STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education is more than just a buzzword. STEAM is shaping what we teach and the way we teach. I recently touched on how STEAM education enhances student learning, and followed that up with ideas for how to budget for STEAM activities. Whether you are new to this style of instruction or a seasoned pro, the hunt for great activities is always on and education blogs are a great resource. To help you plan your lessons, here are the top 10 STEM education blogs you should follow!
“The solution to failing schools is right under our noses. It has been for a long time. Research, studies, and evidence prove it, but schools ignore it because they feel it’s counter-intuitive. Worse yet, when schools do decline, they cut the one program they should be strengthening. ART!
Not “craft time,” or follow-along busy work, but a rigorous, focused, inter-curricular program taught by a certified ART instructor. The facts show that schools that implement STEAM programs outperform schools that promote STEM. The “A” (Art) is THE important key to student success!” – Eric Gibbons, Art Ed Guru
Eric Gibbons has been teaching art for over 30 years, and he is passionate about making art an integral part of school education. His blog is part motivational, part instructional, and packed full of inspiring ideas and projects.
Education Closet labels itself as “the home for educators using arts education and STEAM”. The site is packed with information, resources, and online courses for educators to access. A free digital magazine is published each month to help teachers stay abreast of new trends and tips. The site also has over 100 free lesson plans for arts integration that teachers can download. Schools and districts can purchase IntegratED, an all-inclusive curriculum supplement. Online video based courses are available for personal enrichment or for professional development hours, as well. Visit their site to see all the resources that are easily available.
Tricia Fuglestad is an exceptional art teacher who shares how she integrates technology with art. She shares several examples of activities that integrate art into multiple disciplines. She also has a list of iPad apps that teachers can use to integrate art and technology. In a recent project, she combined student’s sketches of trees with green screen photo images to create “making a wish silhouettes”. The end result is stunning.
Patty was a K-6 art teacher in Santa Barbara, California for 13 years. She has compiled her best teaching tips in her website, Deep Space Sparkle. She describes her site this way: “Deep Space Sparkle offers art lesson plans and teaching resources that will help you teach art to kids, even if you aren’t a great artist. You collect the supplies, round up the artists and watch the creativity unfold.” Her site breaks down content for three different types of teaching groups: art teachers, classroom teachers, and home educators. The layout of her site makes it very easy to access ideas and lesson plans you need for your instruction.
Brian Crosby utilizes what he has learned in over 30 years as a teacher to facilitate STEAM education for schools in northern Nevada. He combines technology with art and hands-on activities to help students learn about their world and connect with it. His site is an outstanding resource because, in addition to lesson plan and activity ideas, he provides teachers with tips for how to teach in a collaborative setting. He gives suggestions for how to teach students to work in groups on open-ended projects. His tested advice for managing various aspects of class dynamics are an important part of learning how to be a successful STEAM teacher.
Sarah McClelland’s site, Little Bins for Little Hands, lets her share her hands-on learning ideas and experiments with other parents and educators. She is crazy about science, and slime, so this resource is perfect for finding projects that little ones will love and learn from. Some of her posts provide lists and ideas for creating STEAM-focused learning bins to set up at home or in the classroom. Children can use the bins to exercise their creativity and experiment independently. She also has hundreds of lesson ideas and activities that teach math and science through art. For example, she uses beads and chenille stems to teach kids how to make holiday ornaments using beads to represent different letters of the binary alphabet. What a creative way to expose kids to coding!
High school math teachers will be thrilled to find there is a STEAM-based resource just for them! Dan Meyer explains that he taught high school math to students who didn’t like high school math. He has a doctorate from Stanford University in math education, and he is the Chief Academic Officer at Desmos. His work explores the future of math, technology, and learning, and he shares his knowledge with other teachers. He includes a variety of lesson plans that show how to integrate math, technology, and storytelling in creative ways.
This site is the work of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the content is also available as an app. Elevate your science lessons with these cutting edge, creative chemistry class ideas. The blog brings together the voices and knowledge of teachers, authors, and professional chemists to deliver content that is relevant and up to date. Several articles and activities show the connection between chemistry and art, giving students the opportunity to learn real-world applications of science.
Lab Out Loud is a podcast which is hosted by two science teachers. They discuss science news and science education via interviews. Listen in and learn as they discuss current issues with leading scientists, researchers, science writers, and others. This podcast makes for great listening while grading papers or on the ride to/from school.
John Spencer describes himself as a maker and a professor. His aim is to help teachers change the way they teach by offering an array of free resources and ideas. What makes his site so unique and informative is that he focuses on teachers and teaching. He shares strategies for integrating making into the classroom, as well as inspiration and encouragement for educators. He also offers video content, so you can watch and listen instead of reading if that is your preferred learning style.
We hope you will find these ten excellent STEAM education blogs helpful! What are some of your favorite education blogs to read?