STEAM

We encourage teachers to get hands-on in their classrooms, but often professional development isn’t so interactive. We’ve all sat through Powerpoint presentations and article readings. Let’s shake up professional development and make it truly reflective of what’s happening in classrooms. Get busy tinkering, designing, and modeling the practices of makerspace learning in professional development! Read… Read More

Create a Makerspace for Your School in 5 Easy Steps

By The Room 241 Team July 14, 2018

If you’re ready to foster your students’ curiosity by creating a makerspace on a budget, we’ve got you covered! Learning should remain authentically connected to the real world, and the Maker Movement exemplifies that while encouraging creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. Progressive New York City educator Angelo Patri said, “The substitution of direct experiences for… Read More

10 Online Professional Learning Resources to Use This Summer

By The Room 241 Team July 12, 2018

Updated May 15, 2019 Summer is when teachers have more breathing room for professional development. While many attend conferences and take classes in person during the summer, there are tons of online opportunities — and many are free! Here are some stay-at-home professional learning resources for summer that you can check out in your pajamas… Read More

When Debbie decided to pursue her master’s degree, Concordia’s STEAM concentration seemed to fit perfectly with what she was already doing in the classroom. Read on to learn how earning her MEd revamped her curriculum and allowed her to advance as an educator. What made you choose the STEAM concentration for your MEd? I’m a… Read More

We all want to give students opportunities to grow, and New Jersey-based Elementary Technology Coach Christine Foley takes this to the next level. Read on to discover how this Cavalier believes we can improve our education system as well as her love for all things STEAM. What degree did you acquire from Concordia University-Portland, and… Read More

New statistics, surveys, and viewpoints in the world of education popped up throughout the month of March 2018 on topics ranging from student bullying to STEM to education for prisoners. Here’s our monthly roundup of articles you may have missed, that you’ll definitely find interesting. How P-16 education can increase women in STEM fields (Education… Read More

Innovation. It’s such an overused term, isn’t it? Everyone these days is striving to be innovative, is promising innovation, is encouraging others to innovate. But if you think about it, it’s overused for a reason. It’s a single word that encapsulates everything that is exciting in any industry—a goal to shoot for because it means… Read More

Schools may still have desks and students may still have notebooks, but a lot has changed in classrooms over the last 50 years! With “innovation” being a word we take very seriously here at Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education, we decided to take a trip down Memory Lane. Here’s a look at some of the… Read More

5 Distinctive Reasons to Choose Concordia’s STEAM Concentration

By Sarah Elliott, EdD January 17, 2018

When you whip up a concoction of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, the results can be utterly powerful. Through STEAM projects, students learn creativity, innovation, practical knowledge, and blue-sky thinking. They seek answers, solve problems, and gain a collection of skills coveted by 21st-century employers. Without question, STEAM is where it’s at. And a… Read More

Meet the Faculty: Sarah Elliott, Adjunct Professor for STEAM

By The Room 241 Team December 15, 2017

Wrapping up our week of faculty Q&As, we’re excited to introduce you to Sarah Elliott, EdD. With a passion for STEAM and a love for both undergraduate and graduate teaching, Sarah is an adjunct faculty member you’d virtually meet in Concordia’s MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: STEAM program. Read on! What led to your calling… Read More

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) has been around a while now, long enough for educators to see its outcomes and practices unfold in schools across the nation. But not long ago, various educators proposed adding an “A” (for arts) to the STEM concept, sparking a national debate about whether the arts have a place… Read More

A few years ago, I was working at a middle school as an arts integration teacher. My charge was to promote the benefits of STEAM projects and incorporate the arts into classes you normally wouldn’t find them. As someone who has been writing and speaking on the topic for years, it’s a role I truly enjoyed—but… Read More

10 Creative STEAM Classroom Project Ideas for the Holidays

By The Room 241 Team November 6, 2017

If you’re in the market for project ideas to bring to your classroom that celebrate the holiday season using STEAM (science, tech, engineering, arts, and math), this is your list. Below you’ll find projects that are perfect for students in elementary school, middle school, and even high school; volumetric decorations, anyone? 1) Christmas Tree Fractions… Read More

The Evolution of STEM and STEAM in the U.S.

By Jennifer Gunn November 3, 2017

One of the most popular online MEd programs at Concordia is the Curriculum & Instruction degree with a concentration in STEAM—and we’re not surprised. As STEAM continues to gain momentum in our country, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that many schools value the arts just as much as they do science, tech, engineering, and math. In fact,… Read More

The Benefits of Teaching STEAM Lessons

By The Room 241 Team July 21, 2017

There’s been a big push for incorporating lessons and activities that use STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and math. But how exactly do these multilayered projects help students? Here are some of the specific ways in which students can benefit from STEAM in the classroom. Exposes students to the creative process When students engage in… Read More