4 Tips for Enhancing STEM Engagement in a Hybrid Classroom | #MakerEducation
More and more each day, I’m amazed at the creativity and tireless energy of educators, who have been working so hard to keep the learning alive during these difficult times. Here are some handy tips from EdTech Magazine for any STEM teachers looking for some inspo.
COVID-19 upended virtually every aspect of business and society this year. Unfortunately, education hasn’t been spared.
But there is an upside to the situation. As we continue to live in a more contactless world, innovation in education prevails. For instance, STEM educators are finding creative strategies to engage students remotely.
I wrote about some of these strategies in a higher education context, but they also apply to today’s K–12 schools. The four best practices below can help STEM educators at all levels keep their classes engaging and effective, no matter where they’re teaching from.
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