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iMake iLearn – Summer Learning

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

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. 

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.

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

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

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

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