EduChange Goes Global

Catherine Saldutti published in Learning Spaces Magazine

Learning Spaces Magazine published EduChange President Catherine Saldutti in a Feature Article in Volume 3.4, released in October 2017 in print and digital editions. It was released at the International Annual Conference, LearningScapes 2017, of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) in Atlanta, GA. In her article, entitled The Design Process Doesn’t Work, Catherine calls for an updated and expanded process for modern learning space redesign. Traditionally, school facilities upgrades involved a few school administrators and design professionals who scoped the project and crafted a resulting RFP that went out to bid. But schools designing modern learning spaces have far more complex considerations, and the process should become more complex as well. “The new wave of school construction has introduced at least two new variables to the process: 1) a new set of voices who influence project scoping at an early stage, and 2) an aspirational vision for modernized teaching and learning that educational leaders, teachers and students can barely envision,” Catherine writes. Of course, the design process itself is not to blame. Catherine argues, however, that a failure to adjust the design process to accommodate all desired drivers, players and constraints is a recipe for (a very, very expensive) disaster. “A good reason to prolong and complicate the Needs identification stage is to ensure that the main drivers of school redesign privilege the learning needs of teachers and students,” Catherine suggests. “Building modern learning spaces will not automatically change teacher practice or student behaviors.” The article summarizes more than a decade of experience working with schools engaged in modern learning space development projects, and includes several suggestions for moving toward total transformation of spaces, mindsets and behaviors. If your school is engaging pedagogical change management alongside school redesign, this is a must-read. Subscribers to the magazine may access it at http://learningspaces.teachingtimes.com

In Search of Flagship Schools in Australia!

We headed to Sydney, Australia to introduce our Integrated Science Program in July, at The Google for Education Summit at Anzac Park Public School in Cammeray, NSW. EdTechTeam runs this professional development experience for teachers who are interested in: launching Google Classroom with students, learning to navigate Google Apps for Education, and generally joining a community of tech-savvy educators. Australia is transitioning to new curriculum standards, and EduChange knows a lot about helping schools take this opportunity to transition to modern learning. In Session 6, Catherine told the story of our program, how we deliver on the Google platform, why STEAM is a valid approach for rich content coverage (and–ahem–standards coverage), and how EduChange provides Sustainable Open Education Resources (SOER). Get information about our full program options. We are looking for flagship leader schools in Australia for 2018–state, independent, parochial, international, etc. Find out how your school can secure a spot in our limited availability for 2018 international cohorts! Schools ultimately book an informational meeting after the school holidays to learn more.

Open but not Free: Sustainable Open Educational Resources (SOER)

EduChange President Catherine Saldutti presented at EDULearn 17, the 9th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies hosted in Barcelona, Spain in July 2017. The presentation, entitled Open but not Free: Sustainable Open Educational Resources (SOER) in a Secondary/Polytechnic STEM Curriculum, examines the groundbreaking new model for educational content creation, developed by EduChange. The discussion of OER is gaining speed, but there are few viable business models in the space. The creation of high-quality educational content is expensive, yet teachers also need the ability to modify content for their own purposes. In the area of STEM, the content itself changes. This presentation explores the ways in which our model utilizes Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science and over 485 teaching and learning variables to create a robust SOER program that schools and institutions pay to establish and maintain.

EduChange Convenes 4 Schools for Global STEAM Collective

It started as the best things do—as a conversation among thoughtful, interested people who want to make a difference for young people and understand the power of the collective. Since 2000, EduChange has striven to emulate authentic practices of the scientific, technological, engineering, and mathematical fields. It has been clear for decades that STEM is global and collaborative, and that multidisciplinary teams self-organize to study and address complex issues. As another example of our commitment to these ideals, EduChange is thrilled to launch the Global STEAM Collective in June 2017. The members are:

Leaders across three continents will engage in peer sharing and feedback cycles as member schools explore the philosophy, design, and implementation of STEAM in K-12 settings, to include the construction of modern learning spaces. The Arts play a central role in supporting students understanding and expressions of natural phenomena, and artistic craft emphasizes close observation, critique, pattern-finding, selection & use of diverse media—and a host of other competencies that are congruent with the STEM fields. Over the course of the next 12 months, we endeavor to support each others’ progress with moderated, asynchronous feedback on member-generated issues and ideas.

2017 Winners: EduChange International Student Arts Competition

As part of our commitment to STEAM, The Integrated Science Program has a strong focus on visual text interpretation and production. Many skills transferable to STEM global issues can be learned through the Arts: pattern-finding, close observation, perspective identifying components of systems, understanding movement and flow, the tension between space and structure. 83% of students report marked growth in their work with visual texts, which include: diagrams, charts, graphs, animations, videos, photographs, geographic maps, infographics, heat maps, interactives, draw programs, image production/manipulation and data presentation.

EduChange is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 International Student Arts Competition:

  • Anqi Chen, Drawings and Illustrations, The International School of Kuala Lumpur
  • Yeongseo Lim, Photography, The International School of Kuala Lumpur

These talented winners were able to use their artistic talents to promote understanding, one of the requirements of the competition. Their art and designs are highlighted on our website and will be incorporated into our curriculum materials for the benefit of all students and teachers.

Our goal is to to fill our materials exclusively with student-rendered designs by 2020!!  This effort is part of our ongoing work to make classrooms and curricula more student-centered.

Celebrate World Oceans Day with Students

We proudly celebrate World Oceans Day 2017 on June 8! Did you know that 95% of our oceans remain unexplored? Can anyone say exciting career opportunities? Our oceans govern and reflect so much about our planet’s health. Register here to find lots of free resources to teach about the environment. It is important to respect and protect–and it is also important to understand–them. Ocean STEM activities are naturally integrated, we’ll show you how to get some rich tech into your classrooms with the activity we share here:

  • Collect specimens via NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer & add layers of data to learn about the collection site
  • Navigate Google Street Views, ocean style, to see what the XL Catlin Seaview Survey researchers see
  • And did anyone say sharks? Yeah? Okay, let’s go!

We kicked off our events in May with a Hangout On Air with EdTechTeam. Many thanks to Monica Martinez at EdTechTeam for getting the word out! Click the download button below for the activity.

EduChange Launches Collaboration with EdTechTeam on Earth Day

We are very happy to launch our collaboration with EdTechTeam on Earth Day 2017! We teamed up to offer teachers around the globe a collection of 10 different clusters of activities and authentic STEM resources to engage secondary students and get them talking about real issues unfolding right now. These activities are from EduChange’s completely integrated approach to secondary STEM, breaking down the disciplinary silos just like real professionals do. Think it can’t happen in high schools?  Think again!

  • Check the environmental friendliness of your sunscreens with the Environmental Working Group’s database
  • Use NASA data to create a visualization of Arctic sea ice melt and check terrain maps of coastlines
  • Brush up on your climate science with CLEAN
  • Get a taste of one of our interactive, personalized texts with a Brazilian case study on hydroelectric power
  • And 6 more interesting Earth Day topics!

These activities may be used by parents, teachers, and any adults who want to learn about our environment alongside a student age 12-up. (And student-only groups at those ages can do them without supervision!). Many thanks to Monica Martinez and everyone at EdTechTeam for getting the word out! Click the download button below.

Do Teaching & Learning Outcomes Drive The Design of New School Facilities?

Many schools and learning centers are modernizing their spaces, some to the tune of $30M USD and more. Architectural designs are the new EdTech. But unlike a computer device that can be recycled in a few years, schools must live with new facilities for many moons–and children–to come. How are schools making decisions alongside architects about what is best for their teachers and students? Can schools effectively translate desired learning outcomes to an understanding of space, alongside architects?  Or do the architects, who are not learning experts, drive the decisions? The complexity and costs of capital projects are by no means trivial. At the Association for Learning Environments, Northeast Regional Conference in March 2017, EduChange President Catherine Saldutti joined a panel of architects and school leaders to discuss these critical issues. Xenia Cox of Archademia presented a case study of teacher collaboration in Lexington Public Schools (MA). Brian Mills, a co-founder of Big Picture Learning shared design and development of facilities at The Met School in Providence, in response to feedback from the community at large as well as learning needs. Leon Chatelain, AIA, of Bowie Gridley Architects shared international work from school designs in Tanzania, Turkey, and USA. The entire slide presentation may be downloaded below.

The Little Engineer That Could: R&D for Our Bicycle Lab

In 2014 Ada was raring to go and ready to explore the wide world of bicycles! She and her Mom, EduChange team member Jen Sweny, traveled from New Zealand to Canada to get a good look at some interesting bicycle designs with Brent Curry, author of BikeCAD Pro. Ada particularly enjoyed the couch bike model, as pictured. By 2015 we had a month-long PBL lab drafted, replete with student research on urban planning in bike-friendly cities around the world, the physics of bikes with a focus on gear ratios, and time trials with students calculating some basic statistics to learn about competitive event timing. Future teachers have Kristine Varney, an EduChange classroom tester, to thank for working out the kinks with her students and sending us feedback. Then Mark Chesterton took the reins, with experience both as a former Integrated Science teacher and a Youth Development Leader at Bike Newport in RI. Mark tested new protocols, added a bike safety check for all students, and reviewed key diagrams and explanations. 2016 began the expert review process, and Modacity came on board. Chris Bruntlett offered insights on the student research process and to our Bicycle Routes mapping activity. We are excited to release this Level II Quest for Energy Lab in 2017! Ada has pitched a dogsled lab, since apparently this Kiwi is now a skilled rider, but we’re not quite sure how that would scale…

Dr. Suzanne Yoder Leads Pediatric Surgery Mission to Haiti

She already cast her absentee ballot: on Election Day Dr. Suzanne Yoder will be saving lives in Jacmel, Haiti. Dr. Yoder is a full-time pediatric surgeon in the greater Los Angeles Area, but in her “spare time” she volunteers with medical teams in at-risk areas of the world, participates in triathlons for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, surfs, and acts as a scientific reviewer for EduChange curricula! This November, Dr. Yoder will collaborate with clinicians in Haiti to perform surgeries and provide expertise to Haitians who otherwise might not have the opportunity to receive this level of care. Since she planned the mission prior to Hurricane Matthew, Dr. Yoder still suspects that the team “will be carrying out the surgeries that patients have been waiting months to receive.” On October 8 in Venice, CA, EduChange President Catherine Saldutti attended a benefit for the mission held at Burning Torch, a leading fashion brand founded by Designer Karyn Craven. This Polaroid photo of Catherine and Suzanne at the event (Polaroids are so fun!) display some of Craven’s upcycled and sustainable textiles. Thank you to Dr. Yoder for living the values we hope to inspire in our students.

EduChange on Beta Team for Safecast’s Air Quality Monitor

EduChange is proud to build and Beta test Safecast’s new Air Quality environmental monitoring system during Fall 2016! Safecast is a non-profit organization building environmental monitoring devices for citizen scientists and those in the field. These devices connect to a global network that provides free, open data collected by users. The final Air Quality device will be highlighted in our high school STEAM module entitled AIR All Around. Students learn about air quality issues and global standards, gas laws, ozone, extreme sports where oxygen levels are low, and atmospheric chemistry. This module is part of our world-class, OER Integrated Science Program, and Safecast’s mission resonates with our citizen science data collection! The stand-alone AIR module and monitoring device will be ready Spring 2017, or get information about our full program options. EduChange is partnering with KitHub to deliver a radiation case study on Fuskushima: Then and Now, using the now famous bGeigie nano from Safecast. Email info@educhange.com for more information.

Take a Deep Dive into our OCEANS Interactive Reader for World Oceans Day!

Happy World Oceans Day! Like you, we are concerned about the health of our global oceans, and we want to help people understand what is happening and why they should care. We recommend this particular text for Grade 10-Adult Learners. There is no better way to understand why an Integrated approach (STEAM) supports learning than to take a deep dive into our open educational resource (OER). Not only do we integrate the science disciplines, we integrate math, the arts, communication, engineering design and technology to address real-world issues with real-time content! We are happy to provide this sample text, one of over 35 integrated texts in our spiraled program, to celebrate World Oceans Day and help make people more aware of this vital and still widely uncharted global resource. Find out more about our program, which is generally run during science class time though it integrates much more than just science. Email us if you’re interested in a chat! There are other activities and a hands-on titration lab that accompany this lab text. All of our materials align with NGSS, ISTE, Common Core for Science & the Technical Subjects, IGCSE Coordinated Sciences, and others.

 

Colegio del Valle Culiacán goes full STEAM ahead!

We are so thrilled to be collaborating with Colegio del Valle in Culiacán, Mexico and EduChange President Catherine Saldutti kicked it off with a K-12 faculty institute on developing STEAM competencies across the curriculum. Catherine reports, “Colegio del Valle has one of the most impressive professional cultures I have been privileged to witness—everyone is there on time for every session (including administrators, who participate actively the entire institute), ready to work hard, willing to learn and try completely different modes of teaching, helpful to and positive with each other, engaging in high levels of intellectual discourse about both the technical content and the pedagogical implications…Many schools display some of these attributes solidly, but to witness all of them in every member of the faculty–wow.  Just wow.” The teachers in the photo are designing antivirals. The institute also addressed 2D-3D visualization and modeling, and citizen science with Smart Phone apps that cover the Monarch butterfly migration to and from Mexico. We put the “A” in STEAM through a comparative analysis of historical paintings, and introduced the EduChange C3 Competency-based Assessment Framework that align with COMPETENCIAS DISCIPLINARES BÀSICAS DEL SISTEMA NACIONAL DE BACHILLERATO.  The school will implement our 3-year model of Integrated Science. Full STEAM ahead!

EduChange Highlights “Dengue No More” GIN Project in Integrated Curriculum

Our collaboration with The Global Issues Network (GIN) brings together the best of integrated STEAM, student-led projects, and real-world contexts. Connecting informal and formal curriculum, EduChange will highlight GIN projects throughout our secondary program, connecting students from around the world in to carry out important project-based work in local communities. The Brazilian “Dengue No More” GIN Project exemplifies what EduChange believes is the real trifecta of STEAM curriculum: the personal, the local and the global. The pictured student leaders from The International School of Curitiba have engineered a homemade mosquito repellent that is inexpensive to produce from homeopathic ingredients. They share the recipe and information about protection from Aedes aegypti mosquito bites with afflicted Brazilian communities. The rapid spread of debilitating  Dengue Fever, Chikungunya and Zika viruses, all carried by the same pest, make this project critically important. We featured their work in our Antivirals and Antibiotics lab.

 

EduChange Gives to Teachers and Students Globally on Giving Tuesday

To celebrate Giving Tuesday, EduChange provided teachers in 99 countries across 6 continents with free climate change teaching materials. (We await the day when teachers and students can do our mathematical modeling tasks with ice core data while actually in Antarctica!) And as we all know, the gift of learning keeps on giving. This year the COP21 talks in Paris coincided with Giving Tuesday. We are proud to empower students around the world with a better understanding of the science, technology, engineering and math concepts and tools that equip society to make more informed decisions about our environment. See our Call to Action, and seize the (Tues)day!

EduChange and GIN Collaborate to Ignite STEAM Learning In and Out of School

International schools know that the combination of personal passion and local community engagement lead to the empathetic action required in a GIN Project.  If EduChange can help seed STEAM connections inside the formal curriculum, and amplify project exposure to other students from around the globe, well that just might add up to very powerful student engagement indeed! EduChange and The Global Issues Network are teaming up to empower students to engage with 20 globally critical issues by 2020, linking formal and informal STEAM learning inside and outside the school. More robust projects? More engagement with academic curricula? Absolutely! There is nothing students cannot do if we empower them with the right tools. Email info@educhange.com to find out more!  Get Your Twibbon & join the call to #COP21 to #ActOnClimate! #CutTheREDTape

Students Learn About Food and Soil Testing for Radioactivity in Japan

EduChange is proud to support Minna no Data Site, the combined database of a network of independent radioactivity measurement labs that test food and soil samples all over Japan in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima tragedy. They have tested over 11,500 food samples and make all data available to the public via their website and search engine. Hidetake Ishimaru, spokesperson for the project, visited ASIJ students in October 2015 and explained how they can get involved as citizen scientists in the East Japan Soil Measurement Project. See a map of the students’ learning journey through the Environmental Dynamics I unit we customized for them.

Safecast Japan Brings Mission of Open Environmental Radiation Data to ASIJ

EduChange is thrilled to collaborate with Safecast Japan, the amazing all-volunteer data warehousing organization that was born in 2011 after the Fukushima disaster.  We helped equip student citizen scientists at ASIJ with Safecast’s state-of-the-art bGeigie Nano, the workhorse geiger counter that Japanese residents have used to collect over 30 million publicly-available data points about the status of radiation post-Fukushima. Joe Moross &  Azby Brown, Safecast members (Azby also serves as Director of the Future Design Institute at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology in Tokyo), spoke to Grade 8 students in September 2015 as they launched Environmental Dynamics I, customized by EduChange to focus on the ongoing Fukushima narrative. We can’t wait to equip students around the globe with Safecast’s air quality data devices–stay tuned and Follow @safecastjapan on Twitter!

School Heads Attend the EduChange EdTech Roundup at AAIE

To help  attendees of the 49th Annual AAIE Conference catch the entrepreneurial spirit of the San Francisco Bay Area, EduChange invited 4 EdTech Companies to present their products and services to school heads from around the world. This February 2015 event hosted Curriculet, CodeHS, Trinket, and  Brightloop Learning alongside ed. leaders from Mexico, Argentina, Scandanavia, the Congo, Russia and Kuwait. These companies learned what it will mean to truly go global!

Competencies Articulation Article Published in AASSA Newsletter

The January 2015 Newsletter from the Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA) publishes guidelines from EduChange on easy and effective ways to define and then track skills/competencies through a course, across a team of teachers, and through the years. See p. 71 for our article Defining and Tracking Skills for Intentional Curriculum Design.

ASIJ Launches Integrated Science I

Kudos to The American School in Japan for their mid-year launch of Integrated Science I in January 2015! We are working closely with them to implement a Grade 8-9 experience.

The Source Features “STEM Curricular Designs for an Information Age”

We are honored to have Catherine’s article, STEM Curricular Designs for an Information Age  featured in the launch of AdvancED’s online publication and knowledge resource, The SourceThe Fall 2014 theme, “Today’s Learning Paradigm,” highlights cutting-edge ideas about teaching and learning for the 21st century.

EduChange President Unveils Neural Net of Curriculum to School Leaders of Latin America

Catherine Saldutti presented Ramping Up to a World-Class STEM Program at the Secondary Level at the AdvancED Latin America Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in December 2014. This presentation marked the unveiling of the EduChange design thinking that created a “neural net” of nodes and networks as the curricular architecture of our Integrated Science Program.

ISKL Launches Integrated Science I

We proudly welcome The International School of Kuala Lumpur as our flagship Southeast Asia site! They launched Integrated Science I in August 2014, opening with an Environmental Dynamics unit about the perils and promise of palm oil in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Catherine Saldutti Presents at 32nd National Conference on Magnet Schools

Catherine Saldutti presented (“Debut: A 2-year Integrated STEM Program for High Schools”) at the 32nd National Conference on Magnet Schools. This successful and inspiring conference took place in Hartford, CT in May 2014.

Graded School Educators Share Integrated Science Experiences

We were thrilled to join our flagship Latin America site Graded School, Sao Paulo  hosts of the 2014 AASSA Spring Educators’ Conference March 20-22. In line with the conference theme Redefining Relevance, teacher leaders Trish Beck & Erin Copeland joined Teaching & Learning Director Amaris Obregon, and EduChange President Catherine Saldutti to share their experiences with the Integrated Science I course, launched in August 2013.

“Next Generation Teaching and Learning Tools” Published in Malaysian e-magazine

Read Catherine Saldutti’s recap of her recent presentation in Malaysia. The article Next Generation Teaching & Learning Tools came out in the January 2014 issue of HOTS e-magazine, part of the iThink initiative of the Malaysian Prime Minister.

Ken Simon and Catherine Saldutti Host AAIE Breakfast Talks

Ken Simon and Catherine Saldutti hosted Breakfast Talks at the 2014 AAIE Annual Conference in Boston, MA February 6-8. On Friday morning, school heads learned about Concept Construxions®, our academic language system with hands-on and digital applications. On Saturday morning, school heads engaged in discussion about Integrated Science.

Partnership with Grey Matter Education Established in Malaysia

EduChange and Grey Matter Education establish a partnership to bring Concept Construxions® to Southeast Asia and Imaginality to TfL partner schools. Smart Instruction Begins With Smart Tools.

AdvancED Latin American Conference Presentation

Catherine Saldutti presented at the 2013 AdvancED Latin American Conference, December 3-5 in Atlanta, GA. She led a session with invited administrator Amaris Obregon, Teaching & Learning Director of Graded School, Sao Paulo entitled Co-creating e-texts with students: critical reading, writing and thinking at the secondary level.

Catherine Saldutti Keynotes for the Malaysian Ministry of Education

We are excited to announce that Catherine Saldutti was an invited keynote speaker at The National Conference on Creativity & Innovation (SKIK) 2013, hosted by The Ministry of Education, Malaysia. On November 26 she presented Stable Design Principles in a Changing Landscape: Engineering Education Tools that Foster Flexible & Creative Thinking. Sarawak, Malaysia.

EduChange Sponsors 2013 Global Education Conference

EduChange proudly sponsored The Global Education Conference, a completely virtual exchange for educators around the world, from November 18-22, 2013. Catherine’s session entitled Global Competencies for 21st Century High School Science Curriculum: Integrated, Student-centered & Content-rich aired on November 20, 2013 at 6:00 pm EST/USA. The session has been recorded and may be accessed here.

Catherine Saldutti Keynotes at the International Conference on Transnational Collaboration

Thank you to Global Stem States and ScienceHouse Foundation for inviting Catherine Saldutti to participate in exciting international discussions about the future of STEM. EduChange is proudly sponsoring a Malaysian educator’s attendance at this conference. EduChange proudly sponsored a Malaysian educator’s attendance at this conference. Click here for workshop sessions, October 1-3, 2013. Also Catherine gave a keynote talk at theInternational Conference on Transnational Collaboration on October 4, 2013. The conference was the first of its kind and will be held at the lovely UNIMAS, Kota Samarahan in Sarawak, Malaysia.

Graded School Launches Integrated Science I

We’re excited that Graded School, Sao Paulo, Brazil will launch their custom version of our Integrated Science I Program this fall! Teachers are students will conduct more than 20 hands-on laboratories to up the rigor with this inquiry-based program.

EduChange Exhibits at IB Americas Conference

Catherine Saldutti and Ken Simon had a great time at the IB Americas Conference in New Orleans from July 18-21, 2013. They discussed our offerings with IB educators from all over. Check out what is aligned to the NEW MYP Framework: a concept-based approach across the curriculum and a comprehensive, lab-based integrated science program for Years 4-5 of MYP (Grades 9-10). Accompanying professional development for both!

Catherine Saldutti is Invited Presenter at Thinking Schools International Conference

Catherine Saldutti was an invited presenter at the Thinking Schools International conference in the UK, June 10-11, 2013. She worked with UK educators in both new and accredited Thinking Schools to explore how Concept Construxions applies to visual thinking, habits of mind, enquiry teaching and ultimately improved academic performance.

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