Inspiring Ideas and Resources from the #STEM4INNOVATION Conference

“People can’t only design with their heads. They have to do it with their hands, too.” – Dr. Karan Watson, STEM 4 Innovation Keynote Speaker

Recently, I attended the incredible STEM 4 Innovation Conference at Texas A&M University. I would definitely recommend this conference to any educator in STEM (Science,  Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. In fact, I would say this conference is a must, especially for those developing a STEM curriculum or program in their schools. I was truly inspired by the keynote speaker, Dr. Karan Watson, who delivered an important message about the role teachers play in creating a generation of problem solvers and innovators who care. At one point in her keynote she noted this is why the Arts is one of the most important parts of STEAM education. She also noted how students need grit and to be deeply curious. I also enjoyed each presentation and walked away with practical strategies, engaging activities, and valuable resources for my elementary students. Below find my tweets of key ideas, examples, and resources. Click on the links to gain access to free lesson plans that are standards aligned and can be implemented right away. In fact, I will be trying some of these ideas with my students this month.

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Resources and Ideas from the Conference

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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