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I’m PASSIONATE about students and teachers using TECHNOLOGY to enhance LEARNING and CREATIVITY.
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Thank you, Marta! We did try the activity both on carpet and on linoleum. We noticed a slight change, but it wasn't significant for us. We will have to try the expo marker trick! Thanks for sharing that. I just did the bowling activity with my summer class and it was a bit hit! :) Susan
I can hardly believe the school year is coming to a close in about a week! It has been a great year full of new learning for me and my students. I love to do end of the year projects where the kids can reflect on what they have done... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
Thank you!
Here is my NETA 2015 presentation about using the Dash and Dot robots with my students: Dash and Dot lessons: Seeing Coding Come to Life with Robots Rolling for Code Blockly with 1st Graders Distance and Speed Experiment Path App with Kindergarten Turn the Bot Around The Main Event Build... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
Thanks for attending our NETA session, Technology Treasures: 2015 Edition! Here are the slides and links to sites. Symbaloo with all of the links: Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
Thanks! This was 5th grade, but I think it could easily translate to as lower grade.
You read that post title correctly...I used a donuts example to teach conditionals! Read on to find out more... vocabulary word My students have been working hard at learning the various code blocks in Scratch. We have been creating games and often problem solve together. I decided this would... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
To begin the lesson, you can show this great Flocabulary video on Point of View! Next, you will need an image. I love using funny animal pics, so I started with this dog image: I came up with a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person point of view for the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
Screenshot from Flocabulary Video. This lesson was prompted because I wanted to help my students make connections about coordinate planes and moving sprites in Scratch. I have to say, this turned out to be a super fun and engaging lesson! I searched Pinterest for ideas and came across a free... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
I love when I find something great while randomly visiting links from Pinterest. I wasn't looking for science resources, but I love what I found in Spongelab! Teachers will need to create a username and password to login to the site. You will then have access to interactive science activities,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
Michelle, I'm so glad to hear your students enjoyed this lesson! I love how you were able to make it work in bigger groups! Thanks for sharing! Susan
Around and Around We Go! I love a good challenge and this week I gave my 2nd graders a new Dash challenge called Around and Around We Go! I placed an x inside our tape squares and a rectangle in the middle. Their first task was to code Dash around... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
Several years ago, I started collecting engaging, online language arts, math, and science activities for my 3rd-5th grade students to use in practicing and applying skills on our state assessment. The kids love many of these games and will play them often. Today, I am sharing the language arts collection.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.” ― Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat This week has been full of Seuss style fun! Check out the fun drawings my 1st graders made of Cat... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
When I make posters, handouts, and other classroom print materials, I love to find clipart or icons that look like they go together. It can be hard to find great, free clipart or icons that are consistent in look. I recently discovered flaticon and am in love with the quality... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
Thank you! I have not used them in a science fair. I did have my students do an experiment on how far dash moves at different speeds. You can find it here: :) Susan
Hi, Christine, You do unlock nodes as you go. Once the nodes are unlocked, you have free play options. On the first level, once you draw a path, you will see 3 color nodes and a box. If you tap the box you have access to all of the nodes you have unlocked. Hope this helps! Susan
I took screenshots on the iPad and cut them out using Pixlr. I would be happy to share. I will email you. :) Susan
Books, books, books! My love for reading books was created at a very early age. My parents and teachers all encouraged me to read and read often. With Read Across America day coming up, I thought book/reading themed webmixes were just what was needed! Online Children's Books by Kimmie C... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
Bowling with Dash! Have you ever seen a robot bowl? Well I have and here's how it all started! Right after Christmas, I was strolling through Target, and stumbled upon a child's plastic bowling set on clearance. Thoughts of using Dash to hit the bowling ball popped into my head... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
Changing Dash Challenges My students have really enjoyed using the brick connectors and LEGOs to create with Dash. The older students have built bulldozer attachments, and my younger students have built "hats" for Dash. A Dash "hat"! I decided it would be fun to see what they would do with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
I LOVE the app Skitch (free for Mac, iPhone, and iPad) for many reasons! I can easily use it to annotate any picture or screenshot. I often use it when creating handouts for teacher training sessions. Knowing how simple the app is to use, I got to thinking it would... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
Making Music with Dash One of the optional attachments you can purchase for a Dash robot is a xylophone. It's super cute and fun to create with! Once you have the xylophone and mallet attached to Dash, the Xylo app takes you through a quick set up process. I used... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
Thanks, Kevin! Love the sites you shared! Going to see if Super Spider Typer will work in my lab. :) Susan
I am a huge fan of the ZooBorns website! I love the cute pictures and interesting stories about animals at zoos around the world. When I found out that my Kindergarten students read the Zooborns book in class, I knew we had to visit the site! Sample animal card. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at The Digital Scoop