“ As parents and teachers, we encourage our kids to become well rounded people who love learning. In our world of cell phones, ipads, and computers, it’s easy for kids to become passive consumers of media and technology. We, however, want are kids to be active, curious, and creative. Since I’m a musician and a software engineer, I hope that my kids learn to express themselves emotively and become creative thinkers. We’re trying to foster a family culture where we are active, encourage tinkering, and building physical things with our hands. With these ideas in mind, I wanted to share a great video I found by Vinnie Vrotny and Sheryl Peterson entitled “STEAM: Creating A Maker Mindset.” In this conference talk from the K12 Online Conference in 2013, they share their experiences encouraging a “maker” mindset in the Quest Academy . Their school has a very unique class teaching design thinking to kids. It’s giving me lots of ideas for building a maker environment for our family. In this class, Sheryl encourages her students to invent a creative design problem and solve it. With the tools and support of the teacher, the kids are encouraged to build their design. In some cases, the kids ask Sheryl to assign a problem to them. The kids aren’t used to having creative freedom to design and make. In these cases, Sheryl encourages the students to keep thinking.”
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“ danah boyd (she doesn't capitalize her name) is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and a Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center, where she looks at how young people use social media as part of their everyday lives. She has a new book out called It's Complicated:”
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" KIDS DISCOVER currently offers seventeen iPad apps for students. The apps are multimedia books about a variety of topics in science and social studies. Kids Discover Washington, DC is the latest app from Kids Discover that I’ve tried."
"The Winter Olympics presents a great opportunity to work some science lessons into your students' interest in a current event. The National Science Foundation offers a YouTube playlist of sixteen videos on the science of Winter Olympics events. These short videos teach lessons on the physics and engineering behind the events we see on television. That playlist is embedded below."
"Welcome to the second installment of 21st Century Educator's teachers-in-the-field interviews! We first interviewed a high school history teacher to discover his favorite digital tools. This time we interviewed a science teacher, Mrs. M, who has spent the last two years making a full 360 degree flip of her physics and chemistry class. She shares what she's learned from the last two years, how to start 'flipping', and our favorite part - a nice huge list of her tried-and-true EdTech tools that help her 'flip' be a success."
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"I can’t tell you how many books, CDs (remember when we used those to listen to music?), and DVDs I’ve lent out and never seen again. Who Has What? 2 is an iPad app that could help me keep track of those things from now on. Who Has What? 2 allows me to create an inventory of the things that I lend by taking pictures of them or scanning their barcodes (the barcode function didn’t work as well as I hoped when I tested it). Once an item is in my inventory when I lend it out I just select it on my iPad, enter the name and or email address of the person I’m lending it to, and set a due date for that item. From the iPad I can send due date reminders to the people that I’ve lent my items to."
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