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Going eXtreme With STEAM, Literature and Service Learning

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Participate and share : Poster

Sunday, November 29, 12:30–1:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Erica Shook  
Dyane Smokorowski  

Learn about eXtreme STEAM Edu, a global design challenge that combines art, engineering and service learning for students preK-12 and higher ed that draws inspiration from children’s books. Discover how students all over the country designed solutions for their communities by reimagining and constructing a new sleigh for Santa.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Topic: Global collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this poster session is to share instructional strategies for global collaboration through design thinking challenges inspired by children's literature. During this session, attendees will receive a resource starter kit for designing their own cross-curricular and cross grade-level service-learning project inspired from children's literature. Additionally, the resource kit will provide a series of mini-sprints for teachers to use with students as they begin their own discoveries of design-thinking. Attendees will also be invited to explore our two newest eXtreme STEAM Edu global challenges for the 2020-21 school year.


Benefits of Global Collaborative Projects that support critical and creative thinking
Exploring the children's book that inspired the Extreme Steam Sleigh Edition Project
Mini-lesson on how design thinking can be used with children's literature
"Think Like a Student" Mini-design challenge to reimagine Santa's Sleigh
Explore how service learning is key part to this global project
Provide resources and answer questions for participants to turn key this project straight away in December.

Supporting research

global collaboration ENHANCES technology literacy
Cook, Linda A; Bell, Meredith L; Nugent, Jim; Smith, Walter S.Technology and Engineering Teacher; Reston Vol. 75, Iss. 5, (Feb 2016): 20-25.
Jennifer V. Lock (2015) Designing learning to engage students in the global classroom, Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 24:2, 137-153, DOI: 10.1080/1475939X.2014.946957
Kristi LewisTyran, Transforming students into global citizens: International service learning and PRME, The International Journal of Management Education Volume 15, Issue 2, Part B, July 2017, Pages 162-171

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Erica Shook, McPherson High School, USD 418

Erica Shook is a high school English Teacher, CTE Instructor, Project LIT Mac chapter leader, and co-designer of the eXtreme STEAM Edu global project. Her passion to inspire students' love of literature through experiential learning and service-learning opportunities has made her a leader for innovative teaching in Kansas. This will be her first ISTE presentation, but she has presented at many state conferences.

Dyane Smokorowski, Wichita Public Schools USD 259

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