The last couple of weeks, I have been having one word on my brain. No, it isn’t dissertation, even though that is requires a lot of thinking in my case. It’s been Math, in fact I have had so much Math on my brain lately, I have been ordering books like: Table Talk Math and Google Math. After all, when you talk STEM, STEAM and STREAM, the M stands for Mathematics. I’ll give everyone a little confession, I was that kid who heard the “M Word” and would just shutter. Yet, now here I am promoting mathematics constantly with students from basics to slope. If my old Freshman Math Teacher could see me now. He be either very proud of me or very frighten. So, I’ve decided to kick off the month of May with, you guessed it, MATH!
This past weekend, I attended Edcamp Chicago and one of my sessions I proposed was Unlocking the Magic of Google Drawings and we created some Magnetic Poetry. Originally, Kasey Bell from Shake Up Learning came up with the idea for some Halloween Magnetic Poetry. I lead a collaborative Magnetic Poetry during my session, which I am planning to do with my students later this week. It’s pretty simple to do, first create your template in Google Drawings. I used a slide from Slides Carnival and made it my background. Continue reading “Fun with Magnetic Poetry”
Over the last couple of weeks, I have been using Bitmoji in my lessons with my students a bit more. The one thing I love about Bitmoji just like emojis is the wide range you can use them for. However, the last few days I have been using Bitmoji with Google Drawings for some very effective lessons and come up with some great ideas along the way. If you have read my previous posts about using Play like a Pirate by Quinn Rollins you know I have been using both is LEGO and create your own action figures to heart. I … Continue reading Bitmoji and Google Drawings
The last few days, I have been working with my various students to create Pixel Art Game cards. So many of my students, especially my Middle Schoolers love creating pixel art with Google Sheets. I based the project from Alice Keeler’s post a while ago on using Google Sheets for Pixel Art. You can read all about it, including getting the template here. Originally, during my STEAM enrichment class, we were using the pixel creation and then shifted it to creating 3D prints. Allowing my students to create in digital form and then transfer and scaffold with their designs into … Continue reading Pixel Art Game Cards
Hard to believe that Pokémon Go has been around almost a week and of course like anything new with mobile technology. We are seeing the pros and cons with the game in both daily life and in education. I usually like to focus on the pros and the many ways that the way Pokémon Go is showing us the future of mobile learning. After work today, I found myself with a half an hour to myself, so I went on a Pokémon walk to find new Pokémon and maybe even a few PokéStops along the way. I came to a regular one where I encountered several high school students that had placed a Lure on the PokéStop. For those who don’t know, a Lure can be placed on a PokéStop for a half an hour. It then has pedals and hearts fly around it and it attracts all Pokémon in the area from common to rare. During the Lure time, many groups get together to not only capture Pokémon and also do Gym Battles, but also start discussing and sharing. Something that Pokémon Go has done is create a wonderful social gathering ability and a few of the students knew me from the area. They stopped by and asked if I wanted to join and to see if I could help them and that’s when something pretty amazing happened.
For the 10th Anniversary of Google Sheets. A group of my students made 8 bit pixel creations using the spreadsheet program and transformed a few of them into 3D prints using perler beads. You can also do the same with qixels for your classroom. Thanks again Alice Keeler. Continue reading Using Google Sheets to make Pixel art and then 3D Prints
I apologize for the lack of posts this week or even standard tweets. This past weekend, I experienced a large case load of trying to complete my dissertation proposal to having that added on with my wife having a seizure on Sunday for the first time in almost five months. Then of course, I was busy at my regular job and working on some other projects that needed my attention. However, as we know: “No matter the times, there is always a new day dawning.” Continue reading “Working with Google Drawings for 3D Printers”
Last weekend when I was reading Play like a Pirate by Quinn Rollins and in the first section he talked about Action Figures. Years ago, my third grade teacher had us make our own action figures using a simple bullet points assignment paper. The basic project is that a student creates an action figure based on what they are learning. An example would be creating a guard from the Qing Dynasty in China. Students would create the action figure, give him his accessories and stats. The activity serves as not only a review of the history lesson, but also an engaging lesson of creativity and instill research with students. Well, luckily in this day and age of Google Apps for Education we have Google Drawings and Google Slides.
You are probably thinking right now: “Oh no! Ryan is at again and now he’s made a new character out of Perler Beads, what can he be doing now.” As many of you know for the last two years, I have been reading and practicing the Teach like a Pirate way by Dave Burgess. Just this last week, the newest book, Play like a Pirate by Quinn Rollins was released. Sadly, I’m still waiting on my copy (errr!) to arrive, but that doesn’t mean I can’t start using a little PlayLap, XPLAP and Tlap together to create a fun writing lesson.
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