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Software for student publishing and creativity.

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Online student publishing and creativity platform.

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Get students making for Earth Day

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Apr 11, 2018 1:13:03 PM

Earth Day makes it easy to tap into student passion and connect them to the natural world around them. Here are some ideas for using Wixie for Earth Day projects to get your students making as they:
  • share knowledge and ideas from their research to inform others,
  • raise awareness of the impact of human activity on the environment,
  • connect others to the natural world around them,
  • change minds and behavior for lasting impact.

As students connect their research to action, rather than telling them what to make, work with your students to discuss effective products and solutions they can create to achieve these goals. Here are some ideas you can share with them to get their creative juices flowing.

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Topics: Wixie, STEM, create, science

22 Ideas for Earth Science Week

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Oct 9, 2013 10:27:00 AM

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Topics: pbl, animation, STEM, authentic task, science, STEAM

Facilitate the Scientific Thinking Process

Posted by Joseph Machado on Aug 15, 2011 3:12:00 PM

Science education, today, focuses more on students than teachers. With the emphasis on the learner, we see that learning is an active process. From this perspective, learning outcomes do not necessarily depend on what the teacher presents. Rather, they are determined and valued based on the types of questions students are asking from the information they encounter and perceive.

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Topics: creativity, understanding, constructivism, teachers, science

Creativity in the Science Classroom

Posted by Joseph Machado on Apr 13, 2011 11:08:00 AM


As Samuel Johnson once said, "Youth is the time of enterprise and hope."

Many teachers find it hard to design imaginative ways of teaching science, especially if science is not their specialty.  I know this was a struggle for me when I was teaching 6th grade.  Science seemed to take a back seat over my love for social studies and language arts.  Today, with the use of productivity and creativity tools, doors are opening for teachers and students to creatively engage with content.

History has shown scientific revolutions are often led by the youngest scientists.

  • In 1953, when James Watson was only 25, he co-wrote one of the most important scientific papers of all time.
  • Marie Curie, the physicist, was just turning 30 when she began investigating radioactivity.
  • Isaac Newton was 23 when he began inventing calculus.
  • Albert Einstein published several of his most important papers at the age of 26.
  • Werner Heisenberg pioneered quantum mechanics in his mid-20s.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) most grants today for science and research go to adults during their senior years.  This is somewhat troubling given the stakes of 21st century learning.  Many youth today are not given the opportunity to explore ideas of innovation and creativity in the classroom, therefore inhibiting the advancement of science concepts.  Age does have its benefits in the field, but without the blossoming ideas of youth we may find ourselves further behind than we expect.

Tech4Learning has created a kit for both elementary and secondary science concepts.  Exploring these ideas with your students will aide in fostering creativity, innovation, and a deeper level of understanding with abstract science concepts.
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Topics: creativity, engage, 21st century classroom, technology integration, science

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