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Where've you been all week?! Whether you've been relaxing on a beach with some sort of fruity drink or slaving away planning lessons for the fall, we've got you covered!
Here's the big stuff that happened this week in the wonderful world of STEM education.
Two weeks ago, a few of us at CK-12 Foundation had the pleasure of attending and exhibiting at ISTE in San Antonio, Texas and NCSC in Washington DC. We had the opportunity to meet with lots of familiar faces as well as spread the news about CK-12 STEM content to hundreds of new connections!
Happy Friday! We know a lot of you are still in holiday mode, but for those of you who want to know what happened this week besides barbeques and fireworks, this one's for you!
Here are some things that happened in the world of STEM education that we think are worth mentioning...
Thursday is Independence Day in the US. That means the entire country is gearing up for yummy barbeques, firework shows, picnics, vacations, and quality time with family and friends.
Have you considered how you can use this holiday as a STEM learning opportunity for your kids? It may not seem like a time for learning, but it is! The 4th of July is filled with real world learning oppotunities!
Here are a few of our favorite:
It's finally Friday! Wooo! If you're anything like us, you're probably realizing that your week went by so quickly that you have no clue what's going on in the world. Not to worry!
Let us bring you up to speed on some K-12 education tidbits that we found interesting this week...
Flexbooks are super cool online textbooks that can be shared on multiple devices for free, but you already know that, right? What you may not know yet is how you can use the power of groups to make an even better online textbook.
If you're a teacher, you know how frustrating it is to have a print textbook with typos or sections that you'd rather teach in a different order. Flexbooks allow you to create your own custom online textbook that can be shared with your class and other teachers. Creating a textbook on your own can be hard work and that's why we love (and encourage) collaboration!
The school year has officially drawn to a close. Woo! That means teachers everywhere are basking in the sun, galavanting around Europe, and reading piles of romance and mystery novels, right? WRONG!
Like those in any other profession, teachers would love to take two months off to relax, but there is work to be done! Work you say? What kind of work could teachers possibly be doing when students aren't in school?
Teachers spend the majority of their days working with students, but there are so many other things a teacher does besides work with students! Did you know that on average, a teacher spends five hours each week grading papers outside of regular school hours?
According to a study by the National Center of Educational Statistics, teachers spend an average of 8.6 hours per week working on school related activities outside of school hours without students present. These activities include: grading papers, meetings, lesson planning, etc. Teachers spend an additional 3.6 hours outside of school hours doing activities with students such as chaperoning school dances, attending school performances, coaching sports, etc.
Summer is here, but that doesn't mean the learning needs to stop!
As a parent, you can continue growing the understanding of math and science concepts all summer long, no matter how old your kid is. In fact, your kids might actually learn MORE by going out and experiencing math and science concepts in the real world!
Last month, 6 high school students at Leadership Public School in Oakland, California were announced as the grand prize winners of the Get Real competition. This is their story...
Students often ask how the things taught in the classroom every day relate to the real world. Where will algebra get them in life? Why are chemistry concepts important?
The CK-12 Get Real Competition challenged students to show exactly how those classroom geometry, physics and chemistry concepts can be applied in the world around us. Students were challenged to apply math and science concepts in the real world to demonstrate learning.
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