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Weekly NewsBriefs 2/21/22 - 2/27/22

  Assembly bill could provide students with greater access to STEM courses – By Laura Jennings, Visalia Times Delta Central Valley students could have more access to STEM programs than...

The LC Staff

App of the Week

The first learning robot that teaches coding through Augmented Reality!

Formats: iOS and Android

Learning Counsel Staff

App of the Week

A community for makers to share their Makey Makey inventions and remixes

Formats: Website based and accessible on any device

The LC Staff

App of the Week

An interactive tool for exploring Earth’s ecosystems, climate, biodiversity, and human impacts

Formats: App for iOS and website based.

The LC Staff

App of the Week

Customizable, outcome-focused STEM solutions that bring learning to life for K-12 students

Bluum’s new STEM solutions help K-12 schools implement a customized combination of edtech tools in their classrooms, enabling educators to create hands-on STEM learning opportunities that i...

Doug Cauthen

App of the Week

The Numerade app is your reliable, go-to source for STEM homework help from anywhere, at any time

Numerade is an innovative app designed to help students with their STEM homework solutions. With a vast repository of educational resources, Numerade offers comprehensive assistance for STEM ...

Doug Cauthen

Industry News

Calling All STEM Teachers: Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Vernier Engineering Contest

Vernier to recognize two teachers with $5,500 in prizes each for their creative use of Vernier sensors to introduce engineering concepts

The LC Staff

Industry News

IXL Celebrates 10 Years of Motivating Students to Learn

Ten years ago, IXL Learning CEO Paul Mishkin and his team set out to create a learning product that was motivating enough that students would want to use it—without being pushed by parents and...

The LC Staff

Industry News

Zoetis, The National FFA Organization and Discovery Education Host Live Virtual Field Trip Highlighting Exciting STEM Careers in Animal Health

-- New ‘STEM Careers Improving Animal Health’ Virtual Field Trip exposes students to a variety of STEM Careers at Zoetis --

The LC Staff

Industry News

Ocean Breeze Elementary Hosts “Classroom of the Future” Event with Connection and The Douglas Stewart Company

Elementary and middle school teachers learn about latest trends in classroom tech during hands-on gathering

The LC Staff

Industry News

5 Ways to Celebrate National STEM/STEAM Day

  November 8 is National STEM/STEAM Day, and we’re excited to celebrate! The day is an opportunity to focus on helping kids advance in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and ...

The LC Staff

Industry News

Boxlight Begins Offering Monthly STEM Lessons for Teachers

Back in 2008, only  three to four percent  of K-12 science teachers were using sensors and data loggers in the classroom, according to the nonprofit educational research group Concord Consortium...

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Industry News

KIBO from KinderLab Robotics wins 2017 Parents’ Choice Gold Award in the Toy Category

Unique robot kit helps young children develop STEM skills and confidence

The LC Staff

Industry News

Florida’s Santa Rosa County District Schools to Continue Expanding STEAM Initiative

Award-Winning Digital Techbooks and Sustained Professional Development to Help Continue Driving District’s STEAM Innovate! Initiative

The LC Staff

Industry News

STEM Educators Nationwide Share Total Solar Eclipse Data

Vernier probeware helps educators teach students about real-life physical phenomena

The LC Staff

Industry News

Challenger Learning Centers Across the Country Broaden STEM Education

CHALLENGER CENTER AND NEW MATTER ANNOUNCE SELECTION OF COLUMBIA MEMORIAL SPACE CENTER AS RECIPIENT OF MOD-t 3D PRINTERS IN NEW PARTNERSHIP

The LC Staff

Industry News

Summer Institutes for Science and STEM Educators

Being held nationwide, full-day institutes provide educators with hands-on training using data-collection technology

The LC Staff

Industry News

Science and STEM Educators Awarded for Innovative Use of Data-Collection Technology

Seven elementary through college level educators awarded prizes valued at $5,500 each

The LC Staff

Industry News

Combining STEM Curriculum and 3D Printing for the K-12 Market

Educators now have access to a powerful suite of hands-on projects and career-based knowledge solutions

The LC Staff

Industry News

FREE online computer science PD for STEM teachers

Tynker Launches Blue Ribbon Training Program and Calls for Dedicated K-12 STEM Educators to Apply

The LC Staff

Industry News

Revolutionary Platform for Teaching 21st-Century Skills Using Robots

Engage! K-12 offers hands-on learning activities and interactive tools that unlock STEM and coding skills in students of all ages

The LC Staff

Industry News

STEM: Collecting Scientific Data on Mobile Devices

Students can collect and graph time-based data using Vernier sensors within Google’s Science Journal app on Google Play for Android™ devices

The LC Staff

Industry News

Partnership Brings 3D Printers With Professional Development to K-12 Schools

Follett today announced it has become a premier distributor for Dremel 3D printers for the K-12 school market. The Dremel 3D Idea Builder , which made its debut in the education market in 201...

The LC Staff

Industry News

New Learning Games from Blue Orange Games for 2017

Blue Orange Games Expands Catalog with Thirteen New Family Games at New York Toy Fair 2017

The LC Staff

Industry News

Research Shows Project-Based Learning Boosts Student Engagement and Test Scores

In a new study, PBL helped students perform better on standardized assessments and project tests than students in direct-instruction programs

The LC Staff

Industry News

Chance to Win a 2017 Vernier/NSTA Technology Award

Share Innovative Uses of Data-Collection Technology in Science or STEM Education for a Chance to Win $5,500

The LC Staff

Industry News

Participate in Free Online Design Challenge with STEM Class Kit Giveaway

From September 15 – September 30, 2016, educators can enter to win a free MacGyver Windmill or Solar House Class Pack

The LC Staff

Industry News

Opportunities for Science and STEM Educators with Hands-On Experience Using Data-Collection Technology

Workshops provide 35 opportunities for valuable professional learning

The LC Staff

Industry News

‘2015 Business Report: National Survey on STEM Education’ Details the Changing Landscape of STEM Education

Insights in the report provide actionable data to help drive product development and marketing

The LC Staff

Industry News

IRIS Wins ‘Educators Pick Best of STEM 2021’ Award for Earth Science

Organization offers real-world data and teaching resources to entice middle through college level students to study earthquakes

The LC Staff

Industry News

Inspiring STEM Creativity and the DIY Spirit with a New Virtual Field Trip from The Home Depot and Discovery Education

  To empower students to embrace STEAM and tackle DIY projects,  Science Fair Central  presents the Operation Build It Virtual Field Trip, which premiered on May 17th at 1 PM EST and is now av...

The LC Staff

Industry News

The Army Educational Outreach Program and Future Engineers Announce Second National 3D Pin Design Challenge to Celebrate Veterans

The STEM challenge encourages students to explore 3D design and engineering principles while honoring U.S. veterans

Doug Cauthen

Industry News

Professional Development Resources from Discovery Education to Support Educators All Summer Long

To help educators prepare for the next school year with the latest and best practices in teaching, Discovery Education presents a curated collection of professional development resources cove...

Doug Cauthen

Industry News

Discovery Education, Caterpillar Foundation, and Learning Undefeated Launch New Initiative to Inspire Next Generation of STEM Professionals

Innovation at Play offers digital resources to make learning fun for 9-12 grade students

Doug Cauthen

Industry News

New Lab Book Helps Educators Turn STEM Classrooms Into Forensic Labs

‘Forensic Chemistry Experiments’ lab book from Vernier Science Education features 15 hands-on experiments utilizing data-collection technology

Doug Cauthen

Industry News

ESSER Funds help bring ClassVR to Schools in the Saint Louis Public Schools District

Seventeen schools in the district are adding ClassVR to boost student engagement and support STEM learning

Doug Cauthen

Industry News

Updated Lab Books Help High School and College Students Learn Advanced Physics Concepts Using Data-Collection Technology

Hands-on investigations featured in two lab books from Vernier Science Education now utilize the Go Direct® family of sensors

Doug Cauthen

Industry News

Free STEM Resources Provided By Public Libraries

Updated on September 20, 2023 Written by Alina Moore MLIS – San Jose State University | Children’s Librarian Fact Checked The public library has been and continues to be ...

Doug Cauthen

Industry News

zSpace Expands Career Readiness with New Science, Math, and CTE Content, Unveiling at ISTE 2024

Expansion of Content on AR/VR Laptops Include Math Island, Supporting Learning of STEM and CTE Topics

Doug Cauthen

Industry News

Talladega County Schools Drive Innovation with Mobile AR/VR Lab

Talladega, AL – Monday, June 24, 2024 – Talladega County School District, home to 16 schools with 7,100 students, is renowned for more than just the Talladega Superspeedway. The district is makin...

Doug Cauthen

Ideas

5 Ways Educators & Parents Can Encourage Student Interest in STEM

Perhaps even more than any other field, STEM sectors have a bright future ahead. While the US job market is projected to grow by 3.7% between 2019 and 2029, this rate is  nearly double  for scie...

Nhon Ma

Innovation

Help Your Students to be Entrepreneurs

When people think of student entrepreneurs, the first that come to mind are the stories of moguls like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, who dropped out of university to create some of the most pr...

Nancy Conrad

Share to Care

Refining the Art of Storytelling to Support Women in STEM

Stories are important. Before there was a written language there was storytelling. Telling stories about women in math and sciences have been a critical missing story for far too long.  The stor...

Erin Twamley and Joshua Sneideman

Share to Care

EdTech Implementation, Texas Style

Community Engagement Helps Garland ISD Make the Digital Shift

Cebron Walker, Editor-in-Chief

Share to Care

Untethering Student Discovery in the Social Studies & Science Arena

In a recent interview with Ted Levine, CEO of Kids Discover, he mentioned that Kids Discover Online, the company’s all-access digital curriculum site, allows “for students to make connections ac...

Learning Counsel Staff

Innovation

Bringing Robots to the Center of Learning

How Coding, Programming and Robotics Prepare Students for World Readiness

Cebron Walker, Editor-in-Chief

Share to Care

Making Classrooms Mirror the Real World

Digital and Streaming Technology Help Students Better Connect with Learning

Dr. Donald White

Tactics

Beyond the Buzzword: Project-Based Learning

Creating classroom simulations to incorporate PBL and bring relevance to traditional lessons

Anthony Johnson

Share to Care

Student Choice and Creating Valuable Connections

At a Middle School in CA, Cross-curricular Lessons Connect STEM to Social Studies

Darren Faust

Tactics

PBL Professional Development That Actually Works

Two curriculum coordinators share successful PD to help educators shift to digital learning models

Christopher Piehler

Tactics

Three Ways to Introduce Robotics into Your Classroom

A Look at How Robots Are Helping Students Build 21st Century Skills

Dr. Leanna Prater

Ideas

3 Inspiring Programs That Fight Summer Slide

These STEM and literacy initiatives go way beyond ‘summer school’ to foster students’ love of learning

Christopher Piehler

Perspective

STEM Is Just the Beginning

Specific subject knowledge is useless without the literacy, communication, and collaboration skills that students need to thrive in today’s workplace

Dr. Ruben Alejandro, Lydia Withrow, and Vicky Gorman

Ideas

Staying Ahead in STEM: How Problem Solving Keeps Advanced Students Challenged

The gap between the most and least prepared students has always been wide in most classrooms. During these last two pandemic years, however, that gap has turned into a chasm.  Though there are...

Chris Smith

Thoughts

STEM, STEAM, Make the Dream

Considering the concept of collective effervescence, it is essential that we understand that the low numbers of students graduating with STEM degrees and the high numbers expressing disinterest ...

Christopher Emdin, Ph.D.

Perspective

What is STEM: An Exploration Beyond the Acronym

In the heart of Moscow, in 1929, a man named Solomon Shereshevsky walked into the Academy of Communist Education, unknowingly about to reveal a paradox that lies at the core of what we unders...

Jason McKenna

Perspective

STEM for All: Defining "All" in the Context of Inclusive Education

What do we mean when we say that we want all students participating in STEM education? When we speak about "STEM for All," it's crucial to clarify the breadth and depth of &quo...

Jason McKenna

Perspective

How SEL Supports STEM Learning

From coding robots to 3D printing, STEM subjects can be challenging, exciting, and intellectually stimulating. They can also prepare students for various career paths, equipping them with concr...

Amanda Vaden

Ideas

5 Ways to Transform Multiple Media Centers into STEM Learning Hubs

When Phillip D. Page, Ed.D., joined our district as new superintendent in 2017, I was in my current position as director of advanced learning, STEM and gifted programs at the time. He came in and...

Paula Camp

Featured Papers

The Learning Counsel presents journals, papers and briefs on critical topics in Digital Education.

Most will require registration in order to access them, but they are all free.

Three Near-Term Innovation Areas for K12
K12 human resources are crucial to utilizing the cloud successfully. Roles and responsibilities have all changed dramatically since the start of the pandemic, and a new trend to move to core co...
An Essential Audio Ingredient in Today’s Accessible Learning Environments
Today’s learning environments have changed markedly from just a couple years ago, prior to the pandemic. Tech devices are comprehensively in both the student and teacher hands, but are they missin...
The Gaps Remaining for District Digital Transition
Most administrators know there are still gaps remaining in their school or district’s digital transition. Recent studies including the 2021 Digital Transition Surveys for Administrators and Teache...
5 Steps to Fixing the Hidden Traffic of Records Management Overwhelming Schools
How come digital processes seem easier but are often harder to manage? A major shift to digital teaching and learning in schools has developed an additional digital traffic load for teachers and f...
From Chaos to Learning Recovery: Going from Manual-Digital All the Way to Efficiency
Seeing the Levels of Chaos Helps Anchor Bringing Order Schools and districts that recently lost 4 percent of students to alternatives continued to lose students in 2021 at an accelerated pace (no...
Hybrid Logistics Security
Your district is a brand, and your network security helps power its reputation. With the accelerated move to hybrid learning environments over the past year, school districts across the nation are...