Applying these in Your Room/School
Dr. Tamieka Grizzle, STEM Lab Harmony-Leland ES
This school year, was all about learning more and breaking out of the comfort zone, for both Dr. Grizzle and her students. "We put together the very first STEM day for my school’s 5th graders, which included the help of Lockheed Martin and other sponsors such as Zaxby’s and Tritt Elementary. Students were challenged to design and build a solution to obtain drinking water on a deserted island. Students also engaged in STEM games and had a Q&A session with the engineers from Lockheed Martin. Students expressed that it was the best day they ever had in school and did not want to go home, which was surprising because it was the Friday before the Thanksgiving break!"
Other ways in which Dr. Grizzle increased engagement in STEM:
School-wide STEM Days (with lesson plans for teachers)
Literacy integration-- Book Fair offered a book on coding which sold out!
Unique Approaches in Southeast Cobb
In this second part of the “Quadrants of Quality” edition of The Friday 5, we delve into schools and educators in the southern half of the District who are creating academically rich and excitingly real-world relevant environments for their students.
Harmony-Leland's STEM Lab has employed the use of certain tools and strategies which have proved useful in the support of their fledgling STEM program. These include:
Creating Community Partnerships:
Reach out to other schools within your feeder pattern, Partners in Education, and parents to see what educational programs they already offer. If they do not, just reach out! Many organizations are just itching to find ways in which they can support their local schools (oftentimes for them, it's a tax write off).
Creating a K-5 Robotics Team using Osmo as well as the Dash, and Dot robots. These tools are educational toys that allow students to choose and create code strings so that the robots then act out.
Students learned to code via Scratch from MIT
This website offers lessons, videos, and activities as well as a platform for students to learn how to code. Furthermore, students can create and host their own games on the Scratch website.
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The Friday 5: Concise, curated content to enhance the digital and multimedia learning in your corner of the world.
It may seem as though the digital media being explored in the iMation Lab are complicated to use in class or only accessible to a select few. This does not have to be the case.
App Design: Now accessible to students of all ages, this article"10 Tools and Tips to Help Students Create Apps..." via Teach Thought shows you where to start.
Podcasting: An updated take on the concept of a radio show, podcasts offer students (and teachers) the opportunity to create and listen to media on demand. (Fun fact: PODcast stands for "Portable On-Demand")
"10 Podcasting Projects Teachers Should Try..." via We are Teachers
"Teachers Guide on the Use of Podcasting..." via Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
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Noteworthy Articles on Rigor and Relevance
Noel O'Brien, Austell ES iMation Lab
By integrating digital tools to support students in honing their writing skills, the teacher and paraprofessional team of Pam Broyles show students that quality written communication can support them in all aspects of their academic and professional careers through the work they do together in the iMation Lab. You can learn a little more about the Lab by watching the video to the right.
Unique Approaches in Southwest Cobb
Click on the image of the Padlet to the left to access some more resources to assist you in seeing examples of academically-rich and engaging environments as well as research in support of it. Some of the resources inclued offer more background on the work at Harmony-Leland ES and Austel ES presented above.
The iMation Lab explores areas such as: