GlobalCOlab (GCL) connects students and educators from different cultures and religions from around the world to crosscut disciplines, curricula, and traditional subjects and empowers participants through student-led and student-created topics. These topics are based around global issues affecting each student’s community. GCL addresses these issues in a student-centered, individualized way. Students learn through world topics that they select. They then conduct research on the chosen world issue affecting their community, propose a lab activity or a solution to test, synthesize their idea by constructing in a lab-like atmosphere, publish their results, and then conduct peer review of each other’s work. During the GCL process, students also create their own global planned learning networks to share and conduct peer review in a safe environment.Through all of these components, GCL not only provides the conceptual shift called for in the Next Generation Science Standards but also reimagines the classroom into a borderless and subject-less world that allows students safe access to study topics and issues that they care about, making the curriculum both personalized and relevant.
The Smithsonian Science for the Classroom program is setting the standard for 3D learning and 3D assessment. Developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, this new integrated STEM curriculum is designed to engage students in phenomenon-based learning through coherent storylines and connect them firsthand to the world around them.
ASM Teacher Materials Camp is a weeklong, idea-generating workshop introducing teachers to methods that will make core math and science principles more enticing and relevant to their middle school and high school students. The materials topics are motivators in any engineering, technology, or science course as students complete projects of personal worth to them.
An initiative of Microsoft Philanthropies, TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) helps high schools throughout the United States and in British Columbia, Canada, build and grow sustainable computer science programs. TEALS pairs trained computer science professionals from across the technology industry with classroom teachers to team-teach computer science.