This past week, I started using a chapter from eXPlore like a Pirate, Michael had talked about using Poker Chips for students with various gamification ideas. I decided them to use them as a classroom management tool. Working with middle schoolers, the biggest task is getting them to follow classroom rules. Continue reading “Using Poker Chips as Classroom Managment tool”
Just before the school year started, I started a Donors Choose to bring Ozobots and our own Flash Forge 3D printer. Many asked how the project came to life and it was my son discovering Harold and the Purple Crayon. Those who don’t know the story, The protagonist, Harold, is a curious four-year-old boy who, with his purple crayon, has the power to create a world of his own simply by drawing it. He goes on many adventures with his purple crayon creating it. I was talking to one of my students during summer school and they asked if they could do … Continue reading Harold & the Purple Crayon inspired my Donors Choose
Last year, my friend Peter Smetana and I worked hard to bring STEAM to his art classroom using Spheros and Drones and we transformed the art curriculum and began to pave the way to create a STEAM initiative to have our students become innovators and tomorrow’s global leaders. This year, I am teaching a full STEAM classroom elective and while I will be using our Spheros and Drones, but something my students were asking about before the school year was over was about creating stories and games using coding and this project was born. Less than half of our students … Continue reading STEAM Storytellers Donors Choose Project
Almost a week ago, I shared this image and many were asking: “Is that why you were making so many Nintendo characters?” Well, yes and no. I’m teaching a STEAM class this year and something I have wanted to do for a few years was have a daily board where I post things I either create or my students create and they have to make a meme or infopic from it. So, I create this new board for my students, every day I will have something up on this board and my students will create these memes or infopics from … Continue reading The Daily Meme/Infopic Board
A few weeks ago, I was talking with some friends of mine and we brought up Todd Nauck. For those who don’t know Todd, he is a career comic book artist who has worked on everything from Spider-Man to Batman. I’ve been a fan of his since the 90s and Todd is always doing a “retweet” contest on Twitter when he is at a comic con. We were talking about how he has created some amazing work with his twitter posting and how we could use that for the classroom and a great idea came to me.