Recently I presented at MASSCUE a technology conference in Massachusetts. I presented about video game design, specifically Bloxels. Bloxels reached out to me and then wrote a highlight article for their blog.
Check it out! www.bloxelsbuilder.com/blog-list/new-ambassador-spotlight-lisa-fox
In Kindergarten, we explored the many features of pumpkins. At each station, students had different challenges, including: does it sink or float, how many seeds are there, can you make a ramp for a pumpkin?, etc. Based on observations, it looked like the students loved the different stations...or at least I hope they did!
Google Expeditions is a virtual fieldtrip that allows students to learn about environments that they wouldn't typically have access to. In Grade 2, we explored different habitats around the world and examined two different wetlands. Not only were the students engaged in learning, but they were exposed to new places around the world!
The start of a new year! Despite how fast summer went by, I am so excited to begin my third year at this school. I am transitioning to a new job as a technology integration specialist, in other words I will be helping teachers use technology in their classrooms. Teachers do so many amazing things in their class, but do not always know how to incorporate technology into their lessons. That's where I come in! I am eager to help teachers realize the power of technology and how it can engage learners and elevate learning. While I will miss teaching classes like I did for the past two years, I am thrilled to have this new opportunity! Stay tuned for projects!
In Kindergarten, we are towards the end of our PLTW module, which is an introduction to computer science. The kindergartners have been doing a lot of collaborative work using iPads, specifically the app Scratch Jr. Students are finishing up creating animations with animals in their habitats!
At the start of the new year, K-2 students are beginning to learn about coding and programming.
In Kindergarten, we are using BeeBots and starting our first PLTW module. Project Lead the Way may be familiar to those with children at STEM/HS since they are part of the curriculum. This past year, we decided to implement it in Kindergarten so that eventually all K-12 students will have exposure to the engineering and design process. In Kindergarten we will be exploring animal habitats and how to make their creations come to life on Scratch Jr. (a free iPad application for programming).
In Grade 1, we are learning about coding using various applications, including: Box Island, Code Spark Academy, and Scratch Jr. Students will create a final project on Scratch Jr. to demonstrate their understanding of sequence and programming.
In Grade 2, students will learn how to program with the Hour of Code activities.
As a joint effort with the Art Teacher, two grade 2 classes did a photography unit where we took pictures of nature and then learned how to edit them. See below for some awesome examples!
The past 10 weeks have flown by! We are off to a great start from K-2 in computer lab. At the beginning of the year, we focused on developing basic computer skills (using the mouse, intro to typing, etc.). We also got new laptops to replace our Chromebooks. We are using Lenovo 13 laptops this year, which is very exciting!!
This year we have covered/ are in the middle of the following units so far:
This past month, first grader designed custom wrapping paper. Below are some examples and the directions to DIY.
Students in K-2 are designing 3D structures. In Kindergarten, students used the iPad app Block Builder and 1st and 2nd graders used the website usecubes.com. See below for some examples!