Putting a little STREAM into your classroom

The last few days I have been working on a set of images using Adobe Draw on my iPad. Taking a note from Tony Vincent‘s making your own Clipart and from Quinn Rollins Play like a Pirate I decided to combine them along with Julie Smith’s Master the Media and some of Michael Matera’s eXPlore like a Pirate. (Yes, I made these first for a reason).

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App Dice: A Two Year Journey

If you were at ISTE 2016 in Colorado this year and stopped by the Seesaw booth or attended any of their panels, you most likely noticed App Dice. Teachers and administrators were loving them. Many people were on Twitters and their websites talking about App Dice and loving the idea. I even had several people surprised that App Dice have been around for a little over two years. Followed by many asking me how I came up with the idea. Well, I discovered the idea just after Christmas in 2013. I was looking through Pinterest and I found a teacher blog about a teacher who took some stickers of various iPad apps and put them on dice and then had teachers roll them to come up with some lessons. However, they didn’t use them for App Smashing or random selecting of Apps either. No, they originally rolled them when they were making a lesson with Apps they knew and then had to make their lesson with that exact App. So, if the teacher was going to do an lesson on geography and they rolled Pic Collage. They would have to do a lesson with students that used Pic Collage with just that App. There was no real app smashing, and it was always with the basic school Apps that were on their classroom iPads that were a shared cart. I loved the idea of Apps on dice, but it was way too limiting. Continue reading “App Dice: A Two Year Journey”

The Office Remodel Part 1

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The other day I said I was going to start remodeling my office to be more inviting to students and staff alike. While I planned on doing this slowly over the next few weeks. As they say, time waits for no man and I ended up getting an earlier start due to an accident occurring during some regular checks, such as my entire shelf collapsing (don’t worry, I’m OK). So, after a few hours of moving, cataloging, archiving and a few other things here is the start to my remodel.

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March Madness Bracket Coding

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March Madness is here again and so are everyone’s favorite brackets. Now, everyone knows that brackets are set up to show what teams are playing who and the winner of each round will go to face off the team that advances. Well, being in the spirit of March Madness and of course Teach like a Pirate (you knew it was coming). I have decided to create a type of Bracket set for coding. As many know, I am trying to get our Donors Choose funded by next Wednesday and the clock is ticking. I wanted to show everyone how you could integrate brackets into your Sphero Edu or Coding classroom. Continue reading “March Madness Bracket Coding”

Teaching students numbers, colors and beginning with Apps

Over the last year my teachers and I found a great teachers blog known as: A Cupcake for the Teacher. My former vice principal discovered the website from Teachers pay Teachers and later we discovered her Pinterest board. I was doing my regular Pinterest viewing when I discovered the Rainbow writing exercise. I loved the idea but wanted to do more with it than just simple color with words and then I was talking with one of my teachers who was organizing her room for the summer and she had brought out her number flip board. If no one knows … Continue reading Teaching students numbers, colors and beginning with Apps

52 App Card Pick UP


If you have been watching my social networks today, you can see that I have created something new with my Appficiation Games (Gamification with Mobile Apps). Besides dice I have been a gamer for years with board games, dominos and cards. I was going over some pinterest pictures of Gambit who is one of my favorite X-Men characters in comics and I came up with a great idea. Using card games for not only App Smashing but also professional development with teachers and students. Here is how I created and use them.
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