Jumping into STEM Learning and Climbing Past Language Barriers

By Elizabeth Stevenson, fourth grade teacher in Chicago, IL, and Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
October 5, 2016

Award-winning project replicated with DIY Guide grant from Allen Distinguished Educators 


DIY Guide grants ensure adoption of ADE-created classroom projects and practices across a diverse range of schools – engaging student of all backgrounds.

Twenty minute exercises and school lunches inspired STEM learning in a class with over 80% English Language Learners (ELL) thanks to creative adaptations to the 53 Miles per Burrito project by Elizabeth Stevenson, a 4th grade teacher in Chicago. This high school-level engineering and sustainability project, developed by 2014 ADE awardee Mike Wierusz, prompts students to answer the question: “Can I ride 53 miles on a bike from the energy of a single burrito?” 

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3 Road-Tested Tools and Tips to Help Students Master 21st Century Skills

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
September 29, 2016

Between snaps, apps, naps, and class, high school students are considering their next steps after graduation. The job market is increasingly influenced by transformative technology, global communications, and complex problems that require collaborative solutions. Teachers working within the confines of traditional school settings often face challenges as they look for ways to equip students with the “21st century skills” they need to be successful. Allen Distinguished Educators, facing similar challenges, have developed “Roadmaps” with practical, tactical solutions to overcoming these challenges. These ADE Roadmaps offer road-tested advice and guidance for  teachers based on their experience. 

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ADE Community Newsletter | September 2016

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
September 13, 2016

New this month: A third grade teacher in Austin, TX, is MAKEing the most of project-based learning, and 2016 ADE Dawn DuPriest shares her experiences with Virtual Reality (VR) in the classroom.

Thanks to everyone that applied for an ADE DIY grant! Be on the lookout for a special announcement regarding our newest grantees.
 

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MAKEing the Most of Project-Based Learning

By Diana Dull, third grade teacher in Austin, TX, and Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
September 12, 2016

Award-winning project replicated with DIY Guide grant from Allen Distinguished Educators


DIY Guide grants ensure adoption of ADE-created classroom projects and practices across a diverse range of schools – engaging student of all backgrounds.

“One of the biggest challenges I have as a teacher is finding the time for students to engage in projects. When I came across MAKEShift Poetry, I was excited to find a project that combined science and math with poetry and language arts,” said Diana Dull, a third grade teacher and DIY grantee from the Allen Distinguished Educators (ADE) program. “If I can do something with students across multiple content areas, I increase the amount of class time available for the project.” Dull is one of 28 teachers to receive a DIY Guide grant from the ADE program in spring of 2016. 

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Realities of Bringing Virtual Reality (VR) to the Classroom

By Dawn DuPriest, middle school computer science and electronics teacher at Preston Middle School and 2016 Allen Distinguished Educator
September 6, 2016

My first experience with Virtual Reality (VR) as an educator came about as a stroke of good fortune. One of my friends, an engineer at Google, won an Oculus Rift DK2 for placing second in a Google hackathon and offered to donate it to my class last spring. What do you say when someone offers you a bleeding-edge piece of technology? Of course I said yes, even though I couldn't imagine what I would do with it and didn't really understand what a VR headset was. With help from my colleagues and students, we worked together to explore VR educational opportunities at our school.

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