For Educators

Looking for a free resource to engage your students in real-world problem solving and build 21st century skills?

Webinars

Register for one of our "best practices" webinars:

Tuesday, November 4, 2014: Online from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST Register here.

Thursday, November 13, 2014: Online from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. EST Register here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014: Online from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. EST Register here.

Thursday, December 4, 2014: Online from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. EST Register here.


Free Spark 101 "Best Practices" sessions for Fall 2014.

Looking for ways to ignite student interest in STEM?  Or bring real-world problems from industry into your classrooms?  Look no further than Spark 101—a free resource designed by teachers for teachers.  Ten-minute, case study videos—presented by dynamic industry professionals—can help you facilitate student problem solving in almost any secondary STEM classroom. 

Join us to learn how to use Spark 101’s interactive videos and instructional resources to engage students in inquiry-based learning—integrated directly into your course’s curriculum—to build key 21st century skills like critical-thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. Learn how to use one case study video, and you are ready to use them all!

Check out this video from one of our Spark 101 Teacher Leaders!


With Spark 101, you can excite your students through proven online, video-based technologies. A trusted education resource, Spark 101’s inquiry-based, active-learning design empowers you to ignite your students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) through real-world problems that are directly connected to high-quality curriculum—the College Board’s Advanced Placement, National Academy Foundation, and Project Lead the Way. In the hands of talented teachers like you, Spark 101’s power to “spark” your students’ interests will be unstoppable.

Spark 101 connects classrooms to real-world experts—and helps save you time.

Using Spark 101 to engage your students is easy, rewarding, and FREE. While other websites offer instructional support videos, Spark 101 connects you directly and on demand to hundreds of dynamic industry professionals—many who serve as role models for under-represented student populations in STEM. As a classroom facilitator of learning, Spark 101 is the perfect resource to help you engage your students in solving real-world problems through interactive case study videos (approximately 10 minutes) that are designed for one to two class periods.

Spark 101 even saves you time—learn how to use one case study video and you’ve learned how to use them all. In combination with exemplary educator resources/templates and lesson planning supports, Spark 101 helps you seamlessly leverage technology to effectively integrate Spark 101 STEM content into your classroom instruction, helping your students build the essential critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills needed for college and career success.

Integrating Spark 101 into your classroom instruction will:

  • Help you to effectively engage your students in real-world problem solving DIRECTLY connected to your curriculum—not an add-on
  • Assist you in effectively integrating technology and 21st century skills into content-related instruction
  • Allow you to facilitate active learning experiences that are relevant to students’ lives
  • Inspire your students to see themselves as future STEM professionals

Designed by educators for educators, Spark 101 presents students with real-world scenarios that engage them in dynamic classroom discussion and problem solving. The videos are designed in a consistent, three-segment format, with pauses for student dialogue.

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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 educator resources designed to promote problem solving and active 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.