I have so much to share that has happened.... so here is one of the great articles written about what we were up to in December. Thank you to Scott Girard for taking the time to see what our students have been up to.
What I learned after 2 weeks with 23 full hours of code and 46 classrooms from Kindergarten through 5th grade..
Photos by Scott Girard
In my new role as full time Educational Technology Coordinator at two of our elementary schools, I get the opportunity to have more than one attempt at implementing different ideas. For the next two weeks, I am able to introduce our students to different ways to learn and use coding through the Hour of Code but also to help debut options that are available in SP Design Lab, SP Innovation Lab, CV Lightbulb Lab, and CV Makerspace.
After my first attempt the day prior, I was able to be prepared for 6 Hours of Code at Stoner Prairie on Friday. Thank goodness I had already had some practice because three hour sessions back to back with a half hour break and then three more hour sessions back to back isn't for the faint of heart.
The Learning Environment
Pictures cannot capture the feeling in the room. A huge thanks to our high school volunteers - Michael E., Eduardo C., Mason J., Cam M., Ethan F., and Peter D. We even had a special visit from Mr. Stremlow who made it possible for our students to be supported with high school friends.
Circumstances delayed this post.... the night I was planning to write this post, I lost one of my pet bunnies, Coco...
The power behind the MeeperBots tended to blow the lego construction off of the top of them but that didn't bother any of our students. I appreciated that our young and old students were drawn to them as well as it was gender neutral. I can't wait to see how more students respond as all 5 were quickly taken and used.
Time has come to say goodbye to the first 3D printer that took our school down the journey of 3D printing. After 1 year of good quality printing and 3 years of fixing and learning, it has become more work to get it to work. Farewell to a printer who launched our journey.... thank you to Donor's Choose and MakerBot for providing this printer to our school for $98 and changing so many students access to 3D printing. But now we must say goodbye ....
I hope that we will find a replacement to continue this journey. It is bittersweet that I say goodbye. It is like losing an old friend that has changed your life.