Sometimes words can't capture the feeling of what happens at lunch recess every Wednesday and Friday in our LMC.
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.
The Fitchburg Block Party is such a wonderful event that donates proceeds to Stoner Prairie to use for technology. We were able to showcase two of our favorite technology tools at our school - Osmos and Ozobots. We received two kits from Tryazon to share about Ozobots. Families enjoyed trying out both the Osmos and the Ozobots.
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.
Last year we started to blend our science fair with more making activities. It was a great success with families learning about different science projects as well as making different things with their children. This year we continued the combination. What a wonderful night!
Setting Up Your Teacher Account
Setting Up Your Student Profiles
Other New Features to Numbers
If you have read any of my previous posts on the Osmo, I really love this product. But what I love most about it is that it allows the user to continue to improve what it is capable of doing. A few weeks ago many of the teachers in our building starting using the Osmo to help students learn each others names using the My Words app which has led to questions about other ways to use this app.
So below I have outlined a new feature that has been launched to make this app easier to use as well as a tutorial about app smashing that allows you even more freedom to create with My Words.
Connecting Student iPads to My Osmo
Personalizing My Words with MyOsmo and Pic Collage
This video tutorial is in response to two areas that teachers were asking about.... How do I use My Words with Spanish language learners? How do I move beyond just photos to put words into a context? This is my response using Pic Collage and My Words and your MyOsmo account.