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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May the 4th Be with You

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Its one of my favorite times of the Spring, Star Wars Day. This year I have been able to actually enjoy May 4th more than usual. Not just because of being able to get a collectible or use my new sets and perler beads to have an awesome story to tell, but really use it for eduction. Here are a few things you can do to put a little Star Wars Magic into your classroom today or any day.

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My Trip to Edcamp Chicago

This past Saturday, I attended EdCamp Chicago in Elmhurst at Churchville Middle School. A school I once played at during my Middle School Basketball days about 24 years ago (I’m old). I had the great pleasure of hanging with my state line Pirate Crew of Michael Matera, Andrea Kornowski, Carrie Baughcum, Josh Gauthier, and Rebecca Gauthier. Edcamps are fantastic to go to. They are a true un-conferience organized by awesome people like: Joy Kirr, Steve Wick, Maria Stavropoulos, Chris Skrzypchak  and  Carrie Baughcum and her daughter, Tricia. The opening to EdCamp Chicago was a Yoga session at the begnning, no … Continue reading My Trip to Edcamp Chicago

Time to Play and Explore like a Pirate in 3D Printing

The last few days, I have been busy with my teachers getting our new STEAM art curriculum set up as we await our Spheros and Drones and play with our new 3D printer. During the time of working out some great designs prints and planning some amazing lessons and projects, a wonderful lesson came to me. Using both Explore like a Pirate and Play like a Pirate teaching fun.

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Getting our STEAM Art room ready

    While it has almost been a week since our Donors Choose ended we are already hard at work getting everything prepared for our students and starting our new STEAM art curriculum. Currently dubbed: “The Coding Garage”. We are excited to announce that we are getting two 3D printers on loan for the next few months. A Solidoodle 2 and 4 to bring even more innovation and creativity to our students. While I will be posting updates and awesome lessons and projects as our new STEAM art room unfolds, I wanted to share a personal letter from Mr. Smetana … Continue reading Getting our STEAM Art room ready

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

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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”

Only 7 Days left on our Donors Choose

Everyone knows that for the last few months, I have been promoting and pushing our Donors Choose to get funded. We now only have 7 Days left to get funded and are currently $346 short. Just yesterday, I was hanging with our local Tech Wizards Group and they were asking: “Mr. Read, are we getting our Spheros and Drones?” I had to tell them that we weren’t funded and if we don’t in a week it won’t be happening. I had a lot of sad faces after I gave them the answer. I know that $346 is a hard goal … Continue reading Only 7 Days left on our Donors Choose