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Engage your STEM(+) students - a guide to free HP Catalyst Academy mini-courses for educators

Looking for ways to bring the excitement of science, technology, engineering, math, and more to your STEM(+) classroom? The HP Catalyst Academy now offers over 30 amazing (and free!) online mini-courses designed for teachers, by teachers.

 

Not sure where to start? Try the new "Guide to HP Catalyst Academy Mini-Courses" to help you find the "professional development" experience that's just right for you...

 

 

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Constructing Kenya - a US / Kenya university collaboration

Nearly two years ago I shared how mobile technology was bringing rural schools in Kenya into the 21st centuryIt created a learning experience that was not possible before – and the story didn't end there...

 

 

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2 New (free!) Online Mini-Courses for STEM(+) Teachers!

Want to introduce your students to the “essence of engineering design”? These two new mini-courses from the HP Catalyst Academy for teachers will help you put the "E" in STEM(+)…

 

 

STEMxCON Brings Educators Together from Across the World!

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More than 3700 educators from 108 countries attended STEMxCON, the world’s first Massively Open Online Conference for STEM Educators. One participant even called it “Professional Development in my PJ's”.

 

Read more and find out how to access the archives...

 

 

STEMxCON so far: WOW! - and 10 more hours to go!

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What a wonderful whirlwind! The STEMxCon non-stop online conference for STEM educators has been amazing/fascinating/exhausting/inspiring. If you haven’t dropped by for a live session yet, you have another 10 hours (closing keynote is 5pm Pacific today, 21 Sept) – or you can watch the recordings.

 

But I have to say, it’s the MOST fun when you can interact directly with these amazing educators. Here are my thoughts so far…

 

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(screenshot from Randy Musallam's keynote, Explore-Flip-Apply: A Pedagogy First Approach to Reverse Instruction)

Game Design & Flipping Your Class: Two New (Free!) HP Catalyst Academy mini-courses

   

 

 

Want to bring Game Design into your K-12 classroom and increase student engagement in STEMx learning? The Learning Games Network will show you how to use their amazing Game Design Toolkit.

Want to learn a about a new tool for “Flipping” your classroom and encouraging deeper thinking and conversations? Learn how to use Classroom Salon, a free web-tool developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.

 

Check out these two new (free!) mini-courses just added to the HP Catalyst Academy catalog…

HP Catalyst Academy Announces New Awards!

The HP Catalyst Academy’s network of online mini-courses for STEMx teachers is growing! Twenty new mini-courses have been selected from a pool of international applications, and the list is very exciting…

 

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#STEMx at the #ISTE13 Conference June 23-26 :: See you there?

Whether you’re attending in person or virtually, you won’t want to miss the ISTE conference…

 


 

New OECD Case Study: Sparking Innovation in STEM Education with Technology and Collaboration

A newly released case study examines the emerging STEMx education innovations and the impact of international collaboration among the educators participating in the first two years of the HP Catalyst Initiative...

 

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Northwestern University iLabs receives prestigious CENIC award

The significance of remotely accessible science labs for high school students has caught the attention of the leaders of California’s high-speed education network....

 

Re-Engaging Students using Virtual World Simulations

Learning in “simulated worlds” is not a new idea – but the HP Catalyst team at City Academy in Norwich (UK) has a new approach… and some fascinating insights about its impact on at-risk students…

 

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Re-Imagining STEMx Education (part 2 - New Models of Learning & Teaching)

Re-Imagining STEMx Education (part 2)

New Approaches to Teaching & Learning for a High-Tech World

 

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In Part 1, I described why we need to re-imagine STEMx teaching and learning. Now, let me share some interesting new models that have emerged from the HP Catalyst Initiative...

Re-Imagining STEMx Education (part 1 - Why this matters)

Re-Imagining STEMx Education

New Approaches to Teaching & Learning for a High-Tech World

 

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Education systems around the world are placing a growing emphasis on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs and curricula. The siren calls of “innovation” and “workforce competitiveness” are often the engine behind the drive, accompanied by the call for “21st century skills”. But are we fully considering the future into which our students will be graduating? Are we giving our students the experiences they need to be ready for the high-tech world of work and global citizenship?...

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About the Author
  • Jim Vanides is responsible for the vision, strategy, design, and implementation of education technology innovation initiatives. His focus is the effective use of technology to create powerful learning experiences that help students around the world succeed. He has been instrumental in launching over 1200 primary, secondary, and higher education projects in 41 countries, including the HP Catalyst Initiative - a 15-country network of 60+ education organizations exploring innovations in STEM(+) learning and teaching. In addition to his work at HP, Jim teaches an online course for Montana State University on the Science of Sound, a masters-level, conceptual physics course for teachers in grades 5 through 8. Jim’s past work at HP has included engineering design, engineering management, and program management in R&D, Manufacturing, and Business Development. He holds a BS in Engineering and a MA in Education, both from Stanford University.