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Perler Bead STREAM jars

 

A few days ago, I was on my Perler Beads Facebook and a member, Juan Diaz came up with this fantastic idea of making a Link from The Legend of Zelda raising a heart with mini perler beads and then place them in a jar for display. So many of us just loved the idea, and of course I knew I had to come up with a great way to use this idea in the classroom.

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TLAP for my Teachers GoFundMe

Hello Everyone,   Well, this weekend I was talking with some of my various coworkers and they talked about wishing they had access to all the Teach like a Pirate and Hack Learning books that are around. So, with some … Continue reading TLAP for my Teachers GoFundMe

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Mega Awesome Lessons

Many of you know I am a classic game player, loving the classic NES Games. One who has had my heart for a long time is Megaman. The fighting robot out to save the world from the evil forces of Dr. Wiley. Back in October, I was able to acquire two Funko Pops of the Blue Bomber and his robot dog, Rush. I knew I wanted to use them for my STEAM classes and finally this past week I was able to incorporate them with my students.

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Finding your own Drum and not letting others quiet it

2e13d35d9624dc45bdb87c1cea23145eA few days ago, Dave Burgess was talk about Playing your Drum in 2017. Those words really hit me on Christmas of all days. I was going about doing normal family celebration since my son’s birthday is on Christmas. So, Christmas is always full double celebrations as a result. However, while I was working on capturing some memorial moments, I was getting yelled at to stop taking pictures and videos. Followed by being told to move, go back to taking pictures and video, then I had to clean up the ripped wrapping paper, when it wasn’t even my house. After everything was finished, one of my nieces turned to me and asked: “Why is everyone being so bossy to you?” I said I had no idea. I later found out, that several family members were upset about pictures I had posted a few days ago during some other family events. Saying I didn’t ask permission to post them or that I had been posting too many messages or sharing my eBay auctions too much lately and that was going to ruin my chances at new jobs in the future and to just stop sharing everything I do.

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Going Rogue One with Coding and Robots

Greetings from a Galaxy, Far, Far Away. First of all, a major thank you to all the donors who helped my school get their 3D printer filled up with filament and Perler Beads for our students. This will go such a long way in really transforming their learning and for my teachers to have amazing creativity with their lessons. While the Force is strong with our school right now, a great set of lessons came to me while watching Rogue One the other day that you can use with coding and everything from Ozobots to LEGO We Do 2.0.

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Dash and Dot for Kinders

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Last week, I had such an amazing thing happen. Both my Donors Choose projects were fully funded. Bringing Ozobots, LEGOs and a 3D Printer (still waiting on it) to be brought to my students for STEAM. In the last couple of days, I have seen my students come to life with our new tools and having them bring new innovation to their learning and understanding. Well, I was working with my Kinders and something very interesting happened. They had a problem with coding with their Spheros and Ozobots. Not because of the ability to code, but due to the size. That’s when I had to jump into action to bring coding and robotics to my Kinders with their new LEGOs.

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Teaching Code with Superhero LEGO Game

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The other day, I was looking through my PBL and I came across a way to teach students basic coding with LEGO and super hero action figures. My son, Tyler saw what I was looking at and wanted to build with his LEGO table set upstairs. When I told him how the game works he said they needed the super heroes fight the supervillains and the two of us created a fun game you can use with your students to teach coding.

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My Black Friday Tech Wish List

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I know, you are probably reading the headline and saying: “Don’t you mean Christmas Wish List”? Kind of, but for the last few years, I have always seen great sales for items I would love to have for my students and classroom and eventually, they find themselves to my students (sadly not by Christmas). So, being the #STEAM teacher and trying to transition my students to STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, art and mathematics). I came up with a great wish list this year.

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Putting a little STREAM into your classroom

The last few days I have been working on a set of images using Adobe Draw on my iPad. Taking a note from Tony Vincent‘s making your own Clipart and from Quinn Rollins Play like a Pirate I decided to combine them along with Julie Smith’s Master the Media and some of Michael Matera’s eXPlore like a Pirate. (Yes, I made these first for a reason).

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Instant Relevance Review

Earlier this week on top of trying to complete three homework assignments and dissertation proposal updates, I was able to read Instant Relevance by Denis Sheeran. The latest in awesome books from Dave Burgess Consulting Inc. Denis perfectly captures a book that looks at what is relevant today from pop culture to food and apply it to the classroom. An over thirteen year Math veteran, Denis instills humor, relevance and fun into his lessons, projects and resources in this book. Something that really stood out to me in the book was about when we aren’t in the classroom and discovering … Continue reading Instant Relevance Review