New Digital Tool Helps Teachers Locate STEAM-Related Materials
Common Sense Education has launched a digital
search tool designed to help teachers find science, technology,
and math (STEAM) resources for their science and math classes. Called
Explorer, the tool is designed to identify materials that are
aligned with the
Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Explorer is a companion tool to Common Sense
Education's Graphite digital rating platform designed to help educators
resources across a wide variety of subjects and areas.
can use NGSS Explorer to search for
materials by grade, topic and a Performance Expectation measure
Graphite editors. In addition to the tagged materials, Graphite
current and former math, science and engineering teachers — provide
reviews of each app, game or Web site in the collection, amounting to
2,500 reviews. Editors also have curated "top picks" to help teachers
best of STEAM and NGSS-identified products.
NGSS standards were developed in 2013 to
create benchmarks for the science- and math-based skills students
in the United States should
acquire before they finish school.
technology is a great way to introduce
the investigative, practice-based learning the NGSS standards inspire,"
Danny Wagner, manager of STEM content at Common Sense Education, in a prepared statement. "As
we encourage kids to match their technique to the discipline they're
Just as scientists use technology to do their jobs, we are helping
leverage real-life engineering and scientific best practices with their
Explorer was developed with the help of a
grant from the Carnegie Corporation.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.