Using Qball Covers in the Classroom

You know it’s a good day when you receive something in the mail that you have been waiting for a long time. That’s right! Today, my Qball cover arrived, my 5 Ws:

  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where
  • Why

Yes, and How (pun intended). Now, while I was doing my happy dance, I had two teachers who looked at me and went: “What the heck is that?” No,.. really they did. So, I started explaining what the Qball was and what the cover was for. After a few minutes they went: “Oh, I get it, that’s very clever and a great way to lead discussion.” After they asked about what other colors they had I went on to explain how you can use all the available Qball covers in your classroom. So, get ready for some great learning.

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Rent Vs Own with Google Maps


Hello Everyone,
As we begin the end of the school year, many of us are trying to fit in those final lessons, AP tests and even doing some outlines for next year’s classes. I’m here with a great lesson that worked very well with my Consumer Education students the past two years that I have gradually improved on each semester. This lesson asks the classic question after leaving school and of course working: “Rent vs. Own”.

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T-rex Game Maker Space

Last year, I ran into a problem in my classroom. Our internet was pulled for maintenance just after we had completed a test. I had my entire less thrown out until the following week and we were planning on doing an online car search for their budget projects were about to begin. As a result, I decided to do something different. I activated the T-Rex Google Chrome Game and we did a classroom competition based on Consumer Education Questions we had previously reviewed. It was great fun and gave the students a chance to “unplug” from our digital learning. Later that year I decided to transform that on our feet thinking into a true Maker Space Project.

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The Micro Business Project

As the semester comes to a close, I recently completed one of my favorite projects I do for my Business Basics class. I have students create their own micro business and this ranges from creating their own phone case company to yes, a Taco Truck. I began this last year and it has turned into a favorite for both my students and myself and really brings the semester for to come circle on what they have learned over the semester. So, how does this class project work? Read on.

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LEGO ASCII Coding

The past couple of weeks, I have been dealing with a large amount of writer’s block. It happens to all of us, you are just trying to string together a set of ideas and no matter what, it just won’t go from your head to your finger tips. In fact, I was planning about six blog posts the last couple of weeks and couldn’t come up with anything outside of: “hello”. No really, that’s all I could get out of my head. I even tried to do a vlog and that was just as much of a disappointment as anything. So, I just focused on some lesson plans and projects I have coming up, but still nothing. Then this weekend, the family and I headed to NIU STEM fest and not even three steps in I saw it. Albert Einstein created with dominos using. Immediately I had ideas brewing and after visiting a few notes I had taken for Computer Programming this Spring I remembered Erintegation’s Coding with Text Art: ACSII.  Continue reading “LEGO ASCII Coding”