Friday, December 27, 2013
Here's the 6 second stop motion clip my daughter and I made with her Doctor Who Character Building TARDIS set. What a fun idea for kids to use to sequence and script concepts to show their classmates. We used Vine and Youtube again. Once we set up the Lego Heartlake City sets on a table we'll try the Lego Animation app with the iPad and post the results.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
Running some year end reports, I decided to put together a few of the numbers in an infographic I made on Piktochart in a few minutes using one of the winter templates, and included a Vine of what some of our kindergartners are reading right before break.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
For this year's Computer Science Education Week, Code.org, a nonprofit organization that promotes and supports students' access to computer programming education and resources, put together an initiative to get lots of kids and educators to do an hour of coding. At home, after taking a graduate class in Android App programming for educators (which was fun, frustrating, and humbling) using MIT's AppInventor, I tried out their programming site for a younger audience, Scratch, on my 8-year-old daughter. She was immediately hooked. The ability to "see inside" other programmer's projects and remix them is a great way to learn by trial and error what different types of code do. Using Code.org's progressive tutorials, however, grew her conceptual understanding by leaps and bounds. I lifted the screen time limit, and she worked through the stages off and on over a large part of a Saturday (with breaks for playing in the snow and painting). Because the programs are similar, she's easily able to transfer her understanding and mathematical thinking from one program to another. I kind of wish I'd gone through them myself before trying the more complicated AppInventor tutorials for my class. Here are a few things I observed watching an eight year old code:
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
If there's anything I've learned from the 21st Century Pilot, Professional Learning Networks are essential to anyone's (especially anyone in a quickly changing field's) growth. Here are three things I learned about growing my professional learning network. SAMR model is a good way to approach this idea. Dr. Puentedura in his website provides examples of how technology looks when we simply substitute up to when we use it to have students do something they would never be able to do without it to create new knowledge. Although there's a lot of discussion about this topic, I think most of us have to go through substitution and augmentation before we can start truly transforming what we do. Fascinating mind candy. Ask questions of others who have done similar things, and start the conversation with others locally and elsewhere who are transforming their teaching. Edutopia on my Twitter feed this week about that very thing. When you're connected, you're opening yourself to learning all the time. The more comfortable you are with being connected, the easier it will be to start helping your students find their voice in many new formats.
So yesterday I started working on an augmented reality tutorial using the Layar app for Destiny Quest that I can make available for teachers or kids who missed the lessons. I am using tools that are new to me, but that I have found from other librarian's blogs or tweets. One tool I really like is Recite This. It is a simple tool to create more polished speech bubbles or text boxes. Looks like this: Shannon Miller. Go here to see my first simple attempt.