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Actively engage students in STEM with case study videos
Real-world problem solving at no cost to schools 

We know that educators work hard to engage students in the learning process.  So we engage students in real-world challenges, while directly connecting your curriculum and standards to deeper learning resources for STEM problem solving.

We partner with employers such as AT&T, NASA, and Kaiser Permanente to develop research-based videos that engage students in real challenges and decision making.


Easy classroom integration

  • Sign up for free online access to all resources in the Educator Portal.
  • Identify the best videos to teach your lessons and units or jumpstart new projects.
  • Select a lesson plan or create your own.
  • Use the engagement questions and pause points between segments to put students to work alongside the video presenters.
  • Store your favorite videos and resources in the portal for future use.

Student engagement points built into each 10-minute case study video

Designed by educators for educators, Spark 101 presents students with real-world challenges. The case study videos are designed for 45- to 90-minute class sessions - in a consistent, three-segment format, with pauses for student engagement.

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Before you get started.

An overview of the “Plan, Engage, Inspire” process for effectively integrating Spark 101 into your everyday classroom instruction is provided below, including many free educator resources designed to promote active problem solving and deeper learning.

Plan

  1. How to plan your Spark 101 Lessons.

    Find out how to use Spark 101 resources before engaging your students.

    This includes:
    • Reviewing the Spark 101 course topic guide to identify direct curriculum connections
    • Previewing Spark 101 videos that connect directly to your curriculum
    • Previewing Spark 101 educator resources, including lesson planning supports
    • Selecting the right video and educator resources to engage your students
    • Completing a Spark 101 lesson plan

Engage

  1. How to engage your students in real-world problem solving.

    Get information about what to do while you’re using Spark 101 in the classroom.

    This includes:
    • Facilitating active learning focused on problem solving, critical thinking, and personal reflection
    • Helping students make connections between what they are learning in school and real-world problems
    • Optimizing classroom synergies for student/student collaborations and educator/student interactions focused on personalized learning

Inspire

  1. How to inspire your students.

    Think about what you might do after you’ve engaged your students in real-world problem solving.

    This includes:
    • Using instructional strategies to help students compare solutions and personally reflect on video content

      Will students now enroll in different courses, look into related college majors, pursue an internship in the field, or decide that the profession is not of interest to them? What actions will they take as a result of interacting with the Spark 101 video?

    • Extending student learning for specific videos/content by:
      • Forming project teams
      • Completing personalized challenges
      • Interviewing industry experts
      • Touring a local workplace
      • Pursuing related experiences and coursework
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Future accompaniments to Spark 101 include a robust search engine to help identify the best videos for direct integration into instruction; a video rating system; professional development webinars and short “how to” videos related to best practices for integrating Spark 101 directly into classroom instruction; social media; an educator portal so that teachers can upload their own resources/videos to help colleagues use Spark 101 videos most effectively and participate in online communities of practice around different professions/content areas, and resources for increasing levels of questioning, personalizing instruction, using Spark 101 in a flipped classroom, and assessing student learning. The search engine will allow educators to view videos that embed algebra and geometry concepts. Also planned are a “quick-start” planning guide and additional opportunities for inspiring students to STEM-related pathways, such as contests focused on completion of STEM coursework/related credentials and virtual follow-up classroom sessions with a variety of video presenters.