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Friday, March 4 • 10:30am - 11:15am
Connect, Create, Collaborate

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Our STREAM Teacher, Media Specialist and two Art Teachers are on our school's Special Area or Connect Team. We teach close to 850 students. We will share that we sometimes collaborate with each other on the Connect team and/or with classroom teachers to develop lessons and when possible, integrate ELA standards.

The STREAM teacher would start by sharing the Balloons Over Broadway project which she collaborated on with the Art Teachers. She would have participants view lesson highlights and show the video of students having the hallway parade of book characters being attached to Sphero robot chariots.

The Media Specialist would share “The Big Red Bicycle” project which she and the STREAM Teacher collaborated on after she had discussed with 5th grade teachers about developing an economics unit to do during Connect. She would share the research data base lesson that she taught and share completed Book Creator projects where students had researched economics terms and completed a performance task. To actively involve participants, she will provide examples of Book Creator projects using published links to let them actively investigate Book Creator.

The STREAM Teacher would show the way that she taught students to create Bloxels video games based on the content of “The Big Red Bicycle” and that they added economics vocabulary that they had researched with the Media Specialist. Then to actively involve them, they could either play the published Bloxels video games based on "The Big Red Bicycle" and/or use planning sheets that will be provided to plan a new Bloxels Game based on books or content that they already teach.

The Art Teachers will share their Human Rights project that they did while integrating the 5th Grade EL curriculum and working with 5th Grade teachers. Projects were posted to Padlet which they would show to participants. To actively involve them, the Art Teachers would share a Padlet link and have teachers add to it by sharing topics that they have done or would like to do by building on EL or other units of study.

Participants would leave the session with many digital resources which they could use in their Elementary Schools. They would be inspired to see how Connect teachers collaborated with each other and classroom teachers to enhance the student experience.

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Lisa Maples

K-5 STREAM Studio Teacher, Elon Park Elementary School
Lisa Maples is a STREAM teacher in Charlotte, NC in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. She teaches 800+ K-5 students on a 7 day rotation as a Special Area Teacher. She loves integrating technology tools as she frames her lessons around STREAM themes. Through making and creating, her... Read More →

Friday March 4, 2022 10:30am - 11:15am EST
  Concurrent, Content and Instruction
  • Grade Span K-2, 3-5, School Administrators
  • Devices Chromebooks, iPads, Tablets, Macbooks, PC Laptops, SmartPhones
  • Diversity Diversity will be addressed through the sharing of the Human Rights project, "Balloons Over Broadway" and "The Big Red Bicycle" projects that will be shared. The Balloons Over Broadway project is based on the book by the same name and describes that the creator of the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade was a new immigrant to the USA and that Macy's held this event to celebrate the diverse backgrounds of the new immigrants who were working at Macys. The Book Creator and Bloxels Games based on "The Big Red Bicycle" will show participants how choices like donating to charities makes a huge impact on people like a domino effect causing positive economic growth. The book begins in the USA with a boy buying a bike with money he earned while mowing lawns then he donates it to a charity. This charity ships the big red bike to Burkina Faso, Africa where a family uses it to ride to fields to collect the sorghum that they've grown, sell the sorghum, use the money to buy another bike and send their children to school using the money they've earned. The bike is donated next to a charity who transforms it into an ambulance bike to transport injured people to other towns for medical care. The story encourages students to consider how the decisions we make can impact others. Each of these books and lessons allow students to equitably use materials that lead to critical thinking. Students from a variety of backgrounds and learning styles will benefit from participating in these lessons that include immigrants, include American and African communities and encourage basic human rights.
  • Level Beginner
  • Room 402