Instructional Models and Digital Tools for STEM Learning
WGBH Educational Foundation has launched the first set of interactive K–12 digital resources produced as part of “Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms.” These resources are being distributed free of charge through PBS LearningMedia to more than 1.9 million registered educators and their students across the country. The goal of the project is to design, test, and disseminate new instructional models and digital media tools that will enable science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teaching and learning. The new Earth science content consists of interactive lessons and modules developed by WGBH in collaboration with NASA, with input from a national group of 50 representative teacher advisors with diverse backgrounds and pedagogical approaches. The engaging and interactive tools have been designed for diverse learners. They feature innovative media formats that draw on the unique assets from NASA—including satellite images and data visualizations—and videos drawn from WGBH’s signature programs, such as NOVA and PEEP & the Big Wide World. The Earth science modules address content covered in kindergarten through grade 12, focusing on topics such as weather, climate, land, and water. Supporting materials include background essays, teaching tips, and student handouts. The resources are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and emphasize student engagement with core ideas and practices.
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 December.
Made for iOS 12 by Designmate, Brainapse is an engaging and informative learning app that uses augmented reality (AR) to help students explore the anatomy, structure, and functions of the human skull and brain and explains the evolution of the human brain and its way of working.
Each school year, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) awards grants of up to $500 to worthy projects that significantly influence student learning, and inspire and advance the future of aerospace. AIAA’s Classroom Grant Program encourages development of innovative aerospace activities within the prescribed curriculum.