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April 29, 2016

Bridges, Engineers, and The Billy Goats Gruff
Ms. Jennifer Farish, a Pre-K teacher at East Elementary in St. George, Utah, uses the “Three Billy Goats Gruff” fairytale to introduce her students to engineering concepts. The students explore bridges and the work of engineers in their reading time, math practice, art, and constructive play.

Feel the Heat: Investigating Convection
In Mr. Nathan Johnson’s high school physics class, students are beginning a unit on heat transfer. They engage in a range of demonstrations and activities to explore the process of convection.

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Informational Writing About Tornadoes
At Neil Armstrong Academy in West Valley City, Utah, students in Ms. Denise Rogers’ 1st grade class have been studying different kinds of weather. In this segment, the students will listen to a book about tornadoes and then complete a graphic organizer with three facts they have learned.

Systems of Equations: A Hands-On Experience
At Dixie Middle School in St. George, Utah, Ms. Kris Cunningham’s algebra students use pegboards to learn about different types of systems of equations.

Reinforcing STEM Subjects in FACS
In Ms. Shelli Barnum’s Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) class, students learn real-life skills like interpreting the chemical makeup of ingredients on food labels and adding fractions to sew a buttonhole. These hands-on activities reinforce principles the students learn in their science and math classes.

Probability and Punnett Squares
In Ms. Tracy Anderson’s 10th grade math class, students are learning about probability. Ms. Anderson incorporates a cross-curricular activity using Punnett squares that connects with the heredity unit in the students’ biology class.

STEM Professional Development for Pre-K: Videos 1-5
This five-part series highlights how STEM can be implemented at a pre-kindergarten and kindergarten level. Ms. Britney Nelson, from Washington Country School District in St. George, Utah, facilitates a training session that culminates in an implementable STEM lesson plan.

April 15, 2016

Hermit Crab Habitats – Part 1
At Neil Armstrong Academy in West Valley City, Utah, Ms. Kacie O’Maley’s 3rd grade students take part in a three-day STEM project of researching, designing, and creating hermit crab habitats.

Finding Fossils
As a culminating activity for the fossil unit, students in Dave Pendleton’s 4th grade class at Neil Armstrong Academy are excavating their own fossils. They examine and measure their fossils, write down their observations, and hypothesize about their origins.

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Engineering Houses for the Three Little Pigs
In Ms. Jacqui Moncrief’s pre-K class at Heritage Elementary in St. George, Utah, students have been learning about engineering and the letter “B.” To reinforce the letter “B,” students learn about building through a picture book version of The Three Little Pigs.

Whale Insulation Investigation
STEM education encourages students to explore the world around them. In a unit on oceans, students in Ms. Rachel Sorensen’s kindergarten class work in stations to learn about whale insulation and body parts. 

Hermit Crab Habitats – Part 2
Hermit Crab Habitats – Part 3
At Neil Armstrong Academy in West Valley City, Utah, Ms. Kacie O’Maley’s 3rd grade students take part in a three-day STEM project of researching, designing, and creating hermit crab habitats.

1:1 Devices With Google Classroom
In Ms. Mysti Hedquist’s 5th grade class, students are learning about prepositions. To support their learning, the students use Google Classroom and other apps on their personal devices.

Designing Birdhouses
At Neil Armstrong Academy in West Valley City, Utah, Ms. Monica Marsing’s 6th grade students work in groups to research and design birdhouses for local birds.

April 6, 2016

Edivate Plateform Enhancements and Updates

  • New ‘thumbs up / thumbs down’ rating system for Edivate videos
  • Completed Trainings can now be archived in Catalogs
  • Oklahoma Academic PASS Standards now shown on videos for all users in Oklahoma
  • Addressed defects
    • Reflection Question follow-up emails now being sent again

Edivate Observe Updates

  • New Reports
    • Observation Status Report – displays a summary of all in-progress and completed observations, as well as educators who have not been observed
    • Detailed PD Status Report – displays all professional development assigned as a result of an observation, along with completion status
  • Improved Template Creation Experience
    • New Template Preview mode – allows template creators to review templates, check scoring calculations, and review recommended PD
    • Show count of recommended PD in template creation view
    • Attach PD at the template level
    • Lock icon for templates that cannot be edited
    • Support for ‘Not Applicable’ option for items to be excluded from scoring calculations (AVG, SUM functions)
    • Video details now available when assigning PD
    • Multiple choice and rubric template items can now be copied for faster template creation

April 1, 2016

STEM Video Release

Ablative Shield Engineering Part 1: Designs and Prototypes
Students in Ms. Britnie Powell’s 6th grade class are studying heat transfer. In these two segments, students engage in an engineering design challenge: each group will design an ablative shield that can withstand the heat of a blowtorch for three minutes so that a raw egg placed behind the shield isn’t scorched or cooked.

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Ablative Shield Engineering Part 2: Redesign and Retest
Students in Ms. Britnie Powell’s 6th grade class are studying heat transfer. In these two segments, students engage in an engineering design challenge: each group will design an ablative shield that can withstand the heat of a blowtorch for three minutes so that a raw egg placed behind the shield isn’t scorched or cooked.

The Scientific Method and Heat Transfer Part 1: Insulation Experiment
The Scientific Method and Heat Transfer Part 2: Box and Whisker Data Analysis
STEM education allows students to apply mathematical knowledge in practical settings. In this two-part lesson, Ms. Britnie Powell guides her 6th grade students as they create an experiment to monitor the rate of heat lost through different insulators, then use box and whisker plots to analyze data they collected about heat loss rates for various insulators.

March 28, 2016

STEM Video Release

Investigating Water Samples Part 1: Measuring Salinity
As part of a unit about the water cycle, Ms. Shea Wickelson’s chemistry students visit Utah’s Great Salt Lake, measuring the salinity of water samples from different areas of the lake with homemade hydrometers.

Exploring Force and Acceleration
In Mr. Matthew T. Smith’s physics class, students have been studying the relationship between mass, force, and acceleration. In this lesson, students will explore the relationship between force and acceleration using accelerometers and low-friction cars.

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Investigating Water Samples Part 2: Student Presentations
Ms. Shea Wickelson’s chemistry students take part in a unit about the water cycle. The students measure the salinity of the Great Salt Lake, visit water treatment plants and university laboratories, and as a culminating project, create and present posters.

Paramecium Power Struggle Part 1: Designing the Experiment
Paramecium Power Struggle Part 2: Gathering Data
Paramecium Power Struggle Part 3: Drawing Conclusions
Students in Ms. Elizabeth Moretz’s high-school science class learn about competitive exclusion by re-creating an experiment originally performed by Russian ecologist Georgy Gause. In Part 1 of this 3-part series, students set up their experiment using a design template.

March 11, 2016

STEM Video Release

Creating With Shapes
At Springdale Elementary School in St. George, Utah, Ms. Becky Barker encourages innovation and creativity in her kindergarten students by adding an art component to her math lesson. Students learn to identify shapes and use them to create their own designs.

Designated Science Teachers in Elementary Schools
Many elementary schools are exploring the benefits of assigning a designated teacher to provide science activities for all classrooms on a rotating basis. Watch as Cindy Hatch, Shelly Reynolds, and Jackie Avon facilitate activities to reinforce and extend the science learning that takes place as part of regular classroom instruction.

Identifying Lipids: Their Sources and Functions
At Desert Hills Middle School in St. George, Utah, Ms. Shelli Barnum creates cross-curricular STEM experiences for students in her family and consumer science class. In this segment, students learn about the molecular composition of lipids and their effects on the body.

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5th Grade: Exploring Gravity and Friction
At Arrowhead Elementary in Santa Clara, Utah, Ms. Brenda Bringhurst’s 5th graders explore Newton’s first law of motion by constructing and testing marble tracks.

5th Grade: Investigating Physical and Chemical Change
As the designated science teacher at Dixie Sun Elementary in St. George, Utah, Ms. Shelly Reynolds facilitates an activity for a 5th grade class to reinforce the concepts of physical and chemical change.

5th Grade: Exploring Structural Support in Architecture
In Ms. Jacquie Tuitavuki’s 5th grade class at Arrowhead Elementary in Santa Clara, Utah, students are tasked with building a toothpick and gumdrop structure that must support books placed on it. Students explore the principles of engineering design as they build and test their structures. 

6th Grade: Counting Candies in Base 5
In Ms. Diane Crim’s 6th grade extension math class at the Salt Lake Center for Science Education in Salt Lake City, Utah, some students work in stations to reinforce math concepts and logical thinking, while others learn about base five in a teacher-led mini-lesson.

8th Grade: Making Ice Cream: An Exploration of Physical Change
In Ms. Kelli Cheesman’s 8th grade science class at Sandstone Elementary in St. George, Utah, students have been learning about chemical and physical changes. As a summary activity, students observe ingredients as they mix to create ice cream.

8th Grade: Fun with Functions
In Ms. Kris Cunningham’s 8th grade math class at Dixie Middle School in St. George, Utah, students begin a unit on mathematical functions. They define the concept, then diagram examples and non-examples.

Middle School: Systems of Equations and Phone Plans
Students in Mr. Scott Murdock’s math class at Dixie Middle School in St. George, Utah, are writing systems of equations to help them solve real-world problems, including choosing a cell phone plan and buying a car. They work with variables such as data, minutes, mileage, and the total price of the car.

February 19, 2016

Clarke County, Georgia, Success Story
In Athens, Georgia, the high-poverty Clarke County School District created a cultural shift of high expectations, community partnerships, and technology integration, resulting in an increased graduation rate of 26.8% over six years.

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January 29, 2016

Proof of PD Impact: Steve Shaha, Part 1
Dr. Steve Shaha, independent researcher, describes a study that quantifies the effectiveness of professional learning for teachers as measured by student achievement.

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Proof of Impact: Kelly Glassett, Part 1
Dr. Kelly Glassett shares the data that verifies that the level of teacher activity and engagement with online professional learning is positively correlated with student performance.

Proof of Impact: Kelly Glassett, Part 2
Dr. Kelly Glassett examines the long-term impact for on-demand online professional development and how that impacts student performance.

Proof of Impact: Steve Shaha, Part 2
Dr. Steve Shaha examines research identifying predictors of the greatest success for teachers as a result of their participation in professional learning.