Webinars on Teaching STEM

I always mean to do more continuing education, but find it hard to commit to scheduled sessions, and when I have time to watch something online, I never know where to start. So, today, I’m collecting lots of resources I’ve found for on-demand webinar recordings that I plan to watch someday. If you’ve seen these and found them helpful, or have others to recommend, please add a note in the comments!

NAEYC webinars. https://www.naeyc.org/events/trainings-webinars/recorded-webinars

  • Playful Math—How to Teach Essential Concepts with Fun Mathematical Games. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCD8IOt9ln8. “Watch this webinar for fun games that preschoolers love to play—and that teaches important mathematical concepts (like categorization, cardinality, and one-to-one correspondence). We also explore why early math matters, activities with clear learning goals, and how to use games to develop mathematical thinking and positive attitudes.” The speakers: Deborah Stipek (Heising-Simons Development and Research in Early Math Education (DREME) Network), Jessica Young (EDC), and Kristen Reed (EDC).
  • Making and Tinkering with STEM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M67tDikVU6Q. “Cate Heroman, the author of the NAEYC’s bestselling publication, Making and Tinkering With STEM, shared tools and resources (including sample design challenges) from the book for back-to-school.”
  • Support Early Science Learning in the Classroom with PBS KIDS. Presented by Anthony Durborow (NAEYC), Pam Johnson (Ready to Learn, CPB), Anne Lund (Ready to Learn, PBS Kids), Jessica Andrews (WGBH), Aaron Morris (PBS Kids), and Cynthia Putman (Ready to Learn).. Learn about exciting new PBS Kids shows and resources for science learning, gain practical knowledge about selecting and using quality media, and understand ways to partner with your local PBS station to support early learning through media.

Preschool STEAM Series from Head Start. https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/school-readiness/teacher-time-series/preschool-steam-series “Find an overview of each STEM component and tips for using art to help children explore these concepts and skills. Learn about strategies and teaching practices to help preschoolers develop reasoning, creativity, problem-solving, and language and communication skills.” [Transcript available.] Treshawn Anderson, from the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning. Judi Stevenson-Garcia.

Peep and the Big Wide World science curriculum. http://www.peepandthebigwideworld.com/en/educators/ This website includes short videos on STEM teaching strategies and handouts to learn more. Topics include: color, sound, plants, ramps, shadows, water. Can be used in combination with videos from the PBS series, or you can adapt the ideas to use without Peep. Align with Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.

Supporting Young Children’s Creative Thinking Using Problems They Care About: Engineering Design In ECE. https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/webinars/supporting-young-childrens-creative-thinking-using-problems-they-care-about-engineering-design-in-ece/ “Young children participate in engineering design and science inquiry from their earliest years as they seek to understand and change their environment. Helping children learn to use materials and their surroundings to build and solve problems is part of early childhood education. Children’s engineering may involve seeking to build a stable tower, using a stick as a tool, or planning a process to take turns. Learn how to support design thinking for children ages 3 through 8. Peggy Ashbrook, Carrie Lynne Draper, MEd, and Beth Van Meeteren, PhD

A Parent’s Guide to STEM Education: https://www.brighthorizons.com/family-resources/Webinars/Parents-Guide-to-STEM-Education. “Watch our webinar to discover how to introduce STEM to your child in an engaging and developmentally appropriate way that also builds a foundation for future learning. Learn about the benefits of introducing STEM to your child early, activities, books, and games that can help, and how to use STEM to set your child up for future success.” Debby Hoppy, Bright Horizons Director of Education and Curriculum. Dr. Anita Greenberg, CEO and founder of Science Delight.

Early Childhood Science Inquiry is a Journey (Not a Series of Unrelated Activities): Learning from the Research. https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/webinars/14359/ “By including science and engineering every day for your students, you are providing experiences that will prepare them for later learning and stimulate children’s’ interest… Learn which early science education experiences are best for developing a beginning scientific literacy. We will explore the process of Scientific inquiry and how to encourage young children to build on and refine their early ideas about the way the world works.” Peggy Ashbrook, Early Childhood Science Educator.

Engineering in Early Education. “Engineering is everywhere, and it happens each and every day in early childhood classrooms. Not only does it help children develop math, science, and problem-solving skills, it also inspires their creativity. Where should you begin? Experts from EiE, an award-winning program of the Museum of Science Boston, join Bright Horizons for a family webinar, Engineering in Early Education, to discuss why engineering matters and how it supports early childhood development.” Debby Hoppy, Bright Horizons Director of Education and Curriculum. Nia Keith, director Professional Development, EIE at Museum of Science Boston.

Becoming a Math Family. https://becomingamathfamily.uchicago.edu/. Not a webinar, but a series of short videos on both the theory of incorporating math into early learning (normalize mistakes, emphasize effort) and lots of ideas for hands-on math learning. From U Chicago.

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