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U.S. Dept. of Education Spotlights Pine Grove in Video Series

Technology can be a powerful tool to transform science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning. We are proud that Pine Grove Middle School is one of 10 schools nationwide chosen for an “Innovation Spotlight” video by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology.

Each spotlight video highlights an exemplary STEM lesson from one of the 10 schools. The videos were created to help teachers, curriculum specialists and other school and district staff implement new, research-based approaches for effectively using technology in STEM learning.
The Office of Educational Technology, in partnership with a non-profit organization called Digital Promise, reviewed research literature and examined practices at schools nationwide. They identified a set of nine innovative and effective strategies for supporting K-12 STEM teaching and learning with digital technology.

In their video spotlight, Pine Grove students improve their ideas about the impact of species on the food chain using feedback from their teacher and peers. The feedback is given digitally in real-time and students use the responses to revise and resubmit their ideas. Research shows that embedding digital assessments in lessons improves science learning for all students.

With funding from the Office of Educational Technology of the U.S. Department of Education, this project “spotlights” a variety of best practices for leveraging digital technology to support STEM learning.

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STEM Innovation Spotlights Web Page:
30-page report - Innovation Spotlights: Nine Dimensions for Supporting Powerful STEM Learning with Technology (Pine Grove is on P16):