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This practical guide outlines a vision for online and distance STEM
learning at the elementary level, with creative activities based on eight STEM
Online and distance learning may sound fairly straightforward. Instead of
learning in a classroom setting, students learn at home with the assistance of
online resources. But classroom learning does not always translate easily to
online settings, particularly at the elementary level where children should be
actively engaging in activities, exploration and discussion.
For STEM subjects, integration across subjects, settings and play-based
versus traditional learning present opportunities for young learners to engage
in age-appropriate online and distance learning. This book features eight
creative, integrated STEM lessons, including ideas for designing a zoo, learning
to garden, exploring the night sky and more. Each lesson offers online,
traditional and hands-on components, with connections to the ISTE Standards and
STEM standards across elementary grades.
Each of the eight lessons includes:
• An overview of materials, resources, time and supervision needed.
Suggested resources to explore, such as simulations and virtual field
• Supplementary learning materials such as questions and quizzes.
Ideas for games and reinforcement.
• Hands-on activities and engineering
• Connections to various content areas as well as
children’s books, movies and art to keep the learning going after the lesson is
Concluding with a model for designing online and distance STEM learning for
elementary-aged children, this book will support teachers and parents in
designing the types of resources and learning experiences they need for
elementary students’ distance learning.
About the Author
Amanda Thomas , Ph.D., is an assistant professor of
mathematics education in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher
Education at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her doctoral degree in
2013 from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her research focuses on teachers’
use of mobile technology in elementary mathematics classrooms. She’s also
interested in STEM education and supporting teachers in innovative STEM
integration. She is the author of Transform Your K-5 Math Class and
Transform Your 6-12 Math Class