Digital Valentine’s

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As January comes to a close, we start looking ahead towards that 14th day of February, Valentine’s Day. For years, students and teachers have made Valentine Cards from paper to stickers. In the last few years, thanks to various mobile technology, classrooms have started creating Valentine Cards with video and various mobile Apps. Why not? Using tech to create something from the heart let’s students discover their creativity and innovation in new ways. Here are three ways to bring the love of creation to your classroom this February.

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How one compliment can make a student’s day

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Last week, I was wrapping up first quarter on STEAM with my kindergarten class and something that was a big hit was having a compliment read to them or them reading one themselves. I had used one of Tony Vincent‘s random HTML compliment QR Codes since we were learning about how to use QR Codes in the classroom and I also used my own random compliment QR Code. Some of the students just wanted to keep scanning or hitting the reload button to get a new compliment. Taking a page from Master the Media by Julie Smith. Julie pointed out in Chapter 8 about teaching a person how to navigate the internet or use proper tools associated with the internet will help them understand more.

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What’s Under your Cape with Seesaw

Back in 2014, I read the book: What’s Under your Cape by Barbara Gruener. A fantastic book about student empathy any and Student Character of the Superhero Kind. I have used the book many times since reading it and I was able to use it great with my STEAM class this week. Using Seesaw, I had students take pictures of teachers and turn them into superheroes. Asking them to show what their super powers were and there were some great results. I then had students do the same to their classmates and using their iPads and some amazing innovation, created … Continue reading What’s Under your Cape with Seesaw

Vote for my classroom and fellow teachers for Limeades for Learning

Sonic is teaming up with Donors Choose for Limeades for Learning. From September 26 to October 23, 2016, you get to decide which teacher projects we fund through voting on this site! It could be a teacher in your community or just a project that really speaks to you. Limeades for learning is a national initiative of SONIC®, America’s Drive-In® to support public school teachers in local communities. In partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC will provide essential funds needed for learning materials and innovative teaching techniques to inspire creativity and learning in today’s youth. Over the course of the four-week campaign, SONIC … Continue reading Vote for my classroom and fellow teachers for Limeades for Learning

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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#STEAM with Origami

For the past few weeks, I have been coming up with some great lessons or projects with my fellow co-teachers on bringing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics to our art curriculum. We had a real break through the other day using coding and origami. How did that happen? Quite by accident, but it all came together in the end, here is how:

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Selfies in the Classroom with Instagram

social-1206610_1280A while ago, I posted about using social media in the classroom. Mostly by using the various features of Instagram along with sister Apps. Well, as many of you know, Instagram and its sister Apps had overhauls on both designs and features. I’m going over a few ways you can use Instagram in your classroom and using the various sister Apps both with and outside of Instagram.

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Breakout Edu App Smash

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The last few days, I have been setting up Breakout Edu sessions for my teachers. I’ve been scanning Varage Sale, Amazon and local garage sales to get locks and pieces on a budget. Being a 2-1 school of both iPads and Chromebooks, I have been integrating and looking for ways to utilize technology for our new Breakout Edu sessions. Just the other day, I discovered the awesome Locks by Breakout Edu IOS App. It is awesome, you can set up all the various types of locks and store them in a digital library right on your IOS device. All you need is to set up a free User Account. In fact, you can set up a classroom account and program in the various puzzles for each lock and then set up them up around your room or school with ease. Just make sure you stay connected to a wi-fi source. Continue reading “Breakout Edu App Smash”

Creating beauty with the Darkside

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Secret Socks go Darkside

Friday is here and on Friday I like to do some fun stuff. I’m not talking about dancing into the weekend or heading out to my favorite local grill. Taking a page out of Play like a Pirate I like to do a theme with my Secret Socks. What are Secret Socks? Well, the socks you wear that are special when you are dressed for success. My Secret Socks usually range from comics to sci-fi to emojis (don’t tell Melissa). As you know, we had our Donor Choose fulfilled thanks to amazing donations from people like you (No, I don’t work for PBS). As we were showing our students how to create art with our Spheros and Drones, I decided to code some artwork with spring colors using our Ollie Darkside. I also asked the question: “Why was the Empire really formed in Star Wars?” Most students answered because Palatine was a Sith Lord and wanted power. Which, I did answer was true, but really, the Empire was originally created to bring order to chaos, even if those who ran it had a pretty warped sense of order.

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