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iMake iLearn – LED Glow in the Dark Ping Pong Ball

iMake iLearn – LED Glow in the Dark Ping Pong Ball

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

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iMake iLearn – DENovator Faire

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

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iMake iLearn – Summer Learning

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,

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iMake iLearn – Minecraft EDU and Student Reflections

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

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iMake iLearn – Minecraft EDU Community Project

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.

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VASD DEN Ambassadors

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

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