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I’m PASSIONATE about students and teachers using TECHNOLOGY to enhance LEARNING and CREATIVITY.
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I had so much fun using an Angry Bird theme for my Red Ribbon Week door decor and student project! I decided to have the 1st graders draw Angry Birds in Kid Pix and add Red Ribbon Week messages about saying no to drugs and living a healthy life. I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
A few weeks ago, while searching Pinterest, I came across a great Sesame Street music video called The Power of Yet. I knew right away it would be perfect for teaching my Kindergarten and 1st grade students about perseverance in problem solving. The kids loved it! I had them share... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
The teachers in my building each received an iPad and an Apple TV this year. I am excited to see the creative ways they are going to use them! Here are a few places I go to for great iPad and technology related learning ideas! Class Tech Tips- Monica Burns... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
I have been a long time fan of whiteboard annotation apps for the iPad. I personally have used and loved Notability ($5.99), Show Me (Free), and Educreations (Free) In Notability you are creating "notes" and can add text, drawings, and voices. In the other 2 apps, you can record what... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
Hi! I have been in a blogging slump, but hope that I am starting to come out of it! Look for more posts in the days to come! I love when a great idea arises from a frustrating teaching moment. A few weeks ago, my 2nd graders were working in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
Thank you, Lauren!!!
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2015 on Robot Drawings in 1st Grade at The Digital Scoop
Thank you, Andrea!!!!
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2015 on Robot Drawings in 1st Grade at The Digital Scoop
For the past several years, I have done a shape drawing lesson with my first graders. We have drawn house, cars, castles, and rocket ships to name a few. This year I decided to add a Computer Science spin and ask the students to draw robots. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
Thank you, Lori! I also usually had 4 students to 1 robot. I usually had a programer holding the ipad, a robot manager who would press the top button and move Dash when necessary, a writer holding the worksheet, and Thinker/Encourager who was thinking about the next steps they need and encouraging the group. We would trade roles often, so all got a turn with the ipad and the robot. I hope this helps! Susan
Last week, I found The Everything Machine App from TinyBop ($2.99). It comes from the makers of one of my other favorite apps, The Human Body. If you have a maker space or just love creating you and your students will love The Everything Machine. From the TinyBop site: "The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
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