Real Change Is Needed! So, RE@L Is Taking a Giant Step Forward this School Year. And, So Is Our RE@L Blog: Check Out Our New STEM-Based EdTech Corners™!

RE@L-logo_Corp_TM_New-Tag_8-15-17_CMYKYes, things are happening at RE@L that K12 STEM teachers and students everywhere will be glad to see!

Our RE@L Blog is changing for the better, too. A big part of our change is our new “STEM EdTech Teacher Corners.”  We now have a new teacher team! They both are experienced teachers who know how to use their hands-on, team-based teaching skills.

imageWhat else? Our new RE@L STEM Investigations product, Water Quality™, will be released soon in selected school settings across the country. Click on the graphic to the right to learn more about our Water Quality product.

What’s so innovative about that, you may ask? RE@L believes this is the first of our interactive STEM Investigations software product that allows teachers and students the opportunity to work together on real-world problem-solving using our virtual RE@L Portal™ .

STEM WQI Graphic2RE@L is leading the move from Classroom-only instruction  to Classroom + TeamRoom™ learning. TeamRooms encourage students to bring their unique skills and interests to their research team. There, they learn their needed skills and go out in the field, actually or virtually, to study and report on water quality in their area.

Students will then compare their data and findings with similar reports of other student-teams from the head-waters of the Mississippi all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

Using the RE@L Portal, students will report and compare their findings in their own schools, as well as online with other students and even with water-quality professionals. That’s why we call it RE@L’s real-world software products.

To bring a special focus on students and teachers, our RE@L Blogs will now periodically include EdTech Corners where they can share what they’ve learned with other teams, wherever they are.

We will feature both teacher and student conversations in these new RE@L Corners™!

RE@L readers will see more good words from more good teachers to share with educators

who want to learn more.

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You’ve seen our RE@L Student Corner appear periodically on our RE@L Blog. The most recent of these were two reports from our two EdTech Student Corner leaders, Sam and Ellie.

Sam gave his student video review on RE@L’s innovative, soon to be released Water Quality products. Ellie wrote about her learning experiences with water quality investigations and reporting these issues in her community.

Here’s the link to their RE@L Student-Corner™ report.

In the next weeks we will be publishing the first EdTech Teachers Corner™ reports from two highly-experienced STEM and project-based learning teachers, Jackie and Todd (see their photos below), whose many career experiences have included hands-on Expeditionary learning.

Click here to learn more about Expeditionary teaching and learning website EL Learning.

ToddJackieSchoolvideo-300x198Now, as the first members of our RE@L “Teachers Corner Team,” Todd and Jackie will join our RE@L blog team and introduce themselves, plus share with all of us what they and their students have learned. Coming soon!

This is the kind of hands-on, heads-on learning that both students and teachers long remember.

Here’s a link to Todd’s earlier RE@L Blog about Expeditionary learning. Click the graphic to the right for Jackie’s story. Both are worth your bookmarking for later looks. Their stories show their sound credentials for joining our efforts.

So, stay tuned!

The new, RE@L STEM EdTech Teachers Corner is just around the corner,

and just in time for the start of a Happier New School Year. And beyond that, even more is coming your way.

Put a new smile on your new school years, try out some of these powerful, new ideas and watch those smiles show on your new students.

Got some ideas to share or some questions to ask, click below….and Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

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.