Tag Archives: STEM

The Top 10 Books Sold in the World

I wrote this post on my students’ school blog: http://msdauria.blogspot.com

I thought this was a great infographic.  Here’s the post:

Hello girls,

I know this isn’t a STEM or Math post, but I thought it was an EXCELLENT quick infographic about the Top 10 Books Sold in the World.  Take a look…I think you might have read a few of them!

http://edudemic.com/2013/01/the-top-10-books-in-the-world/

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Enjoy reading the graph.  Be sure to note the left axis: the numbers are in millions.  (Hmm, maybe this is a math post after all…)  So, for the Holy Bible, it reads 3,900 on the bar graph.  How would you read that in millions?  (Nice bonus question for a quiz, huh?)

 

Explania.com

Teaching the elementary grades?  Want to catch your students up with what’s going on with global warming, climate change, and the snow in the deserts of China (which I’m obsessed with right now!)?

Take a peek through these fantastic animations on Explania.com, a great website that offers animated informational videos.  The major channels that could be used in the elementary and middle school grades are Ecology, Health, Sports, and Technology.  Give the vids a watch, let me know what you think!

STEM and Comic Books? Really?

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I keep up with Richard Byrne’s blog http://www.freetech4teachers.com/ pretty frequently, and recently he wrote about 5 popular online “comic book makers” that students can use to create their own storyboards and comic books about what they’ve learned in a lesson or a lesson unit.  (The best part — they’re free!!)

So how would making comic books fall in line with STEM education?  Well, obviously, it’s the tech part; making personal comic books online is using technology (the most simple being the Internet).  But it’s the engineering part that comes into play as well.  

Engineering is all about taking a question or problem and designing different solutions, making plans to solve the problem, and then evaluating them to determine the best solution.  Students can use paper and pencil, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets (which include the mathematics part), or any other application.  But writing dialogue (including designing comic books) requires building a storyboard and planning out a beginning, middle and end to a story.  Is that not designing a solution to a problem?  Think of a novel, screenplay for a movie, or a staged play: the most interesting ones include a problem between the characters and the solution to the problem by the end of piece of entertainment.  Isn’t that what engineering is about?  A problem between characters could certainly mimic a problem between humanity and the climate, new technology, or energy conservation.  So letting students express their views of their solutions in such an artistic, creative way includes those who enjoy expressing themselves in more literary ways — while showing off their problem solving skills.  What a fantastic way to involve them in the scientific world without even knowing it!!

Cheers all!

Suse.