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STEM Playground: A New Way of Thinking

[Explore and create : Playground]

Monday, June 27, 8:00–11:30 am
CCC Main Concourse E, Playground C

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Join the ISTE STEM PLN to discover ways to actively engage STEM process thinking in your class learning routines.

Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, PC, Mac
Participant accounts, software and other materials: QR code scanner
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Best practices for using the ISTE Standards
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: Teachers : Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments
Teachers : Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
Students : Creativity and innovation
Additional detail: ISTE Professional Learning Network pick

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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

As a result of participating in this Playground, participants will have concrete ideas to take and implement with their students on using STEM processes in the classroom.


As this is a playground, the specific breakdown of time will depend on people attending and how long they choose to stay.

Supporting research

Our work will include ideas from the CCSS for Math: Standards for Mathematical Practice, NGSS



favorites Cristin Ashcraft, Waller Middle School,Enid Public Schools

favorites Kevin Brice, GPA Learn

In addition to being CEO for GPA learn, I have led the growth of four companies in the Ed Tech space. Being from a family of educators, my passion is in creating a level playing field for all learners, unlocking their true potential and their opportunities for success in life. I understand that technology is not an answer, but a facilitator in educating how are children. Creating a compelling academic offering that meets the needs of educators and the interest of the students is where we find the Zen intersection needed to change education!

favorites Lisa Brose, Dunn Elementary

Connecting content and encouraging curiosity are the main hallmarks of Lisa Brose's teaching style. A graduate of Kansas State University and the University of Scranton, planning learning experiences that are transdisciplinary and collaborative help her students build engagement and focus. Learning new things regardless of your age is fun and it is her goal to pass this annoying habit onto all of her students!

favorites Patricia Brown, Old Bonhomme School

Patricia Brown is a Technology Integration coach. She has over 15 years experience in education. She breaks down traditional classroom walls by creating a culture that fosters collaboration, creativity, communication, and authentic learning. She is an award winning educator, blogger, and presenter, and was recently selected as a 2015 PBS Lead Learning Media Digital Innovator. She is a Google Certified Trainer, Common Sense & Graphite Certified, Discovery Education DEN Star, Edmodo Ambassador, and a columnist for Edsurge. In 2006, she was honored as Teacher of The Year. She is passionate about being a connected educator, and empowering teachers and students.

favorites Karin Davidson-Taylor, Royal Botanical Gardens

favorites Chuck Drake, Prince William County Public Schools

favorites Deborah Fallon, Eastplain School

favorites Dr. Diana Fenton, College of St. Benedict/St. John's Univ.

Diana started her career in education in the middle school as a science teacher primarily in 7th and 8th grade. She has worked with K-12 science curriculum alignment initiatives and literacy across all curriculum within her school district. After 15 years of teaching middle school and various college courses, she left the K-12 classroom to teach Science Pedagogy at St. Benedicts College in St. Joseph, Minnesota. One research area of interest in K-12 education is technology integration. She strives to find the balance and best practice of integrating technology into curriculum.

favorites Rayna Freedman, Town of Mansfield

Rayna Freedman is beginning her 17th year at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School in Mansfield, MA. She has taught grades 3-5 and is an ITS. She embarked on her doctorate through Northeastern. Rayna is a member of the MassCUE Board of Directors and has presented at the annual conference since 2010. She serves on the DESE Digital Literacy and Computer Science Standards Panel. For more articles by Ms. Freedman, she is published in Early Childhood Education Today 12th and 13th edition, Building Teachers: A Constructivist Approach to Introducing Education 2nd edition, and Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education 7th edition.

favorites Kitty Herbel, Enid Public Schools

Kitty teaches 6th-8th Grade Computers and Media Production at Waller Middle School in Enid, OK. She was named the 2015 OTA Teacher of the Year and the 2015 Northwest Region SKIE Award. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.S. in Guidance and Counseling. Kitty loves teaching her students new things and seeing how excited they get when they learn to code.

favorites Kendra Jacoby, Skyview Elementary School

favorites Angie Kalthoff,

favorites Dr. Rebecca Klemm, NumbersAlive!

favorites Robert Miller, Port Orange Elementary

Robert Miller received his M.Ed in special education from the University of Louisiana and currently teaches 5th grade in Port Orange, Florida. In conjunction with FIU and the Wolfsonian Museum/Miami Beach, Robert co-authored curriculum for Florida students teaching media literacy and deconstructing advertising. In 2009, he was named an Apple Distinguished Educator and included on the National School Board Association’s “20 to Watch” list of education technology leaders. In 2011, Robert became a YouTube Star Teacher and Google Certified Teacher. He also serves as an advisor and Certified Teacher for one of his favorite online tools, BrainPOP.

favorites Bill Norris, FableVision Learning

favorites Nancy Penchev, Scheck Hillel Community School

Nancy Stone Penchev is a Media Teacher and Instructional Technology Coordinator for grades ECE-5th grade. She has 18 years of teaching experience. Her degrees include a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, Masters in Early Childhood, Masters in Instructional Technology, and she is currently working toward an EdD in Instructional Technology and Distance Learning. Nancy’s conference presentations include local, state, and international conferences. She has published articles about technology in Teaching in the Middle magazine, Association of Middle Level Educators, ISTE point/counterpoint, and was a focus for an article from Coca-Cola on 9 Ways Technology is Transforming the Classroom.

favorites Jason Platt, Washington Episcopal School

- Educator in public and private schools in the US and Japan for over 14 years - Development and instruction of STEM curriculum - Facilitation, integration, and training of technology in various academic settings - Exploring new opportunities and open to the next innovation

favorites Julianne Ross-Kleinmann, Dutchess BOCES

Julianne is the Lower School Technology Coordinator at The Foote School, and serves on the Commission on Technology for the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools. Her passion is instructional technology in the service of teaching and learning. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education, M.S in Early Childhood Education, M.S. in Educational Administration, and is ABD in Computing for Education Professionals. Julianne has presented at various schools and conferences in the USA on technology applications, integration, and troubleshooting. But her favorite presentations have involved co-presenting with her students on the topic of computational thinking with Scratch.

favorites Jason Schmidt, Bennington Public Schools

Jason is the Instructional Technologist for Bennington Public Schools near Omaha, Nebraska. In this role, he provides instructional leadership and vision for technology integration and use in the district. He also serves as the lead mentor for Bennington's budding FIRST Robotics program. Jason is a Google for Education Trainer, Moodle Certified Course Creator, and SeeSaw Ambassador.

favorites Jonathan Schor, CodeMonkey

favorites Richard Shahan, Prince William County Public Schools

favorites Gordon Smith, Codesters

Gordon Smith is the founder and CEO of Codesters. He received a BS in Engineering from UC Berkeley and an MBA from NYU Stern. He has spent 15 years as an education entrepreneur focused on teaching students, training educators, and building organizations to help students learn. Gordon founded Codesters in NYC in 2014 with a mission to ensure that every kid learns to code in school. Codesters' is focused on providing teachers with the tools and support they need to start teaching computer science in their classrooms.

favorites Tyler Tatge, STEM Fuse

favorites Susan Wells, TechTerra Education