STEAM teacher: These are “My Tech Essentials”

These tech must-haves help transition to a transdisciplinary approach to instruction, enhancing teaching and learning across grade levels.

I am a third grade teacher in an urban school district in Kansas City, Missouri. I teach in a 1:1 environment that focuses on STEAM education and Project Based Learning. Currently, the building I teach in is transitioning to a trans-disciplinary approach to instruction that will utilize  a variety of technologies to enhance teaching and learning across the grade levels. Technology is integrated throughout my day and curriculum, and here is my list of five Tech Essentials:

Discovery Education Streaming and Science Techbook

Discovery Education provides so much more than videos. I utilize Discovery Education services across all my content areas with the help of their Spotlight on Strategies feature. Both Streaming and Science Techbook help me better engage my students with interactives, reading passages, exciting lessons and more. Science Techbook walks my students through the 5E model that allows them to dive deeper into concepts. The virtual labs, hands-on labs, interactive tools, and much more have changed the culture of my classroom when we focus on science. All of the resources within Streaming and Techbook are easy to use and comprehensive.


Nearpod is an interactive presentation and collaborative platform that allows for real time assessment of student knowledge. As the facilitator of the Nearpod you can engage students with a variety of ways including drawings, quizzes, polls, matching, and much more. Teachers can create their own content or find content that has already been made and added to Nearpod by other educators. This platform allows teachers to present content at a pace that they set.

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