Using Coding Language to Equitably Teach Geography and Technology to Language Learners
Participate and share : Poster
Monday, November 30, 1:30–2:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)
Karen Guerrero Margarita Jimenez-Silva Heather Moll
Explore how coding on a giant map levels the playing field when teaching geography. Spheros are used to engage linguistically diverse learners in a hands-on experience of exploring map concepts, historical connections to local geography, and STEMSS (STEM+Social Studies) phenomenon that is happening in the world around them.
|Audience:||Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty|
|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:||https://edu.sphero.com/|
|Subject area:||STEM/STEAM, ESL|
|ISTE Standards:||For Educators:
The STEMSS Project explored in this session will
• expose participants in innovative lessons that engages teachers and students in coding while learning geography through language-rich content, and
• engage participants in a hands-on (or should I say feet-on) activity that integrates STEMSS content, academic language, and collaboration through coding on a giant map where participants can walk across a map while coding
The participants will learn about the overview of the project and will participate in one of the activities that uses coding to engage in content and language. Images, video, and actual hands-on experiences will immerse the participants in how coding can level the playing field to ensure all students, including ELs can learn content in the K-12 classroom.
The participants will then share out their experiences and brainstorm ideas on how they might implement the activity with their students to support teaching and learning that is engaging and meaningful. Finally, the participates will investigate the giant map lesson template and available lessons to determine take-aways that connect the session with their own learning and future usage. It is also hopeful that participants will share contact information for future collaboration.
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