March Madness Bracket Coding


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”

Innovative Tools in the Classroom

As we wrap up, I is for Innovation, I thought I would leave things with some innovative tools you can get for your classroom and some ways you can use them. Perler Beads: We know this would be my first pick. I have really gotten into using Perler Beads with my teachers and students as our way of having our own 3D Printer. We currently do not have the funds to get the emerging technology in schools. While my nieces and peers have access to one at their schools. I stumbled on using Perler Beads due to health advice from … Continue reading Innovative Tools in the Classroom

Tally UP!

Hey Tally, Tally, Tally! While it might be October we all know it will soon be voting time come November and thanks to that, I became inspired thanks to the newest book in my collection, Pure Genius by Don Wettrick. I just got a few pages into the book and I was hit by a wave of inspiration, so I jotted down some ideas that went well thinking about Tallies. So, all you Pirates, Mobile Tech and Wearable Tech Educators and Students get ready, here we go: 1. For Early elementary teach students how tallying works, the basic drawing of … Continue reading Tally UP!

Taking Apps out of the Useless Folder

Greetings everyone and Happy Hump Day. If you are look at the top image and seeing Teacher Andy up there you are probably saying: “Wait what?!” or “Why are you displaying android, IOS and GAFE up there?” Well, its pretty simple, I was working with a few students of mine the other day and we were going over Evernote. For those who don’t know, Evernote is a great productivity App that can be used for note taking, journaling, presenting and voice notes and synchs across all platforms from mobile to desktop. Two of my teachers decided to have students start … Continue reading Taking Apps out of the Useless Folder

Teach like a Pirate App Dice set

  First set of Teach like a Pirate App Dice. These App and Tech Dice are designed to work with the creation and uses of Teach like a Pirate. There will be more sets to come. Enjoy.   Continue reading Teach like a Pirate App Dice set

Come and Knock on our Classroom Door, the Makey Makey and iPad are Waiting for You

    As you can tell, I have had my inspiration on fire today and I have so many projects and lessons to write out I and to post as many as possible due to some commitments I have this week. This last one today will really put four types of Teach Like a Pirate, Tech Smashing and App Smashing all together. Let’s get started shall we? I was sitting with my wife, Melissa the other night and we were watching Antenna TV (we don’t have cable). We were watching the end of Different Strokes and then the beginning of … Continue reading Come and Knock on our Classroom Door, the Makey Makey and iPad are Waiting for You

Sound off with Stick Around

    This school year, I am moving towards just regular App Smashes to Device Smashing with various devices and Apps together. Last night, I was talking with some wonderful educators through Teach like a Pirate Chat and Melanie Thompson and I were talking about Arduino. Arbuino is perfect for the Maker Classroom, similar to the Makey Makey, Arduino uses various devices that enhance learners through building. One that caught my attention in the early evening was Toot. An an interactive and sound-active toy designed for children aged between 3 and 6 years old that wants to enhance their auditory, music and language … Continue reading Sound off with Stick Around