This January through March our fourth graders are taking a deeper dive into using different technology creation tools using the Design Thinking Process (LAUNCH).
The first three weeks were used to explore the tools and this week, the first part of the LAUNCH - L started.
Our very own Rachel Nolan, a fourth grade teacher at Country View Elementary, showcased how she uses technology to support student learning at WEMTA to educators around the state this past week. She lead a poster session on Osmos as well as a hands-on presentation about using Osmos with students. She also presented with Elizabeth Heiser, a fifth grade teacher at Stoner Prairie, and Karie Huttner, Educational Technology Coordinator at Country View and Stoner Prairie, about doing Genius Hour to provide voice and choice in student created learning projects.
In the Verona Press
So this year I brainstormed all of the ways that our students could code with the materials that we have available. I spent a day creating posters and preparing materials.... so that students could engage in meaningful coding activities.
The Finches arrived just in time to debut. We have 30 of them until March through a grant from Finch Robot.
Osmo Coding was a huge success and with the easy reset all levels feature, I was able to quickly reset it for each new group.
What I Learned