Microsoft has provided an online collection of free hacking STEM lessons and hands-on activities developed by middle school teachers for Office 365. The inquiry- and project-based activities help students to visualize data across the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curricula. The lessons address topics such as “Harnessing Electricity to Communicate,” “Building Machines That Emulate Humans,” and “Using Computational Thinking to Understand Earthquakes.” The lessons are accessible in English and Spanish.
I look over at the laughter and my Head of School is using a tiny light and a giant comb on the business director's head, illustrating the proper use of the flashlight their group designed. I couldn't believe how great their design was. In fact, every group had a great design. They all worked, mostly, and the room was alive with creative energy.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in April.
Project-based learning (PBL) is a topic many teachers are interested in, but are unsure of how to implement or understand if it is working. Long before my Epic Romeo and Juliet Project, the first major project I created was during my student teaching 10 years ago. I thought it would be a great idea to hold a mock trial in my class after reading Huck Finn. I wanted students to put Mark Twain on trial for being a racist. At the time, there was some uproar across the nation on whether or not Huck should be taught in schools. We had discussed the topic in class and I thought this would be an engaging way for students to explore both sides of the issue and make up their minds.