Curating Print Resources – STEM Learning

Locating and curating resources to support STEM learning in my school is an area that the library staff and I collaboratively work on together.

We aim to use a multi-modal approach to source, locate then promote print and digital resources to support teachers in their curriculum planning and teaching.

Here is a curated list of our current list of STEM related resources:

2021 Educ8 Conference

Being asked to join a panel to discuss all things picture books in STEM by the most inspirational educators Beck Keough @beckkeough1 and Dr Stephanie Smith @smilesstephi along with the brilliant educator Meredith @imerinet. We connected through our weekly chats on Twitter on a Thursday evening for #PrimarySTEMchat

One of the topics covered in these chats is around picture books and the ways they can support STEM learning in a variety of subject areas and in a number year levels.

Earlier this year, I was contacted by Beck and Steph to ask if I would like to join a panel on a new platform called
ClubHouse to chat with an audience, how, through my current role of Primary Teacher Librarian/eLearning Leader/Digital Literacy teacher in our primary school.

Jump forward to April, the Educ8 conference has been launched, a program created and lots twitter chats followed with trials using this new platformed began in earnest.

From there our panel was formed, focus areas selected and now onto the social media side of promotion, identification and tagging began in earnest.

Also an offer for a personalised badge to promote myself and the panel. Something which I have not attempted prior.

Looking forward to exploring this topic further with these inspirational educators and to dropping in to many sessions throughout this new and emerging technology of virtual conference in this unique format of audio only.

Research Tools for Primary Students

If you are looking for great tools to support your students as the use online resource to support their research & inquiry investigations, here are some of my go to sites which I use in both my Library and Digital Literacy classes.

These are suitable if you wish to use alternatives to Google or Bing (particularly with students in the early years of schooling).

If you know of others, please contact me to update this list.

Happy researching and inquiring.

Happy 2021

Welcome to a new school year for my fellow Australian educators and happy 2021 to educators around the world.

I am about to embark on my 32nd year of teaching. Wow. Even that is a BIG number in my eyes. I never would have anticipated being in education THIS LONG and still have passion and determination to make a difference to the adults of the future.

This year I have new sense of FREEDOM, this time over the past 5 years I have been filled with dread thinking about how I will EVER complete my M. Ed. I never thought I would see the light of summer again and be study FREE. Well for a number of personal reasons and the current world climate, things have been rather subdued these holidays. I have actually just spent time pausing, reflecting and resting after a mammoth 2020. Not looking back, but just reflecting on what worked well (WWW) and what could be even better if… (EBI) in 2021 for the numerous roles I undertake in my work and in my personal life.

Wishing you all the best of health to tackle another year in this ever changing world of education.

Be well and stay well is my wish for you all.

Raffaela 🙂