Tag Archives: STEM education

“The biggest challenge facing education is teaching for a future that is unknown.” – Ben Eilenberg, Australia

Benjamin Eilenberg Teacher/STEM Coordinator/Media Coordinator Silverton Primary School Victoria, Australia @ben_eilenberg Ben Eilenberg may have come from a teaching family (his father was a lecturer, his mother a speech pathologist, and his sisters are secondary teachers), but he wasn’t prepared … Continue reading

Brian Aspinall

“Ultimately, I want kids to pursue life goals based on passions they encountered in school – similar to my school experience.” – Brian Aspinall, Canada

When we first spoke with Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Brian Aspinall last year, he shared his passion for helping his students solve problems systematically, all with the help of computer science and STEM. While Aspinall’s a veteran of using technology … Continue reading

“I am excited about sourcing computer science talent from 100 percent of the population. It’s traditionally been male dominated, [with] very few minorities in the field. As it becomes culturally more acceptable for different kinds of people to get involved, I think that the progress in computer science will accelerate even faster.” – Adam Cannon, USA

“Teachers are the lifeblood of schools, but teaching is a creative profession. Great teachers mentor, stimulate, provoke, engage.” – Sir Ken Robinson, USA

One of the many questions we ask our heroes here at Daily Edventures is, “who inspires you?” And one name that we see frequently is Sir Ken Robinson – and for good reason. Not only is Robinson a funny, charming … Continue reading

Getting Students Excited about STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. We talk a lot about the importance of STEM education here at Daily Edventures.  As this infographic from the Smithsonian Science Education Center points out, people who understand STEM subjects are more competitive, productive and engaged … Continue reading

“We have been stuck on this content mastery model and that needs to go away. With the ability to have access to the Internet in your pocket at all times, you no longer need to know facts. You need to know what facts you need to solve a problem.” – David Slykhuis

“The standard lecture format is not engaging to this generation of learners. We need to adapt our teaching styles to meet their needs. With the tools at their fingertips today, they can focus on becoming problem solvers with excellent means for expression and spreading their findings.” – Diane Evans, USA

“I’m too busy doing school, experiments, making videos, reading science magazines, creating games on Minecraft, and building with Legos to check websites every day.” – Chase Lewis, USA

Inspiring Kids to Code

It’s hard to think of an industry, a work place, or a skill where computers aren’t either a necessity or at least prevalent. Whether it’s music, art, communication, technology, medicine – you name it – computers play an integral part. … Continue reading

Being authentic is the best way to connect and learn with the students, and don’t be afraid if they learn faster than you because many of them will.” – José Ignacio Fernández, Chile

“There is a glaring disconnect between what we say we want students to know and do – be resilient life-long learners capable of creative problem-solving for future challenges as yet unknown – and where we direct our educational resources of time and money: preparing capable test-takers.” – June Tiesan, USA

Student (and parent) confidence is the largest obstacle facing education. Far too often in a conversation with a student they say, ’My mom/dad was bad at math or science, so I won’t be any good at it either.’ I disagree. I fundamentally believe that all students can do anything they put their minds too.” – Jeff Charbonneau, USA

“There is so much momentum right now that can be used to create opportunities for children to see themselves as creators, who can solve problems and use new and old technology to bring their ideas to reality.” – AnnMarie Thomas, USA

“We need to reform how lessons are delivered. Technology is a tool for integration, but without a change in the design of learning and daily lessons, nothing will change.” – Krissy Venosdale, USA

“I’m really optimistic about the way students are using technology to find platforms to voice their opinions and creating solutions to problems they really care about.” – Allison Wu, USA

“The more we can get role models involved – people they can relate to and that are accessible – the more we can engage girls in STEM careers.” – Lisa Zagura, USA

“There’s no reason middle school students can’t work on aerospace projects.” – Gladys Munoz, Puerto Rico

“We need to be careful not to take the ‘human’ aspect out of education. While our students need to be technologically advanced as they compete for future jobs, they also need to have communication skills and a solid work ethic.” – Katie Pemberton, USA

“It must be recognized that a real education is an experience and a process, not the summative end that can only be measured by a limited test. We must find ways to address, promote, and assess communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.” – Michael Gorman, USA

“Textbooks are too narrow and outdated, especially in science. We aren’t simply using the technology to access electronic textbooks; we are going beyond them. Why limit yourself to a backyard pool when you can swim in an ocean of knowledge?” – USA