Winter Olympics Lesson and Resources

The Winter Olympics is a great reminder that we are all global citizens. Beginning Thursday, February 8, 2018, the Winter Olympics provides a great jumping point to integrate real world events into your curriculum no matter the subject area.  Following are classroom ideas and resources that can integrate within your curriculum.  
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Teachable Moments

The way I see it, one of the biggest advantage of Makerspaces is that is provides an open ended space where students can design a solution to a real life teachable moment.  There is no way to anticipate what that teachable moment will be.  That is why Makerspaces are perfect. Students desperately need Makerspaces, teachable spaces that can answer those teachable moments, where the solution requires ingenuity and creativity.  (Click on continue reading)


Whether you are new to Raspberry Pi, or not,  you will come away with new knowledge, confidence, camaraderie, at least one idea you can’t wait to implement back in the classroom, and an unleashed geekiness you never knew existed in you. I encourage you, from those who have heard about Raspberry Pi and want to learn more, to those that have familiarity with Raspberry Pi looking for ways to extend its integration within your curriculum back to school, APPLY!  ITS FREE!  ITS FUN! ITS EDUCATIONAL!  Click below for more info and link to application

FREE Make Makey Educators Guide is HERE!

Do you have Makey Makeys at your school and not sure where to get started?  Have you done the banana piano and wondering what to do next? Looking for resources to take your Makey Makeys to the next level?  Download the FREE Makey Makey Educators Guide from JoyLabz/Makey Makey just released today.  The guide contains easy step by step instructions with pictures to get you started.   Also, lesson ideas that go “beyond the piano”, storage and organization tips,  and Makey Makey community resources. Additionally a section detailing how Makey Makey supports a variety of educational standards including CCSS, ISTE, STL, NGSS, and 21st Century Learning.  Makey Makey is a great tool to diversify learning through technology across the curriculum.
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Number Coolness!

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. 

Let students program the computer not the computer program the students…

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”.

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