Tag archives for iMake iLearn

  1. iMake iLearn – Launching Our Makerspace – SP Design Lab

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    LED Build Night The success of our SP Design Lab comes from the connections that we have made with our community.  Last spring the SP Design Lab was created and integrated into lunch recess and after-school.  Through collaboration with FACTv and Radiant Fabrication, our Design Lab was able to benefit from experts within our community […]

  2. iMake iLearn – Setting Up Your Makerspace

    The Why…. Our makerspace is called The SP Design Lab. The SP Design Lab is modeled after the Makerspace movement where our students are able to access different materials to create and design in both the physical and virtual environments. Too often our students are told what they should do, how they should do it, […]

  3. iMake iLearn – Puppets, Puppets, Puppets

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    Who doesn’t like puppets?  Meet Conni Mulligan, our DEN guru and expert in how to integrate puppetry into the learning environment.  Conni’s passion for puppetry is infectious and the ways that she integrates puppets in storytelling and giving students voice.At the DENovator Faire, Conni shared a wonderful way to create puppets.  Her area was three […]

  4. iMake iLearn – LED Glow in the Dark Ping Pong Ball

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    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 […]

  5. iMake iLearn – Sock Monkey Love

    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 […]

  6. 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 […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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, […]

  9. 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 […]

  10. iMakeiLearn: M.I.T App Inventor

    M.I.T. App Inventor is an app creation tool that makes teaching app building to students easy. There are lesson plans and resources such as the educator’s forum, and a free course in a box called App Inventor. MIT  App Inventor is making it easy for teachers to help develop their students into makers and builders.  […]

  11. 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. […]

  12. 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 […]

  13. Building the Future iMake iLearn

    Teaching code to elementary and middle school students can be a key component in sparking curiosity and problem-solving skills, potentially leading to career choices in science and engineering that will help address the challenges facing our planet. The first time I really considered teaching code to my students was during a DENSI (Discovery Education Network […]

  14. 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 […]

  15. Encouraging Student Creativity Using Scratch

      Today’s interconnected technological world is built on computer software. What are some things you can do to help your students gain a basic understanding of the underlying software that drives our modern world? Introducing your students to Scratch will provide your students with hands-on opportunities to think creatively, solve problems and work collaboratively.  Scratch […]

  16. Why Schools Should Encourage Students to Become Builders and Makers

    Why Schools Should Encourage Students to Become Builders and Makers -Monique Liles Building Learning Spaces: There are many platforms for students to build and engage in transformational play that will enhance critical skills needed for the global 21st century economy. Students are building and making a variety of objects from 3d worlds such as Minecraft,, […]