Educator for 30 Years / STEM Facilitator / Technology Integration Specialist / Presenter
Brian Crosby, an upper elementary teacher for over 30 years, now facilitates STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education for teachers and administrators in six counties in northern Nevada. Coming from a background in outdoor education and educational technology, Brian fused his “at risk” students use of technology with field trips, art, hands-on activities and a problem-based approach, to build their schema of the world while at once connecting them to it.
Brian’s students are acclaimed for the “community service” projects they accomplish and he espouses, believing that if children are seen as the valuable public resource they are, while they do important work and learning, society will be more willing to invest in them. Building a wiki web site to leverage the learning at a local animal park, developing an advertising campaign for a non-profit that recycles bicycles, producing award winning public service announcements about diversity and bullying, including a classmate with leukemia utilizing video-conferencing and then producing an award winning video teaching others how to follow their lead, are just some examples.
Brian has been interviewed about innovative teaching and learning by Brian Williams of NBC News, the New York Times and many other national and local media outlets. He has co-authored a book about connected learning, “Making Connections With Blogging” and has mentored educators and presented about connected and STEM learning in person as far away as China, and virtually around the globe.
Brian believes strongly that providing exciting and motivating hands-on, minds-on experiences, although crucial, is not good enough for our students. They require the time to “Go Deep” and leverage their learning through all aspects of the curriculum including integrated, rigorous language arts, math, art and social studies work.
- TEDxDenver ED “Back To The Future?” – Summer 2010
- Keynote Speaker K12 Online Conference 2007
- Presenter K12 Online Conference 2008 – “Video-Conferencing, It’s Easy, Free and Powerful”
- Presenter National Education Computing Conference, San Antonio, Texas, 2008
- Featured Presenter Learning 2.008 Conference, Shanghai, China, 2008
- Presenter National Science Teachers Convention, San Diego, California, 2003
- Presenter Nevada State Technology Conference, Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007
- Presenter Nevada Association of School Counselors Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2008
Awards and Recognition
- The 2008 SIGTel Online Learning Award
- Apple iLife Award, 2003, Video: Don’t Laugh At Me
- Lumiere Film Festival Winner 2003, 2004
- Reno Film Festival Winner 2003
- WCTA Distinguished Teacher
- Washoe County School District Science Cadre
- Webmaster: www.learningismessy.com, and www.learnthegreatbasin.net
Presentations and Workshops
STEM Is a Culture, Not a Time of Day
More STEM programs and initiatives are being implemented globally every day it seems. Too often those implementations reflect a misinterpretation of what STEM learning is. STEM learning is not a period of the day or, “What we do Wednesday afternoons.” Quality STEM learning is woven throughout the curriculum to varying degrees on a constant basis. Join me in an examination of what “doing STEM” can and should look like in our schools.
Why STEM? Hands-On, Minds-On, Creativity-On
STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering and Math) – So why all this current buzz about STEM? What is STEM really, and why is it an important, transformational and powerful approach to learning? We’ll explore and discuss examples from award-winning STEM classroom projects to bring clarity about STEM learning.
Making Connections To The Curriculum and the World – Connected Learning