Thoughts for the Holiday Week - Give the Gifts that Keep on Giving: Help More Learn More About STEM! - RE@L Can Help!


To our many loyal RE@L readers, to those more recent and to our many new followers, we send a hearty “Season’s Greetings to All!”

Short of calling it our only Mission Statement, our RE@L Blog focus has always been about finding, promoting and sharing more ways for more of our K12 kids to learn even more.

stemPlus, as our over quarter million RE@L Blog visitors know, we help find better ways for more teachers to teach more. And more parents to help with….well, you get it.

Our most critical focus, however, has been on providing the K12 learner with new and powerful tech tools, particularly today’s STEM tools….Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

RE@L brings a singular focus to creating, developing, testing, touting and improving new EdTech tools that will bring us all greater success in K12 learning. We believe our soon-to-be-released RE@L software will bring to the K12 market a revolutionary new and effective way for students to learn real-world skills. Many of these skills can lead to successful careers for girls and boys everywhere.

UnknownWe believe STEM skills are becoming a major new pathway to a satisfying career. RE@L is committed to providing a wide array of job opportunities to work on STEM teams, with planners, creators, engineers, testers, managers, lab assistants, both in the governmental and the private sector.

STEM careers will be highly-satisfying opportunities to learn about and wisely use the many, diverse skills students need to have. As that old saying goes, “Prepare for a career you love, and you will never work a day in your life.”

2017-christmas-holiday-gift-guideLooking for gift ideas for students you know at this time of the year? Why not put under their tree the gift that keeps on giving….a “Desire to Learn” about new STEM career opportunities.

Connect young learners with those working in actual STEM jobs. Send kids to summer learning camps. Find programs at local science museums. Visit local STEM vocational-education and training programs, 25550077_1453442381444918_1109276171403850289_nvisit college campuses. Find out what STEM workers love about their careers. Invite them to talk to the kids in your classrooms and share their passions for learning.  If STEM workers aren’t able to come visit you and your students, use FaceTime or Skype for a virtual visit. It works! For a list of helpful tips, stay tuned to RE@L.

Find-Your-SparkIf you happen to be a STEM teacher, then tell those students why you love teaching STEM. You may find another caring teacher!

You don’t even need to gift-wrap this wonderful gift of giving to others. If you light a student’s spark of learning, they know, as you do, that it’s a gift that “keeps on giving!” So, give generously. Give often.

RE@L can’t wait for 2018 and all the new sparks we plan on lighting. Stay tuned for our New Year’s new RE@L teaching and learning tools! RE@L will change the way you think about teaching and learning. 


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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.