#UTedChat Questions for 4/5 – Digital Teaching & Learning #UTDTL

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This week we have Tony Campbell (@tcamptech)  from Washington County School District leading a discussion about Digital Teaching and Learning. This is a very interesting and important topic, especially with the Digital Teaching and Learning grant here in Utah. If you haven't already followed Tony via Twitter (@tcamptech) you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. 

As always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Q1: What are the elements of quality digital teaching and learning?

Q2: What tools and resources do you use for learning?

Q3: How do you determine which tools and resources are effective?

Q4: What digital teaching and learning practice(s) have proven to be most powerful?

Q5: How do you engage leaders, parents, students and co-workers in overcoming those challenges?

Q6: What digital teaching and learning practice(s) have proven to be most powerful?


Tony Campbell is the Digital Learning Coordinator for WCSD, teacher, futurist, father and husband.

You can follow Tony via Twitter at @tcamptech.

New Lesson Plans Available on NASA/4-H Expeditionary Skills Website

Written by Nathan Smith on . Posted in STEM and STEAM

Find out what astronaut Victor Glover has to say about self-care and team-care. NASA Education’s STEM on Station and 4-H announce the third learning module release for Expeditionary Skills for Life, a curriculum modeled after the soft skills astronauts work to develop as they prepare to live and work together on the International Space Station. Expeditionary skills include self-care and team-care; cultural competency; leadership and followership; teamwork; and communication. Each skill-focused learning module includes STEM-based activities along with a video message from an astronaut or astronaut trainer explaining how the skill is used at NASA and why it is important to a successful STEM career. The self-care/team-care video features Victor Glover as he shares a personal story.

The release of Expeditionary Skills for Life aligns with the spaceflight of astronaut Peggy Whitson, a former 4-H member. Whitson helped develop the expeditionary skills courses used during astronaut candidate training. 

The lesson plans and videos will be used in 4-H clubs and camps throughout the U.S. and are available publicly at www.nasa.gov/education/4H.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is the youth outreach program from the land-grant universities’ Cooperative Extension Services and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Please direct questions about these resources to Kelly McCormick at Kelly.McCormick-1@nasa.gov.

Educator Workshop: The Little Blue Dot — Earth Science for Middle School Teachers

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Are you a highly motivated middle school teacher who wants to increase your knowledge of Earth science? Sign up today to attend "The Little Blue Dot — Earth Science for Middle School Teachers" workshop. Sponsored by the Texas Space Grant Consortium, this workshop will take place June 12-15, 2017, at the University of Texas in Austin. 

Workshop attendees will learn about hands-on activities designed to support the Earth science standards in grades 6-8. NASA scientists and engineers will share their expertise and Earth science research. Participants will earn 24 hours of professional development credit in Earth science.

For more information, visit http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/earth-science-workshop/

Please direct questions about the workshop to Margaret Baguio at baguio@csr.utexas.edu.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 12 to the International Space Station

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The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce a science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, opportunity for school districts across the U.S. and space station partner nations. The newest flight opportunity, Mission 12 to the International Space Station, gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the space station. This opportunity is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP.

Each participating community will receive a microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment and all launch services to fly the minilab to the space station in spring/summer 2018 and return it to Earth. An experiment design competition in each community — engaging typically 300+ students — allows student teams to design and propose real experiments vying for their community′s reserved mini-lab.

Content resources for teachers and students support foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental design. Additional SSEP programming uses the experiment design competition to engage the community in embracing a learning-community model for STEM education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informal education groups and organizations also are encouraged to participate. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than April 28, 2017. The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education is available to help interested communities in the U.S. secure the needed funding.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the “SSEP Mission 12 to International Space Station” National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2017/03/new-flight-opportunity-for-school-districts-announcing-student-spaceflight-experiments-program-ssep-mission-12-to-the-international-space-station-starting-september-2017/

SSEP is enabled through a strategic partnership with DreamUp PBC and NanoRacks LLC working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the use of the International Space Station as a national laboratory. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (http://www.iss-casis.org/) is a national partner of SSEP. To view a list of all SSEP national partners, visit http://ssep.ncesse.org/national-partners/.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email SSEP National Program Director Jeff Goldstein at jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org.

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Presents ‘STEM in 30’ Webcast Series

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The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is presenting a series of free education webcast events called "STEM in 30." This program consists of live, fast-paced 30-minute webcasts designed to increase interest and engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for students. To enhance the learning experience, students can get involved with the content through the interactive "Cover It Live" feature, which includes poll questions and classroom activities. The webcasts are available live on the National Air and Space Museum website and NASA TV, and they will be archived for on-demand viewing.

The Women Paving the Way to Mars
April 12, 2017, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT
“Boldly go where no man has gone before.” Iconic gender-specific phrases like this don’t tell the entire story. Women have been and continue to be an important part of the aerospace industry — from the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, to human computer Katherine Johnson, who helped send humans to the moon, to Christina Koch, one of NASA’s newest astronauts. Join the webcast to learn about the women who are helping pave the way to Mars.

African-American Contributions to Aviation and Spaceflight
May 17, 2017, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT
African-Americans have made contributions to aviation since its inception but found themselves routinely denied access to training as pilots and mechanics. “Brave” Bessie Coleman had to learn another language and travel across the ocean to earn her pilot’s license. The Tuskegee Airmen battled against discrimination to serve in World War II. NASA engineer Kobie Boykins helped design every rover that has gone to Mars.Join the webcast to explore the integral part African-Americans have played in shaping America's aerospace industry.

"STEM in 30" webcasts are online learning experiences but are filmed in front of a live audience. If you are interested in bringing your school group to a live filming of "STEM in 30," please email STEMin30@si.edufor details. 

For more information about the Smithsonian's "STEM in 30" Webcast Series, visit https://airandspace.si.edu/connect/stem-30.

Questions about this series should be directed to STEMin30@si.edu