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STEAMifying Storybooks in an Elementary Classroom

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Participate and share : Poster

Monday, June 24, 8:00–10:00 am
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 45

Karin Woodruff   shannon Hill  
Learn how teachers at one elementary school are inspiring students to build, create, tinker and make. See how the elementary classroom, makerspace and STEAM lab provide ideal places for teachers to create a stage for learning by using engaging picture books that will hook students on a multitude of topics using challenge-based learning.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: QR code scanner to access presentation
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Project-, problem- and challenge-based learning
Grade level: 3-5
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Computational Thinker
  • Students formulate problem definitions suited for technology-assisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions.
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
Innovative Designer
  • Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

With STEAM programs increasing in schools, teachers are inspiring students to build, create, tinker, and make. The elementary classroom, makerspace, and STEAM Lab provide ideal places for teachers to create a stage for learning by using engaging picture books that will hook students on a multitude of topics. In this session, participants will be provided with STEAM ideas that engage students using the engineering design process through the use of picture books. Attendees will participate in hands-on STEAM activities that range from coding using either Ozobots, Spheros, Cubelets, or Makey Makey to simple low-cost design and construction. The presenters will share resources that align with standards and can be used across the curriculum in grades 3-5.

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Karin Woodruff, Lincoln Elementary School
shannon Hill, Charles R. Drew Middle School

Shannon Hill has been teaching for 14 years, all in the Talladega County School System. She is currently the Technology Integration Specialist and Google Dynamic learning Coach at Lincoln Elementary School. She has an Educational Specialist Degree in Elementary Education and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Throughout her teaching career, she has served as a STEAM Cohort Leader and Project Based Learning Trainer. She is AMSTI certified, and was selected to attend the 2014 MEMTA ((Mickelson Exxon Mobil Teacher Academy) in Jersey City, New Jersey. In 2015, she was voted as Talladega County Elementary Teacher of the Year.

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