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Webinars On Demand — STEM/MINT

Focus on STEM: Bauhaus and Beyond: Teaching Architecture

How can you include the teaching of architecture in the curriculum? The goal of this webinar is to explore multiple facets of architecture in and outside the classroom with an emphasis on the German Bauhaus and its influence on American skylines. Many ideas and materials are presented, including activities, useful vocabulary, connections to German heritage, onsite as well as online materials on architectural history, resources, games, and student projects. Click to buy this Webinar.

Ingrid Zeller is an associate professor of instruction in the Department of German at Northwestern University. Her teaching and research areas include architecture, film, and music in the context of language acquisition, and she frequently presents and also publishes on these topics. Ingrid has received numerous awards, including the Goethe/AATG Certificate of Merit and the Charles Deering McCormick Award for Teaching Excellence. She is currently the program chair for the NI Chapter of the AATG, a member of the Trainernetzwerk, and serves as an AP reader and a certified docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Return to top

Getting Started with STEM

Incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math into your German lessons is easier than you think! You don't have to have a science or math background or even a STEM program at your institution to start. This webinar will define STEM concepts, its benefits, and explain how to create lessons through the STEM lens. The presenter will share activities and student samples to demonstrate how STEM based instruction fits in with ACTFL World Readiness Standards, 21st Century Skills, and the International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs. Click to buy this Webinar.

Katrina Griffin teaches German at North County High School, in Glen Burnie, Maryland. She was a founding member of the STEM Magnet program at her school in 2008, the first of its kind in Maryland. She is an AP Reader and Consultant and has presented on STEM-German and a variety of other topics at local, state, national conventions. Katrina serves as a board member and past president of the AATG Maryland DC Metro Chapter, and is a board member of the Maryland Foreign Language Association. Return to top

Green German Studies—Resources and Strategies that Work

Chapters on the environment and recycling have been in German textbooks for many years. The concept of Nachhaltigkeit (sustainability), however, is much broader and intersects with many parts of our daily lives, such as the food we buy and eat, the green spaces we enjoy in our cities, and the ways we heat our homes. This webinar introduces you to the 15 free learning modules of the Green German Project with ideas of how to use and adapt them in both lower- and upper-level German courses. Click to buy this Webinar.

Beth Kautz works at the University of Minnesota, with a dual-appointment in the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch and the College of Liberal Arts Language Center. She is the Coordinator for 3rd semester German, where she has integrated online learning modules on sustainability-related topics, and oversees the development of hybrid language courses for the College of Liberal Arts. Her work has included German language instruction, curriculum development, teacher training, and support of technology-enhanced teaching and learning. She was Director of Language Instruction in German, Scandinavian and Dutch for six years, during the initiation of the Green German Project. Return to top

STEM / MINT Was ist das? Warum soll ich mich damit beschäftigen?

When German language teachers join forces with STEM educators, they can (a) motivate students more effectively to pursue the study of German by making it more relevant and meaningful to other disciplines, (b) provide additional opportunities for students' professional growth and personal fulfillment, and (c) increase the usefulness of German language study, and thus not only sustain but grow German programs for the long-term. During this webinar we want to show that the teaching of STEM has a place in the German classroom not only at the college but also at the high school level and provide the participants with a teaching unit with practical learner-centered activities. Click to buy this Webinar.

Katharina Barbe is Associate Professor and Chair of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Northern Illinois University. She is a recipient of the AATG Certificate of Merit in 2013 and has served as president of the Northern Illinois chapter. Katharina has published two books and numerous articles in a variety of journals. As a long-term member of the Goethe-Institut Trainernetzwerk, she is a frequent conference and workshop presenter.

Siggi Piwek has been a teacher at the Milwaukee German Immersion School for over 15 years. He is a member of the Trainernetzwerk, an officer of the Wisconsin AATG chapter, and annually presents at state and regional conferences as well as at ACTFL. Return to top

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