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America’s Navy’s STEM for the Classroom Program is Using Problem-Based Learning to Advance a Generation of Innovators

It’s a cliché saying by now, but most of us can agree that the future is tech, and we largely have the U.S. military to thank for the most influential tech of the 21st Century – the internet. In 1969, an arm of the U.S. Department of Defense created a computer systems network called ARPANET that was the genesis for the world wide web as we know it today – creating the systems network

3 Quick and Easy Ways to Promote College Savings Month in Your Classroom

Using Resources From Pathway to Financial Success in Schools  Middle school is a great time to start discussing financial literacy concepts with students, along with reinforcing the value of?saving money for college. This is an essential life skill that creates the opportunity to make real-world connections to any classroom. In my technology class, for example, it

Learning in 360: Exploring Angles

  Visit Mr. Eric Williams’ grade 8 math class in Toronto, Ontario to see how he utilizes Math Techbook to support and engage his students The Big Idea Mr. Williams’s students are exploring geometry and specifically angles and measurement. He has arranged his classroom with a variety of stations that include a basic understanding of

New Year, New Resources: 5 Discovery Education Corporate Partner Programs to Get You Back-to-School Ready

It’s back-to-school season! Which means educators everywhere are looking for new teaching strategies and classroom resources to add to their upcoming fall curriculums. There are a myriad of tools out there and in the age of smart phones and social media it can be difficult to keep students engaged and on-track. This means that finding resources that fit within your teaching approach and captivates students in the classroom can be a challenge. Good news! In

Turn your classroom into a top-secret STEM lab!

A few months ago, high school students in Denver, Fort Worth, Orlando, Palmdale and Stratford schools walked into their classrooms to discover their rooms had been turned into top-secret engineering design labs! Decked out in high-tech science gear, posters, and professionals from Lockheed Martin, these classrooms were taken over, made over, and ready to be

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August 2019: Best of the Katch

As I approach the end of my seventh year (and 84 posts) on Kathy’s Katch, I decided to look back and highlight some of my favorite posts. As you grab those last days of summer vacation, remember how far we have come with meaningful technology use in the classroom. A big thank you to Discovery

Use DISCOVER DATA to Bring Data to Life in the Classroom

DISCOVER DATA, a program created by Discovery Education, the Nielsen Foundation and the Afterschool Alliance, has just launched a new set of expanded resources designed to engage middle and high school students around the power of understanding data through relatable resources. Why, you ask? Several reports have been released over that past few years highlighting

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