Using stem in academic classes

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Using stem in academic classes

  1. 1. Using STEM in Academic Classes Dave Harms
  2. 2. Science • Alternative Energy Commercials • Jordan Water Stealing/ Tragedy of the Commons • Jordan Dead Sea Public Service Announcement
  3. 3. Saving The Dead Sea Mr. Harms
  4. 4. Dead Sea facts  Bordered by Jordan and Israel  Biblical References  Too salty for life = “Dead”  Lowest Point in the world
  5. 5. Dead Sea Products • Dead Sea Mud Mask • Dead Sea Salt • Dead Sea Salt Bath Crystals • Dead Sea Mud Soap
  6. 6. Dead Sea Disaster  Jordanian River being diverted  Sea Level dropping 3 ft a year  Dead Sea Disappearing 2050
  7. 7. Possible Solutions? • How can we save the Dead Sea? • Creating a PSA (Public Service Announcement) • Research solutions, choose one, explain it, and defend it! • Save the Dead Sea!
  8. 8. The Tragedy of the Commons and the Implications on Jordan Water Stealing Mr. Harms
  9. 9. • A community has a common grazing area • Everything is great as long as all the citizens have one sheep • Individual citizens wish to increase productivity by adding another sheep • As citizens add sheep; they individually increase productivity, but the entire common’s productivity decreases • Garett Harden The Tragedy of the Commons
  10. 10. • Jordan has grown because of Palestinian immigration and recently Iraqi immigration • Water supply remains the same Jordan
  11. 11. • Jordan = 4th water poor country in the world • Rationing water through tax • Farmers dig illegal wells for crops • 700 violations monthly in Amman alone • 42% Jordan’s Water is lost through theft and outdated pipes Jordan Water Stealing
  12. 12. • Israel building dams and diverting river flow of the River Jordan • Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan losing water • Cause of political tension Israel using Jordan River
  13. 13. • July 1, 2010 – up to a year in prison and fines • Repeat offenders can face up to two years in prison • Farmers drill illegal wells to water crops or tamper with meters • Water delivery rationed at once a week Jordan Laws
  14. 14. • Podcast – Audacity – Constitutional Convention Technology
  15. 15. Technology • PowerPoint Claymation movies • Get to Know You Hometown Movies • Advanced PowerPoint Presentations • Skype Call Recorder
  16. 16. Technology • Flipcams – Flipsoftware
  17. 17. So...what kind of video can I make?
  18. 18. • Movies can be as simple or complex as you want to make them. • Basic movies can be done with a computer and the Internet. • Digital cameras add more usefulness to the movies • Video cameras can be integrated as well What do we need?
  19. 19. • English – Feelings from a story • Math – Examples of shapes • Science - Environment examples • Social Studies – President’s duties • General – Get to know you activities Basic Movie Ideas
  20. 20. Technology cont… • Moviemaker – iMovie • Bill Movies – WWII Veteran Movies • Student becomes the Teacher (Slidecast) • GIS – Lost Mayan Cities • Books – Lulu.com
  21. 21. Technology • Wikis – get to know – writing research Assignment Average Word Count Average Raygor Grade Level Average Flesh Kincaid Grade Level Average Flesh Kincaid Reading Ease Score Average Grade Percentage Wiki 245.3 9.60 9.10 51.30 47.30% Written 168.20 9.78 11.10 48.30 28.70% Wiki Compared to Written 77.10 -0.18 -2.00 3.00 22.85%
  22. 22. Wikis • Authentic educational activity – publish research for others to view • Incorporates technology in content area • Incorporates research skills, Web 2.0, and presentation skills • Improves writing skills….
  23. 23. The Art of American Indian Cooking by Yeffe Kimball and Jean Anderson.
  24. 24. Wiki
  25. 25. Projects
  26. 26. Middle Eastern Project
  27. 27. Wiki
  28. 28. Math • Mayan Math
  29. 29. Math • African Aids Excel Project • Electoral College Project • Latin American Graphing • Financial Literacy
  30. 30. Contact • dharms@pentanet.k12.oh.us

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