Want to empower your students to create 21st century STEM projects. Want to help close the STE….M Gap? DEN STAR Peg Hartwig shows you how to close the gap with web 2.0 tools and iPad apps to create dynamic, engaging STEM application productions.
I joined this session about 5 minutes into the presentation (apologies, Peg). Peg noted that we need to take the time to validate vocabulary as we teach and we must collaborate as an interdisciplinary team so that we share a common language and common flexibility. Gridlock within the department sent Peg to the DEN with its global connections. That convinced people in her school to change and shift their thinking about STEM.
Using Discovery resources and 21st century resources, Peg began a web tour with her wiki. Her students use iPad apps for publishing as well as a Flip camera, the latter being inspired by Dr. Lodge McCammon’s paper slide approach to video production and publishing. Peg noted that her students love that she posts their projects for others to view. Nothing beats authentic learning, especially with Discovery resources. Despite the sound of this post as a commercial, please know that if Discovery excels anywhere, it is in two major areas: their digital techbooks and their advances made in STEM and science.
Directing us to Discovery’s collaboration with Siemens STEM, Peg notes that one of the BEST ways to bridge and close the STEM gap is Discovery’s STEM site. Here you will find authentic learning; I can attest to the 21st century nature of this collaborative interactive site because I have blogged many of its webinars with the world’s leading scientists (can’t say I understood all of it, though…).
Peg admitted she is not a tech expert and doesn’t know how to use all of the resources she offers her students, but they know so well how to navigate tech tools, so Peg says she lets them out of the PowerPoint box and gives them the opportunity to experience something bigger and better. The key is choice: offer the tools and let the students choose to use.
Peg delights in letting her students chose their tools as well; iPad apps, iPhone apps, laptops, PC or Mac + a wide world of Web 2.0 tools. But possibly Peg’s favorite way to let her students work is layering multiple Web 2.0 tools combined with her favorite app: Discovery Education iPod app. Mashing tools works, whether you begin on a whiteboard, move to an iPad, work with an iPhone or SmartPhone, then switch back to a laptop, Peg believes that you use what works for the task and the student, so all her classes’ projects have a multi-level multi-layering to them.
Integration tool, a platform, and Discovery resources. That’s how Peg begins and ends. She says give a rubric for expectations and then just empower them.
Thanks so much, Peg, for a brilliant presentation. Can’t say I understood the science and math of it, but I certainly got the tech end. Brilliant work you are doing with your students. BRAVO!