Tuesday, September 17 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
STEM + Common Core = Empowerment

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Envision a classroom filled with eager students. In that same classroom, students have access to iPads and Vernier probe ware as core components for instruction. Most importantly, the students are investigating a real-world problem in hopes of finding a solution for improving the world around them. Educationally, this scenario is ideal fodder for rigor and relevance! Merge eager students and real world applications with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and the Common Core to create an educational environment filled with inquiry and problem-based learning. During this session participants will experience all of these components in action via video clips, digital artifacts, and lesson experiences collected onboard the STEM Exploration Lab, a K-5 mobile classroom. Featured lesson samples will include Changes Around Our World: Physical and Chemical, Growing Strong: Interdependence of Living Things, Environmental Alert: Water and Air Quality, and Exploring STEM: Careers and Skills for Success. Student activities related to these lessons and the format for classroom delivery will be demonstrated and practiced briefly throughout the session. A few demonstrations to look forward to will be digital science note booking, simple data collection for K-2 students, and the vital role of student reflection in the classroom. Evidence of seamless integration across the curriculum promises to be inspiring! Featured apps participants may want to download prior to attending the session for demonstration use include iMotionHD by Fingerlab, Popplet Lite by Notion, Pic Stitch by Big Blue Clip, LLC, Evernote, SketchBook Express by Autodesk, Inc., i-nigma by 3GVision (or your favorite QR code reader) and Trading Cards by ReadWriteThink. All levels of technology users welcome!

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Amy Pruitt

Director of Horizons Unlimited, Rowan-Salisbury School System
Amy Pruitt has served students in the Rowan-Salisbury School System in Salisbury, North Carolina for 28 years at both the elementary and middle levels. She was part of the Rowan-Salisbury 21st Century Model Classroom teacher, holds National Board Certification in Early Adolescent/English... Read More →

Tuesday September 17, 2013 1:45pm - 2:45pm