Inspiration for Innovation #1

Welcome to my latest effort to encourage my colleagues to try new things! As our school’s STEM coordinator, I’m trying to support our staff with their professional development goals for the year. They are either focusing on PBL and our newish magnet theme of global health, increasing technology use in the classroom, and building relationships with students (mine).

I’m calling it “Inspiration for Innovation.” Each week, I’ll include a current event with curriculum ties (PBL inspiration), tech tool, teaching strategy, and positivity piece. Please let me know if you have any suggestions! I’ll definitely attribute them to any contributors. If you have a Twitter handle or other identifying professional account, send that to me along with your suggestion. In the future, these posts will stand alone, but for this first one, if you are interested, please read more!

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Tech Tools for Student Products

It’s been a while, but I made a thing! This is a menu of technology tools that students can use to create digital products. All of these items have free options, if not being entirely free to use. If you click on the image or link, you’ll be taken to an interactive ThingLink version of the Mindmup that I created below. Add some student voice and choice to your projects by sharing this with them! If you need further ideas on how to curate these items for your own portfolio, refer to this post!

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Previously… in Professional Development

An archival post for my own reference. Read the title in the voice of the “Lost” narrator.

Below are the links to presentations I’ve given before setting up this blog…

 PD Session  Tags Date Updated
Instructional Technology (Michael Wood) edtech, tutorials Ongoing
Collaborative Group Work (Early Release) CIF, Collaboration, Kahoot, Padlet, QR Codes, Tea Party, Jigsaw, 5E Model 2014-09-05
5E Model (Michael Wood) 5E, PBL, edtech 2014-08-08
TLC Year 1 Day 2 Early Release paper slide videos, stations-based lessons, Google Docs 2013-10-21
e-Folios for Education e-Folio, reflection, common core, google sites 2013-08-05
AP Biology Curriculum Update APBio, CollegeBoard, one day 2012-10-31

5E Lesson – Solutions Stoichiometry

Solutions Stoichiometry 5E Lesson Plan (5 days) (click for full document)

Students will be able to:

  • conduct research into water quality testing for concepts that apply to precipitation reactions
  • make a solution of a known concentration
  • dilute and determine the concentration of the new solution
  • create and collect a precipitate
  • evaluate an unknown solution using stoichiometry
  • report scientific findings in a scientific poster format
  • evaluate peers for scientific methods and reporting via a mini-poster symposium

Overview

  • Engage: Introduces the idea of clean water as a commodity (Global Awareness!) This activity is to set the stage for the importance of clean water and how extreme cases can become serious socioeconomic issues. Students will learn ONE technique for analyzing water in the upcoming days.
  • Explore: Determine the molarity of various solutions, especially how to make and dilute them.
  • Explain: Precipitate reactions and stoichiometry. This day follows normal classroom instructions for teaching these concepts.
  • Elaborate: Determine the amount of Barium ions in an unknown water sample
  • Evaluate: Compare your results with the other groups through a poster symposium