Technology is advancing at a frenetic pace. When we were young, new technology was something we might experience annually. Now it seems that there is a new, ground-breaking advancement monthly, or even daily. From laptops and tablets to smartboards and smart assistants, our world is more connected than ever. Though this may feel foreboding or frightening, with the right strategies in place, technology can be a tool to enhance your children’s’ educational experience.
In this article, we are providing parents with tips and advice for utilizing computers, tablets, smartphones, and the internet for your children’s academic endeavors.
Mrs. Noel's Kindergarten built STEAM Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees using their engineering skills to place as many letters as possible on top without tipping over.
In this activity, students are asked, "How can we build a tree that can hold different alphabet letters using these materials?" They are given time to experiment and play with the materials. They then discuss and collaborate together, on how to build a tree that can hold more than one letter.
Asheville’s Emmanuel Lutheran School is now a STEAM powered school. That’s science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. In fact, it’s Western North Carolina’s first and only Christian parochial STEAM school! STEAM education takes STEM learning and kicks it up a notch by applying creative thinking, imagination, and design skills – typically through project-based learning. As STEM education matures, and the prevalence of STEM professions continue to grow, there’s a clear need for students to utilize skills that are derived from artistic experiences – benefitting their educational pursuits and future professional endeavors.