The Algebra Project teaches us , “Math Literacy is the Key to 21st Century Citizenship”. Incorporating the most basic programming concepts is a great way to teach about different numerical systems, decoding, problem solving, and well, just how cool numbers can be. Not to mention that it is number coolness that makes technology happen. There is no better way to demonstrate all of these concepts then with the use of a simple spreadsheet, the most under utilized tool in your tech toolkit. Spreadsheets welcome everyone, Excel, Numbers, Sheets, you name it.
Seymour Papert in his book Mindstorms, reminds us that the greatest benefit of integrating computers in the classroom is NOT as a tool for standardized assessment, repetitive skill reinforcement or as Papert put it, “the computer programming the child”. Rather, he argued, “The child programs the computer. And in teaching the computer how to think, children embark on an exploration about how they think themselves”.
PhET, from the University of Colorado provides FREE top quality interactive simulations on a variety of subjects. Recently PhET released Capacitor Lab Basics, and Circuit
I am always on the lookout for low tech items that will enhance a Makerspace. One of the key things I look for are
A Makerspace is that purposeful designated area where students are encouraged to tinker, create and invent. The need for these types of learning spaces
A Makerspace can be anywhere, a small area designated in your classroom, a space in the library, and YES! even a baseball dugout! A Pop