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Defined Stem

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Defined Stem

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The Defined STEM Web site contains a comprehensive set of K-12 cross-curricular resources and lessons that focus on the skills needed for the 21st Century.

Quality and Effectiveness: Teachers can login to the site and search by keyword or select a performance or literacy-based tasks or a lesson based on Core Curriculum Content Standards (CCCS). Performance tasks follow the Understanding by Design (UbD) Framework as well as the GRASP (Goal, Role, Audience, Situation and Product) Process. Once you select your task category and appropriate grade range, you can then filter your results for the grade level or subject in which you want to concentrate by clicking on one of the tabs across the top of the screen.

Each of the tasks have multimedia resources that can be used by both the students and the teachers to aid in completing the assignments. Performance tasks have the "Big Ideas" and "Essential Questions" clearly represented and the GRASP process is laid out in easy to follow links that take students through each step of the process. From this screen, teachers then have the choice to export the materials to a Adobe .PDF or MS Word file. One really nice feature is that the teachers can edit and customize the assignments and save them for future use.

Sharing the assignments with the students is as easy as distributing a unique hyperlink via email, Web page, Edmodo, or a variety of social media platforms. Teachers can also create a group and other logged in users join via a unique group code. …

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