ISKME Blogs

School Librarians: Selecting the Best Anchor Text for STEM Learning Amee Evans Godwin    August 24, 2015   An anchor text is the central text around which a lesson or unit is built. This may be, for example, a narrative piece, a data set, or an image. Students across disciplines engage with this...
The Well-Rounded Lesson: History and Common Core Math Come Together As Teachers, and Students, Collaborate Amee Evans Godwin    August 18, 2015 Try this teacher-created lesson on OER Commons: “Cross Curricular Approach to the Child Labor Practices of the 1800s and 1900s Industrial Revolution” Teachers embodying instructional leadership—this...
Action Collab Facilitator Training, August 5 - 6 ISKME    June 26, 2015 We are pleased to announce the upcoming two-day Action Collab Facilitator Training, August 5th and 6th in San Francisco. This training is for those who want to learn how to facilitate design thinking...
When Teachers and Standards Meet on Polar Ice: Inquiry, Literacy, and Rigor Amee Evans Godwin    June 24, 2015   ISKME’s “Teachers Advancing Common Core Learning” project addresses teachers’ familiarity with Common Core standards and multi-disciplinary learning through their collaborative authoring of...
An Introduction to User Experience Design with Kendra Cunningham Kendra Yee Cunningham    May 11, 2015 From children’s lunch boxes to online learning platforms for educators, user-centered design informs the products and services we engage with everyday. Kendra Cunningham, ISKME’s User Experience...
Unleashing Innovation in Teachers ISKME    March 24, 2015 “In the future I am going to do something that scares me more often.”    -Prior Big Ideas Fest 2014 ParticipantReflections like the one above are what keep me coming back every year as a...
Turn on, Tune in, Drop into Improv ISKME    February 09, 2015 We’ve built in “improv"–the improvisational method of achieving cooperation–into the DNA of Action Collabs that we offer at ISKME. Most recently, a writer from San Francisco’s KQED Mind/Shift...
The Grand Escape: From the Solitary Classroom to a New Social Architecture Amee Evans Godwin       ISKME’s “Teachers Advancing Common Core Learning” project addresses teacher isolation by building networks of collaborators. The project is part of the Teacher Practice Networks Initiative,...
5 Questions for Ashanti Branch ISKME     Talk about Big Ideas Fest success stories. Ashanti Branch walked off the stage at Big Ideas Fest 2014 and onto the stage at Sundance Film Festival in early 2015, where he premiered his documentary,...
Genetics Gets Personal with the ISKME & 23andMe Learning Challenge Megan Simmons     The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers; he's the one who asks the right questions. - Claude Lévi-Strauss Do you remember studying genetics in school? Perhaps you built a double...