The philosophy of STEAM revolves around the concept that:
STEAM = Science & Technology interpreted through
Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements.
STEAM is a substantiated, economical and sociologically adaptable as a framework by which to transition, maintain, create and evolve educational elements, programs and institutions to include multidisciplinary-oriented practices catering to developing more FUNctional citizens.
This framework is engaging, hands-on and reality-based with many extensions to draw education, industry, government and the community together for the common good of bettering public education for all while meeting NCLB guidelines and STEM related goals.
STEAM is EASY and FUN to implement…
no matter how many big words are used to describe
how it could help make good education better.
As the STEAM framework has helped students understand how to create and work in balanced teams that work on real-life projects, the following things have been noticed:
- Students who get to use knowledge and skills from across the subjects to back up their project work start seeing how the content is used in reality and why it matters to know about it.
- Students are encouraged to recognize and respect their own and others’ skills and interests. They learn how to best fit into teams based on roles that they naturally do well within society.
- Students have a blast with STEAM activities! Students have more of a reason to learn the content for mastering their projects.
- Students and educators feel a shift from ME (the singular student) to WE (an active participant in the global community.)
- Classroom and SPED teachers report that students with IEPs and 504s are more engaged. Special, ESL and advanced learners get more of what they need academically and interactively from the team-based approach and need fewer specialized pull-out sessions.
Low-Cost Home Internet
Internet access is essential for today's students. Unfortunately, many families in Lee County currently have no access to broadband Internet technology in their homes. And many that have Internet only have access through cell phones. Comcast and CenturyLink, our two local Internet providers both offer special programs for low-income families. We have previously provided flyers for these programs, most of which were handed out by schools over the past three years.
We have posted a link to updated information to Comcast's program HERE.
More info below . . .
Why We're Only Posting Comcast's Program
We originally posted information for both Comcast and CenturyLink programs. Unfortunately the CenturyLink program was inferior and generated some frustration among parents that didn't understand the details of the offering. Specifically, Comcast includes a WiFi router for wireless connectivity (required for Chromebooks) and CenturyLink charges extra. The Comcast offering also offered better speed, no credit check and no contract. At this point we don't recommend handing out any CenturyLink flyers if you have them.
Chromebook Info for 1:1 Schools
Like most mobile devices, Chromebooks require WiFi for Internet access. Some CenturyLink agents have told customers that they can simply connect Chromebooks to their Internet service through (wired) Ethernet ports. We do not believe there was any intent to mislead the the customers, but that the CenturyLink staff were simply poorly trained and likely paid to sign new accounts.
- Please direct interested parents to our GlobalLee web site (http://globallee.leeschools.net) if they have Internet access on their phones or at work. If they have no Internet access, you can provide the phone number on the site or print out one of the PDF flyers from the Comcast website.
- Please DO NOT interpret eligibility requirements or provide advice other than to confirm that Comcast's Internet Essentials program provides a suitable solution for accessing Internet on Chromebooks at home.
- Please direct parents that purchase these services to the Internet provide for technical assistance.
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Please contact me before or after school hours - MonicaSG@leeschools.net or leave a message at school during school hours, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.