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iMake iLearn – Sphero Me Some Math

iMake iLearn – Sphero Me Some Math

      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


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,


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


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


iMake iLearn: Sphero Me Some Fun and Learning

This week our three 2.0 Spheros arrived.  What is a Sphero you say?  It is a programmable ball and so much more.  After looking at many different options to introduce robotics and coding into our SP Design Lab, I learned about the Sphero. Several great posts have already been done by Erin Klein and the Nerdy Teacher which made me realize


3D Printing – A Shared Adventure

Sometimes you start an adventure only to realize that every time you talk about your learning, you are inspired by those around you.  Our school has been extremely fortunate to have acquired a 3D printer for $100 as well as to have created a community partnership with Radiant Fabrication.  Yesterday while presenting at DENapalooza Milwaukee, I


Event of the Week: STARring Karie Huttner!

STAR events come in all shapes and sizes.  While most people tend to log events that they’ve done within their own district, this week we’re turning our eye to a presentation shared by Karie Huttner at the 2014 ICE Conference in Illinois!  Karie is a Wisconsin STAR hailing from Stoner Prairie Elementary in the Verona