You're Invited: Learn Effective Questioning Strategies for the Engineering Classroom

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 4/6/17 11:00 AM

So you’re teaching engineering to your elementary students. And today they’re designing a technology—perhaps a solar oven or a water filter. One group comes up with an unusually
A teacher examines a windmill
What can you say when a windmill doesn’t work?
creative design . . . but it doesn’t quite work as expected. Now what?

For maximum learning impact, you want to be ready with prompts that help your students do their own problem solving. In other words, you need effective questioning strategies! You can learn more about these strategies when you attend an interactive online learning session from Engineering is Elementary, scheduled for April 26, 2017.

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New Online PD Scholarship Opportunity

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 3/9/17 11:00 AM

EiE-Online-Logo-transp.pngWe’ve been very excited to roll out our new online professional development offerings over the past few months—we’ve conducted webinars about habits of mind and engineering in out-of-school time and we’ve had some amazing discussions with educators around the country about STEM integration and ELA connections. Now, we’re ready to take online PD to the next level with the very first online workshop series this summer. We’re looking for a small group of highly motivated teachers to help us pilot test this new experience. If you are selected, you’ll receive a scholarship that includes:

  • three online professional development sessions
  • an EiE teacher guide of your choice
  • the EiE materials kit for the unit
  • a classroom set of 24 storybooks for the unit
  • a $150 stipend for your feedback about the experience
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What Do You Learn at a Teacher Educator Institute?

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 2/9/17 11:00 AM

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One of EiE’s crowning achievements is our Professional Development (PD) program. Elementary educators who come into our workshops knowing almost nothing about engineering leave feeling like EiE experts. But as much as our PD staff would love to show every single teacher the best practices to implement EiE, they can’t be everywhere at once. So when a district or school needs to prepare many teachers to implement EiE and provide the long-term support they know their teachers need, they send their professional development providers to one of our Teacher Educator Institutes.

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Online PD Explores ELA Integration

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 1/12/17 11:21 AM

ost_webinar_6.23.16_5-2.jpgDid you know that each EiE unit was designed to support English Language Arts (ELA) instruction? Our curricula use a diverse
range of fiction and nonfiction video and print media as tools for setting the context for engineering challenges. This crosscurricular approach does more than help kids find meaningful real-world connections—it enhances learning across all subject areas. Join the EiE PD team on Tuesday, January 31st at 6:30 PM EST (3:30 PM PST) as they share their insights about ELA integration in the 60-minute interactive online PD session, “Integrating English Language Arts & Engineering in the Elementary Classroom.”

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You’re Invited: EiE Online PD Investigates Meaningful Integration

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 1/3/17 11:00 AM

Have you ever taught an integrated engineering lesson that is so engaging, it encourages even the most ardent math-hater in your classroom to complete some challenging calculations without a word of complaint? Integration between STEM subjects can be incredibly valuable to young learners when it’s done in a meaningful way. But what defines meaningful integration? Join the EiE PD team on January 11th at 6 PM EST as they explore this question in the 90-minute interactive online PD session, “Investigating What Makes Integration Between STEM Subjects Meaningful.”

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New from EiE Online PD: Effective Questioning Strategies for the Engineering Classroom

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 9/22/16 11:00 AM

So you’re teaching engineering to your elementary students. And today they’re designing a technology—perhaps a solar oven or a water filter. One group comes up with an unusually
A teacher examines a windmill
What can you say when a windmill doesn’t work?
creative design . . . but it doesn’t quite work as expected. Now what?

For maximum learning impact, you want to be ready with prompts that help your students do their own problem solving. In other words, you need effective questioning strategies! You can learn more about these strategies when you attend a new interactive online learning session from Engineering is Elementary, scheduled for October 13, 2016.

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New Webinar Explores How Students Develop “Engineering Habits of Mind”

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 9/8/16 11:00 AM

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Short videos of young engineers in action will be a highlight of this elementary webinar.

You’re invited! On Thursday, Sept. 29th at 4:00 EDT, Engineering is Elementary will offer a webinar for elementary educators who are integrating engineering in their classrooms. “Fostering Engineering Habits of Mind—Encouraging Elementary Students to Think like Engineers” is a one-hour interactive session where you’ll learn about the positive habits of thinking and learning that your students develop when they engineer.

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You don’t need to be an EiE teacher to benefit from the session! Whether you’re a classroom teacher who is new to teaching engineering, a teacher who already makes engineering part of the school day, or a STEM coordinator who supports and coaches elementary teachers, you’ll come away with new teaching insights.

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Got PD? New Jersey Center is the Newest EiE Professional Development Collaborator

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 8/30/16 11:00 AM

CIESE_logo.pngWe want you to have access to great EiE PD wherever you teach. That’s why we’re building a national network of professional development providers. This month, we’re pleased to welcome our newest professional development collaborator: the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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New On-Demand Webinar is an Introduction to Afterschool Engineering

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 8/9/16 11:00 AM

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New EiE PD offerings will include both on-demand and live, interactive sessions.

We know that elementary teachers value high-quality STEM professional development (PD). We also know that funding for PD can be limited, and even when there is plenty of funding, it can be hard to get release time from class, or find a sub to cover. What’s the solution? Engineering is Elementary is developing a suite of online professional development resources for K-8 engineering educators. We’re pleased to share that our first offering, "Introduction to Engineering for Out-of-School-Time Programs," is now available.

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Classroom Engineering Grows Thanks to Teachers Who Teach Teachers!

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 4/26/16 11:00 AM

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TEI participants share ideas and strategies for effective EiE PD.

Earlier this month we announced a landmark: more than 10 million children have engaged in hands-on classroom engineering with EiE! We’re equally excited to mention another landmark: Since 2003, more than 100,000 teachers have taught EiE lessons to their students. To meet the growing demand for EiE professional development (PD), we’re growing a cadre of highly qualified PD providers. These educators learn to facilitate EiE workshops at a special three-day program called the Teacher Educator Institute (TEI).

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