It is the gift giving season! What gifts can you give a child to ignite learning?
I have found with my children that the right toys inspire learning. So together, with other Kent ISD consultants and parents, I have populated a list of educational gifts that we have seen engage our children and students.
I have categorized the ideas, but many of these really could fit into more than one category. I encourage you to read through each list. Continue reading Top Educational Gift Ideas
SCICON is back for another exciting year.
On May 17th, Kent ISD will be hosting the annual SCICON GR. This one day conference will feature Wendy Johnson. Wendy is a Ph.D. Candidate in Science Education, and writing her dissertation on “Fostering Three-Dimensional Science Learning: The Role of Curiosity in Productive Classroom Discourse”, at Michigan State University. Area teachers will be sharing classroom stories and experts from STEM and education technology will facilitate sessions.
Reasons to Attend SCI CON this year:
Continue reading Why YOU should attend SCICON 2017!
According a Kaiser Foundation study conducted in 2010, children between the ages of eight and 18 spend an average of 7 hours 38 minutes a day with digital media.
Bill Gates started hacking computers at age 13. At just 10 years old, Mark Zuckerburg created a home network. And, Steve Jobs started tinkering with electronics before he even started grade school. What do all of these men have in common? They all created products of technology (Windows, Facebook, Apple) that our students spend 7 hours a day using.
Our students love these technologies…but how many of them know how they really work? Continue reading Increase Student Engagement Using littleBits
“I observed a phenomenal school that focuses on STEM, flipped classes, and problem-based learning and I am inspired by the possibilities, especially with problem-based learning. I see that I can go so much farther with the technology I have than what I have been doing. I see that I can go so much farther with engaging students and providing them with an authentic learning opportunity that will engage them and get them hooked on learning forever. I am pumped to incorporate what I learned into my units for next year.” Aniko Z, 5th Grade Nonfiction Teacher, New York, NY.
The above quote comes from a teacher that attended Share Fair Nation, a professional development by educators for educators. And Share Fair nation is coming to Grand Rapids, Michigan on November 12, 2016. By partnering with GVSU, and several local districts, Kent ISD is excited to bring this national movement to West Michigan.
Share Fair Nation provides PreK-12 educators the opportunity to join the conversation around Continue reading Educators Wanted for Share Fair Nation in November 2016!
STEM PD Comes With FREE Drones, 3-D Printers
Are you ready for the newly-adopted Michigan Science Standards? This Kent ISD PD and free technology from MDE can help.
Inside the standards is an engineering component, which is a great match for the drones and printers MDE’s 99s(5) grant will pay for. If you’re looking for effective ways to engage students in engineering concepts, these workshops and technology will equip you to advance both learning and awareness of the careers using these tools. Teacher’s will work with the equipment hands-on, then take the equipment back to their district (to keep) for use in the classroom!
And since Kent ISD an approved PD provider for this grant, it will even cover substitute fees to make it easier for teachers to participate. There are separate Continue reading A Holiday Gift to Accompany New Science Standards…
Science teachers from Kent County and Southwest Michigan unite to show students that science is fun!
Teams of teachers and administrators have been meeting to find ways to collaborate and share best practices that align to the Framework for K-12 Science Education. The science and engineering practices of the framework promote equity among students and truly get students engaged in doing science. These groups will continue next school year as we begin to look at ways to answer the question,
“How do we know what students know?”
Continue reading Science is Fun!
Meet the newest member of the Kent ISD family, NAO!
NAO is a 23 inch tall, programmable humanoid robot. “He is a little creature who helps you be your best. His humanoid form and extreme interactivity make him endearing and loveable.” (A-Robots…NAO)
“A star in the world of education,” NAO has been used in computer and science classes in more than 70 countries. And now thanks to Continue reading Look Who’s Joining Our Family
“Reading and understanding a map has become an increasingly technical and necessary skill,” said Ebiri Nkugba, a STEM consultant at Kent ISD. As a flight instructor at a local college, Mr. Nkugba works with aviation students to analyze highly detailed FAA maps of airspace and developing weather phenomena. “Sometimes they really struggle with understanding orientation and spatial relationships,” Mr. Nkugba said.
Unmanned Vehicle Technology is an emerging industry that requires Continue reading What to do with a map?