Tips to Make Your Ed-Tech Learning Boom Affordable & Effective! - Don Rawitsch Part 2

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“This mission of affordable and effective EdTech drives the development of our RE@L educational products.”

- by Guest Blogger, Don Rawitsch -

Part Two

DonRawitschConsider, for example our coming-soon STEM Water QualityInvestigations software. It provides, all in one, collaborative classroom research, analyzing and reporting. This is a comprehensive software system, including curriculum guides, learning plans, learning resources, and using the iPad as a study and field work tool. It provides all the help that teachers and students need to make hands-on, Project-Based Learning into a learning experience that kids will never forget. These instructional modules are designed around a sound and systemic process: •   Help students discover and understand a problem in their community, •   Show them how to collect, analyze, and interpret data using “in the field” techniques and technology applications, •   Teach them how to professionally report on their findings and suggested solutions to authentic local audiences. Teacher guidance is provided through correlation of the Investigation to commonly used standards. This STEM Water Quality learning unit provides: •   Specific objectives for each activity, •   Suggested alternative classroom implementation schedules, •   Step-by-step instructions for teachers and students, •   The Investigation Teacher Documentation contains a plethora of diagrams for classroom logistics, •  It also contains options for collecting student work products from the investigation useful for individual assessment.images

These features not only reduce the amount of teacher preparation time needed to carry out the Investigation, they also provide clarity to both the instructor and the student on how to prepare and carry out several days of student project-based learning. This coordinated and comprehensive curriculum insures that the learning experience and appropriate integration of technology can focus entirely on instruction and be completed within the allotted time set aside. If you’ve ever taught a systemic lesson like this, coordination and timeliness are key to effectiveness.

Until recently educational publishers provided textbooks to schools with the message “here is your curriculum, instruction, and logistics in a single item. Go figure it out!” RE@L STEM icon_RGBOur RE@L STEM Investigations, however, define a new role for innovative publishers like us to improve selected components in a strong student learning program, thus freeing local school staff to concentrate more on comprehensive planning, implementation and results far beyond bubble- sheets. So, if you and your students and your school are looking for better payoff from Ed Tech software applications, you’ve come to the right source…the RE@L source. STEM investigations! See a sneak-peek of our STEM Water Quality video by clicking the graphic to the left below:


Here’s a few more goodies on this soon to be released STEM software: •   Electronic Portal Delivery of software and resources. •   Use of GIS mapping to precisely locate research sites.  •   The software connects the learner to the classroom, the field and to the world of RE@L learning. •   The school purchases a site license through an Educational Service Agency and they are good to go.

Did we mention, this product comes with all the support and resources you will need to make it a successful teaching experience for you, and an unforgettable learning experience for your students. Please post any comments or questions below!

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Tom King & Dale LaFrenz

Dr. Tom King has served for over 40 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Thomas in the School of Education. The Saturn School of Tomorrow, formerly a St. Paul Public School, and his visionary response to educational reform, was a lighthouse on the frontier of school change. Tom was an experienced high school teacher of mathematics, a school administrator, and Director of Technology for the St. Paul MN Public Schools. He is also a member of the RE@L Team. Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L and one of the founders of MECC Software who brought “Oregon Trail” to millions of K12 kids everywhere. He has written extensively on the history and evolution of Ed Tech. His work in forging new paths for MECC’S “edutainment" software was instrumental in connecting school-markets, kids, teachers and consumer-markets/kids/parents, and now serves as the new launching pad for RE@L apps and software.

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