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Joanne, that was wonderful. A lot of good takeaways-- including the importance of persistence and willingness to fail along the way. Thanks for sharing. And +1 for STEAM. 

Thanks,
Charlie

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On Nov 19, 2014, at 1:08 PM, Joanne Finnegan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Interestingly, this just came through my Facebook feeds. It's really worth the time to watch the whole thing.
http://vimeo.com/98760774


On Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 12:58 PM, Elizabeth McCarthy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I like what you're saying Joanne, stay on your soapbox! STEAM is a more accurate picture of the innovative and creative approach to real world problem solving. http://www.edutopia.org/stem-to-steam-resources 

Elizabeth McCarthy, MAT
Digital Learning Specialist
Google Education Trainer


On Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 12:20 PM, Shirley Ferguson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Joanne,
I'm totally there with you!!

Shirley

Believe in what we are able to do together.

Shirley Ferguson, PhD
Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Technology Integration
Orange Windsor Supervisory Union 
3590 VT Route 14
South Royalton, VT 05068 


On Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 11:54 AM, Joanne Finnegan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
As a former math and computer science teacher, I love the fact that STEM is once, again, a focus. Yes, I've been around long enough to see that pendulum swing back and forth a few times. However, I hope that the arts will not be left out. It has been proven that early music instruction improves math scores. There are so many ways math skills, especially fractions, can be taught with music connections. Geometry? The connections with nature and art are simply amazing. When I taught computer programming many of my students got more interested and excited when they could choose a programming project that could include an artistic outcome. Websites or tools created by people without artistic skills? Boring! Companies are looking for well-rounded individuals to fill their engineering positions, not just math/science skills. Please, let's focus on STEAM in Vermont, not just STEM. 

Off my soapbox!

Joanne

On Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 10:16 AM, David Wells <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hi folks,

I am looking for examples of elementary schools with a STEM focus.  Any ideas about schools that are knocking it out of the park?

Thanks,

David

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21st Century Learner and Leader
Vermont School Principal
VITA-Learn (ISTE Affiliate) Board Member

Twitter @ principalwells

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