How to integrate engineering across the curriculum | Teachers use computational thinking for PBL | Pa. district doubles math for 6th-graders
June 20, 2018
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How to integrate engineering across the curriculum
How to integrate engineering across the curriculum
Engineering projects can be integrated into any subject and can reinvigorate instruction, writes Liza Rickey, a science, technology, engineering and math curriculum specialist. In this blog post, Rickey describes how to design engineering lessons and shares resources and ideas for lessons for all grade levels.
Teaching Channel (6/19) 
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Teachers use computational thinking for PBL
Teachers use computational thinking for PBL
Computational thinking skills, such as abstraction and pattern recognition, can be used in project-based lessons to boost student learning across the curriculum, writes computational thinking program manager Eli Sheldon. In this blog post, he gives examples of how such thinking can be applied to English and social studies classes.
Edutopia online (6/15) 
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Gender Equity in STEM
N.Y. summer program offers coding lessons to girls
A summer coding program for girls is being launched in central New York through a partnership of businesses and nonprofits that include Partners For Education & Business and AT&T to boost their interest in science, technology, engineering and math fields. The program will include lessons on coding, mentoring from professionals and team projects where students will find solutions to community problems through apps, digital storytelling or other media.
Eagle News Online (Syracuse, N.Y.) (6/18) 
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CareerTech VISION 2018 Discount
Join us Nov. 28–Dec. 1 in San Antonio to connect with thousands of CTE professionals. This year's event features keynote speaker Jenna Hager, chair of UNICEF's Next Generation, contributor for NBC's Today, bestselling author and daughter of former U.S. President George W. Bush. Register by July 13 to obtain the early-bird rate!
Research & Funding
Study: Teachers' expertise boosts outcomes
Study: Teachers' expertise boosts outcomes
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High-school students who are taught a subject such as math by teachers who either majored or minored in the same subject are more likely to graduate from college, according to a study of 6,000 students and their teachers across the country by a researcher at the University of Missouri. Researcher Se Woong Lee noted, "Highly-qualified teachers are more likely to expand students' desires to learn and succeed."
eSchool News (6/20) 
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Building blocks can improve math learning, study shows
Guided interventions that include using building blocks with young children can improve their math skills and executive functioning, according to a study. Purdue University researchers found that block play was helpful at building numeracy skills for children whose parents had low education levels.
Quartz (6/15) 
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Business & Industry
National Guard brings STEM to Mass. schools
The Massachusetts Army National Guard is bringing science, technology, engineering and math lessons to schools through its STEM robotics trailer. Guardsmen recently worked with students to build and race robots using materials from the trailer.
The Enterprise Newspapers (Mass.) (6/17) 
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Measuring what matters
ACTE, NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions invite you to explore the world of credentials with education and industry experts from across the country at the inaugural Credential Summit on Sept. 25 in Louisville, Ky. Keynote speakers, expert panelists and presenters will engage participants in the exchange of ideas, best practices, research and applications related to credentials. Learn more.
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DeVos tours international CTE programs
During a 10-day tour of schools in Switzerland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered the keynote address at the International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training. Read more.
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