useful EdTech Tools

One of the great things about working in District 75 in New York City is that we have regular bi-monthly meetings where the tech liaisons from our 60+ (and 100s of sites/buildings) schools get together to share and learn. We recently had the opportunity to talk about what tools are benefitting us most in the … Continue reading 50+ Useful EdTech Tools

8+ Ways to Bring Robotics To Your Classroom

The idea of robots in a classroom is likely to cause you either a feeling of excitement or dread. Perhaps you, like Elon Musk, are worried about some future robot armageddon brought on by the artificial intelligence that will enable the bots to harm your digital information, take your job, or endanger your personal well-being. Perhaps though, … Continue reading 8+ Ways to Bring Robotics To Your Classroom

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Learn By Doing

This is part of a series in advance of the upcoming Maker Faire in New York City. You can view the whole Maker Faire series or look at the related Make Learning Happen, Museum-Education post, Science EdTech Tools, or Making in New York posts. After attending the World Maker Faire in New York and the Make: Education … Continue reading Learn By Doing

Twitter Chat on STEM and Sparking Creativity

This post is in advance of the Microsoft TweetMeet coming up on September 19th at 1.pm. EST. Find related information on the Microsoft Education blog. Why Chat? It wasn't that long ago, before I started this blog a few months back, that I would have considered a Twitter chat antithetical to everything I thought about … Continue reading Twitter Chat on STEM and Sparking Creativity

Make Learning Happen

This is part of a series in advance of the upcoming Maker Faire in New York City on September 23rd & 24th. You can view the whole Maker Faire series or look at the related Museum-Education post, Science EdTech Tools post, or Making in New York post. Why You Should Be Making As someone who grew … Continue reading Make Learning Happen

Making in New York City

This is part of a series in advance of the upcoming Maker Faire in New York City on September 23rd & 24th. You can view the whole Maker Faire series or look at the related Museum-Education post. If you have made it to this post and are not a New York City area educator, first … Continue reading Making in New York City

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5 STEM Instruction & Partnership Opportunities in NYC

The NYC Department of Education regularly partners with great city science, sustainability, and educational technology organizations to improve student learning and professional development. These outside organizations often provide free resources and training, so they are really worth looking into. These opportunities are only available to NYCDOE teachers with a valid DOE login. Science Scientist In … Continue reading 5 STEM Instruction & Partnership Opportunities in NYC