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I’m PASSIONATE about students and teachers using TECHNOLOGY to enhance LEARNING and CREATIVITY.
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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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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
The month of February has several great holidays to celebrate! Check out these great webmixes with fun activities and ideas for some February fun! February Computer Lab by Bireland (webmix for regular Symbaloo users) February Computer Lab by Bireland (webmix for SymbalooEDU users) February Kindergarten by Bethany Arsenault (link for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
Build a Better Bulldozer Activity At the end of January, I did a post about using Dash and the Bulldozer attachment to collect snow. A friend mentioned they were getting a robot, but was sad they wouldn't have the bulldozer attachment to try the activity. This got me to thinking,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
I love a good math or word puzzle challenge! I also love having some great sites where students can tackle a challenge! Here are several webmixes full of sites to work on problem solving and thinking skills! I was even pleasantly surprised to find a webmix created by a colleague!... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
The Main Event One goal I've had over the last few weeks is to use Dash and Dot to teach and enhance the new computer science curriculum. I've loved how the robots take the lessons in new directions and really help the students see a 3d representation of what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
I was recently given a redemption code for the geometry math app Land of Venn ($2.99). I was excited to see what it was all about! Below you will find my honest review. This app is presented as a game with levels, stars, potions to buy, and bosses to defeat.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at The Digital Scoop
Borrow away, my friend!!! ;)
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 Jan 29, 2015 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 Jan 27, 2015 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 Jan 26, 2015 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 Jan 23, 2015 at The Digital Scoop