EduGems: STEM, Google Guide, Coding & More

Vol 1:2, click here to read the other EduGem issues!

These are today’s finds! Discover a Google Hangouts for Teachers guide, Chrome extensions, STEM resources, infographics, creativity activities, web tools to teach history, coding resources, and more in this second edition. I also regularly share these incredible resources on Twitter, @ShellTerrell. Scroll for the sections- Google, STEM, and Resources. If you’re on Twitter, follow these educators!

Challenge:

Try one of these ideas, resources, tips, or tools.

If you enjoyed these finds, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or Learning to Go, which has digital and mobile activities and handouts.

If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics.

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EduGems: Edtech Updates, Google Tools, & More

Vol 1:2, click here to read the other EduGems issues!

“The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.” – Charlie Munger

I’m so thankful you read my blog. You may not know that I regularly share my education discoveries, resources, education technology updates, free apps, web tools, and tips on Twitter (@ShellTerrell). I do this every day and will be sharing these education finds on my blog in case you missed them on Twitter. Scroll for the sections- Google Tools, Technology Updates, Resources, and Smart Tools. If you’re on Twitter, follow these educators!

Challenge:

Try one of these ideas, resources, tips, or tools. Share your work with me on Twitter, @ShellTerrell, or leave a comment below.

If you enjoyed these finds, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or Learning to Go, which has digital and mobile activities and handouts.

If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics.

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Ways for Teachers to Supplement Their Income

“The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.” – Charlie Munger

I’ve been very blessed to be able to train teachers and teach students in over 20 countries. In 2009, I began my journey as a connected educator and learned how to use social media and web tools to share my knowledge and materials. In the process, I also discovered how to supplement my income. The clickable Thinglink image below provides resources and tips. I recently presented a webinar about this topic, which you can find on Simple K12. Teachers are rarely paid enough. I hope these ideas will help you find the funds to support your family, attend conferences free, get freebies for your class, or help you spread your ideas and passion! This is my gift to you for teacher appreciation week.

Challenge:

Try one of these ideas and share your resource with me so I can help you get the word out on my social networks.

If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics.

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Inspire with Poetry! 10+ Ideas & Resources

science haiku tweet“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” – Robert Frost

April is National Poetry month and the perfect excuse to inspire your students with poetry no matter what subject you teach. Try posting a short poem on the board related to the topic of the day, such as the science haikus found @Sciencehaiku. Then give your students the mission to create their own poems that explore the topic more deeply. For example, they can create descriptive poems about animals and challenge their peers to guess the animal. They can create shape poems that explore science or math such as Bob Grumman’s long division poem. Start of with haikus or shorter poems that are easier for all students to create. Get them excited about animating their poems with digital tools and apps. See the slide presentation and bookmarks below for more ideas and resources.

Lesson Ideas

Here are a few lesson ideas I talked about during my presentation. Students can:

Resources

Here are a few more resources:

More Resources and Lesson Plans

Find many more ideas in my Pearltree bookmarks below. Click on the circle to make that resource appear.

Teaching Poetry in Vday Resources / Holidays & Events / ELT 2 / English Language Teaching

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Challenge:

Try one of these tools or apps to get students interested in creating their own poems.

If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics.

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Ideas for Promoting Digital Diversity

Photo by Shermeee, Flic.kr/p/6211rAFor the next week, I will be participating in many events to support gender and cultural diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. Below find a list of these events and ideas for promoting digital diversity.

Research points to low percentages of females and minorities pursuing STEM degrees and professions. The National Association of Women in Technology reported 26% of the computing workforce in 2013 were women (5% Asian women, 3% African American women, and 2% Hispanic women) and there was a 64% decline in the number of first-year undergraduate women interested in majoring in Computer Science between 2000 and 2012. Additionally, females worldwide have higher quit rates in STEM professions. The Center for Talent Innovation reported the female quit rate was 45% in the US, 29% in Brazil, and 50% in China. The Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings conducted a survey in 2015 of 557 women in STEM and interviewed 60 minority women in STEM. 100% of the women interviewed reported gender bias.

Upcoming Events

Ideas for Supporting Digital Diversity

Cori Coburn-Shiflett, Rafranz Davis, Sarah Thomas, and I are sharing resources to help you promote Digital Diversity on our site. Below are some of these ideas to help you promote digital diversity in your classes and schools.

  • Update your materials to include innovators, developers, and visionaries of diverse backgrounds, genders, and ages.
  • Invite STEM innovators of diverse backgrounds to inspire your students as guest speakers.
  • Ask local STEM professionals to conduct experiments with your students.
    • In the past, local experts have worked with my students to examine the microorganisms in our river water, search for fossils, explore caves, build adobe structures, create shoes and materials with local plants, act as meteorologists, and much more.
    • Find STEM professionals through museums, companies, Toast Masters, universities, the chamber of commerce, trade associations, or speakers bureaus.
  • Ask local STEM professionals to mentor your students.
  • Get students to interview STEM innovators virtually.
    • Students can host a Google Hangout or Skype with the guest speaker.
    • Students can host a Twitter chat with the guest speaker.
    • Find more ideas and resources in my presentation, Inspire Learners with Guest Speakers.
  • Rethink how you teach STEM. STEM isn’t learned solely from a textbook. Most of your lessons should get students to investigate the world around them with math, science, and technology. Get students to experiment, explore, problem-solve, invent, create, and code.
  • Help all students to believe in their abilities to learn math, science and technology. Our students often come to us believing they aren’t good at math, science, technology, etc. In my book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, I talk about the need to help students destroy these labels so that they truly engage with our content.
  • Introduce your students to the realities of their lifelong learning journeys. The best learning is a journey full of challenging obstacles that get us to step out of our comfort zones. Only through undergoing this journey do we discover our strengths and skills.

Challenge:

Actively support diversity in STEM!

If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics.

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