STEAM / STEM /STREAM

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four major parts of education science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an applied approach. Many teachers use the STEM curriculum because it integrates all four parts into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications that students may encounter. With the advancements in STEM many are now including Art which allows students to become more creative in their learning process. They are now putting fun and interest in learning to draw kids closer and helping them gain more interest in learning. Because of this STEM now becomes STEAM.  When it comes to applying both terms into a curriculum you can have either teacher centered learning and student centered learning. Teacher Centered Learning is said to be when the student focuses solely on the teacher. The teacher is talking/ teaching and the student is just taking in information. And student would rarely be allowed to collaborate with one another.  Whereas in Student-centered learning the student are actively participating in their learning process alongside the teacher and are encouraged to work with one another. It is not a rushed process and allows the student to work at his or her own pace. But both curriculum in my opinion strongly encourages student centered learning because it allows the student to interacts with fellow classmates while getting the hands on experience. I don’t believe this takes away from teacher centered learning, because it also requires/allows the teacher to teach. But with much advancement in both STEM and STEAM many professional have included reading and writing into this oh so successful curriculum. STREAM

Technology In Education

Technology is becoming a huge part of our world today but when it comes to technology being integrated in the classroom I’m not too sure I agree with that. Though there are many positive things that can come from integrating why not just stick with the old way of teaching where the TEACHER actually teaches and not be so dependent on technology. Any who the use of technology can and will allow students to use technology as a tool or a support for communicating with others, because of this they then become in an active role rather than the passive role of recipient of information transmitted by a teacher, textbook, or broadcast. The student is actively making choices about how to generate, obtain, manipulate, or display information. Technology use allows many more students to be actively thinking about information, making choices, and executing skills than is typical in teacher-led lessons. These are all positive thing that can come from integrating the use of technology in education.
Many websites such as these below better explain why integrating technology into the class room is beneficial and explains why.
http://www.edutopia.org/technology-integration-introduction
http://www.naesp.org/principal-januaryfebruary-2012-technology/technology-integration-new-21st-century-learner
http://www.nms.org/Blog/TabId/58/PostId/188/technology-in-the-classroom-the-benefits-of-blended-learning.aspx

Do’s and Dont’s of Social Media

Many people are unaware of the risk that comes with social media, especially those who are always looking for new ways to do a lot of different things. These are just a few things that may help browse the web a little safer.

Don’ts of Social Media:

DO NOT Publish Information hats identifies you. ex. address, phone number, date of birth

DO NOT Upload inappropriate pictures

DO NOT gives apps permission before verifying

DO NOT use inappropriate language

DO’s of Social Media:

Chose sensible, strong, hard to guess pass words

Know the privacy settings

Be selective when adding friends

Stop and think before you click

Make sure to use fully protected computers

These are just a few tips to help browse the web a little safer.

My Phylosophy of Education

From an early age, we’ve been told that education is the key to one’s success in life. though I agree I personally feel like we are all stuck in a repetitive system where we are taught that school is the only option for survival. which hold true for many. But personally I agree with the quote below:

“Other statements of educational purpose have also been widely accepted: to develop the intellect, to serve social needs, to contribute to the economy, to create an effective work force, to prepare students for a job or career, to promote a particular social or political system. These purposes offered are undesirably limited in scope, and in some instances they conflict with the broad purpose I have indicated; they imply a distorted human existence. The broader humanistic purpose includes all of them, and goes beyond them, for it seeks to encompass all the dimensions of human experience.”
—Arthur W. Foshay, “The Curriculum Matrix: Transcendence and Mathematics,”
Journal of Curriculum and Supervision,1991