STEM & Instructional Technology
DCIU specialists are experts at creating STEM academies within your school setting. Engage your students with coding, robotics, and engineering to prepare them for success in a 21st century world. Specific STEM support may include: SCRIPT Training, Engineering is Elementary (EiE) implementation, Picture Perfect STEM lessons, coding, and robotics.
By supporting a diverse, well-prepared, and high-quality STEM teaching workforce, we encourage long-term student participation in STEM by increasing its visibility, relevance, connections to the real-world, and community and global challenges. When we foster student exposure and provide opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, we give them the opportunity to develop a passion and bridge the race, ethnic, and gender gaps present in many STEM fields.
STEM and Instructional Technology Support
Coaching and training are available to support personalized and blended learning models. Initiatives include Code.org partnership, Start SOLE, and offering virtual learning through our Delco Virtual Academy.
Carnegie Stem Pathways
The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway (CSP) is a strategic planning process to improve STEM education at your school or district. CSP is built on the belief that school systems, individual schools, departments, and teachers can improve STEM education practices through a positive, collaborative approach.
Strategic CSforALL Resource and Implementation Tool
The SCRIPT (Strategic CSforALL Resource and Implementation Tool) is a framework to guide teams of district administrators, school leaders, and educators through a series of collaborative visioning, self- assessment, and goal-setting exercises to create or expand upon a computer science education implementation plan for their students (CSforALL).
Google Professional Services
Google Tools are a popular way to help create student-centric learning experiences, reduce reliance on paper, and engage 21st century learners. Trainers are experienced Google users, Google Certified Educators, and Google Certified Trainers and are enthusiastic about helping your district provide teacher support and training for this versatile set of tools. Google professional services include professional development and support for the following: n Google Tools (Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, Classroom, etc.) n Chromebook integration in Google CS First (a free easy-to-use introductory computer science curriculum) in Google Applied Digital Skills in Google Certified Educator Bootcamps (3 days; includes certifcation exam)
Consortium Pricing for Teaching and Learning Resources
Our Teaching and Learning webpage is updated throughout the year with new opportunities for consortium pricing. Current agreements are in place for the following resources:
- Canvas (Instructure, Inc.)
- Edmentum (Study Island, Plato coursepacks)
- Frontline (My Learning Plan and OASYS)
- Imagine Learning
- NWEA MAP
- Discovery Education
- Wonder Workshop
- Makey Makey
STEM Lending Library
DCIU provides project-based learning resources through the STEM Lending Library, allowing students to experiment with cutting-edge, innovative technology equipment available for loan. STEM Lending Library’s growing inventory is equipped with Pre-K-12 STEM materials, including 3D printers, robotics kits, AR/VR devices, coding and programming items, invention kits, and more. The STEM Lending Library also houses a complete set of Engineering is Elementary kits and Picture Perfect STEM units. Use of this equipment in the classroom creates a STEM experience for students and builds a Maker environment. Teachers may borrow equipment for a period of two weeks per loan after completing training for items in the library.