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STEM Playground: Come PLAY (Participate, Learn and Actualize Yourself)

Explore and create

Explore and create : Playground

Monday, June 24, 12:30–4:00 pm
Location: Playground B, Level 2, Grand Hall

Francesca Arturi   Juliet Boone   Jessica Cathcart   Michelle Chenevert   Dr. Yuhur Chou   Grace Crow   Michelle Devlin   James DuBois   Jacqueline Firster   Dr. Rayna Freedman   Kristen Fudale   Christina Garcia   Kathy Garneau   Jennifer Garvey   Tovah Goldfarb   Laurie Guyon   Katie Henry   Jane Ji   Steven Jones   Darryl Joyner   Susan Kennedy   Joseph Kleinmann   Dr. Rebecca Klemm   David Lockett   Tricia Louis   Dr. Jacie Maslyk   Betsy Minton   Godwyn Morris   Declan Mulcahy   Deborah Nagler   Kristen Nan   Lily Neumann   Alexander Newberry   Dr. Martha Osei-Yaw   Michelle Palmieri   Dr. Al Pisano   Faith Plunkett   Cheryl Rabinowitz   Clementine Radocchio   Charles Randolph   Catherine Saldutti   Jessica Shupik   Dr. Hsin Yih Shyu   Choleia Smith-Ray   Stephan Sparta   Rachel Stagner   Jason Trinh   Dena Wade   Iris Wesselman   Jolandra White   Wendy Whittle   Denise Wright  
The STEM playground gives you an opportunity to see, experience and discuss STEAM lessons in a risk-free, hands-on learning environment of classic and new research-based tools. Enhance your understanding of the ISTE Standards for Students, Educators and Coaches.

Audience: Teachers, Professional developers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Any additional materials will be provided.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Project-, problem- and challenge-based learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Special education, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences using a variety of research-based, learner-centered instructional strategies and assessment tools to address the diverse needs and interests of all students.
For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
For Educators:
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
Additional detail: Student presentation, ISTE author presentation
Related exhibitors: NASA - STEM on Station , Numberella , Ozobot , Buncee , 3Doodler , Makey Makey , MatterHackers , Micro:bit Educational Foundation , Best Buy Education , Sphero

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

" Learning theory and research have consistently concluded that learning opportunities providing a chance to "do" or experience the educational input, result in higher learning gains and retention. " Findings demonstrate that a well planned program delivery system that includes opportunities to see, experience, and discuss should greatly enhance the learning process." https://www.joe.org/joe/1994august/a6.php

The STEM playground provides an outlet for all STEM educators and selected sponsors to see, experience, share, and discuss STEAM lessons and materials with like-minded STEM enthusiasts. This is a risk-free, hands-on learning environment of classic and new research-based tools. All lessons and tools are aimed toward enhancing participant's understanding of the ISTE Standards for Students, Educators, and Education Leaders. We encourage you to try something new, while connecting with someone new.

By the end of the session...
Participants will be able to walk away with at least one new lesson idea they can immediately incorporate into their education toolbox.

Participants will get to meet a broad range of presenters, know how to contact them, and access lesson resources through the Playground's Digital Backpack and the STEM PLN website.

Participants will discuss with the presenters how their lessons address different ISTE Standards.

Sample of past presentation titles:
Engineering in the Elementary Classroom;
Students Around the World Collaborating to Understand the Moon from a Global Perspective;
3D Printing: The T and E in STEM;
NASA presents "The STEM Innovation Lab;"
Global Interactions Inspiring Natural Curiosity;


Participants will have the opportunity to explore c. 25 varied peer-to-peer presentations over three 50-minute time slots. See the 2017 Playground schedule at http://bit.ly/2O64NBc
and the 2018 schedule at http://bit.ly/2pwAqWJ.

Supporting research

Kolb L. (2017). Learning First, Technology Second. ISTE

Martinez S.L., Stager G. (2013). Invent to learn: making tinkering, and engineering in the classroom. Torrance, CA: Constructing Modern Knowledge Press.

National Research Council. (2012). A framework for K-12 science education: practices crosscutting concepts, and core ideas. Committee on Conceptual framework for the New K-12 Science Education Standards.

Papert, S. (1972). Teaching children thinking. Programmed Learning and Educational Technology, 9(5), 245-255.

Resnick, M. (2007). All I really need to know (about creative thinking) I learned (by studying how children learn) in kindergarten. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 6th ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity & Cognition.

Valenzuela, J (2018). Embed Literacy in STEM Projects. ISTE Blog, 5/1/2018.

Journal for STEM and Education Research
ISTE Empowered Learner Magazine
STEM Jobs Magazine
Engineering is Elementary. Boston Museum of Science

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Francesca Arturi, Buncee.com
Juliet Boone, F.D. Roosevelt High School
Jessica Cathcart, Peck School
Michelle Chenevert, Episcopal School of Baton Rouge
Dr. Yuhur Chou, Tungnan University
Grace Crow, Point Road Elementary School
Michelle Devlin, Poughkeepsie School District
James DuBois, Point Road Elementary School
Jacqueline Firster, Arlington Public Schools
Dr. Rayna Freedman, Jordan/Jackson Elementary Mansfield

Rayna Freedman is a 5th grade teacher at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School in Mansfield, MA. She has taught grades 3-5 and is an ITS. She is working on her doctorate through Northeastern. Rayna is president of MassCUE. She is a BrainPOP certified educator, Flipgrid Ambassador, and Fablevision Ambassador. Rayna has presented for ISTE, Ed Tech Teacher, Tech and Learning, MassCUE, MASCD, Medfield DLD, and BLC. Ms. Freedman is published in Early Childhood Education Today, Building Teachers: A Constructivist Approach to Introducing Education 2nd edition and Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education. She is a level 2 Google Certified Educator.

Kristen Fudale, Stow-Monroe Schools
Christina Garcia, Atwater Elementary School District
Kathy Garneau, Bannockburn School
Jennifer Garvey, The Peck School

Jen Garvey is the Lower School Technology, Innovation, and Design Integrator at The Peck School, a private K-8 school located in Morristown, NJ. She teaches technology and design to students K-4 working in the classrooms, the robotics lab, the computer lab, and the Idea & Design Lab. She is a member of the NJAIS Technology Steering Committee.

Tovah Goldfarb, Poughkeepsie Middle School
Laurie Guyon, WSWHE BOCES

Laurie is the Assistant Coordinator for Model Schools at WSWHE BOCES in Saratoga Springs, New York. She is a Common Sense Ambassador, Google Educator, Apple Teacher, Buncee Ambassador/educator, Seesaw Ambassador, Nearpod Educator/PioNear, Flipgrid Ambassador, Sphero Hero, Tynker Blue Ribbon Educator, BreakoutEDU Trainer, Alpha Squirrel, Osmo Ambassador, Screencastify Master Screencaster, and serves on NYSCATE Social Media Team and inducted into Volunteer Hall of Fame for NYSCATE in 2017. She's presented at NERIC, NYSCATE, LIT, Apple/Google Summits, and NYSMSA. She's taught workshops at Skidmore College on integrating technology in literacy, and with the Greater Capital District Teacher Center.

Katie Henry, @microbit_edu
Jane Ji, Springbay Studio Ltd.
Steven Jones, Arlington Public Schools
Darryl Joyner, Arlington Public Schools
Susan Kennedy, Arlington Public Schools
Joseph Kleinmann, STEM PLN Leadership Team
Dr. Rebecca Klemm, NumbersAlive!
David Lockett, School of Applied Computational Sciences at Meharry Medical College

David Lockett is committed to educating students, families, and the community through establishing strong STEM connections. To inform, inspire, and ignite is his goal as he explores STEM-based challenges with middle school students.

Tricia Louis, Richland School District

Tricia Louis is an #edtech advocate. In her position as the Technology Integration Professional at the Richland School District, she brings individual & group training to the 200+ staff employed there. Tricia is proud to be a part of the Google For Education Certified Trainer Program and is an Apple Teacher. Tricia shares her passion for edtech at conferences and EdCamps all around the upper Midwest. In her personal life, Tricia is a musician in several local groups and she also enjoys travel and photography as her hobbies. https://about.me/tricialouis

Dr. Jacie Maslyk, NA

Dr. Jacie Maslyk is an educator and district leader serving for over 22 years in public education. She is an advocate for STEAM education and infusing creativity and technology into our schools. Jacie has been a featured presenter and keynote speaker at state and national conferences. She is the author of STEAM Makers: Fostering Creativity and Innovation in the Elementary Classroom and hosts a monthly Twitter chat on the topic. She is also the author of an upcoming ISTE book on collaborative learning networks for school leaders.

Betsy Minton, Episcopal School of Baton Rouge
Godwyn Morris, Dazzling Discoveries
Declan Mulcahy, Point Road Elementary School
Deborah Nagler, HUC-JIR
Kristen Nan, Hopewell Area School District
Lily Neumann, Point Road Elementary School
Dr. Martha Osei-Yaw, Jersey City Public Schools
Michelle Palmieri, Pine Plains Central School District
Dr. Al Pisano, Stony Brook University
Faith Plunkett, Decatur City Schools
Cheryl Rabinowitz, Poughkepsie City School District
Clementine Radocchio, Point Road Elementary School
Charles Randolph, Arlington Public Schools
Catherine Saldutti, EduChange, Inc.

Catherine Saldutti has 26+ years of experience in secondary education as teacher, administrator, PD provider, evaluator, and instructional designer. She founded EduChange in 2000 and her team served 350+ NYC schools, plus others in USA, Brazil, Bahamas, Malaysia, Japan & Mexico. After 12 years and ongoing scientific review, The Integrated Science Program is powered by Sustainable Open Educational Resources (SOER). Catherine holds a patent for Concept Construxions, a pattern-recognition system that helps learners construct concepts and academic language collaboratively. Catherine earned degrees from Stanford University and The Harvard Graduate School of Education, with an independent study on International Technology Education.

Jessica Shupik, New Jersey Office of Education
Dr. Hsin Yih Shyu, Tamkang University
Choleia Smith-Ray, Oakdale STEAM Elementary School
Stephan Sparta, Sparta Designs
Jason Trinh, Toronto District School Board
Dena Wade, Oakdale STEAM Elementary School
Iris Wesselman, Middle School, Colquitt
Jolandra White, Oakdale Elementary School
Wendy Whittle, Point Road Elementary School
Denise Wright, Horry County Schools

Denise Wright, has been teaching in STEM education for over twenty years. . She enjoys astronomy, computer science, and engineering. Denise, was one of the first teachers in South Carolina , to pilot a historic telescope in a distance learning environment in partnership with the South Carolina State Museum. She volunteers for NASA as a Solar System Ambassador, is a member of the National Science Teacher's Association Technology Board, and attended Astronomy Adult Camp at the University of Arizona In the fall of 2018, she received a state award for creatively integrating technology into her classroom.

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