By Judi Fusco
I just watched this video about mathematics educators and Makers. If you're interested in either topic, I suggest stopping by the STEM for all Video Showcase and watching. The videos from the video showcase will be available after the showcase ends, but right now you can participate in the ongoing discussions and give feedback. You can also VOTE for your favorite!
There's a lot over there so you may feel like a kid in a candy store. I'll share some of the others I have watched and enjoyed. If you tweet, take a look at the twitter hashtag for the showcase to see what others are saying.
There seems to be something for EVERYONE in the Showcase. There is EarSketch: teaching coding through music. As I watched it, I became very interested because it has curriculum aligned with AP Computer Science test, and it seems to be inspiring to students. If kids are inspired they often go further than is required of them and it makes their learning fun.
I spent some more time watching videos and I want to go to the K12 Engineering Scholars Program! It looks like such a great experience! I would love to see these in other states!
I also watched the TechFit Video as I think keeping our kids active is very important. I love what I saw in the project!
And finally, number five (the first video is linked in the first line of the post) is the EcoXPT video -- it's a virtual environment for students to learn about field research in biology. It seems like it would give great experiences and help students learn.
I tried to share a diverse set of videos in this post to show how much ground the STEM for All Video Showcase covers. I hope you'll take some time to explore and watch!
By Judi Fusco
Cyberlearning 2017 was an inspiring event in April. You can see a storify (a record of the tweets during the meeting) that documents many of the topics and technologies presented. In this post, I'm going to share a little about the 4 keynotes and give you the links so you can watch them.
The four keynotes kicked off with a future thinking one about virtual reality (VR) by Jeremy Bailenson. The VR discussed in this keynote isn't ready for the classroom yet, but we'll have new technologies soon that will be classroom ready. The keynote by Jeremy Bailenson describes his work and helps us think about what we need to investigate to understand about learning and VR. Cyberlearning researchers and teachers need to be thinking and planning now for the future. (We'll do a post soon about VR that is in the classroom.)
The second keynote by Mary Helen Immordino Yang focused on the link between emotions and learning and what we know from neuroscience. Most of the good teachers I know intuitively understand how important the emotional connection is in the learning process, but the keynote talk helps us understand reasons why emotion and cognition are so intertwined and has helped me think. I will share more in another post.
The third keynote talk by Eileen Scanlon was on the challenges of creating and sustaining a meaningful program of research. Eileen does research on Citizen Science; you can learn more about it in a CIRCL Primer on Citizen Science.
The final keynote, given by Karthik Ramani, discussed computational fabrication as a way to engage students and help them learn. He is also creating new technologies and interfaces to technologies. He describes his work and lab. His students showed off cardboard robots! In the photo on the right, one of the CIRCL Educators checks out the robots.
I highly recommend watching each of the four keynote videos at some point. Each keynote is one-half hour and if you watch, leave a comment and tell us what you think and if you see any implications for your practice. You can read reflections on the meeting by Jeremy Roschelle, one of the co-chairs of the conference.