Monday, February 9, 2015

Techie Tuesday: Using Google Chrome to the Max!

Welcome to Techie Tuesday!

Techie Tuesdays are designed to share technology tips that you can use right away!  The information is available in person on Techie Tuesdays, as well as online and available anytime!

Today's Techie Tuesday topic is:

-Using Google Chrome to the Max!-

Goal of today's Techie Tuesday: explore the features of Google Chrome, including Chrome apps and extensions, and discover ways to incorporate these features into classroom practice. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

2nd Grade Ocean Animal Scratch Project

In 2nd grade, our students have been researching and becoming experts on an ocean animal.  To showcase and celebrate their learning, students will create a Scratch project to program their animal in its habitat to move around and share important facts with the world.

Here's an example to help get students started:

I laid out our Scratch workflow in 10 steps:

Looking forward to using these steps with students tomorrow!

Feel free to use / adapt these slides to fit a Scratch project you're working on with your students!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

App Smashing for Learning

For our Feb. 2nd staff development, I co-facilitated a session on app smashing with my colleague, +Thomas W Brandt . Here are the presentation and resources we shared that day - please feel free to contact us with any questions or for more information about app smashing for learning!

Interested in increasing engagement, choice, and creativity for your learners?  App smashing provides a fun, dynamic way for teachers to create and share information and for students to show what they know by merging content from various apps to create a final product.  In this hands-on session, we’ll discuss the what, why, and how of app smashing. Participants will explore app smashing and the ways it can be integrated into any content area.  Please bring your own device to try out app smashing, and to access resources referenced in the session.  Let the app smashing begin!

Coding in the Elementary Classroom

For our Feb. 2nd staff development, I facilitated a session on coding in the elementary classroom. Here are the presentation and resources I shared that day - please feel free to contact me with any questions or for more information about coding in the K-5 classroom!

Explore the many ways that coding can put the power of creation into your students’ hands by harnessing their natural curiosity to understand how things work. We will discuss ways to begin coding in the classroom, and explore the skills students actively develop through coding. Join the coding revolution and help our students make the shift from technology consumers to technology creators!

Scratch account 1/2 sheets:

Interested in learning more about Scratch programming and ways to integrate coding into the classroom?  Check out this training opportunity for teachers: