Green Hills AEA has purchased Defined STEM for all the districts that we serve! Defined STEM a web-based product that connects STEM, Literacy, and project-based learning to real-world applications and careers! It makes it easy for teachers to connect these resources to the classroom and has the “lessons” and rubrics ready to use as is or to copy and edit.
The following is a copy of Defined STEM’s information to be shared with GHAEA schools:
OVERVIEW • Utilizes real world videos to demonstrate relevance to students and challenge them to apply foundational concepts gained in the classroom • Through the utilization of performance and literacy tasks, Defined STEM reflects the educational strategies of STEM education and project based learning
PERFORMANCE TASKS • Utilize the “Understanding by Design” (UBD) framework • Performance tasks, built around the demands of specific careers/industries, ask the students to apply knowledge and skill in authentic situations
LITERACY TASKS AND CONSTRUCTED RESPONSES • Encourage students to read, synthesize, and write informative and/or position papers around real-world issues
COMMON CORE AND NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE • Aligned to state and national standards to help educators focus on high priority goals • The tasks associated with Defined STEM prioritize learning around application of knowledge, as well as skills within and across subject areas • These tasks naturally connect academic content with the 21st Century Skills (Critical thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration, communication and use of technologies) that are recognized as vital for success in the 21st century
EDITING & SHARING • Teachers have the ability to edit all tasks to help differentiate instruction. They are able to share tasks “as is” with their students and or colleagues. If a teacher elects to edit a task they are provided the same sharing capabilities.