Robot alligators

Dangerously Irrelevant

Teresa Green is an innovative teacher who received a grant from the district last year to purchase various ‘maker’ resources. Since then she has been busy putting them and her students to work! The Team Neutrino First Robotics student helpers from Ames High were of great assistance.

Herding Robots – the life and times of a robotics coach

CUE

This academic year I have been a coache for a First Tech Challenge (FTC) Team; as the father of a high school student, I stepped in to fill a void – and to spend time with my son. She and I do everything else that is needed – from rides to paperwork to phone calls to rosters.

Wonderful World of Wearables in Education

The CoolCatTeacher

An Epic Guide to Wearables From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. How many hours you sleep at night and more. To be sure, wearable technologies have many uses in the classroom an in our world. ” You can talk to it.

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What to Buy for Your Maker Space #makered

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT #22 | An Interview with Librarian Chad Lehman From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space. How Chad introduces students to the space.

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LIVE: Students Are Being Engaged in Robotics and Coding thanks to WonderWorkshop | @WonderWorkshop

TeacherCast

One of the exciting things about podcasting live from ISTE is that you get to actually see and use the neat learning tools your guests are talking about. I was instantly charmed by Dash and Dot, the cute blue robots from Wonderworkshop. Twitter: [link].

Virtual Valentines: The Global Valentine Project Sharing Love and Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Micah Brown on episode 237 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. If you want to join a group of teachers doing Virtual Valentines, you’ll want to listen to the show and sign up by February 2.

5 Steps for a Successful STEAM Lab

The CoolCatTeacher

How to Mix Problems, Passion, and Projects to Excite Kids From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today’s guest, Alicia Roberts has navigated this process several times and gives us five steps to make it happen.

What helps kids really learn

The CoolCatTeacher

Andrew Stadel on episode 220 [A special encore episode] of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. How do kids learn and remember? As you ponder the classroom, look at what you’ll research to become a better teacher.

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Epic Guide To Game Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

100+ Game Based Learning Resources to Get Started in Your Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We can use them to teach. Welcome to serious games. We should learn how to do it right.

Creating a Nurturing Environment for Kids with Nancy Blair

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 113 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Nancy Blair @ blairteach , middle school principal, and #edchat leader gives us practical ideas to create a nurturing environment in our schools.

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What it Takes to Integrate Robotics and Coding into the Classroom

EdTech Magazine

What it Takes to Integrate Robotics and Coding into the Classroom. It starts with a game of Robot Turtles, a board game by Thinkfun that’s being used at Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, Ill., to teach kindergarteners the basics of coding. “It Within HWS and District 36’s other four schools, this is the first step of a journey that will touch on coding and robotics at each grade level. Schools Get Started in Robotics. I use Twitter a lot. Twitter.

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. What’s the best way to define a makerspace? When makerspaces really work, they are open to the entire student body,” she says. “It’s But much of this depends on a district’s budget and the resources they can bring to the project. A makerspace should be offered as a voluntary educational activity that the students want to participate in. Twitter.

How a Stereotype-Smashing Teen Founded the First All-Girl Muslim Robotics Team

Edsurge

What can a 15-year-old from Chino Hills, CA do to help break down barriers and smash stereotypes? Zaina Siyed answered that question by creating the FemSTEM Robotics Scholarship Program , a free STEM program for Muslim girls aged 10 to 14. Siyed was fed up with never seeing girls—especially Muslim girls like herself—competing in the robotics challenges she loved so much. Over the course of 15 weeks, Siyed coached eight girls with absolutely no robotics experience.

How Robotics Competitions Close the STEM Skills Gap and Build a Diverse Workforce

Edsurge

For nearly 30 years, the global non-profit FIRST has been getting kids hooked on science and technology through hands-on robotics competitions for grades K-12—complete with cheering crowds, adrenaline rushes and teams snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Once the spark is lit, they start to take harder classes, and they are more interested in STEM as a career. He offered insight on why a diverse workforce is the best workforce, and how to go about creating it.

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. What’s the best way to define a makerspace? When makerspaces really work, they are open to the entire student body,” she says. “It’s But much of this depends on a district’s budget and the resources they can bring to the project. A makerspace should be offered as a voluntary educational activity that the students want to participate in. Twitter.

Three Career Paths for Educational Innovators—How to Get There and Where the Jobs Are

Edsurge

The seeds of innovation are planted at a young age, and technological advances now provide learners of all ages the opportunity to be creators, builders, designers, producers and makers. STEAM-based learning emphasizes both hands-on and digital experiences with engineering, art, game design, prototyping in makerspaces, authoring, robotics, and much more. Students and teachers are learning to innovate hand-in-hand. I’m the gamification guy,' come talk to me. Twitter.

Build Empathy and Find Joy—How to Combine Making and Entrepreneurism in Your Classroom

Edsurge

You know how they say antipathy is the mother of invention? Kaun, founder of Makeosity , was running a New York City-based nonprofit that helped teachers bring hands-on STEAM projects into their classrooms, when she started thinking about how much some kids really hate school. They just can’t relate to it," says Kaun. You go to school so you can go to college so you can get a job. But that seems so far away to them. They don’t have to wait.”

Build Empathy and Find Joy—How to Combine Making and Entrepreneurism in Your Classroom

Edsurge

You know how they say antipathy is the mother of invention? Kaun, founder of Makeosity , was running a New York City-based nonprofit that helped teachers bring hands-on STEAM projects into their classrooms, when she started thinking about how much some kids really hate school. They just can’t relate to it," says Kaun. You go to school so you can go to college so you can get a job. But that seems so far away to them. They don’t have to wait.”

A Great Opportunity: Finch Loaner Program

techlearning

Having someone who knows how to write code is to a point where it is almost essential for a business to grow. Modern businesses have to have a website. Thankfully my buddies at BirdBrain are trying to change that! You can use almost any computer to code it!

[On-Air Coaching] Staying Focused on the Learning Goals, Not the Technology – SULS006

Shake Up Learning

Originally from California, Jasmine fills her time with a wide array of hobbies ranging from tandem bike riding to volunteering to singing in foreign languages. Jasmine’s awards and accomplishments list is so long that I need to include it separately, so check it out below!

CUE Presents the LeRoy’s Big Idea 2017 Finalists

CUE

CUE is always looking for ways to not only acknowledge those efforts, but to support them. To support you. We want to help you bring your ideas to life, and in that way help your students to grow and succeed. We also pLAN to purchase 1-2 Spheros.

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7 Things to Know About Coding in the Early Childhood Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Marina Umaschi Bers on episode 202 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down. So same as with a robot.

STEM can be fun, just do this.

The CoolCatTeacher

8 Ideas for Fun STEM Learning with Kids From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. She also shares her favorite ways to find new ideas and about the success of school-wide “STEM Time” for the students each week.

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Moving from Teaching STEM to Doing STEM

The CoolCatTeacher

Getting kids engaged and excited about learning in the STEM Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Dr. Robin Ellwood moved from lecture to hands-on STEM with her eighth graders and shows us how. Sign up to start a club.

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Find a Way to Laugh: Funny Mishaps and Misunderstandings in My Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 36 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Part of loving life is learning to laugh. The harder life is for you right now, the more you need to laugh. Here are a few that I’d like to share with you.

District Tinker-Fests and Hackathons Rev Up Student Interest in STEM Education

EdTech Magazine

In every direction, robots are dancing, racing or manipulating objects, as servo motors whir and LED lights glow. . We felt like the community needed to see what our students are capable of doing with coding and robotics,” Land says. “It’s Twitter.

Help Kids Learn to Code with Dash and Dot from Wonder Workshop

The CoolCatTeacher

How kids can explore and create in STEM with ease From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We’ve finished our portfolios and it is time to celebrate. We have 3d printing, robot making, and all kinds of building going on.

This is What Powerful Learning Looks Like, Students Share Their Stories

Digital Promise

As part of the opening session, I wanted to show examples of what it looks like when students use technology in powerful ways. But before I could make a movie about this, I needed to make sure I knew what powerful learning looks like to me. Zaina: The Saturday Robotics Teacher.

Integrating the Arts into Every Subject

The CoolCatTeacher

Catherine Davis-Hayes on episode 153 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Work to integrate arts into your lesson this week. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. How exciting!

10 Projects to Kickstart Hour of Code

Ask a Tech Teacher

Yet, kids who can code are better at logical thinking and problem solving, more independent and self-assured, and more likely to find a job when they graduate. In fact, according to Computer Science Education , by 2020 , there will be 1.4 Click here for more detail and a how-to video.

10 Unusual Projects for Hour of Code

Ask a Tech Teacher

Yet, kids who can code are better at logical thinking and problem solving, more independent and self-assured, and more likely to find a job when they graduate. In fact, according to Computer Science Education , by 2020 , there will be 1.4 Human robot. Human Robot.

Sylvia Martinez: 3 Mistakes Teachers Make About Tinkering (and more)

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 49 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Sylvia Martinez @smartinez co-author of Invent to Learn talks about tinkering today. ” Subscribe to the show. Twitter handle: @smartinez.

6 Super Science Edtech Ideas: Using Technology to Level Up Science Classrooms

The CoolCatTeacher

Leah LaCrosse on episode 272 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Leah LaCrosse shares six edtech ideas science teachers can start using today to improve learning and excite students about science.

10 Projects to Kickstart Hour of Code

Ask a Tech Teacher

Yet, kids who can code are better at logical thinking and problem solving, more independent and self-assured, and more likely to find a job when they graduate. In fact, according to Computer Science Education , by 2020 , there will be 1.4 Click here for more detail and a how-to video.

Supporting Deeper Learning in the Classroom

Digital Promise

For today’s students to effectively compete in the global workforce, they must develop the skills, understandings, and mindsets necessary to prepare them for the careers and challenges of tomorrow. Another works to perfect the speed controls on the motor.

6 Tips for making the most of ed tech exhibitions

Neo LMS

The NEO team will be heading to London next week to attend The BETT Show 2019 , between January 23-26. For many teachers, edtech conferences are a major highlight of the school year and a great opportunity to connect with fellow educators. It is time to blend your classroom?

Part 1: Facilitating Inquiry in the Classroom… The Driving Question and PBL

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to this first post in a series that promotes student inquiry in the classroom. I believe that inquiry really involves the art of knowing how to ask a question. Booking Info – Talking about inquiry… how about inquiring about some best of the best PD?

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3 Tools to Boost K–12 Math Lesson Plans for Pi Day

EdTech Magazine

3 Tools to Boost K–12 Math Lesson Plans for Pi Day. While it’s mostly a fun day of math-inspired competitions and scarfing down slices of “pi,” it can also be a great time for teachers to think about tweaking their math and computer science lesson plans. . Twitter.

This Teacher Started a Hands-On PD Lab That’s Sparking Change Across the District

Edsurge

In 2013, I was hired to teach computer science (CS) and video game design to students in grades K-5 at Monte Sano Elementary School in Huntsville, Ala. I wasn’t trained to teach computer science, how was I supposed to make this work?

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4 Steps to Create an Effective K–12 Drone Curriculum

EdTech Magazine

4 Steps to Create an Effective K–12 Drone Curriculum. An increasing number of K–12 schools are bringing drones into the classroom as new use cases show how useful unmanned vehicles can be to teach science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics skills. . Twitter.