The Maker Board

The new school year is beginning and many teachers are looking for something that will inspire creativity in their students and also build on lessons. Do you always notice that no matter what teachers seem to decorate up their white boards, with colorful signs, agendas for the day and so forth. It starts becoming background noise. In fact, originally blackboards that later transitioned into whiteboards and Smart Boards. Were meant to not just be information to show students, but to be interactive for students to not only show knowledge, but be interactive with the classroom. That seems to have fallen to the side a bit these days and turned into just a glorified bulletin board. That’s all sight and no real interaction. So, on that note, let’s introduced the Maker Board.

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3D Printing and Coding

A couple of weeks ago, my Donors Chooses for getting a 3D Printer, LEGOs and Ozobots was funded and it didn’t take long for my students and myself to get down to using them in my STEAM class. While my students wanted to really rush into creativity as soon as they could, I did remind them of page 60 of Launch about “Design thinking may be slow, but it actually saves time in the long run.” One of the original ideas for the 3D printer was to create skins for our Ozobots. While my students love making skins using traditional paper and tape, there is something about coding a design and then seeing it brought to life that really gets my students’ innovation flowing. Here is a set of lessons and projects we have been doing the last couple of weeks and a few we have planned in the weeks ahead after winter winter break.

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Coming to an Art Room Near you!

    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!

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”

What you create stands the test of time


This past weekend, I was doing radio hour at my family’s church, when my son walked over to a scale model that was created by a former member from 1960-1962. Its a full recreation of the church inside and outside. The model not only took nearly two years to create, but it was not known what the creator was going to do with it. He had it on display in his house for several years before his death. His son took possession of it until his death a few years ago and the estate fell to his children. After viewing it, they didn’t find any need for it, and luckily took it back to the church where it is on display now. It was said most likely it was going to be given away at a garage sale or thrown out all together after being discovered and cleaned up. After viewing seeing it on display the last few years, it is almost heart breaking to thinking that being thrown out was ever an option. Especially, when it was built right after the creator made a model garage for his oldest grandson back in 1960.

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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

Building a STEAM Art Room


This past November, I had learn from our local tech club that was held at our school every Tuesday and Thursday that they had Sphero and an Ollie, but had not unboxed or knew how to introduce them to students. I worked out a plan to bring them into our school just before our Science Fair and for our Holiday Art. With our two art teachers we started using the Spheros to start creating art in many forms with our students as shown below. Continue reading “Building a STEAM Art Room”

Drone Art Infographic

droneartinfograph   The use and design of drone use in the classroom has inspired a vibrant response from the art world. Many classrooms are starting to use drones for creating artwork in many forms from abstract art to ariel photo collages. It’s not just limited to use drones but also through the use of Spheros, Bee-bots, Ozobots and more. The world is open to creating STEAM through the use of coding and expression. Students learn how to visualize their creations through art and the use of coding and there is no wrong way to do it. Bring the use of art … Continue reading Drone Art Infographic