Today I’m sharing what is easily the BEST playdough recipe ever. Once you have the recipe, you’ll want to find out about the 3 essential play dough tools (that you probably already have). If you’ve been here for the recipe before, scroll down for a July 2016 update — you will LOVE it, I promise.
My plan was to make a simple batch of play dough to replace the sparkly dried out purple stuff that happily met our cookie-making, glitter infusing, practice cutting, snowman-making needs over the past two months. I asked my daughter what color she would like this time around, and she answered with…
When it comes to creating videos in elementary school there are some qualities needed in an iPad app that aren’t needed in apps for older students. For example, it’s helpful to not require that students register to use the app. It’s also nice if the app has a child-friendly interface. The following three apps have those qualities and more.
I have been asked to return to teach summer enrichment classes on maker education for elementary-aged learners at a local school during the summer of 2016. One of the new classes I am designing is called Coding and Bots. It is a week long (5 days) class that will meet for 2.5 hours each morning. The description is:
Learn how to code first by playing games and then by coding some bots including Sphero, Ollie, mBot, OZOBOT, and Dash and Dot. All ages are welcome but the child should have basic symbol recognition/reading skills.
Two things to note about this class are, first, I learned last summer not to underestimate the learning potential of very young kids. These classes are mixed ages ranging from 4 to 10 year old kids. For most of the maker education activities, the very young ones could perform them, sometimes better than the older kids. Second, I am a strong proponent of hands on activities. Although I like the use of iPads and computers, I want elementary aged students to have to directly interact with materials. As such, I am designing Coding and Bots to include using their bodies and manipulating objects. This translates into having all activities include the use of objects and materials excluding and in conjunction with the iPad – not just using the iPad and online apps/tools to learn to code. The activities I plan to do follow:
Teaching students how to confront what we don't know can trigger curiosity and lead to new discoveries, according to author Jamie Holmes.
Kevin Biles's insight:
Great article about need for process-based learning. 21st Century instruction should be all about preparing students with tools and experiences such that they can handle the many uncertainties and surprises that will be faced in school and life.
’m using the term “information literacy” here to describe assisting our students developing critical thinking skills to evaluate both web and content in other media forms. I’ve seen the term used to describe broader skills, too. Let me know if you think I’m off-based with my definition. So, using that definition, here is a beginning Best list, and I hope readers will contribute more:
We need to let go of our visions of what school was like and begin anew with a dream for what school might be like. There are many experiences of happiness, joy and even sadness that we should share with our children but an educational legacy of disengagement and irrelevance should not be among them.
There are so many reasons I love the interactive tool Nearpod. As a classroom teacher in a one-to-one iPad classroom I used Nearpod to create interactive presentations for fifth graders. As a professional development facilitator Nearpod is still one of my favorite technology tools. It provides real time information on how well students understand a lesson…
The Projects and Learning Approaches category of Maker Ed's Resource Library includes making project and activity ideas, as well as curriculum samples, facilitation practices and tips, and pedagogies aligned with making.
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