SMALLab Learning and Elizabeth Forward School District bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math into Middle School

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With the installation of a SMALLab learning environment, Elizabeth Forward School District is reshaping their entire curriculum to improve student interest and knowledge in STEM subjects.

SMALLab Professional Development at Elizabeth Forward Middle School

Middle school teacher Terry Showalter in a SMALLab Professional Development session.

We are very excited to witness teachers teaching differently and students learning in ways we have never thought of in the SMALLab!

SMALLab Learning LLC is proud to announce their most recent installation in Elizabeth Forward Middle School just outside of Pittsburgh, PA.

Elizabeth Forward Middle School is transforming their district with technology with an emphasis on early STEM education. The Elizabeth Forward School District received a $20,000 grant from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit as part of a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) initiative. Securing this grant was a natural outgrowth of the work they have been doing at a district level with the Entertainment Technology Academy at the high school. Students all over the district will benefit from using the SMALLab to bring learning to life.

"We are very excited to witness teachers teaching differently and students learning in ways we have never thought of in the SMALLab!" said Dr. Todd Keruskin, assistant superintendent for the Elizabeth Forward School District. Dr. Keruskin and Superintendent Dr. Bart Rocco have noticed an improvement in technology education. These experiences will set them up for success in future computer courses and spark and interest in other STEM courses.

SMALLab Learning’s philosophy is to create the most effective embodied learning experiences for schools to help advance student learning. Our kinesthetic, collaborative, and multimodal scenarios enable learning with technology that is engaging and interesting to students with a record of demonstrated success.

SMALLab Learning has a track record of research conducted at the Arizona State University School of Arts, Media and Engineering in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. It demonstrates that embodied learning has a positive impact on student achievement. This research was conducted in real world classrooms across the country with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), MacArthur Foundation, and the Gates Foundation. Together with our innovative professional development programs, teachers are properly trained to effectively implement embodied learning.

About SMALLab Learning
SMALLab Learning is advancing embodied learning in schools, museums, libraries, and the home. Embodied learning is kinesthetic, collaborative, and multimodal, enabling students to learn in new ways that integrate physical action with digital media. The company offers a suite of products that have been demonstrated effective. SMALLab Learning LLC emerges from over six years of research conducted at The School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University with funding from the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, Intel Research, and the Kauffman Foundation.

What is Embodied Learning?
Embodied learning is an emerging field that blends human computer interaction with learning sciences. Cognitive scientists have discovered compelling evidence that most language and cognition is grounded in a bodily experience. This suggests that embodied, physical activities can lead to more effective learning. Embodied learning has the potential to transform K-12 learning in schools, museums, and community centers.

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