In case you were wondering just why STEM education is so important, here are some numbers to consider: last year, there were more than half a million high-paying tech jobs across the United States that were unfilled. By 2018, the U.S. government expects there will be 2.4 million unfilled STEM jobs. Accordingly, 21st Century educators face an extraordinary challenge. Not only do they need to find new and better ways to spark students’ interest in STEM, but they must also ensure that girls are buying in, as well.
Integrating 21st century technologies and best practices in K-12 educational programs is a key focus for the Society of International Education (SIE) in Karachi, Pakistan. One way the organization meets that goal is by offering Level Up Village courses as part of its iEARN Pakistan program.
Teaching new STEM skills to students can be daunting experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Being successful in the classroom often involves having the right resources and knowing how to deliver them. When I taught Global Explorers at Princeton Junior School during STEAM immersion week this spring, I came equipped with Level Up Village’s fully developed curriculum to guide me through the lessons. Here are my top three take-aways from teaching this course and how it can enhance your science classroom this upcoming school year.
Thank you for joining us in our ongoing quest for revised ways to impact lives of 21st century learners. In our earlier post Top Summer “Recharge, Refresh & Refuel” Reads for Educators, we listed the first five books that are destined to reshape the way you think about teaching, learning and innovation, or at least validate our amazing work as educators. This week, we have another five phenomenal books that urge us to delve deeper into the behavior and attitude of learners and define the meaning of a true global learner.
Are you addressing the needs of your students to learn to be globally inclusive citizens? Are they learning the technology and communications skills they will need to navigate our global economy? If not, the time is now. In an article recently published in Education Week by Fernando M. Reimers, a professor of international education and the director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and the International Education Policy Program at Harvard University, addresses the issue head on.
…By the third day, our kids knew that what made us feel in the moment were videos that utilized more of three things: eye contact, speaking at length, and personalizing – by saying a partner’s name, and by really responding to what they had said. This became our focus going forward. We talked about how effective communication was something they had the power to model, as well as reflect back.