Jay Collier (@JayCollier)

Midcoast Maine USA

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March 28th, 2014

Musing after a day at the firehouse: is there a publicly perceived correlation between STEM, innovation, and ingenuity?

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Michaud: Need to invest in broadband access. (Yes, especially upload speeds, now cripplingly asymmetrical.)

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Michaud: “Creative thinking emerges in the doing.” Stop treating subjects separately.

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Michaud: Critical need for CS teachers and graduates in Maine. (Note: 2012 higher education graduates: opendata.socrata.com/Education/Comp…)

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Michaud: Critical need for Computer Science teachers and graduates. (Note: 2012 Maine higher education graduates: opendata.socrata.com/Education/Comp…)

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Michaud: Early education is one of the best investments we can make. Next: peer-to-peer mentoring support for teachers.

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Michaud (paraphrased): Within 10 years, 1 in 7 Maine jobs will be in STEM careers, but our education is unevenly distributed.

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Congress Michaud has arrived to speak to the summit after all.

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(A personal favorite)

Summit: Shout out for Maine app inventing challenges! Covers all focus areas across all learning levels (previous tweet).

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: Problem-based learning, internships, broadband/data access, computer science/IT, competitions/challenges, undergrad learning

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STEM Clusters: biotech, composites, environmental tech, forest products, IT, marine tech, aquaculture manufacturing.

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Tom Keller presenting STEM Council roadmap for education and workforce development with indicators and support for initiatives

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DekkiFacepalms Promote to tap into those great learning opportunities. pic.twitter.com/sfKyDUWueQ

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How can we better connect those with experience with younger learners? Statewide collaboration/mentoring clearinghouse?

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Cutler repeats: “Maine is the oldest state.” It is time to embrace the value of wisdom. How about “The Most Experienced State”?

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enginerd05 Lots of hands raised for K-12 entities partnering with higher ed, but far less have existing partnerships with business.

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Gubernatorial candidates were all invited to the Summit. Only Elliott Cutler is attending.

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School boards are key in raising awareness of the importance of experiential education.

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BBHGirl All this tweeting is making me hungry! Thanks @ColbyCollege for lunch! summit official break!

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Jay Labov: Focus on separate disciplinary silos is a systems problem. Need to integrate, connect the dots.

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EducationArcade From audience: Lots of in Need to establish standards/multiple pathways to demonstrate proficiency

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Pitting science, math, and ELA against each other doesn’t lead to a win. The CCSS ELA standards can be cross-disciplinary.

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Question: What about career/tech education? (Is it time to reintegrate with “College-prep” schools? Both will use same standards?

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@GeoffCyr: I think *practices* are key to integrating the disciplines, but content gets all the attention.

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BBHGirl If female teachers aren’t psyched about science and math, their female students will not be either.

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@GeoffCyr Same in our 3rd-grade coding club.

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NWCIT: making science/tech/math meaningful, through relevant stories, projects, engages everyone, esp. girls. ncwit.org/infographic/34…

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marsenault @EducationArcade my school has collaborated with local gov,UMaine, and local business through and more

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First question about women in STEM. For computing/technology, see: dotdiva.org wnyc.org/story/way-we-t…

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@projectlogin’s growing Tech Ambassadors includes professionals, educators, students, parents. Send DM with email to participate.

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marsenault Bring in experts from your community to your schools. Sara Zito great examples from RSU21. educators need to reach out more.

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RT @EducationArcade: How are people collaborating in Maine—univ/corps/schools/comm? (Question just asked. Minority atm)

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DekkiFacepalms Focus on interdisciplinary education! I’ll get STEM in my SS, you’ll get History in your STEM

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Sara Ziro (RSU21): In past, we’ve hyper-focused on content. Now need to add A, R, more to STEM. Interdisciplinary proficiency.

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RT @enginerd05: Maine RSU 21 lets PK-5 kids build and create with @ImgPlayground blocks. Cool!! imaginationplayground.com

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Yarmouth Middle School provides Robotics team, STEAM initiative (w/the arts), and a Science Club. (All after school ELOs.)

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By changing focus from “the disciplines” to interdisciplinary “practices,” we could surmount silos.

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RT @ckesselheim: Glad to be hearing from K-12 continuum in panel just underway. Moderated by @Luke_C_Shorty

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@marsenault @ckesselheim Big pressure coming from employers and new Maine diploma. UMPI is first in Maine to position for that.

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@marsenault @ckesselheim Prior was rhetorical :) HS competency diploma with Guiding Principles perf assessments may fit bill.

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@marsenault @ckesselheim HE needs better criteria for admitting students beyond academic credentials. 21st-cent-skill portfolios?

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@DekkiFacepalms Who’s doing what. Flipped classroom? Student-centered learning (UMPI)? Experiential education (USM)?

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@GeoffCyr Our employers report they hire those with greater 21st-century skills: collaboration, problem solving, ingenuity.

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Is there interest in asking about STEM integration with the arts, music, language, i.e., STEAM? Integration across all curricula?

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@GCSSTEMedu Check out USM Campus Ventures: real world experience & research for all four years. A model to consider: usm.maine.edu/campusventures

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@marsenault Tech as process, tech as tool, other? Really worth teasing out!

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@GeoffCyr I am a fan of Pete’s “ingenuity” idea and the startup/innovation approach as context for lifelong learning @jknox78251

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Pete Mickelson: “Technology” is about replicable recipes. Computers are not a “technology” but a tool. Pay attention to terms.

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Pete Mickelson: Words are important. We should replace “engineer” with “ingenuity” which its the root.

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@ckesselheim FYI, Dana Humphrey reported UMaine has a program for those with lower academic credentials

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Why are academic credentials the predominant criteria for HE admission? How about 21st century skills/soft skills/Habits of Mind?

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@mayacrosby Some students will have wanderlust, others will want to stay. What are the factors? HE needs more alumni knowledge

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@mayacrosby When you include COLA comparison for cities where students go, less differential. We need to know more about alumni

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But what happens after a student gets the degree? Are students being prepared for jobs here in Maine? Do they go elsewhere?

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Humphrey: 2/3 of Maine HS graduates are not prepared to pursue STEM degrees. Maine is 47th per capita in engineering degrees.

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Humphrey: Maine Math performance drops from 4th to 12th grade, unevenly distributed.

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Dana Humphrey (UMaine): What about students who aren’t admitted or who are uninspired? Not acceptable.

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Dana Humphrey (UMaine): Incoming students admitted to UM CofE are academically prepared, and graduate in 4.4 years average

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RT @GCSSTEMedu: How do we inspire students’ in math? What is the balance between inquiry and ‘drilling’ practices?

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Andy Anderson (USM): Some students are inspired, but not prepared, some the opposite, but not enough are both.

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GeoffCyr Natural ability v. effort and persistence. Maine students need more of the latter, not “you know math or you don’t.”

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Hi! @GCSSTEMedu Will you use to save some characters? :)

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Question: Does Maine’s K12 system send you prepared students? SMCC: It’s a societal problem: belief that math competency is fixed

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Panel: What higher education institutions are doing to improve their students’ STEM ed experience: UMaine, USM, Colby, SMCC.

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Jay Labov: We need to connect across disciplines. Light the fire, not fill the vessel. Peter Benson? youtube.com/watch?v=TqzUHc…

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The Common Core, NGSS, social studies, and guiding principles competencies provide opportunity for interdisciplinary connections!

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Can we choose one hashtag so we can have more characters for sharing? :)

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Even big ideas are about content, albeit larger. What about competencies?

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Labov: Science AP courses are being redesigned to focus on big ideas and evidence of learning. (Also AP Computer Science.)

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Hmmm. RT @marsenault: Any teacher that can be replaced by a computer should be. via Jay Labov

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If goal is satisfying work/life, the assembly-line (pipeline) model doesn’t work. Learners can choose best learning experiences.

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Labov: Time to move from content-delivery to building connections and making meaning. Papert? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Construct… @NASciences

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What is the balance between STEM competencies and 21st century skills? (We like US DOL model: checkvist.com/checklists/442…)

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Toffler: The illiterate of the 21st century will be those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. @NASciences

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Lavov: We need to move beyond the pipeline model to think about pathways. (Our take on that: goo.gl/djzO07) @NASciences

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Fewer than 40% of students who enter college intending to major in a STEM field complete a STEM degree. Not relevant. @NASciences

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300k STEM B & A students annually, and 1 million needed in 10 years. Question: Numbers don’t add up.

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@NASciences is focusing on evidence of learning. “Brain, Mind, Experience, and School.” @mdoeSTEM

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Hi @GeoffCyr! Are you here? Laurie Larsen suggested . Is another in use too? @marsenault @mayacrosby

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K-12 and Higher Education folks welcomed to the summit. Are there other business people here, too?

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Jay Labov from the @NASciences is talking about “connecting the dots” across the educational ecosystem, looking over the horizon.

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At the summit at Colby College today. Firehose of tweets for a few hours.

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