SXSWedu 2015

STEM and Connected Learning


Maker spaces, STEM activities, and connected learning come to life in this panel, where the focus is on meaningfully integrating new approaches in a holistic way throughout the school day and beyond. Panelists discuss their individual and collaborative work in supporting hands-on learning and new literacies. For STEM approaches to work, they must support needed skills and critical thinking, while inspiring students to create for others and tackle authentic problems.

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  1. Participants will learn valuable ways to differentiate their STEM activities, as well as how to integrate coding and electronics projects, while connecting to many subject areas.
  2. This panel will build participants’ knowledge of the need for girls and under-represented groups in STEM fields and the role of open web tools and fun electronic projects in supporting invention and student voice.
  3. Panelists will demonstrate the connected learning options that allow students to use STEM activities to increase their reflective capacity, their online writing skills, and sense of audience. Ideas and tools presented can work for grades 2 - 12.



Melissa Techman, School Librarian, Albemarle County Public Schools

Meta Information:

  • Tags: maker
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Track: Instructional Strategies & Best Practices
  • Session Focus Area
  • Level: Basic Understanding

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