Who's ready for a little Halloween fun with Google Drawings? I've created a Halloween-themed magnetic poetry template with Google Drawings for you and your students. There are nearly 100 words in this one, so adapt the words that are appropriate for your grade levels. You can use this as an independent activity, or take it a step further and make it a collaborative activity and see how the poetry evolves. You can use the "magnets" included, or even add your own text boxes to extend the activity.
This week students in my Explore class will be learning the basics of blockly programing with the Tickle app and learn how to program Sphero. With an introduction to action art by famous artists such as Jackson Pollock, students will work together to learn how to program Sphero using the Tickle app to create a collaborative art piece! Yes, we are painting and programming a robot. Engagement is high in my classroom and my little programmers are using inquiry to figure out how to code. We begin with programing the Orca in Tickle and move toward programming Sphero. Our grand finale will be a collaborative art piece we can proudly display for our school community.
In a previous post we explored a potential problem with prepackaged STEM products (or STEM in a box). In short, the problem is when schools and districts invest more in them than they do in their teachers. Because, if the ultimate goal is to leverage these resources to promote inquiry-based learning (which it should be), some form of professional learning is most likely needed, as opposed to simply handing over the goods and believing their potential will be maximized.
Now, let’s examine how teachers can take a product with step-by-step directions and transform/reconfigure it in such a way that inquiry-based learning is promoted…For the purpose of this post, we’ll look at how I previously accomplished this task with solar powered cars, but I believe these same ideas and steps can be applied across countless products/contexts.
Yesterday we published the article, “Coding for the Common Core – Apps for Integrating Coding With Math and ELA“, in which we shared numerous programmable robots and insights and lesson plans that offer ideas for how they can be used on classrooms teaching various subjects.
Today, we share 15 different iPad apps (many of them are free!) that can help teach coding skills while reinforcing related skills like mathematics, logic, reading, and more! These apps are geared toward students of elementary through middle schools ages.
Did you know that Google Classroom plays well with others? Yep! Google is known for making their applications open to working with third-party applications, and Google Classroom is no exception. Are you using Google Classroom? I have put together a list of 35 Apps that Integrate with Google Classroom, making it even easier to create lessons and announcements with your favorite apps and resources. Last summer, Google opened the API for Google Classroom which means that other applications could connect or integrate more seamlessly with the platform. Translation: more goodies for you and your students! I wish everything connected to Google Classroom! But this is still a new option for developers, so it is not available through every application you use in your classroom. Expect this list of apps to grow a lot in 2016.
So, why just use technology, when you can build it, right? But first—students need the programming know-how in order to do so… And that begins with you!
Whether you choose to embrace the concept or not, it’s becoming more and more important to equip students with coding skills. It’s the new literacy for a generation of students growing up in a digitally-connected world. Having this knowledge not only strengthens general skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, but it will become invaluable in their future as a wide range of industries are eager to hire individuals with programming abilities.
Watch children, youth, and even adults when they are immersed in learning something of interest of them, and you will see often complete engagement and personal joy. When education is done “right”, learners often feel and experience the following in their both formal and informal educational environments:
* Joy * Engaged * Excited * Wonderment * Intrinsically Motivated * Creative * Accomplishment and Pride (in themselves and in their work) * Connected (to the content, to other learners, to experts) * Purposeful * Important * Valued
All of these feelings described above are often experienced as part of a FLOW state. The characteristics of “Flow” according to its originator and researcher, Czikszentmihalyi, are:
* Completely involved, focused, concentrating – with this either due to innate curiosity or as the result of training * Sense of ecstasy – of being outside everyday reality * Great inner clarity – knowing what needs to be done and how well it is going * Knowing the activity is doable – that the skills are adequate, and neither anxious or bored * Sense of serenity * Timeliness – thoroughly focused on present, don’t notice time passing * Intrinsic motivation – whatever produces “flow” becomes its own reward."
Digital storytelling – in all its myriad forms – forges opportunities for both student initiative and student agency. With digital storytelling, students can create amazing projects with a greater range of creativity without being a stellar artist or wordsmith; they can tell stories or impart information in their own way and on their terms.
I really can’t describe how amazing this technology is. You have to get one and see for yourself! What is it? Google Cardboard is a virtual reality headset which immerses you in the video or picture so you can see a 360 degree view of an image or video. Put on the headset and you…
One of the most popular features of the new classroom is the Skype Mountain. Students can sit, congregate, and connect with the world from this mountain. Teachers can use the amphitheater-style setup to facilitate conversations between students and guest speakers. The tech is there — a rolling TV panel with a mirroring device (like a Chromebit) — but it’s the unexpected and fun terrain that invites kids to come watch TED talks and share from their personal devices onto the big screen.
“The best camera, is the one you have with you.” Chase Jarvis It’s a classic photographic mantra, a call to action for image-makers everywhere. And these days, the camera you are most likely to have with you is the one embedded in your smart phone.
But do you know how to use it? What about your students?
There are many great features built into our mobile devices for photography, and a myriad of apps to produce exciting visual imagery. While some teachers and students are experienced users creating highly original work using complex workflows and inventive techniques, in my workshops I am constantly amazed that it’s some of the most basic tips and tricks that get the most cheers, the practical solutions that are big wins for our classroom context.
So, here are six foundational tools built into the iPhone and iPad camera that all teachers and students should know.
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