Today the following classrooms participated in an Hour of Code - PALS, Caithamer, Haufschild, and Reed. Thanks to our high school volunteers - Gavin, Max, and Kyllan.
Today started the Hour of Code at Stoner Prairie and VAIS. Over the next two weeks, all 500+ students K-5 will be trying at least 4 different ways to code. Today the following classrooms did the Hour of Code - Lera, Huang, Shaw, Minter, Funke, and Peterson. I couldn't have made this happen without the support of our high school volunteers today - Cece K., Qiuewen Q., Delaney D., and Lauren D.
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.
The motor to the tire no longer worked which required taking the entire Dash apart to find out. Sadly we can't fix the motor as it is a soldered piece.
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.
I am thankful because Wonder Workshop and Little Bits have stood behind their products and many times have replaced broken pieces. Now I have to contact them again. Over the course of the last year, Wonder Workshop has replaced three of our Dashes... even paid for the shipping and Little Bits has replaced several fans and vibration motors. I really appreciate both of these companies because they understand how powerful their product is for our learners and don't make it difficult when something goes wrong even if it might be a student's fault.
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!