What about the T and R in STREAM?

What about the T and the R in STREAM?

Technology and Research are often components that teachers have a hard time implementing into STREAM based activities.  Here are some suggestions on what you could do to bring this into your lessons!

Technology

Technology can be used in STREAM based activities in a variety of ways to enhance student experiences.  Review the ideas below and see how you could use them in your lessons.

  • Pixie:  Have students use this program to brainstorm designs and ideas.
  • Google Sketch-Up:  Students can use this program to brainstorm ideas and make multi-dimensional sketches of their ideas.
  • Skype- Students can use this tool to communicate with experts that may work in the field that their project is based in.  They could also use this to communicate and collaborate with students in other classrooms.
  • Google Docs- This online tool could be used for student note-taking, presentations and the sharing of ideas.
  • Keynote and ActivInspire:  Students can use these tools to make a presentation about how they came up with their designs or to persuade someone to pick their idea.
  • Photobooth and iMovie:  Much like Keynote and ActivInspire, these two programs can be used to make presentations or document ideas.

Research

  • Book Based Research.  Students can use print resources through the libraries in order to conduct research.  It may be wise for teachers of younger grades to preselect books and have them available for students.  Students could generate questions that they want to know the answers to through class and peer discussions, as well as on their own.
  • Research is a vital component of STREAM based activities.  Students must research and find out information about their topics in order to create informed and knowledgeable decisions to solve problems.  Here are some ideas on how to make research happen in your classroom.
  • Working with an expert.  This is a great chance for students to ask questions and really learn the real-world side of what they are researching.  You could use programs like Skype, TodaysMeet, GoogleDocs or your classroom blog to faciliate these interactions.
  • Internet Based Research.  Students can use Internet based resources, like OneSearch and other approved data bases to conduct research.  Students should generate questions that they want to know the answers to.  This can be done through class and peer discussions, as well as on their own.

 

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