Category Archives: Cooperative Learning

High Hopes Project 1st Design Meeting

I posted this over on our “High Hopes Project” blog  and decided it fit well here too: We refer to The High Hopes Project as a “model” STEM project. One aspect of that modeling is that we’ve designed it to … Continue reading

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Close Reading? OK, How About Close Doing?

           “Reading” Sebastien Wiertz Close reading is one of the “strategies du jour”. From the Common Core State Standards in ELA: 1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from … Continue reading

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Tissue Paper Hot Air Balloon Construction and Launching

Tissue paper hot air balloons are one of those powerful STEM learning experiences that lend themselves so well to being cross-curricular. There are the construction aspects that include measurement (length & angles for example) and skills like cutting with scissors … Continue reading

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Tissue Paper Hot Air Balloons to Launch at Great Reno Balloon Races

From a Press Release today: “900 Students from northwest Nevada will descend on Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno, site of the Great Reno Balloon Race, on Friday, September 5, 2014, to launch their own hot air balloons which they … Continue reading

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Nevada Tahoe Teacher STEM Institute

3 weeks ago we participated in the Nevada Tahoe Teacher STEM Institute. Over 50 K – 9 teachers from all over Nevada came to the Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, for … Continue reading

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Why should education leaders embrace digital technologies in their schools?

Why should education leaders embrace digital technologies in their schools?  1) If you are in a state that adopted the “Common Core State Standards” (CCSS) you really don’t have a choice. There are many (yes many) English Language Arts standards … Continue reading

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Messy Balloon Launch – Failure is a Teacher

I’ve been “Tweeting” out from time to time lately about our latest “High Hopes” balloon launch. This balloon launch is different from launches we’ve done in the past in that students are not directly involved … but this flight is … Continue reading

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Update: Rethinking School District Social Media Policies for Teachers / Students

One of the challenges of my job as STEM Learning facilitator for 6 counties, has been that some of those counties (school districts here are by county, so every county is it’s own school district) have very restrictive online access … Continue reading

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STEM: Cantilever Spans

              Background on Cantilever Spans (click on any photos in post to see enlarged) We participated in a school’s Family STEM/Science Night recently, which always ends up being a kick. Having families participate together and … Continue reading

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STEM-ing the Tide of Education Reform

NOTE: This post was originally published at the Voices from the learning revolution blog. “Everybody in this room understands that our nation’s success depends on strengthening America’s role as the world’s engine of discovery and innovation. And that leadership tomorrow … Continue reading

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