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PODSTEMIC: Changing the face of STEM curriculum with mobile devices

Did you know that all jobs of the future will require a basic understanding of math and science? The most recent ten year employment projections by the U.S. Labor Department show that of the 20 fastest growing occupations projected for 2014, 15 of them require significant mathematics or science preparation to successfully compete for a job. As educators, what can we do to ensure our students are ready for the future? ENTER PODSTEMIC.

In this session, attendees will learn 10 different innovative ways to integrate Apple’s iPod touch and iPad into STEM curriculum. Attendees will discover valuable resources on new ways to infuse mobile devices into tough STEM classes.  This session will provide something for everyone, even if STEM content areas are not your focus.  At Podstemic, you will find how to manage these devices, how to use third party equipment in conjunction with these devices, and much more! Come and ENTER PODSTEMIC!

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  2. 2. DCS APS AGS DeKalb County Schools Atlanta Public Schools Atlanta Girls’ School Cathleen Richardson Cathleen Richardson Cathleen Richardson INSTRUCTIONAL DIRECTOR OF TEACHER TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST TECHNOLOGY
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  6. 6. S.T.E.M Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  8. 8. Boring
  9. 9. Cathy Martin Algebra I h e January 4, 1991 a t nc e M n c e c ie h at c ie d S I e S a n h at a th I M I h ate I B oys
  10. 10. I strongly disliked Math and Science.
  11. 11. “ Never use the word hate. You don’t hate anything. It is such an ugly word. You don’t hate, maybe you just...dislike. “ - circa 1982 - Catheryn Martin,
  12. 12. Hated it...
  13. 13. “Educate to Innovate”
  14. 14. Educate to Innovate
  15. 15. AHA MOMENT
  16. 16. L IST DO TO sea rch re so me 1. Do the rst and hat nd e an d w l ly u TEM 2. Fu f S itio n o lik e in de fin d look sh oul it on. ati e duc
  17. 17. Grow Up Great program One Giant Step for STEM Education
  18. 18. Students should be problem-solvers, able to define questions and problems, design investigations to gather data, collect and organize data, draw conclusions, and then apply understanding to new and novel situations. Students should be innovators, creatively use science, mathematics and technology concepts and principles by applying them to the engineering process. Students should be inventors and recognize the needs of the world and creatively design, test, redesign, and then implement solutions. Students should be self-reliant, able to use initiative, and self motivation to set agendas, develop and gain self-confidence, and work within time specified time frames. Students should be logical thinkers, able to apply rational and logical thought processes of science, mathematics, and engineering design to innovation and invention. Students should be technologically literate, understand and explain the nature of technology, develop the skills needed, and and apply technology appropriately.
  19. 19. The first thing that dawned on me was, these sound like 21st Century Skills.   Maybe STEM curriculum isn't that boring...yea right!
  20. 20. I like all of these words.  Did I miss something in MS and HS?  Or maybe...did my teachers miss something?  So I decided to come up with a way to engage students in STEM classes.  
  21. 21. What could I integrate into the curriculum to get kids excited about learning STEM curriculum?
  22. 22. HEALTH CARE 1.Medical Roboticist New technology is doing amazing things for medical patients these days, especially in the world of robotics. We aren’t quite at a Six-Million Dollar Man level yet – but we’re getting awfully close. From physical therapy exoskeletons to new and improved forms of prosthetic attachments, science-minded individuals will be needed to help develop medical technology that is better, stronger, and faster than it ever was before. 2.Genetic Counselor As genetics continues to be fine-tuned, doctors will be able to run tests to predict all manner of markers and conditions. Genetic counselors have the job of helping families make decisions about their future children in regards to available genetic technologies. At the present, according to MSNBC, “about 2,000 counselors are recognized by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.” As technology improves and becomes more widespread, expect the need for counselors to grow right along with it. 4.Bioinformatician Whenever new terrain is charted, maps must be drafted to document and understand the new discoveries. Not only is this true in geography, but in biology as well. As genomic and molecular research continues to intensify over the years, the science community will need plenty of young bioinformatics majors to map, analyze, create 3-D models of and compare DNA and protein structures – hopefully resulting in better understanding and treatment of genetics in the future. 5.Stem Cell Researcher Stem cell research has been a controversial topic since the day it started gaining plausible ground, entrenched in a war of progress and ethics. Still, science finds a way. Already, researchers may have found an alternative to embryonic stem cells that may put the ethical battle to rest. If this is the case, more researchers than ever will be needed to develop cures for diseases, genetic enhancements, and whatever other secrets these cells may hold. 6.Custom Implant Organ Designer It wasn’t so long ago when organ transplants were the stuff of science-fiction novels. Now human ears are growing on mice for science, mouse brain cells are growing within robots for art, and the next wave of scientists are using gel-suspended cell cultures to draw custom-made organs for implants from scratch. When it comes to biomedical engineering, the sky is the limit, and young ingenious scientists are needed all the time to keep on searching for the next big breakthrough.
  23. 23. S.T.E.M
  24. 24. My first computer
  25. 25. My son’s first computer
  26. 26. My daughter’s first computer
  27. 27. My daughter’s first computer
  28. 28. What are we doing to prepare our students for tomorrow?  Private schools have more flexibility.  Private schools can offer more rigorous content and learning experiences.  You already have an edge being 1 to 1 schools, but are you using your edge to the fullest?  For those of you who are 2 to 1 or are thinking of moving to a 2 to 1? It is time to provide your students with the most enriching, engaging, exciting experience. Still debating? Still trying to figure out what these tools look like in the classroom?
  29. 29. Podstemic is a site I have created that showcases how to integrate the iPod touch and the iPad into STEM classes to drastically change the learning environment.  Even if you aren't a STEM teacher, there is something here for everyone.
  30. 30. 10 ways to take learning mobile in STEM classes
  31. 31. 1 VI DEOS
  32. 32. Videos iTunes U, Podcasts, unitedstreaming
  33. 33. Science House Videos
  34. 34. 2 INTER NET
  35. 35. Internet: Safari Research. Bookmark your Webquests. Teachers can sync bookmarks to the iPod touch/iPad for instant access to web sites and all content on iTunes U and podcast content. Save images and make a slideshow. Webquests
  36. 36. 3 e BOOKS
  37. 37. eBooks Hippo Campus, iBook, Classics, Free Books, BN, Kobo, Project Gutenberg, Stanza and many more apps
  38. 38. Papers allows students to carry a personal library of science with them at all times whether they're at a conference, in class, visiting their peers, on the couch or on the road. Eight search engines allow students to access millions of articles from: ACM, NASA-ADS, arXiv, Google Scholar, IEEE Xplore, JSTOR, Pubmed, and Web of Science. Students and professionals can use Papers built- in PDF viewer to not only read articles, but also add their thoughts and notes to the articles they read.
  39. 39. 4 APP LICATIONS
  40. 40. Apps Elements, Dragon Dictation, Sparkvue, Numberline, NASA, Google Earth, iP83, Math Snacks, Bump, Dashcode, iWebKit, MobilAP SPARKvue brings real-time measurement, data visualization, and analysis to science education everywhere. Students can use the new PASPORT AirLink 2 Bluetooth interface to connect to over 70 PASCO sensors, measuring a wide range of phenomena, including pH, temperature, force, carbon dioxide level, and many more. SPARKvue is designed for scientific inquiry in biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, physics, and physical science. SPARKvue can also record data from the iPhone or iPod Touch's internal accelerometer, with no additional hardware needed. Features • Enables scientific inquiry anytime, anywhere • Build your own scientific explorations • Measure data in real time from PASCO's full line of PASPORT sensors with the PASPORT AirLink 2, or use the internal accelerometer • Display data in a graph, analog meter, or digital display • Collect up to 99 runs of data • Analyze data with built-in statistics • Export data via email for further investigation • Perfect for amusement park physics Even without PASCO sensors, you can use SPARKvue to collect data from the internal accelerometer in your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. With no external sensor connected, SPARKvue defaults to measuring the resultant acceleration from the internal accelerometer, but you can change the axis of measurement when you setup your experiment. SparkVue PI 83 Calculator
  41. 41. Apps Elements, Dragon Dictation, SparkVue, Numberline, NASA, AirMicro, Google Earth, iP83, Math Snacks, Bump, Dashcode, iWebKit, MobilAP Numberline Algebra Prep
  42. 42. Apps Elements, Dragon Dictation, Sparkvue, Numberline, NASA, AirMicro, Google Earth, iP83, Math Snacks, Bump, Dashcode, iWebKit, MobilAP Dragon Dictation Bump
  43. 43. The Elements gives you access to the entire periodic table of elements. Full of rotating images, stories and facts about each of the elements, this app brings the periodic table to life. Plus, unlike a traditional textbook, the app can be easily updated to include new information -- version included element 117 which was discovered in April 2010.
  44. 44. With modalityBODY students can organize, annotate, search and store thousands of medical images and create custom image collections for study and reference. Users can import images, drop pins to create annotations, and organize them into albums. And they can visit the modalityBODY store and register to both download free and paid premium content from world-class commercially available anatomical and medical imaging atlases and flash cards. With this app, health sciences students and professionals can create an an anatomy and medical image reference library for study and training.
  45. 45. On Track Time, Money & Fractions, students learn how to add coins, tell time, and basic concepts around fractions. Exercises are presented with detailed instructions and clear examples. Performance is encouraged by audio guidance, instant grading, progress-tracking, and ample positive reinforcement. In addition, each skill section has a no-stress learning area where children can explore each concept without being graded.
  46. 46. BrainPOP’s new iPad app is free, and provides a new animated movie and interactive quiz each day. Topics include Science, Math, Social Studies, English, Technology, Arts & Music, and Health - everything from Carnivorous Plants to Abraham Lincoln. All movies are captioned, making it easy to read along.
  47. 47. 5 SLIDE SHOWS
  48. 48. Slideshows Save pictures in Safari and then create a slide show or import pictures from a camera and showcase. Also: YouTube and Keynote Slides
  49. 49. 6 VOICE MEMOS
  50. 50. Voice Memos Using a headphone/mic combo or a mic you can create voice recordings. You can even customize the recording and email the file.
  51. 51. Additional Microphones
  53. 53. Communication Watch and interact with an experts in the STEM professions using USTREAMTV. Chat or have an audio conference through Skype.
  55. 55. Creation Stations Students can be more than consumers...they can be inventors. Sonic Pics Story Kit
  56. 56. Evernote
  57. 57. 9 OR GANIZATION
  58. 58. Organization Stay up-to-date with all of your STEM assignments, keep all of your files in one place and much more. iCal iHomework
  59. 59. Blackboard Mobile Learn for the iPhone Folders
  60. 60. StudyWiz Mobile eLocker
  61. 61. Blackboard Mobile Learn for the iPad Blackboard Mobile Learn is the mobile extension of the Blackboard product. If a school has enabled Mobile Learn, students and teachers can access teaching and learning wherever and whenever they choose. With Blackboard Mobile Learn for iPad students and teachers can: Post to a discussion board, check on important class announcements, read new assignments, check grades and find out what’s new across all the classes you’re taking (or teaching).
  62. 62. 10 OTH ER
  63. 63. Other Many more exciting ways to integrate the iPod touch and iPad into STEM classrooms.
  64. 64. Proscope Mobile AirMicro
  65. 65. Student Response eClicker, Poll Everywhere, iResponse
  66. 66. Apple Wiki Server
  67. 67. Assessments using Google Doc Forms
  68. 68. et ck a Po l r en c he Tea
  69. 69. Te Pu ache rse r in Cou the ture
  70. 70. FIELD TRIP
  71. 71. Take out your iPods class.
  72. 72. A Day in the Life of an iPod touch and iPad in Education
  73. 73. S T E DREA M THM EATR E Pediat rician
  74. 74. S T E DREA M THM EATR E Artist
  75. 75. Dreaming Liberty Peter Max Peter Max
  76. 76. The Artist in You Artist Abstract Traditional
  77. 77. S T E DREA M THM EATR E Engine er
  78. 78. 2010
  79. 79. anywhere, anytime, anyone
  80. 80. “its not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” -Charles Darwin
  81. 81. 9:42 AM Additional Resources
  82. 82. We could potentially lose yet another generation of engineers, scientists, technologists, and entrepreneurs while creating a permanent underclass. The new American economy is dependent upon advancements in digital technology, programming, manufacturing, healthcare, space exploration, finance, food production and “green” industries.
  83. 83. What will you do to prevent this?
  84. 84. Challenge: Find new and exciting ways to engage your students. Allow them to power up when they come to school, not down.