Time flies. It is incredible to think that another school year is just beginning, and that we need to look, once again, for innovative tools to make our STEM classes remarkable.
Today, we would like to give you 5 tips to start this new school year on the right foot, and to discover the numerous activities, innovations and tools you can use in the classroom to engage your students and to create knowledge that will, at the end of the day, turn into skills.
First of all, good luck in this new school year. We’re sure it’s going to be interesting, challenging and entertaining. Now, receive these tips and make your year a very successful one.
Let’s get to it!
Check out these 5 tips to have a remarkable STEM class
1. Try out flipped classrooms
Almost one year ago, in this same blog, we discussed the subject of flipped classrooms. A concept in which the model of studying in the classroom and doing homework at home, goes through a positive rotation.
If you haven’t had the chance to give your students the opportunity to learn the curriculum at home and then put it into action when in school, then this year you need to give it a try.
Nowadays, we need to provide our students with skills, with tools and with ways to succeed in a competitive and unknown future. Therefore, being the guide sort of educator at the time the students put into practice everything learned, will be beneficial for the students, for the educator and for the entire class.
This can be your year, give it a try! Let’s think and do “out of the box”.
2. Discover new browser-based tools to increase after school participation
Yes, everything is on the cloud. Today, the amount of magnificent educational tools that are web-based is incredible. The era of downloading stuff and waiting several minutes for installation is over.
CoderZ, for example, is an online learning environment to learn STEM while programming virtual and real robots. Not only CoderZ is fully compatible with the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, but is also absolutely web-based.
Like this tool, there are many others that can be found and used in your STEM class. The usage of this tool amplifies the duration of the interest in the class, encouraging students to access content, curriculum and tasks at anytime, from anywhere.
If you want to check out some great web-based tools that are focused on collaborative learning and formative assessment, check out this article we published on our Blog.
3. Cyber robotics and STEM can be the best formula to deliver 21st Century skills
We know that robotics in the classroom is the ultimate way to give our students the skills and abilities they’ll need in order to succeed in the world of tomorrow. A few months ago, we gave a spectacular STEM webinar where we talked about a robotics curriculum especially made for STEM.
Robotics hardware are super expensive, making it hard for schools, districts and teachers to acquire the materials they need in order to give their students the specific content they wanted to transmit. Therefore, the birth of cyber robotics inserts a positive revolution in the educational system.
Today, each student can have her or his own robot. A virtual one, but a robot that will deliver the exact kind of abilities that person will need to lead tomorrow’s world.
Give it a try, integrating cyber robotics to your classroom is easy, and for 5-days, free.
4. The end of standardized tests: It is time for formative assessment
Enough! We’ve talked about personalized learning in various occasions. We know that the school system requires from teachers to evaluate in a certain way, but why are we not improving or changing the way we educate, teach and evaluate?
Why do we think that the value of a student can be measured in one simple quiz at the end of the semester? What happens with their learning process, with PBL, with learning groups?
It is time to change the focus. Tools like VIA appear to help teachers to simplify the entire formative assessment process; to give a hand to those who don’t want to spend a few extra hours understanding better each student needs and position.
We guarantee that your STEM class will get much better results if we, as teachers, pay more attention to the specific needs and progress of each member of our class.
5. Interact with your students. Listen to what they have to say
Listen. Don’t forget that your students are people. Listening to them, their worries and their dreams can open the doors for you to build a better strategy.
When building true relationships with our students we understand what their needs are and from which approach we should integrate them to science, technology, engineering, arts and/or math.
Be there. Don’t forget that you need to be the change you want to see in the world. If you want your students to lead with certain skills, perspectives or responsibilities, teach with the example. Everything starts within.
May the code be with you!
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