Design Lab started this Friday....
Design Lab is every Friday during lunch and each classroom is able to send three students to participate in activities like robotics, legos, make and take projects, building, Minecraft, Hot Wheels, and more.
Check out this week's fun!
What is DENSI? Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute is my "teacher" camp where if I am selected, I get to spend a week with 150 educators from the U.S.A., Canada, UK, and now several other countries learning and discovery about different uses of technology as well as other amazing ideas. Last year I learned about BreakOut Edu and this year I hope to learn even more.
Presentation - Coding Beyond Code.org
This year I will be presenting with another fabulous DEN member LeaAnne Daughrity about coding on Wednesday. Our session will be very hands-on and a nice complement to the following day of the DEN Maker Playground. Below are screen shots of the website that we will be using.
DEN Maker Playground
This year I am working on the DEN Maker Playground for our unconference day on Thursday. I have been reaching out to companies to get promotional products and also to arrange hangouts where educators can talk to the people who are designing and using the product. I am really looking forward to making this happen.
I've created table flyers with QR codes for people to learn more about the product but also contribute to a shared padlet of ideas.
In the afternoon, there were 2 more sessions with 2 more classes in each session learning together. We had two wonderful volunteers from the high school to help mentor our afternoon groups. Students had a lot of fun working with someone new and learning how to code in many different ways.
SP Community Night of Code - Dec. 10th from 6-8p
Here is what one of our parents had to say about the event.
Friday, Dec. 11th
The Facilitator Presentations
Participants are Signing Up
Come join us! There is still space and we would love to have you and your child join us.
Paper Coding with Ozobots
Sphero and Ollie Golf Maze Challenge
Dash and Dot Robotics Challenges
Last year I read an article on Edutopia by Sam Patterson about Family Hour of Code and another dream was born. I saw the impact that coding has had when it is just an hour but what would happen if we had parents and children learn together? Where could this go?
Introduction of the SP Community Hour of Code
Here is a video that Janet Farnan our Learning Resource Coordinator took of what our SP Design Lab looks like when all of our first graders are together. Normally we don't have one grade level at a time in the Design Lab but for these special circumstances it happened and it helped me to see what our SP Design Lab could look and sound like in the future. Sometimes you have to try something different to have "aha" moments. It was an "AHA" moment for several of us.
The sounds of learning and engagement can be heard and seen. But don't take it from me... check it out for yourself through these videos or stop by and learn with us.
Testing has started again but lucky for us, the SP Design Lab was able to open today during lunch. The excitement of the Lego Table... which quickly was modified by many hands along with the Dashes, Spheros, Osmo Masterpiece drawings, Ollies, Minecraft, and rainbow looms provided so many different choices for our students.