Monday, February 11, 2019

What Will You Make?! Makey Makey Interactive Poster

Makey Makey is a fun educational tool that students can use to make something more interactiveand hands- on. To get students excited, we watch the Intro Makey Makey Video and students are WOWED by how it works.  Check it out for yourself!
 In a 6th grade math class, students are working to create their own word problems to become interactive with the Makey Makey.  Here is a sample I created to show the students how it will look when they finish.
Students will learn how to program the Makey Makey controls (on the back of the poster) with the website Scratch.  When students interact with the problem, here is the program that will show them if the answer is right or wrong by touching the copper mathematical symbols: Scratch Interactive Word Problem.  

Other ways students have used Makey Makey:

  • In music class to create their own keyboard to make sounds/music.  
  • Interactive Maps in Social Studies
  • Interactive Art Project 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

SPARK IT UP with Adobe Spark Post

Most of us are familiar with Adobe Spark Video but have you heard of Adobe Spark Post?!  Adobe Spark Post is another creative app/website included in their bundle EDU package.  I'm really impressed with all of the different platforms and creative features of their apps and websites! 
 
Adobe Spark Post reminds me of Canva, where you can create graphic designs and they look professionally.  The Adobe Spark Post app is pretty simple to use and their are many templates to choose from.  It's similar to Pic Collage but looks more professionally and they have quite the collection of templates to choose from.   I discovered that I will be doing my family Holiday cards on this app next year =).    Here is a sample of a collage I made in a couple of minutes using an already created template and just added my own text and images.  There is a category labeled "School" where there are shared templates to use for different subjects.  This could be another way students create their assignments using digital art media!  


No Green Screen Needed

This is a GAME CHANGER for teachers who have searched and searched for a free app or website to use a green screen feature! It's as simple as going to https://www.remove.bg/ and uploaded an image.  YES, it does work on iPads and mobile devices!  You can see my EXCITEMENT below with my original picture and how the website removes the background! MAGIC!




BOOM!



The finished picture I created on Google Drawings on my Chromebook by finding an image background and inserting my photo.  If you're on an iPad or mobile device, you can create a background using the app Pic Collage.  Try it out!  Watch out- it's addictive!  



Thursday, January 3, 2019

#oneword2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR BULLDOGS!  

My one word for 2019 is JOY!  I want to find the JOY in life and embrace it- running, reading, spending time with my family, being outdoors, working, etc.

What is YOUR one word for 2019?!

Check out the twitter #oneword2019 hastag feed for some fun lessons to share with your students like flipgrid, pic collage, etc.


This is a hyperdoc I found below on Twitter that would be FUN to share with students!  Click on the hyperdoc link to make a copy of the template and to make it your own like I did.    I will be sharing this with my advisory students on Monday.  



Scratch 3.0 is HERE!

I've been waiting for this day to come when Scratch can be accessed on an iPad, WOOHOO!
There are SO many great new features!  Check out the possibilities here and SCRATCH ON!  Teachers, when thinking of creating playlists and tic tac toe boards for students, think of adding Scratch as a choice for students to show their work.  What will you create?!

Coding with Microbits

Students enjoyed exploring and creating with the Microbits today.  I was AMAZED to see the curiousity and focus students had with taking the Microbits to the next step.  All students created the flashing heart project but they went further to try out some of the other projects like the piano keyboard, rock paper scissors, scrolling their own name or even our school's initials- see video below!    I LOVE how I can just set them free to explore and experiment on their own and see what students can do!  Let's get students MAKING and CODING!

A coding cohort team member shared this powerpoint with me so feel free to share with your students to get them started! Here is a Tic Tac Toe board too for students to try out some different Microbit projects.  


Friday, December 7, 2018

#HourofCode2018

Dance Party- WOOT WOOT!  We started the Hour of Code week off with an Unplugged Dance Party activity from code.org for our circle time.  Middle school students have the MOVES!

Throughout the week students were having fun with the robot stations:
1).  Bowling with the robot Sphero










2).  Bocce ball with Sphero
3).  Ozobot doodling












4).  Cue robot drawing










Science classrooms also participated in the Hour of Code with choosing a website or app activity to engage with learning or challenging themselves with coding using the presentation below.