STEM Critical Thinking: Can Caffeine kill you?

Can Caffeine Kill you? Which would you prefer to drink- a cup of caffeine or a cup of trichloroethylene? When most people are asked this question, they would respond with caffeine- and they would be dead wrong.  Well, maybe they just do not have enough information, at least this was the hypothesis put forth by AP Environmental Science students. They thought that the students picked caffeine becau...
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Georgia STEM Inquiry Lab: Oil Spill Cleanup

Georgia STEM Inquiry Lab: Oil Spill Cleanup
If you want to terrify a bunch of teachers with control issues, just mention STEM inquiry labs.  This post will highlight the experience of one teacher, Kelly Cassidy and her journey with STEM inquiry.  Here is what she had to share with Georgia STEM. I remember when I first heard of these back in my early days of teaching and I thought the entire concept was insane.  My thoughts were- "How can k...
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GaETC 2017 Digital Breakouts

GaETC 2017 Digital Breakouts
Come to the Digital Breakout Session Friday 11-10-17 in Kenyan 3-4 or check back after to access the presentation. Hope to see you at the Session! (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Click for more Digital Breakout Ideas. You can also check out these Digital Breakout Templates. (adsb...
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#GaETC17 Georgia Educational Technology Conference 2017

#GaETC17 Georgia Educational Technology Conference 2017
Looking forward to presenting at #GaETC17   Georgia Educational Technology Conference For each session, you can click on the Title or  Image below to visit the session page for more information and resources. For other conference presentations, click HERE. If you need assistance locating any information or have questions, please contact us by Email or reach out on Social Media - Instagram (Georg...
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STEM Forum 2017: Digital Breakouts

STEM Forum 2017: Digital Breakouts
Click for more Digital Breakout Ideas. You can also check out these Digital Breakout Templates.  If you try a Breakout or create one, we would love to hear from you to add you to the gallery and give you a shout out on social media.  You can tweet at us @Georgia_STEM, find us on Instagram @georgiastem or Facebook - facebook.com/GeorgiaSTEM You can always send us an email as well!
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Georgia Association of Teacher Educators 2017 Conference #GATE2017

Georgia Association of Teacher Educators 2017 Conference #GATE2017
The Georgia Association of Teacher Educators 2017 Conference #GATE2017 was held on October 11-12, 2017 at Lake Blackshear Golf Resort in Cordele, Georgia.  Educators representing colleges, universities and K-12 organizations from all over Georgia convened for sessions over the two day period to share their expertise. Several Keynote speakers anchored the conference and delivered inspiring speeche...
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Tohoku Earthquake & Fukushima Disaster

Tohoku Earthquake & Fukushima Disaster
On March 11, 2011 a large section of the seafloor along a fault line 125 km (77 miles) offshore of Japan suddenly lurched, releasing huge amounts of energy through the crust and generating a 9.0 (Richter scale) earthquake. This quake would become known as the Tohoku Earthquake and although it was not the first major quake to strike Japan, it has left the most lasting and devastating effects of any...
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Formative Assessment : Tools for your Teacher Toolbox

Formative Assessment : Tools for your Teacher Toolbox
"Formative assessment is used to monitor student learning to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by instructors to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning."  Carnegie Mellon University: Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation  Formative assessments helps students identify their strengths and weaknesses help students and teachers select learning...
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Upstate Technology Conference- Badges for Motivation

Upstate Technology Conference- Badges for Motivation
  Badges are a great way to encourage students to engage in a healthy level of both intrinsic and extrinsic competition. For more information on the research on the use of badges in education, check out this blog post "Badges in Education" For a tutorial on how to create badges and one way to issue them using Google Keep and Google Docs, view the video below.  If it does not load...
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Rapa Nui: The lessons of Easter Island

Rapa Nui: The lessons of Easter Island
Even since European explorers stumbled upon Rapa Nui on Easter Sunday 1722, outsiders have been struck by the island's barren landscape. Early European accounts suggested that the 2000-3000 people living on the island at the time of discovery were impoverished and only possessed simple stone tools. In contrast to the apparent primitive nature of the inhabitants, Easter Island also featured hun...
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Educational Leaders: 5 Technology Impacts

Educational Leaders: 5 Technology Impacts
Educational Leaders must consider the impact technology is having on our schools as they continue to make staffing decisions, plan curriculum and develop school culture.  What worked in schools a decade ago is just not working anymore.  Here are 5 ways that Technology is impacting education. We are competing with technology for student's attention. The "Sage on the Stage" model is no longer va...
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Strategic Planning for Technology in Education

Strategic Planning for Technology in Education
In reviewing the need and importance of strategic planning, I was reminded of the work I did in graduate school in my Technology Infrastructure class on systems security and disaster recovery.  The COSN module on strategic planning emphasizes the importance of both -- as well as the vital step of matching technology purchases and plans to the needs of the students and the district. In a dramat...
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Advocate for Technology in Education: 5 Ways

Advocate for Technology in Education: 5 Ways
 How do we advocate for educational technology in schools? When thinking about educational advocacy, it is easy to get caught up in the “why” technology is so important to education and have a cogent discussion but leave the conversation without any true action to implement. Educators have to focus on what can be done and actually recruit and impassion other stakeholders to complete advocacy ta...
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Using Google Keep to Provide Feedback

Using Google Keep to Provide Feedback
Using Google Keep to provide feedback to students! Google is always introducing something new and innovative to help teachers.  This latest time saver integrates Google Keep with Docs to provide feedback quicker and easier than ever.  Intrigued?  Check it out in this week's Technology Tools in 2 min. You can also check out how Stephanie Filardo uses #DocStickers to give stickers and stamp joy...
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Technology Leadership- Top 5 Considerations

Technology Leadership- Top 5 Considerations
#1 The Hierarchy cannot drive the decisions.   “The best decisions have to be the driving factor, otherwise- good people leave.” (Steve Jobs) As experts discover more about effective technology leadership, they all seem to echo that a good leader doesn’t always have the best ideas but they find the way to get the best from the people they work with every day.  Clayton Christensen also talks a...
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Personalized Learning- 10 Reasons to Proceed with Caution

Personalized Learning- 10 Reasons to Proceed with Caution
According to Carol Ann Tomlinson, Educational Leaders need to proceed with caution when attempting to implement a personalized learning plan in their districts and schools. In the March 2017 issue of Educational Leadership, Tomlinson makes a call to leaders to Celebrate: But not too fast!  Henry County in Georgia, a model system in Georgia for personalized learning,  would also caution leaders to ...
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Blended Learning and STEM- Where do we start?

Blended Learning and STEM- Where do we start?
STEM education and Blended learning At first Blended or Personalized Learning and STEM may seem like 2 different initiatives; however, they don't have to be.  With the right leadership and plan, Blended STEM can be very powerful. Why Blend? Blended learning is not just another educational fad. It is a fundamental redesign of instructional models with the goal of accelerating learning toward col...
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