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I’m PASSIONATE about students and teachers using TECHNOLOGY to enhance LEARNING and CREATIVITY.
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Dash on Snow Patrol This activity was inspired by a video tweet from Margaret A. Powers @mpowers3. I knew my students would love helping Dash plow "snow"! Pic from the Wonder Workshop site. This activity uses the optional bulldozer bar attachment from the Wonder Pack or Accessories Pack. I have... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at The Digital Scoop
Jeanna- I would love to hear/see your ideas! Let me know if you want to do the shared Pinterest board! :) Susan
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend an FETC Featured Speaker session on Augmented Reality lead by Drew Minock and Brad Waid. They are also know as Two Guys and Some iPads. I had seen and dabbled in a few Augmented Reality apps, but was blown away by their... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Digital Scoop
Thank you so much! Words of encouragement like yours always make my day!!! Please contact me when you get them!!!
Turn the Bot Around Once my 1st graders were comfortable pairing Dash to the iPad, making Dash go to “sleep”, and adding move forward and backward blocks, I knew it was time for more. I decided to have the students focus on turning and not on having Dash move forward... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Digital Scoop
Hope you enjoyed our session, 50 Technology Treasures: 2015 Edition at FETC! We loved sharing with you! Here is the presentation with links to all the treasures. Enjoy! It was an honor to be presenting at FETC again this year! Thanks for having us! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Digital Scoop
My kindergarten students LOVE using the Path app with Dash! My room is full of squeals, giggles, and smiles when we are playing with Dash and the Path app! The app allows kids to draw a path and add code nodes for Dash to interact with. Students are creating and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
My Kindergarten students love making algorithms for Dash to follow in the Path app! I created an unplugged activity where they become Dash and actually follow an algorithm in the room. I plan to do a post with the materials for the activity very soon!
Last week, I shared a one iPad Classroom Symbaloo webmix. I thought it would be a good idea to write a few posts to share why I selected each app or site. Today, I'm focusing on the nine teacher productivity apps I included. If you want to find one of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
Recently, I was asked for app recommendations for a one iPad classroom. After compiling several recommendations, I decided this would be a perfect fit for a Symbaloo webmix! I'm sure there are other apps I might add, but these were some of the first that came to mind. One iPad... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
Many of my students are preparing for our school science fair right now. This got me thinking about using Dash to practice the scientific method. During the Hour of Code week, we noticed the speed seem to change how dash moved through our tape maze. Dash seemed to move different... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
Micah- Thank you!!! I'm glad you are enjoying the posts. I know you will love teaching and learning with Dash and Dot!!! :) Susan
Using the Dash and the Blockly App with 1st Graders I have enjoyed the using the Path app with my Kindergarteners, but feel like it would be limiting to my 1st graders. I decided to go ahead and try using the Blockly app with 1st grade-5th grade students. I knew... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
Today's science fair themed Webmix Wednesday provided me with the perfect opportunity to bring together some great resources! The webmix contains sites for finding project ideas, learning about the scientific method, and exploring virtual science experiments. Science Fair Fun by TheDigitalScoop (Webmix for regular Symbaloo users) Science Fair Fun by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
Thank you!!! I'm lucky to have such great students to learn with!
Today was my first full day of exploring Dash and Dot the Wonder Workshop robots with my students in grades K-5. It was a FABULOUS day full of ah ha moments, smiles, cooperative learning, and critical thinking. Getting ready for some cooperative learning! I started the morning by taping squares... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
If you read this blog, you know LOVE, LOVE, LOVE using Symbaloo! I love it so much, that my account contains large amounts of webmixes...and this little tip has helped me to quickly find my current webmix obsessions! Change a Symbaloo Webmix Icon: 1. Select the webmix you want to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
Wow! I can't believe another year has gone by! I have loved blogging and sharing my classroom ideas with you! Here is a look back at some of your favorite posts of 2014! Animal Webcams 1. Webmix Wednesday: Animal Webcams (Think Virtual Field Trip!) Food Around the World Project 2.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
Colin, I will write something up and send it to the email you used to submit your comments! Look for it in the next day or so. :) Susan
Hi, Colin, Your fifth graders will love Dash! My students had a good amount of previous coding knowledge before this lesson. I have used both the and Scratch curriculums with them. With that said, I think the Blockly programing for Dash is very user friendly and easy to pick up. We did rotate the iPad, but I didn't time it or have a schedule. I used the Reflector app (or you could use an Apple TV) to project the Blockly app so everyone in the room could follow along. This really helped everyone to collaborate even if they didn't have the iPad. We also took turns moving Dash to the start of the maze and pressing his button to start the code, which seemed to be two very important jobs to the kids. I would love to hear more about your experience! Susan
I just discovered the Wild Safari Live streaming web cam! LIVE DAILY 9AM–NOON ET AND 11PM–2AM ET you can join an African safari!!! This morning, our guide helped us find a monitor lizard. I was able to watch the lizard hunt for and find a nest of eggs to eat.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
I can't believe the holidays and winter break are right around the corner! If you are looking for some fun, holiday themed activities, these webmixes will help! Holiday Webmix by Kate (Link for regular Symbaloo users) Holiay Webmix by Kate (Link for SymblaooEDU users) Chrismas Around the World by Cindy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
Thanks to Wonder Workshop, the we had an amazing Computer Science week that included robots!!! The kids were so excited to meet and interact with Dash and Dot! "We get to use a robot? Awesome!" With some classes, I just introduced Dash and ran a code where Dash turns, drives... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
Activity 3: Learning About Algorithms with Al! One of the hardest coding vocabulary words for my Kindergarten students to grasp and retain has been Algorithm. I started thinking about ways to make the word more approachable and fun to remember and understand. Algorithm sounds an awful lot like Alligator...and so... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
I have spent the last two days helping my students learn, create, and explore computer coding. I love the excitement in the room! Here are some fabulous webmixes full of coding experiences! 2014 Hour of Code! by Team Symbaloo (Link for regular Symbaloo users) 2014 Hour of Code! by Team... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at The Digital Scoop