Teaching Strategies

Free STEAM Activities: Social Distancing Edition

COVID-19 seems to be all anyone can talk about right now, and for good reason. Schools across the nation are closing their doors for an undetermined amount of time. Social distancing is extremely encouraged during this time, as the virus is very contagious and can be spread to vulnerable populations even if someone isn’t displaying …

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COVID-19 and Your Classroom: How to Clean Your Bots and Keep the Coding Going

Cleanliness and sanitation is at the forefront of the minds of everyone right now. With the widespread number of cases of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in many countries, including the United States, the world population is becoming increasingly concerned for their health.  The health and safety of our #OzoSquad community is our highest priority. We …

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Robots Are Better Than Cupcakes: Creating a Girls STEM Club with Dr. Hendrith

March is Women’s History Month! As many long-time members of our OzoSquad know, one of our missions is to get more girls interested in STEAM careers. In fact, our founder and CEO, Nader Hamda, started Ozobot after seeing his two daughters absorbing technology and scrolling to nowhere on their smartphones, and wanted to empower them …

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Gamification 101: How to Enhance Your Lesson Plans With Games

Technology has opened up new worlds for teachers that most wouldn’t have dreamed of a few decades ago. Students can get and give instant feedback, schools can connect and learn together from around the world, and there are hundreds of education games and activities across the web. One of the main features that has caught …

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Why (and How) to Teach STEAM to Blind or Visually Impaired Students

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education is crucial to prepare the next generation of students for the future workforce. But even as awareness of the importance of teaching STEM/STEAM in schools has become more widespread, unique challenges of providing the same education to students with special needs have come to light. The World …

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How To Improve the Cognitive Flexibility of Your Students

Do you have students in your classroom you can’t pull away from a task? While other students move easily between subjects, some stay rigidly focused on one idea, assignment, or problem. This reflects their level of cognitive flexibility. Everyone has different abilities, but teachers can create a classroom in which all students can improve their …

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How Students Benefit From a Flipped Classroom (And Ways To Implement It)

The internet has created hundreds of hubs for teachers to share ideas and insights when it comes to helping students learn. In addition to lesson plans, educators offer tips and advice for connecting with kids.  One method of teaching that has become popular is the flipped or inverted classroom in which students do homework during …

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Educational Resource or Student Distraction? Tablets in the Classroom

One of the themes that we have focused on this year is the connected classroom, or the intersection of technology with the fundamentals of teaching. One sticking point for educators has been the use of tablets. Are these valuable learning tools, or do they serve only as a distraction? Are they worth the investment? Let’s …

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Why We Need More Decision-Making Lessons in the Classroom

You might not spend very much time thinking about your outfit or your drive to work, but you make decisions every step of the way. These small choices are mostly subconscious, but they reflect years of practice in choosing your own path.  While you have these years of experience, kids don’t. They have very few …

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How to Incorporate STEAM Learning in Lessons About Native American Culture

November is often a time to discuss Native American tribes and their relation to modern society, whether teachers are introducing the lesson as part of Native American Heritage Month or tying the concepts into Thanksgiving activities.  Fortunately, many lessons about American Indians have moved beyond hand turkeys and teepee drawings. Many educators are using this …

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