What is Educational Technology (EdTech)?

Hello everyone! In this video we’ll be talking about what is educational technology, or EdTech, how you could categorize different types of EdTech experiences, how to facilitate transformative learning with technology, and finally what is, in my opinion, one of the best teaching approaches that complement effective and meaningful integration of technology.

Educational Technology: A Definition with Commentary: https://www.amazon.com/Educational-Technology-Definition-Commentary-Januszewski-ebook/dp/B00B1XFWU8

Psychology of Learning for Instruction (3rd Edition) https://www.amazon.com/Psychology-Learning-Instruction-Marcy-Driscoll/dp/0205375197

Definition of PBL: https://www.pblworks.org/what-is-pbl


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Intro & Outro Music: “Find My Clarity” by Nivicious
Background Music: “Are You Down for Love” by spring gang
Music from EpidemicSound.com

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Designing Mechanical Festival Floats: STEM, PBL, and Design Thinking Project

This video showcases a STEM, PBL, and transdisciplinary project where students used the design thinking method to create a mechanical float for a specific world language festival.

Install Birdbrain Server and Scratch

Hummingbird Duo Coding Cards: https://drive.google.com/drive/folder…

I would like to give a special thanks to the following people for making this project possible. Karen Luu, Diana Caudill, Charolette Yao, Heidi Peterson, Gene MacLachlan, and Danielle Rich.

Intro Music by Ryan Little “Summer Dreams”: https://soundcloud.com/iamryanlittle
Background Music from EpidemicSound.com – “Not this time” by Simon Gribb

PBL Project: Mars STEM Challenges

NASA JPL Video: 7 Minutes of Terror https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/details.php?id=1090

Intro to Project-Based Learning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08D0dBGIzYQ

STEM Education Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCijW7ikeYQ

Special thanks to:
Elizabeth DiRenzo – STEM Specialist https://twitter.com/iTeachSTEAM
Becca Goess – Design Specialist https://twitter.com/missrgoess

5th Grade Team – Erin Curtiss, Stephanie Cory, Jay Keshaw, David Archer, and Megan Greene

Librarian – Megan Greene
Intro Drone Footage by Gary Johnston – https://twitter.com/GaryJohnston1

Music by Ryan Little https://soundcloud.com/iamryanlittle
Intro/Outro: “Summer Dreams”
Background: “Soulful”

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Designing an “Apple” Device (PBL & STEM Project)

This video overview showcases a 4th grade engineering design unit. Students took on the role of Apple engineers and designers to design and build an “Apple” recording device. Students used the design thinking process to create a recording device for English language learners. ELL students would use this device to practice their speech and reading fluency.

Becca Goess: https://twitter.com/missrgoess

Related Videos:
How to use an X-acto knife: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVrjjCKwSl0
How to build the voice recording device: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUBWHGhlSoI&t=56s

Tim Cook image:
Photo (https://www.flickr.com/photos/iphonedigital/22522566994) by iphonedigital (https://www.flickr.com/photos/iphonedigital/) / CC BY 2.0

Intro to Project-Based Learning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08D0dBGIzYQ
Essential Elements of PBL: http://bie.org/about/what_pbl

STEM Education Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCijW7ikeYQ

Design Thinking in Elementary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvqST2ggvA0

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Intro Music by Ryan Little “Falling Down”: https://soundcloud.com/iamryanlittle
Instrumental produced by by Chuki – “Nomad”: http://www.youtube.com/user/CHUKImusic

Smartick: Online Math Education (Guest Post)

This is a guest post by Conchi Ruiz Cabello from Smartick (Twitter: @Smartickmethod). According to their website, “Smartick is a unique online learning method that, through mathematics, increases mental agility, calculation skills and concentration, and study habits, helping your child reach their maximum potential.”

Smart kids are lucky. They look at a book and begin to read. They ‘get’ math. They glide through school without a care. While other kids spend hours studying for a test, the smart kids just show up and ace it. That works up to a point.

For each kid that point is at a different time, but it happens. No one likes to get a problem or a bunch of problems wrong and when it happens for the first time, it’s a blow. Your ego, long fed on gold stars and “attaboys”, gets bruised. Some people deal poorly with the revelation that they’re not perfect. They get frustrated and quit. They fear a challenge.

At Smartick, we believe mathematics education is important. We also believe it’s essential for a child to grow as a person. Through our interactive, online mathematics method, your child will learn math…and how to be a problem-solver. She’ll learn to be a better student. While she’s improving her mathematical ability, she’ll be thickening her skin as well.


Instead of quitting at the first hint of failure, she’ll buckle down and keep trying. The artificial intelligence used in Smartick measures correct and incorrect answers along with speed of response to come up with a customized program that fits your child specifically. When your child makes mistakes, the algorithm devises a plan to add more of that particular problem to her program. When a child masters a concept, Smartick moves on so that your child is constantly challenged.

This doubling down on the hard stuff can prove exasperating for a child accustomed to nothing but success, but it’s a good kind of exasperating. When a child powers through the tough stuff and learns from it, she becomes stronger. When she sees how her perseverance pays off, she’ll continue to try even when it’s not easy. Smartick asks students for fifteen minutes a day. In return, our personalized software improves your child’s math skills and builds her character.

STEM Activity for 2nd Grade: Self Identity Box

Our 2nd graders built a foldable box that contained objects that represented who they were. This project incorporated social studies, engineering, science and mathematics.

In design class, Becca Goess and I helped students build and design their foldable boxes. We first had them learn about measurements to gain an understanding of the size and dimensions of their box.

Want to see more of what we do in our STEM/EdTech class?
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Intro Music by Ryan Little “Falling Down”: https://soundcloud.com/iamryanlittle
Background Music by Ryan Little “Slow Down”: https://soundcloud.com/iamryanlittle

Becca Goess, STEM Design Specialist: https://www.instagram.com/missrgoess/
Denise Brohm, 2nd Grade Teacher: https://twitter.com/MsBrohm