Here is a quick look into what we have going on in the SP Design Lab.
This week and next week our students will be visiting the Design Lab to learn about all of the new choices that will be offered on Wednesday and Friday lunch recess.
This year we were again invited to showcase some of the technology that we use at Stoner Prairie at the Back to School Block Party. The event is a fun way for our school to connect with the community as well as we benefit from the donations to purchase technology to support student learning at our school.
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!