STEAM-Ifying Storybooks in Elementary School

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Location: La Nouvelle Ballroom, Table 2
Experience live: All-Access Package

Participate and share : Poster

Karin Woodruff  
Crystal Waites  

The elementary classroom provides an ideal place for teachers to integrate two areas that have many commonalities — science and literature. In this session, participants will be provided with ideas that engage students in the engineering design process while bringing storybooks to life through coding and robotics.

Audience: Coaches, Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees will only need a QR code scanner and access to Google apps. However, neither of these are required.
Topic: Innovation in early childhood/elementary
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of my STEAM-ifying Storybooks presentation is to expose educators to a variety of ways they can use coding, robotics and computational thinking in their classrooms while integrating these tools into their curriculum, specifically reading and literature. Some of the tools we will use include Ozobots, Makey-Makey, Hummingbird Robotics and CoSpaces. Educators will walk away with a multitude of ideas and lessons they can use with their own students in any setting.

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Karin Woodruff, Lincoln Elementary School

Karin Woodruff is the Technology Integration Specialist at Lincoln Elementary School in the Talladega County School System. This is her first year in this position. In years prior, she has served as Library Media Specialist, STEAM Coach, and taught 2nd and 3rd grades, as well as Kindergarten. She has Master’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education and Library Media Science. Karin has served in many leadership positions and is an advocate for the STEAM Initiative on the school and district levels. In 2017, she was voted as Elementary Teacher of the Year for Talladega County Schools.

Crystal Waites, Lincoln Elementary

Crystal Waites is the Library Media Specialist at Lincoln Elementary School in the Talladega County School System. This is her third year in this position. Prior to the media center, she taught Kindergarten, first, and sixth grade. She has a master's degree in Library Science Technology. Crystal has a love of reading and has a passion for instilling this love in her students. She also promotes technology and STEAM through "Story Laboratory" and Makerspace. She currently serves on the TCBOE STEAM Team and is part of the design and implementation of district-wide professional development in STEAM and Technology.

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