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
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
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
On Saturday, March 29 nearly 20 educators from the Madison, WI area had a chance to participate in a Discovery Event at the Apple Store! The event started at 8:00 a.m. with a light breakfast and great conversation. Next, participants had an opportunity to learn about some of the 200+ new features that Mac OS X Mavericks has
My journey into 3D printing started four months ago in December when after successfully writing a Donor’s Choose grant our MakerBot Replicator 2 arrived at the cost of $100. Before its arrival, I had never even seen something print in 3D and was more than a little skeptical about how 3D printing really had a
One of the greatest things about our school and state community is the generosity that I have found when I write grants. Our PTO has contributed to so much of the technology that we have at our school and they have been no different in their support of our Design Lab. In addition to the