STEAM–Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math–is education’s new STEM. By adding the creativity and problem-solving skills that are part and parcel to Anything Art, students have permission to use colors, images, and outside-the-lines thinking to address Big Ideas and Essential Questions. I’ve written before on ways to use STEM every day in classwork. Here are…
For decades, teachers have used videos in the classroom to share information. They communicate a message with audio, visual, motion, color, and spatial details, making videos much more effective than traditional approaches like reading from a text, lecturing, or showing a slideshow. As a result, students retain more information, understand concepts more rapidly, are more…
This week, I’ll share three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. Here’s what you’ll get: Update Your Online Presence Backup and Image your computer 22 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer A note: The links won’t work until the articles publish! Today: Image and Backup Your…
This week, I’ll share three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. Here’s what you’ll get: Update Your Online Presence Backup and Image your computer 22 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer A note: The links won’t work until the articles publish! Today: 22 Steps to a Speedier…
A topic I get a lot of questions on lately is videos. I reviewed mysimpleshow, a new tool that is getting a lot of buzz, and then asked them to share how their digital tool addresses this burgeoning interest in video. Here are some ideas: *** Educators – as you know, we’re in a digital…
As the school year in Melbourne Australia has come to an end, so has my role in my current school.
In 2016 I am moving on to a different school and will be working in a different role. I will still be using technology but in a whole new and different way.
Thank you to all of you for your loyalty and support over the years and I look forward to sharing with you in the new year my new and exciting role.
I wish you all a wonderful holiday and relaxing time with your family and friends.
Over the past 2 weeks since returning from ‘Spring’ vacation, I have been introducing the students across different year levels to ‘Coding/Programming/Pair Programming’ using a many varied devices and applications.
On my ‘school blog’ Teaching With Technology I have shared with my students some short video clips about ‘Hour of Code’. From there different levels have launched into ‘having a go with coding’
Starting with Foundation (Prep) and Year One students, they have begun working through ‘Course 1’ of studio.code.org. Can I tell you how excited and engaged these students are.
Year 2 students are working on creating ‘cybersafe’ avatars and will also launch into Course 1 shortly.
Year 3 students are exploring ‘Scratch‘ online. They are absolutely loving it. They are also using ‘Google Classroom’ and with their teacher are incorporating their ‘Inquiry’ learning with the aid of technology.
Year 4 students have begun to explore ‘Course 2’ from studio.code.org to extend their skills after being introduced to ‘programming’ earlier this year using ‘Scratch’. They are flying through the different activities. However, what is interesting to see as the challenges become more difficult, how the students are resorting to their ‘known knowledge’ in mathematics/angles etc’ to work through the tasks. One student said ”ahhhhh this is why we learn that about directions, angles and shapes’ now I can see why you need to know that so now I can use that knowledge to ‘create’ things”… powerful !!
Year 5 & 6 students have explored ‘Hopscotch’ on their iPads to create unique and individual animations which have extended to their ‘Inquiry’ areas. These students will shortly move to attempt ‘Course 3’ of studio.code.org to extend their skills and transfer the skills they have already from previous use of ‘Scratch’ Google SketchUp and Hopscotch.
Such exciting times for these students. Learning is taking place everywhere, all the time and I am continually fascinated to hear their stories of how they ‘go above and beyond’ once they are truly immersed in their learning.
Looking forward to next sessions and hopefully students in Year 4 – 6 to participate in 2015 Hour of Code in December!!