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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Happy Monday Everyone! I am pleased to announce that this past Saturday afternoon, while on a quest to find some Star Wars The Force Awakens action figures at a Super Target, my iPhone went off. I looked at the notification and it told me that our Donors Choose had been funded. Extremely ironic since I walked down an aisle that had both Sphero SPRK and Ollies on the shelf as I read the notification. As I smiled like I had found a BB-8 marked down to $2, I immediately sent a Snapchat to my fellow teachers and they … Continue reading Coming to an Art Room Near you!
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
Monday night towards the end of my class, I had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Swanshy talk about using Google Cardboard and Leap Motion. The Leap Motion Controller lets you use your computer in a whole new way. Reach out and swipe, grab, pinch, or punch your way through the digital world. Leap Motion works with both Mac and PC and will be on chrome books in the future. The Periscope video below shows Dr. Swanshy along with my classmates using Leap on his Macbook Air. http://katch.me/embed/v/4a9aee57-066e-37ee-b523-f97f5c715b1e The main Leap Motion will run you $89.00 with the VR hook … Continue reading Leap Motion
A good friend of mine is working on his dissertation on motivating the unmotivated readers when it comes to libraries. Withs several of my students doing their own books for Genius Hour, I came up with a great way to turn their books into movie trailers using Explain Everything and iMovie to create almost Hollywood movie trailers that appear when a device is held over the movie poster created for the book using Aurasma. Below are two examples of ones I created for my upcoming book, Small Hope. Continue reading Motivating Readers for Student Books with Augmented Reality