Tag: STEM

STEM, Health, and Kidblog

STEM, Health, and Kidblog

Most adults were very active as children. We played a variety of different games at recess, and we participated in various sports throughout middle and high school. However, as any teacher can see, our students aren’t getting as much physical activity. Nowadays, kids are less interested in outdoor games and more interested in online games.

Most adults were very active as children. We played a variety of different games at recess, and we participated in various sports throughout middle and high school. However, as any teacher can see, our students aren’t getting as much physical activity. Nowadays, kids are less interested in outdoor games and more interested in online games.... read more

How to incorporate blogging in any subject area (beyond ELA!)

How to incorporate blogging in any subject area (beyond ELA!)

Reflecting on learning in science blogs will lead to an overall increase in student engagement. Consider this – Students begin to think critically about the content they learn, communicate their ideas through digital media, and make connections between their learning and the world outside the classroom.   Math communication – seems like an oxymoron. However, by

Reflecting on learning in science blogs will lead to an overall increase in student engagement. Consider this – Students begin to think critically about the content they learn, communicate their ideas through digital media, and make connections between their learning and the world outside the classroom.   Math communication – seems like an oxymoron. However, by... read more

Failing: Changing the context through blogging

Failing: Changing the context through blogging

The word ‘fail’ brings out many emotions in students (and adults!), and most of them are not positive.  Many of us, as educators, have heard students comment, “I hope I don’t fail.” or, “I’m not going to try it because I am worried I will fail.” In any classroom environment, but especially a STEM environment,

The word ‘fail’ brings out many emotions in students (and adults!), and most of them are not positive.  Many of us, as educators, have heard students comment, “I hope I don’t fail.” or, “I’m not going to try it because I am worried I will fail.” In any classroom environment, but especially a STEM environment,... read more

Interdisciplinary Blogging

Interdisciplinary Blogging

The ability to connect content from one subject matter to another is essential to authenticate the learning experience for students. Sometimes, this can be very difficult to do, especially if you don’t have cross-curricular planning time as a part of your teaching schedule. Unfortunately, as a Journalism teacher, I do not have this planning time

The ability to connect content from one subject matter to another is essential to authenticate the learning experience for students. Sometimes, this can be very difficult to do, especially if you don’t have cross-curricular planning time as a part of your teaching schedule. Unfortunately, as a Journalism teacher, I do not have this planning time... read more

Kidblog Spotlight On: Douglas Meckley

Kidblog Spotlight On: Douglas Meckley

After being introduced to blogging in graduate school, Douglas Meckley integrated Kidblog into his sixth grade class. He has since found a way to implement blogging into all content areas. What motivated you to start blogging with your students? I became intrigued by the possibilities of blogging when I encountered it during a graduate class

After being introduced to blogging in graduate school, Douglas Meckley integrated Kidblog into his sixth grade class. He has since found a way to implement blogging into all content areas. What motivated you to start blogging with your students? I became intrigued by the possibilities of blogging when I encountered it during a graduate class... read more

Developing a STEM program? How can blogging help?

Developing a STEM program? How can blogging help?

One of the most recent facts I read related to STEM comes from the US Bureau of Statistics that predicts that within the next 20 years 80% of jobs will require a technical STEM-related skill.  As our world is changing due to technology, our educational system is also changing.  Part of that change has been

One of the most recent facts I read related to STEM comes from the US Bureau of Statistics that predicts that within the next 20 years 80% of jobs will require a technical STEM-related skill.  As our world is changing due to technology, our educational system is also changing.  Part of that change has been... read more

Three Types of Math Problems to Use in Kidblog

Three Types of Math Problems to Use in Kidblog

Recently I have been using Kidblog to facilitate online math discussions with my students.  I posted several questions, asked the students to answer them in the comments, and told them I would wait awhile before approving any comments.  This gave students a chance to think about the problems before they read anyone else’s answers. In

Recently I have been using Kidblog to facilitate online math discussions with my students.  I posted several questions, asked the students to answer them in the comments, and told them I would wait awhile before approving any comments.  This gave students a chance to think about the problems before they read anyone else’s answers. In... read more