Educators share STEAM strategies in September’s #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet

The best ideas are too big, too broad, to be bound by a single discipline or subject. While Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Design, and Mathematics are often seen as distinct and rooted in their own universes, there’s common ground in their potential to give rise to creativity. It’s no wonder we go with “STEAM” for short.

As you may have already surmised, our next #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet, starting on Tuesday, September 18, at 10:00 a.m. PDT (check your time zone here), will focus on sparking student (and educator!) creativity through STEAM. (Sounds great, but what’s a TweetMeet?)

We want to hear from classrooms all over the world, so we’re offering 12 language tracks for the TweetMeet this month: español (Spanish), français (French), polski (Polish), Svenska (Swedish),اللغة العربية   (Arabic), sprski (Serbian), română (Romanian), Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese), Deutsch (German), Nederlands (Dutch) and Türkçe (Turkish).

For each language track, we have one or more hosts to post the translated questions and respond to educators. We’re once again most grateful to all current and former hosts who are collaborating closely to provide this service.

The #TweetMeetXX hashtags for non-English languages are to be used together with #MSFTEduChat so that everyone can find the conversations back in their own language. For example: French-speaking people use the combination #TweetMeetFR #MSFTEduChat. English-speaking educators may all use #MSFTEduChat on its own.

 

Our #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet is finding the creative spark in STEAM. Join us on Tuesday, September 18 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PDT. #STEAM Click To Tweet

 

Why join the #MSFTEduChat TweetMeets?

 

TweetMeets are monthly recurring Twitter conversations about themes relevant to educators, facilitated by Microsoft Education. The purpose of these events is to help professionals in education to learn from each other and inspire their students while they are preparing for their future. The TweetMeets also nurture personal learning networks among educators from across the globe.

We’re grateful to have a support group made up exclusively of former TweetMeet hosts, who volunteer to translate communication and check the quality of our questions and promotional materials. They also help identify the best candidates for future events, provide relevant resources, promote the events among their networks, and, in general, cheer everybody on.

 

When and how can I join?

 

Join us Tuesday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PDT on Twitter using the hashtags#MSFTEduChat, #STEAMand #MicrosoftEDU (which you can always use to stay in touch with us). To find the event time for your specific location, use this time zone announcer.

 

How can I best prepare?

 

To prepare for the #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet, have a look at the questions we crafted this time.

We recently announced new lesson plans and a Minecraft: Education Edition update to help you spark interest in STEM among your students. There are plenty of lesson plans, resources and tools from Microsoft Education to get you started.

You can also learn more about our Hacking STEM lesson plans, which show you how to make affordable, hands-on engineering and design projects to life in your classroom, or visit our Microsoft Education Workshop for more ideas. One of the episodes in our Back to School Live tips series is on STEM and Computer Science:

Finally, see what research suggests about what today’s students need to succeed tomorrow.

 

TweetMeet Questions

 

 

Time # Question
10:05 1 Which aspect of STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Design, and Mathematics – intrigues you most? Why?
10:16 2 Why is STEAM essential in 21st-century education?
10:27 3 What are innovative examples and resources to promote STEAM in classrooms?
10:38 4 What role does creativity play in bringing out the best of STEAM subjects?
10:49 5 What new ideas are you taking back to your classroom after this TweetMeet?

 

Based on the post-event feedback we received after the Back To School TweetMeet in August, we are reducing the number of discussion questions this month. This allows everyone to spend more time to engage in conversations. We’ll offer a short Microsoft Forms survey after the September 18 event to see what you think about the additional discussion time.

 

Hosts and coaches

 

Our hosts this month have been carefully selected from across the globe, based on their expertise in and passion for teaching STEAM subjects.

  • Aaron Maurer @CoffeeChugBooks (STEM Lead for AEA9, Microsoft Innovative Expert, LEGO Education Master Educator, PBS Digital All-Star, Minecraft Global Mentor, Makey Makey Ambassador – Bettendorf, Iowa, USA)
  • Arti Chopra @ArtiChopra10 (#MIE FELLOW, a proactive learner, educator, School Principal, Microsoft master trainer, Skype Master Trainer – India)
  • Cristina Nicolaita @CristNycol (Physics & ICT teacher, MIE Expert, eTwinning & Scientix Ambassador for Romania, coordinator for two Erasmus plus projects on STEAM topics, Caracal, Romania)
  • David Plumel @P7i7Plum3 (Professor of technology – MIE Expert, Minecraft Global Mentor. Gamers – Saint Pierre le Moutier, France)
  • Dean Vendramin @vendi55 (High School Math Teacher – MIE Expert, Skype Master Teacher, Minecraft Global Mentor. Love what I do and excited about this TweetMeet – Regina, Canada)
  • Dieu Duong @DieuDuong5 (University ICT teacher – I teach programming languages : Java, C++, ASP Net and C# in Visual Studio – MIE Expert – MIE Trainer. I also love to teach Scratch, Minecraft for students. My passion is learning and sharing – Vung Tau, Vietnam)
  • Ewa Barańska @informer_ms (IT teacher in Technology School, MIE Expert,  Microsoft Certified Educator, participant Artificial Intelligence Bootcamp for girls in Greece – Olsztyn, Poland)
  • Ewout Warringa @EwoutWarringa (Teacher of technology and MIE Expert at the Vechtdal College, and I love Mixed Reality in Edu. I am a HoloLens expert – Hardenberg in the Netherlands)
  • Florian Nigl @fnigl1166 (Chemistry, physics and IT teacher, head of project at our school for the project “Digitale Schule 2020”, MIE Expert, teacher trainer – Schöllnach, Germany)
  • Imen Taktak Marzouk @ImenMarzouk (ICT Teacher, Master in Informatics & Multimedia, MIE Expert, MIE Master Trainer, European eTwinning ambassador – Sfax, Tunisia)
  • Jonas Bäckelin @natbaserad @EduToolkit (MIE Fellow and Master Trainer: Project Manager and Education Specialist working with implementation of IT Projects and develop instructional materials and pedagogical support systems – Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Jorne Dijkerman @jbdijkerman (Netherlands)
  • Kate Murray @kateingalway (Irish Principal Teacher, MIE Expert Fellow, Skype Master Teacher, Surface Master Trainer, LEGO Robotics Enthusiast, FLL & FLLJr Mentor – Galway, Ireland)
  • Leon Tynes @LeonTynesJr (USA)
  • Martine Mannion @MartineMannion (Teacher of Computing & Digital Learning Lead, MIE Expert / Master Trainer, CAS Master Teacher & Hub Leader.  I use innovative pedagogy to teach students about 21st century technologies and SDGs. – Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England)
  • Dr. Taghreed Alrehaili @DrRehaili (Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at Taibah University, MIE Expert & Trainer – Madinah, Saudi Arabia)
  • Tere Lorca @Teresa_Lorca (Music, STEAM and ICT Teacher. I love to take challenges and make new discoveries with my students! – Elche, España)
  • Uğur Mert @ugur72 (Math teacher, T3Turkey trainer and a board member of Edtech Summit – İstanbul, Turkey)
  • Yves Laliberté @yves_laliberte (HS Principal & Coach, MIE Expert & Trainer seeking students’ success through deep learning of 6C’s – Ontario, Canada)

Special thanks to Francisco Texeira (@fcotexeira), who helps us coordinate the TweetMeet every month. 

 

What are #MSFTEduChat TweetMeets?

 

Every month Microsoft Education organizes social events on Twitter targeted at educators globally. The hashtag we use is #MSFTEduChat. A team of topic specialists and international MIE Expert teachers prepare and host these TweetMeets together. Our team of educator hosts first crafts several questions around a certain topic. Then, before the event, they share these questions on social media. Combined with a range of resources, a blog post and background information about the events, this allows all participants to prepare themselves to the full. Afterwards we make an archive available of the most notable tweets and resources shared during the event.

The #MSFTduChat event time is 10:00 a.m. PT. If this time isn’t convenient for you, please follow your local channel or even consider hosting your own #MSFTEduChat in your country and language. Please connect with TweetMeet organizer Marjolein Hoekstra @OneNoteC on Twitter for more info on hosting in your language and time that works best for the educators and MIE Experts in your country.

Next month’s topic: Global collaboration