Two common computer science misconceptions are that it’s just about programming and that only teachers with computer science degrees should teach it. Carrie Willis, Technology Director for Valley Preparatory School and Strategic Outreach Manager for Wonder Workshop, and Caitlin Arakawa, Kindergarten Teacher at Valley Preparatory School, dispel these misconceptions, during a recent edWebinar. They highlighted that soft skills critical to student success in future fields of study such as logic, problem-solving and creativity are integral components of computer science curriculums.
Summer brain drain or the summer slide occurs when students, especially those from low-income families, lose some of the academic skills and knowledge learned during the previous school year. According to Erin Mulcahy, Senior Product Strategy Lead of Education at littleBits, during an edWebinar hosted by edWeb.net summer brain drain has a significant impact on elementary-aged students as the two-thirds of the achievement gap between lower and higher income 9th graders can be explained by summer learning loss. These early summer learning losses also have later life consequences, including whether students drop out of high school and attend college.
Learn how teaching-ready tools with specially designed activities and lessons can help engage students and inspire cross-curricular learning.
This edWebinar will share some of the coolest summer camp experiences littleBits has participated in to date to give us all some summer inspiration.
This edWebinar offers a review of the field of robotics, links to free resources, and real-world stories from the industry today that can be shared in the classroom.
In this edWebinar, learn how to unleash the inner scientist in your little sprouts and inspire the next generation of STEM superstars.
In this edWebinar, take your students’ computational thinking to the next level using variables and conditionals in both simple and complex programs.
In this edWebinar, learn how to develop a sustainable STEM education program that will qualify for entitlement funding and can be used to apply for grants
Even with the NGSS’s emphasis on engineering, there’s still a feeling that in preschool and kindergarten, teachers shouldn’t place as much emphasis on the E in STEM. While four-year-olds can’t compete with even third graders in engineering, they can learn and benefit from modified lessons. Nia Keith, Director of Professional Development for EiE, Museum of Science, Boston, gave attendees insights into engineering in early education in the edWebinar, “STEM in Early Education: Empowering Problem-Solving.”
In this edWebinar, Carol Mueller explores the four stages of how real engineers work and offer practical tips to incorporate them in the science classroom.