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Hellertown, PA 18055

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Blended Learning: The Integrated Technology Approach

St. Theresa School (STS) is distinctively "small, but mighty" in the area of technology. At STS we pride ourselves on our commitment to outfitting our classrooms, supplying our teachers, and equipping our students with the cutting edge technological resources they need to be competitive in today's global culture.

 

Students of all ages from our PreK 3 through Eighth grade utilize developmentally-appropriate technological tools and resources to deepen student engagement and create a deeper connection with content. St. Theresa has maintained a Bring Your Own Device policy, and one-to-one computing since the 2010-2011 school year allowing us to extend curriculum content learning through on-line WEBinar and live stream learning experiences.

At STS we move beyond STEM education of science, technology, engineering and mathematics as fundamental building blocks and adopt the STREAM approach, which includes Reading/Realigion and the Arts, as we fully understand and embrace a wholistic approach to learning.

In teaching 21st century learners and digital natives, the school is also assessing how a traditional library represents a progressive hub of dynamic learning and not only a repository of books. The Media Integration Specialist is working closely with the Tech Team and faculty to be on the forefront of this educational trend.

Science

Technology

Reading/Religion

Engineering

Arts

Mathematics

STREAM is about making connections. Using observation, exploration, hands-on design, and reasoning; STREAM helps foster a generation of creative problem solvers.

SCIENCE – Allows students to explore a variety of related topics within their grade level curriculum and beyond through genius hour and makerspace formats.
TECHNOLOGY— Drives STREAM activities, providing tools for research, data collection and utilization, design, collaboration, and sharing work.
RELIGION/READING – Supports unit themes through non-fiction and fiction works. At St. Theresa’s we also use this area as an opportunity for students to explore how the Bible, Catholic teachings, and religious thought and belief relate to the unit theme we are studying.
ENGINEERING – Is the process of designing and creating real world objects related to the STREAM Unit Theme. This can be done via a MakerSpace activity or via other Project Based Learning Experiences.
ARTS – Are essential to the praxis of STREAM studies. Movement, Music, Art and Language enrich the students overall learning experience. Specials teachers work closely with classroom teachers to develop a truly cross-curricular STREAM unit.
MATHEMATICS – Are a primary focus of STREAM Unit themes and activities as students learn how to apply math skills to real-world problem solving. Both newly introduced concepts and old skills are brought to bear in order to accomplish tasks in the STREAM unit.

Makerspace, The Genius Hour and Project-based Learning

Makers are artists, knitters, builders, programmers, engineers, cinematographers, woodworkers, inventors, bakers, graphic designers - in short, Makers are people who make things. Makerspaces provide the opportunity, tools and materials for students, creative beings made in the image of Creator God, to “design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering (Cooper, Designing a School Makerspace).”

Hands-on Project-based learning in the US tends to focus on developing new entrepreneurial ideas and innovations. For St. Theresa School, the Maker Space movement is also an extension of the STREAM learning approach. Using the STREAM approach students consider real-world problems, issues and ideas applying many different disciplines through the creation of their Maker projects. Students have potential to invest in the solution to those problems or in the creation of a new idea or resource developing skills that they can use for a life-time. Students collaborate with others and work in groups in the creation of their Maker Space ideas.

The Maker Space area is located in the STREAM Lab area of the schooladjacent to the school's library. We also have  mobile Maker Space Units allowing students to work on activities in their classrooms. The Technology instructor usually initiates Maker projects and students work on their own and then present their projects to the school community at the end of the school year at the Maker Faire. Students are encouraged to use recyclable materials and tools they have at home. Students may work on their projects in the STREAM / Maker Space lab at school (after school from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays) or work on their projects at home.
The Maker Space concept has been expanded to include a Genius Hour research feature that encourages students to use one hour a week to explore a real world problem and develop a solution to that problem as part of their Maker Space project with an emphasis on Catholic Social Justice themes.
It is our hope that some of our students may become the future Makers of America and contribute new and innovative products and services to help grow our economy and help address many of the world's problems and challenges.

St. Theresa School Maker Space and STREAM lab include:

  • Two Silouette 3D Printers (Grades K--5)

  • Two additional models of 3D Printer and 3D pen

  • Lego WeDo 2.0 Robotic Kits

  • K'NEX Wind and Water Energy, Solar Energy, and Simple Machines Kits

  • Bristle Bot Robotics Kit

  • Drone Craft with Remote Control and Camera

  • Makey Makey Boards for both local projects and internet Based Projects

  • Computer Enabled Microsopes and Project Slides

  • STEM Kits from Ann Arbor Interactive Science Museum, Longwood Gardens, The Milk Industry Council, and the Center for Biofuels Education

  • Beginners Soldering Kit and Workstation

  • Dremel Power Tool set

  • 3D Cad Design Tablet and Design Computer System

  • Hand Tool Project Kit

  • Electronics Parts and Materials for Project Building

  • AreoGraden Hydroponics Growing Station

  • Student Created Indoor Growing Stations

  • Aquarium and Underwater Camera Equipment

  • Snap Circuits Design Kit

  • Hot Melt Glue Guns and Project Materials for Craft Projects

  • Hackerspace Workstation for equipment and materials deconstruction and exploration

  • Computer Coding Stations with access to a variety of Coding Tools and Activities

  • Pocket Laminator

  • STEM kits for Earth Science, Magnets, and Biology

  • Google Cardboard for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Science and Cross Curricular Explorations

  • Bloxels coding kit

  • Kano Computer Kit

  • Piper Computer Kit

  • Smart Robot Car Kit

  • Little Bits Classroom Electronics Project Kit

Field Trip Zoom Webinars Attended for during the 2018/2019 school year

  • Marine Mammal Adaptations – Alaska Sea Life Center

  • The World of Computers – Coding K-2

  • Denver Science Museum – Virtual Scultpasaurus

  • National Building Museum – Simple Machines

  • McMillen Science Center – Bones and Tones – Health Education

  • Space Center Houston – Journey Through the Solar System

  • Butterfly Pavilion – Bug Bites – Edible Bugs

  • Brynes Health Center – Fuel for Thought

  • California Academy of  Science Planetarium – Tour the Night Sky

  • St. Louis Zoo – Remarkable Reptiles

  • National D-Day Memorial – Comanche Code Talkers

  • Author – Andrea Warren – Hitler's War Against Children – How One Boy Survived the Death Camps

  • California Academy of Science – Tour the Night Sky

  • Dolphin Research Center – Dolphins 101

  • South Carolina Aquarium – Food Chains and Adaptations

  • Biologue Laboratories – Germ Detective

  • Butterfly Pavilion – Aquatic Invertebrate Encounter

  • Unseen Forces – Physics at Work

  • National Building Museum – Why Engineering?

  • Butterfly Pavilion – Invertebrate Encounter – Meet Rosie the Tarantula

  • National Building Museum – Engineering Solutions

  • Paley Center for Media – Around The World using Media

  • Sea Turtle Inc.  – Meet Hang Ten

  • California Academy of Science – California Carnivors Plant Carnivors

  • Royal Botanical Gardens – Wetland Ways

  • Liberty Science Center – Pollinators – Bees

  • Ocean First Institute – Careers in Marine Science

  • Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology – Discovering Dinosaurs

  • South Carolina Aquarium – Shell-A-Brate – International Turtle Day

  • Alaska Sea Life Center – Beaks, Bubbles, and Burrows

  • Unforseen Forces Physics at Work

  • NASA Challenger Learning Center – Operation Monserat

  • Denver Science Museum –  Arachnids

  • Natures Conservency-- Coral Reefs of the Dominican Republic

  • Natures Conservency – Down the Mississipi Watershed

  • GeoShow – Virtual Field Trip from Mexico for the Day of the Dead Celebration

  • Rocky Mountain National Park – Park Animals and their adaptations

  • Alaska Sea life Center – Alaskan Tidepools

  • California Academy of Science – Meet Piere the Penquin

  • Longwood Gardens – A plant's life

  • Jason Project – Marie Trone – Professor and Biology Researcher Career Explorations

  • Byrnes Health Education Center – Fuel For Thought

  • World War II Museum New Orleans – D-Day Virtual Field Trip 75th Anniversary of the Invasion