Environmental Science for Grades 6-12: A Project-Based Approach to Solving the Earth's Most Urgent Problems
Publication date: August, 2021
Environmental science (ES) education is essential to providing students with opportunities for hands-on investigations to find solutions to complex environmental problems. But the recent COVID-19 crisis has dramatically curtailed student access to ES-focused experiences, particularly affecting students of color and those from low-income communities. At the same time, changes in pollution and air quality levels, as well as a resurgence of wildlife, have created new avenues for students to connect with the revitalized world through technology and social-emotional learning (SEL) strategies.
Project-based learning (PBL), with its emphasis on inquiry and authentic challenges, can be an effective approach to teaching ES. Those new to PBL may not feel they have adequate training. Likewise, teachers who haven’t taught ES may question how to incorporate it into their curriculum. This book addresses both situations, providing practical guidance for teachers, along with examples of technology-rich, learner-centered student projects covering a range of timely and cross-curricular topics such as endangered animal populations, maintenance of oceans, rebounding of bee populations and urban air quality.
SEL in Action Tools to Help Students Learn and Grow (Jump Start Guide)
Publication date: March, 2021
This six-page laminated reference guide by Jorge Valenzuela gives educators a five-step framework to implement social-emotional learning (SEL) with their students to help them achieve success in school and life.
Ready, Set, Robotics! (Jump Start Guide)
Publication date: February, 2021
This six-page laminated reference guide by Jorge Valenzuela shares practical strategies, tools and lesson ideas for incorporating robotics and computational thinking into your teaching.
Rev Up Robotics
Publication date: February 2020
Unlike other robotics books and curriculum, Rev Up Robotics takes a cross-curricular approach, showing educators how to begin incorporating robotics in tandem with computational thinking into content area lessons or adapting for electives.
The book meets readers where they are and is arranged in three major parts.
Part 1 covers the basics, defining robotics and sharing real-world applications along with how to teach foundational skills for computational thinking and computer science.
Part 2 shows robotics in practice within the context of content areas and features lesson plans mapped to academic and technology standards, including the ISTE Standards and the Computer Science Teachers Association Standards.
Part 3 offers advice on pedagogy and teaching strategies backed by research from the learning sciences, and shares approaches to teaching robotics using project-based learning or as part of after-school clubs or robotics competitions.
How to Teach Coding to Kids
Publication date: December 2020
This eBook has everything you need to incorporate coding and computational thinking into what you are already teaching by learning where to start and how to scaffold lessons for each student. By applying the included framework for teaching coding, you can level up your coding education skills over time and develop a strong foundation for computational thinking and computer science integration across your curriculum.