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STEAMing Into ELA and Social Studies With PBL

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Tuesday, June 25, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 31

Renee White  
Discover how to connect ELA and social studies with technology that allows student voice and choice. Learn about a cross-curricular PBL unit in which first grade students are challenged to create the best community they can using multitudes of different technology tools and apps.

Audience: Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators, Library media specialists
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: iOS
Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: QR reader
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Project-, problem- and challenge-based learning
Grade level: PK-2
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
Citizen
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
Designer
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose:
Cross-curricular learning can not only touch on multiple required standards, but it can also include technology rich STEAM and PBL opportunities for students. Through this presentation, participants will learn how to connect ELA and Social Studies in a fun, PBL style that allows student voice and choice to be clearly shared.During this session, participants will be introduced to a cross-curricular PBL unit in which first grade students were challenged to create the best community they could. They will learn how the ELA and Social Studies standards were met with guidance but student voice and choice was still evident and maximized. Participants will also learn how to incorporate simple Math and Coding into such unit to bring STEAM into the PBL. Multiple different technology tools/apps used by students will also be shared.

Objectives:
Through research and experience, it is evident that PBL affords students great ownership in their learning. During this presentation an elementary educator will share various digital learning, research, and creative presentation tools that can be utilized to empower students in a cross-curricular STEAM PBL unit.
The proposed presentation supports ISTE standards 5 and 3b:

Design - Educators design authentic, learner-driven activities and environments that recognize and accommodate learner variability.
5a - Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

5b - Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

5c - Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.

Educators inspire students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world. Educators:
3b-Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.

Supporting research

https://www.edutopia.org/project-based-learning-guide-importance

http://www.iste.org/standards/for-educators

https://www.bie.org/about/why_pbl

http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/114017/chapters/Why-Project-Based-Learning¢.aspx

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/cross-curricular-teaching-deeper-learning-ben-johnson

https://www.kidsdiscover.com/teacherresources/the-benefits-of-cross-curricular-learning/

https://www.teachermagazine.com.au/articles/implementing-a-cross-curricular-approach

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Presenters

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Renee White, Wake county schools

Renee White is a 1st grade teacher at Laurel Park Elementary School in Apex, NC. She has been teaching elementary education for 17 years, is AIG certified and has a Master's Degree in Reading from Bowling Green State University. She enjoys seeing children learn, explore, create, and problem solve and is a big fan of STEAM, genius hour, makerspace, innovation and learning from failures. She desires to see the positives in education shared and is the creator of the hashtag #TootlingTuesday and "Global Student Voice" at @GlobalSVoice on Twitter and www.globalstudentvoice.weebly.com. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1MURC-7zt1MEceNniU3mLEZKNcEQYUMdBNxsvrrQ0eF8

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