Hour of Code is Coming! December 4 – 10th
Dec01

Hour of Code is Coming! December 4 – 10th

The Hour of CodeTM is coming! No worries though, it’s not as ominous as it sounds!  It’s actually an event that coincides with Computer Science Education Week December 4 – 10th, 2017 and students of ALL ages can and are highly encouraged to participate! Hour of CodeTM is a global movement reaching millions of students in 180+ countries.  Teachers are encouraged to take just ONE hour participating in activities that...

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Guest Post: Coral Reef Ecosystem Goes Robo Robo
May03

Guest Post: Coral Reef Ecosystem Goes Robo Robo

Guest Post from 4th Grade Holsenbeck Teacher Lauren Stapleton: My students engaged in a Science in 3D unit about ecosystems with the driving question, “How does energy flow through a Coral Reef Ecosystem?”.  After conducting research and making connections to the standards and the Driving Question, the students were asked to show what they know by programming the Robo Robo robots to demonstrate the flow of energy through...

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Ruffling Feathers: If Only Teachers Held Themselves to the Same Expectations
Mar31

Ruffling Feathers: If Only Teachers Held Themselves to the Same Expectations

I don’t normally write blog posts of this nature, but sometimes you just have to ruffle a few feathers, and today is one of those times, especially after reading this blog post by Pernille Ripp. The title, “Why Do We Hold Students to Higher Expectations Than Adults?” is what caught my eye.  Why? Because it’s a huge pet peeve of mine, although Ripp and I are looking at this from two different angles. Take a look...

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Struggling With Using Technology? Try These Tips
Mar31

Struggling With Using Technology? Try These Tips

Struggling can be… messy unpleasant difficult frustrating stressful If you’ve ever attempted to lose weight, then you’ve known struggle first hand. If you don’t go through some form of struggle, however insignificant it might be, then you can’t make progress.  Do we avoid struggling if possible? Absolutely!  Can we get stuck and stagnate when we avoid it?  Definitely! Learning is a struggle that our...

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Stop Having Students Use Technology!
Jan10

Stop Having Students Use Technology!

This is not about establishing a period of time where technology isn’t used or a “technology free” zone.   I’m seeking to bring attention to two things:  HOW is technology is being used in the classroom, and WHY is it being used. Currently, there is a lot of buzz surrounding the use of technology as a means of increasing student engagement.  Most students would far prefer the opportunity to use digital tools...

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