NOTE TO EDUCATORS | by Mark Gura
[The passage below is excerpted from, “A Real-World Opportunity: Some background, purpose, and direction for those involved in STEM education,” the full article can be found in EdTech Digest’s newest guide, The State of STEM 2021: A Guide for Educators & Parents — which we invite you to take a look at and tell us your thoughts—get your free copy below!]
Quality, effective, STEM Instruction has evolved in status from high interest and hopes to a full-tilt educational imperative. No matter the platform, traditional in-class, remote instruction, or hybrid—STEM learning is a high value target, and for those who truly understand it, the context setter for the richest part of the instructional program…
‘The goal isn’t to imbue students with just satisfactory amounts of knowledge, rather, it’s to teach them how to discover, learn, and determine on which things to focus and inquire about.’
Current best instructional practices involve tech not for tech’s sake, but because they lead to highest-quality learning. Technology may be a powerful enabler for the core of the learning, or it may facilitate personalization and extension into a vast territory of unanticipated possibilities and discoveries…
The goal isn’t to imbue students with just satisfactory amounts of knowledge, rather, it’s to teach them how to discover, learn, and determine on which things to focus and inquire about. I love that old adage, “Learning is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire!” and STEM represents a perfect context in which educators can bring it to life for their students.
Mark Gura is Editor-at-Large for EdTech Digest and author of ‘Getting Started With LEGO Robotics’ (ISTE). He is a co-author of State of EdTech: The Minds Behind What’s Now and What’s Next. He taught at New York City public schools in East Harlem for two decades. He spent five years as a curriculum developer for the central office and was eventually tapped to be the New York City Department of Education’s director of the Office of Instructional Technology, assisting over 1,700 schools serving 1.1 million students in America’s largest school system.
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