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.
Day 4 and 5
This week our second grade authors created more of their story while their fifth grade coauthor helped shape the original story. Last week each partnership designed their main characters using the draw feature in Morphi and uploading it directly to our Thingiverse account. The 3D printer printed non stop for several days bringing characters to life. The last touches were put on the characters using Sharpies to add color and detail. This activity was inspired by Karen Bosch and really helped both authors bond together over their story coming to life.
The story plan designed by Manuel Herrera is being used in paper form by our second graders and then the fifth grade partner is capturing the story into digital form prior to determining the final publishing format which many plan on using Bloxels.
This week was snowflake symmetry in our fourth grade classrooms at Stoner Prairie and Country View. Now the 3D printer prints nonstop snowflakes with clear glitter filament. This lesson I wrote for Thingiverse Education and now was able to teach in 4 different classrooms with one more to go. What a wonderful activity to integrate technology and math!
Here is the link to the complete lesson - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1976266
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.
A few days ago I received a notice that I could try a new product called Magik Bee Blocks designed in Portugal.
Now that the iPads are out and in the hands of students, I get the pleasure of participating in the magic that our teachers are creating by blending strong teaching practices with student access to their own device. Over the course of the next few weeks, I have the opportunity to partner with one of our fourth grade teachers, Jennifer Peterson. Yesterday was my first visit and I already was swept up into the learning environment that she is creating with her students.
The lesson that I was able to observe blended a hands-on project about the geographical features of Wisconsin with the task of searching for images to support this research on Google. It was really fascinating to see how the ability to search using the internet is another essential skill that needs to be developed at school. This activity really helped students to understand how technology can facilitate their learning through accurate search terms.