Check out our Activity Blog for resources that integrate science, math, engineering, art, and technology (STEAM) to meet standards such as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and IL Fine Arts Standards. SMARTspace@NIU promotes student creativity through online, problem-based learning opportunities to help learners collaborate, engage in STEAM activities, develop innovative solutions to authentic problems, and make connections across multiple disciplines.
If you are an educator and are interested in using any of our free materials, we would like to encourage your students to submit their work so that we can showcase the exceptional ideas they have. Thank you for using our site, and we hope you find the materials useful. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to collaborate or share your ideas.
View our standards aligned lessons. We plan to add many more lessons to our inventory, so please continue checking back. Lessons are aligned to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
Interviews with Educators on Technology Integration
Below are interviews conducted with teachers discussing technology integration. Interviewees discuss their favorite projects, how to pursue funding for technology, issues they encounter, and wish lists for additional resources.
Technology Interview with Mike Jones
Technology Interview with Jessie Nicoson
Interview with Helen Brandon & Michelle Nauman-Dicken
Technology Interview with Kristi Sutter
Technology Interview with Ashley Schnitkker
Technology Interview with Suzie Hutton
Training Mentor Teachers Workshop
Below are the presentations from the Training Mentor Teachers Summer Workshop at Northern Illinois University.
Quality Instruction and the ILS
Preparing for Student Teaching
Student Teaching & Your School
The Role of the Cooperating Teacher
edTPA Part 1
edTPA Part 2
Dispositions Part 1
Dispositions Part 2
Dispositions Part 3
Building Common Assessments
Webinars and Presentations for Teachers
PERA and the Danielson Framework
This presentation by Melanie Bickley will provide a basic understanding of the Performance Evaluation Review Act (PERA) and the Charlotte Danielson Framework for teacher evaluation.
Getting to the Core of the Common Core
Getting to the Core of CCSS is presented by Vicky Tusken from Geneva Middle School as part of a webinar series provided by the Northern Illinois University Mentoring and Induction Team.
Top Tips for Successfully Securing an Teaching Position
A panel of four administrators provide useful tips for securing a teaching profession. Listen to the advice of a superintendent and three principals to learn what you need to do to get hired in education. Presented by D.J. Donner, Matthew Haug, Doug Moeller, and Shahran Spears.