S.T.E.A.M. – What’s it all About?

 is learning that focuses on science,technology,engineering, the Arts, and mathematics. The Rio School District is working to imbue STEAM learning in all our 8 schools in a variety of ways. In addition, we are in the planning process for constructing a new K-8 STEAM school that will combine architecture, curriculum, and instruction in innovative ways. […]

Exploring Space and Time

Exploring Space and Time 12.10.14

This week students are out for Winter break but it will be my pleasure and adventure to go out to the observatory we are creating and record the shadow length. 6th grade students, their teacher (Mr. Spencer) and I are exploring learning through this project which examines earth/sun relationships and so much more. As superintendent, it is great to engage a school (Rio Real Dual Immersion Learning Academy), teachers and students on aground floor and regular basis. It provides me the best way to know how the work we do as an organization is really happening. You can follow the project at http://goo.gl/9Tt4Gf.

 

VCSTEAMN Colloquium # 3 on SEARCH

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The VCSTEAMN Colloquium # 3 on SEARCH was a great success. Mike Vollmert, our Director of Technology, pinch hit for Keynote speaker Andrew Schwab who was ill, and used Andrew’s presentation to set the stage for an excellent evening. We examined SEARCH as a 21st century Literacy, we learned some new Google SEARCH skills, and then we collaborated on a scavenger hunt to find the answers to some SEARCH Challenges. Educators from across the county were in attendance and we thank all for being there. VCSTEAMN is an emerging entity that we hope grows far beyond the Rio School District to offer educators, community and business partners opportunities to establish Ventura County as a premiere location for STEAM education and employment.

STEAM is the integration and connections between Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

VCSTEAMN Colloquium# 3 “SEARCH”

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Keynote Speaker: Andrew Schwab, CTO, Berryessa Union School District

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Andrew Schwab is an educator, IT professional and 1:1 evangelist. As a member of the CUE Board of Directors, a CETPA Certified CTO and a Google Certified Teacher, he is active in supporting and growing the edTech community. Andrew can be found on Twitter @anotherschwab and blogging at anotherschwab.com.

Andrew’s Presentation

During the presentation, I mentioned Dan Russell’s challenge – determining the phone number of the office from which a picture was taken. Here’s the story of that challenge, including a link to how it can be done!

 

Resources

Google Basic Searching Quick Reference

Google Power Search Quick Reference

Google Search Features (Improve your search experience)

Take the Google Power Search Course (an online, community-based course showcasing search techniques and how you can use them to solve real, everyday problems!)

 

Session tools / Instructions

After our keynote talk, we will divide into five groups, each organized around one of the five STEAM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics).  Each group will get four search challenges, each related to a different type of search (Power Search, Scholar Search, Image Search, Archive Search).  Do the searches in order – the challenge is for each group to complete as many of the searches as possible, and record on the results document both what they found and how they found it!  Good luck!

 

Colloquium Challenges – Click here for access to the search questions!

Challenge Results – Click here to access the challenge results page (shared Google Doc!)

Materials Colloquium coming May 29, 2013

Materials Colloquium links   

VCSTEAMN (Ventura County Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math Network)

Materials Science and Engineering

Materials Science… Chemistry for Life

Materials Science and Engineering

Strange Matter

Materials Classroom

Materials Videos, Games, Simulations and more

Top 100 Materials Scientists

Materials Science Fair Projects

Tensile Test Experiments

Virtual Museum of Minerals and Molecules

The Future of Materials Science

Materials and Technology

Common Molecules

Materials, Technology, and Sports

Smart Materials

Wild Materials

Materials and Art

Extraordinary Art from Ordinary Objects

Understanding Materials in Primary Art Teaching

VCSTEAMN Aims

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                    VCSTEAMN Aims

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           The VCSTEAMN intends to do the following:

To develop partnerships and community among educators, scientists, technology specialists, artists, engineers, and mathematicians and those interested in these fields aimed at furthering educational opportunities and achievement for learners of all ages.

To host quarterly forums on STEAM topics.

To conduct educational workshops.

To foster and facilitate professional learning communities and mentorships.

To foster and facilitate collaborative projects.

To conduct research on STEAM related activities.

To foster and generate STEAM related funding and grants.

To connect STEAM related activities to the Common Core Standards and 21st Century Learning

To provide web- based access to STEAM related resources and communications.