This month all of our classrooms will participate in Hour of Code as well as have these learning opportunities available during Makerspace twice a week.
Below are the activities that we will be offering.
To use it, you don't need an account but the teacher account allows you to create student codes where you can assign and monitor student projects. One really neat feature is the ability to comment on the code to document your thinking and to debug if needed. In the teacher account, you can comment on student code as well as student's can comment on their own code.
Today was the official launch of Ms. Smith and Ms. Nolan's class kindness genius hour projects. Each group shared their project with the rest of the class in the launch. Check out the playlist of presentations....
One of my favorite moments during Genius Hour is when a team hits a wall and turns it into a window. This group had a fantastic idea but couldn't get their materials together so they were given three options. While deciding on their options, one of the members started doing searches on Peanut posters. This sparked an idea.... what about using Peanutizeme and Seesaw to create kindness posters. The team took up the challenge to create them in Spanish too.
Through Tryazon, our students have the opportunity to use Ozobot Evo in our Makerspace. The Ozobot Evo is a interactive smart social Ozobot that can be coded via the iPad as well as through the Ozobot website. It arrives in a organized box that includes a playground, markers, charger, and carrying bag. Our students enjoyed trying the driving app as well as the color dot game.
The Ozobot Evo charges quickly but due to the many things that it can now do, the battery life was less than an hour. This made it a little challenging since the Share Fair lasted 2 hours and the Evo had to be recharged. It will be fantastic for Hour of Code as long as it has a 20 minute time in between sessions to be able to recharge.
Students and families were able to enjoy the Makerspace during Share Fair this Thursday.
After three weeks of printing, our glow in the dark 3D printed insects made their way to art where their habitats were created. Here are just some of the amazing insects that our first graders created. Each insect took about an hour to print with 4 being printed together.
The details that our first grade students included in their insect and habitat resulted in beautiful showcase pieces that the rest of the students oohed and ahed about. Second graders want to know what they will be creating.....