Making is a passion that comes naturally to me. But LEDs and circuitry are very new to me. This June Instructables had a LED Build Night opportunity where makerspaces could apply for free materials. I applied for our SP Design Lab as the hope this year is to expand beyond lunch hour and after-school to family and
Meet another of our DENovators. Zulma is one of the core contributors to iMake iLearn as well as the leader of several LC Community Projects. Her endless energy and encouragement have impacted many DEN members around the country. She is one of my inspirations and positively impacts my life from many miles away. She helped
This year I was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in DENSI 2014 (Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute). Over 140 educators from the United States, Canada, and the UK are selected to participate and learn together about different ways to integrate technology to support student learning. This year a Maker Night was added called
A few weeks ago I tried a small group math game using the Spheros, Sphero Drive app, and Math Marks the Spot. First we practiced navigating with the Sphero before starting the game. Placing a piece of tape on the floor, each sphero started away from the mat. Rolling the large foam number dice, students were asked
Coursera – Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning Course Description:Tinkering activities provide a powerful way to inspire students’ interest, engagement, and understanding in science. The Tinkering Fundamentals course will help educators and enthusiasts develop a practice of tinkering and making. This course will focus on key design elements of high-quality, science-rich tinkering activities,
Do you remember what it was like to get lost in a world for hours of your own imagination? How about the excitement of learning something new and wanting to spend hours just doing that? If you are like me, I remember it but now I pretend that I am too old to play games.
I have had the fortune of working with several second grade classrooms to use Minecraft EDU as part of a learning unit about communities. Discovery Education resources played a vital part in creating the background knowledge to make this project successful. In previous posts, I have shared what we have been doing and learning but
Background Knowledge and Discovery Education To build background knowledge about different types of communities, I started by using Board Builder from Discovery Education. Board Builder allows you to create an interactive poster with embedded videos. I chose an overview video of communities and in the text there is a link to a padlet about communities.
It isn’t often that I am impressed by a company’s support of their product. After finding out on Friday that 2 of my new Spheros were not working correctly and having planned to use them with students, I contacted the company. I was very frustrated and expected to have to jump through a bunch of
This spring our district participated in the DEN Ambassador program. In the Verona Area School District we are very fortunate to have leadership that supports technology integration as well as collaboration between educators. Betty Wottreng, our district technology leader, immediately supported the program. The program consists of three face to face meetings where resources and