STEMSeeds9: Lesson Ideas with Kevin Jarrett

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This is an archived Google Hangout video and audio recording of a STEMseeds interview with elementary teacher Kevin Jarrett (@kjarrett), discussing STEM lesson plans and project ideas, his educational philosophy setting up his classroom, how he’s been using MinecraftEDU in class and more! Check out our shownotes for links to referenced resources, there are a LOT of great ones from this show!

Show Notes:

  1. Archived Google Hangout Video (60 minutes long – Original Google+ event page)
  2. Kevin Jarrett on Twitter: @kjarrett
  3. NCS K4STEMLAB Promo Video: https://vimeo.com/43050826
  4. Adding a STEM emphasis to a K-4 Technology Program (Resource List)
  5. Kevin Jarrett’s professional blog http://blogs.ncs-nj.org/k4stemlab/
  6. Engineering is Elementary Curriculum: http://eie.org/eie-curriculum
  7. STEM Mom: http://www.stemmom.org/
  8. Flickr Collections (all): School
  9. Flickr Album: K4STEMLAB Lessons
  10. Flickr Album: K4STEMLAB Space
  11. Engineering is Elementary:  Incorporating a STEM Emphasis Into a K-4 Computer Technology Program Curriculum (Presented at TECHSPO 2015)
  12. Teaching Design Thinking in the Elementary Classroom via 3D Printing (Presented at TECHSPO 2015)
  13. Flickr Album: Minecraft@NCS
  14. Minecraft Edu: http://minecraftedu.com/
  15. Minecraft Edu Google Group: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/minecraft-teachers
  16. Mineways (3D printed Minecraft): http://www.realtimerendering.com/erich/minecraft/public/mineways/
  17. Printcraft (3D printed Minecraft): http://www.printcraft.org/
  18. Flash Forge 3D Printer http://www.ff3dp.com/
  19. Zeni Kinectic is alternative supplier for PLA to buy for 3D printers (30% cheaper than MakerBot) http://zenikinetic.com/
  20. MakerBot Design video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Sj38vNZ0Sw
  21. Photos documenting the transformation of Kevin’s Tech Lab/STEM space: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kjarrett/sets/72157629887956422/
  22. #book2read: MakeSpace by Standford DSchool
  23. #book2read: The Language of School Design: Design Patterns for 21st Century Schools
  24. #book2read: The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching & Learning
  25. TinkerCAD: Web-based design for 3D printing https://www.tinkercad.com/
  26. Playground Design Project video from Amy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9V2bOx1hg0
  27. Students design their own cell phones and pitch to engineers: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eCrQA2PJGJVignld1mdWtGGSHhyK4zUhEL2tFbBAPhc/edit
  28. Puff Mobile Project via Paula Naugle http://www.raytheon.com/responsibility/rtnwcm/groups/public/documents/content/rtn_mmu_elm_puff_pdf.pdf
  29. Kevin’s pick of the week: Hot Wheels Speedometry (FREE cars, track, curriculum!) http://www.hotwheels.com/en-us/speedometry.html | 3D Printed C02 Racers (video)
  30. Amy’s pick of the week: Crayola Color alive http://www.crayola.com/qr/package/2015/coloralive
  31. Wes’ pick of the week: Adventure Time Wizard game creation app http://www.projectpixelpress.com/adventure-time-game-wizard via EdGamer Podcast 150 https://sites.google.com/a/edreach.us/wiki/edgamer-show/edgamer-150-can-games-and-learning-survive-the-overwhelmed-teacher
  32. Create, Make and Learn (fantastic, week-long July STEM conference in Vermont)
  33. EIE Windmill Project Photo by Kevin (used as featured image for this post)
  34. Our STEMseeds Google Doc of Show Notes (includes past archives too)

The MP3 audio version of this show was created by downloading the recorded Google Hangout video with en.savefrom.net, and then converting to a 32 kbps mp3 with Auphonic. The mp3 audio file is hosted on AmazonS3 (the most affordable/cheap podcast host available, literally this costs a few pennies per month) and shared on this WordPress self-hosted blog with the free PodLove Podcast Publisher plugin.


STEMseeds8: Lesson Ideas with Bethany Ligon

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7th grade Arizona science teacher Bethany Ligon joined Amy Loeffelholz and Wesley Fryer on Saturday, November 22, 2014, for an hour-long Google Hang Out for STEMseeds discussing STEM lesson ideas including engineering design challenges. Bethany uses a variety of engineering design challenges she has found via Google, on Pinterest, and elsewhere to help students develop their problem solving, creativity, and collaboration skills. In the Google Hang Out, Bethany shared that some of her students ask “When are we going to play again?” when asking about the engineering design challenges. She has started posting about these activities on her blog, “Standing Out In The Middle.” Her students love these activities and do not necessarily see them as part of “doing school” or “learning,” yet there are a rich set of skills they develop through these activities. Check our shownotes for this episode for links to Bethany’s recent Engineering Design Challenge posts as well as other referenced links/resources from the show. The archived video from this episode is available via YouTube, and an audio-only version is available as well. Please follow @STEMseeds on Twitter to stay up to date about upcoming shows! Also follow Bethany Ligon (@ajsciencegal), Amy Loeffelholz (@AmyLoeffelholz) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) on Twitter.

Show Notes:

  1. Bethany Ligon on Twitter: @ajsciencegal
  2. Bethany Ligon’s professional blog: Out Standing in the Middle
  3. Design Challenge: Pipe Cleaner Structures (by Bethany Ligon)
  4. Engineering Design Challenge: Straw Structures #1 (by Bethany Ligon)
  5. Lunar Phases Interactive from McGraw Hill (not the same site Bethany mentions in the show, but a cool lunar online interactive none-the-less)
  6. PBS Kids Design Squad (lots of good design challenge ideas)
  7. Engineering GoForIt! – @egfi (excellent connections to Engineering careers)
  8. Science Buddies: Hands-on Science Resources for Home and School
  9. Nepris (great website for videoconferencing with STEM industry professionals)
  10. Video: Playground Design Finalists at Lakeview Elementary School in Yukon, Oklahoma
  11. Nov 1, 2014 Classroom 2.0 Webinar: “Technology Integration in a Junior High School” (Bethany Ligon was one of the presenters in this FANTASTIC show)
  12. YouTube Playlist: Enhanced eBooks on the “Minecraft Geometry Challenge” (47 and counting created by 4th and 5th graders at Independence Elementary in Yukon Public Schools, eBooks exported as videos instead of ePUBs)
  13. Amy Loeffelholz on Twitter: @AmyLoeffelholz
  14. Amy’s grade 4-5 classroom on Twitter: @lesstem
  15. Wes Fryer on Twitter: @wfryer
  16. Wes’ grade 4-5 classroom on Twitter: @iesSTEM
  17. STEMseeds on Twitter: @stemseeds

The MP3 audio version of this show was created by downloading the recorded Google Hangout video with clipconverter.cc, saving the converted audio file as a 32 kbps MP3 file. The mp3 audio file is hosted on AmazonS3 (the most affordable/cheap podcast host available, literally this costs a few pennies per month) and shared on this WordPress self-hosted blog with the free PodLove Podcast Publisher plugin.


Upcoming: Interview with Bethany Ligon

Join Amy Loeffelholz and Wesley Fryer on Saturday morning (Nov 22nd) for a Google Hangout conversation with Arizona science teacher Bethany Ligon, who was featured in the November 1, 2014 Classroom 2.0 Live show, “Technology Integration in Jr. High School.” Bethany has collected a variety of outstanding engineering design project lessons for her students, which she will discuss along with other practical ideas for engaging students in STEM learning. Please join us live if you can, but if you can’t we’ll archive the video and audio version of the show on http://STEMseeds.org. We’ll start at 10:30 Eastern / 9:30 Central / 8:30 Mountain / 7:30 Pacific and talk together for an hour. Your LIVE participation during the show is invited and welcome!

Visit our Google Hangout Page to RSVP and join the event LIVE on Saturday!


Practical Lessons for Elementary STEM Integration

Here are the slides, links, and videos included in the October 7, 2014, presentation at OTA/EncycloMedia in Oklahoma City: Practical Lessons for Elementary STEM Integration by Amy Loeffelholz (@AmyLoeffelholz) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer). An audio podcast recording of this session is also available.