Exploring STEAM Using Scratch Coding, Hummingbird Robotics, and littleBits Robotics

The Library Media Specilaist and Instructional Technology Specialist at Monroe #1 BOCES recently held a STEAM pilot.

The pilot includes an introductory session and facilitated, interactive exploratory sessions. Come and learn how coding and robotics can offer an inquiry-based learning experience for students, which is creative, technology bases, and addresses CCLS.

More Information & Registration Link: http://bit.ly/1SrPNpz

Summer 2014 Professional Development Opportunities

Summer is almost here and there are a plethora of Professional Development Opportunities offered by Technology Services!

Summer 2014 Professional Development Catalog

All workshops listed in the link are FREE to Monroe #1 BOCES component districts. Otherwise, the costs is listed in the workshop description.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Doreen Pietrantoni doreen_pietrantoni@boces.monroe.edu


Beth Puckett beth_puckett@boces.monroe.edu

Project Based Learning

This summer I have co-facilitated 2 Project Based Learning Workshops (PBL), one focused on middle and high school and the other elementary. Teachers were engaged in the workshops and even asked for more time to spend together so they can roll up their sleeves and start planning.

The biggest misconception of classroom projects is that they are true PBL experiences. Most of the time that is not the case. Generally, classroom projects are activities or a series of activities that do not contain the elements of a PBL.

Project Based Learning Elements


PBL explained the very easy to understand Common Craft video

For a classroom example of PBL view below:

The Driving Question – How can we as students create public awareness of an environmental issue?

Environmental Project – Elementary Classroom

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There are numerous resources for educators at the http://www.bie.org website.  Take a look and download rubrics, project ideas, project planning sheets, etc.