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Susan
Iโ€™m PASSIONATE about students and teachers using TECHNOLOGY to enhance LEARNING and CREATIVITY.
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Welcome to summer blogging! I have now been out of school for a couple of days and have eagerly jumped into my summer reading routine. I have always loved reading and the summer provides a great time to focus a bit more on it. I just finished reading Crash Course:... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Digital Scoop
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The final weeks of school are always busy, fun, hectic, and a little bittersweet. With all that is going on, I thought it would be the perfect time to throwback to some previous ideas I have shared over the years for end of the year projects! Fourth Grade Word Clouds-... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
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I love all having students write all types of poetry. I also love creative coding and this project brings the two together! Students start by creating a new Scratch project and creating their own sprites using the text tool. I prefer to work in the Vector Mode when using text.... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
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The Poetry Machine offers 48 templates for creating poems. Your students are sure to be writing in no time! Each form of poetry comes with directions, an example, and a form to fill in. Once the form has been filled in, the poem can be shared in a variety of... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
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Today, I thought I would share several of my favorite Scratch project and inspiration books! Coding Games in Scratch- This is my current favorite! All of the projects are fun and engaging. I devoured the book and learned so much from the projects. I was then able to utilize the... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
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Can you create a code for every letter on your keyboard? Then, the ABC challenge is just the project for you and your students! Starting with the when space key pressed event and changing it to a letter, students need to create a code. The challenge is to create a... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
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Pop the Bubbles is one of the sample activities listed on the Scratch Day website. My students love playing around with this project and trying to remix it! Students will need to allow access to the computer's camera in order for the project to work. Then, they can literally swipe... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
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Have I got a great Scratch activity for you today! It all started when a student added an image to a Google presentation and it started moving! They were shocked and delighted. We began talking about animated gifs and just animations in general. This got me thinking that Scratch would... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
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Scratch Day is coming up Saturday, May 14, 2016! This is a day for kids and adults all around the world to celebrate all things Scratch coding related! I decided my classes will be celebrating all week long! Today, I am sharing a Scratch project starter. You could also have... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
Thank you! It is always so nice to hear from readers! ๐Ÿ˜€ Susan
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These code block cards are a great way for students to practice building patterns. Students can then use a "loop" to make their patterns shorter. I decided to use business cards for easy separation after printing. I was able to print the same file on different brands of business cards... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
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Feel free to download and use these two growth mindset posters with a coding theme! I hope they encourage and inspire your students! Repeat until Proud Repeat until Success If you have ideas for other posters let me know! Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
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The Hemingway app has given me a new way to think about my own writing. I will admit that I am not the greatest writer and I often struggle when writing blog posts. This website has been a great way to aid my revision process. The app will make suggestions... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
Hi Lynette! You are more than welcome to see the code I used. If you go to either of the Scratch projects I reference, like this one: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/98687558/ You will see a blue button that says See Inside. You can then view the code I used. Hope this helps! Susan
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Over the last couple of weeks, my 3rd graders have been exploring the Pen Blocks in Scratch. I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to encourage some creative coding! Once the students were familiar with the tools, I introduced them to the "AWESOME SAUCE" challenge! Starting with some basic... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
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Photos for Class provides a nice place for students and teachers to find images licensed under Creative Commons. The site even attaches citation to the images! From the site: "Teachers have told us they need a place to access safe images that are available to be used in the classroom... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
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This idea is perfect if you need a quick graph of classroom data from a question you ask your students. You will not actually be creating a formal graph...your spreadsheet will just look like one! Start with a Google spreadsheet like this one: I've added five columns for categories and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Š Susan
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Last summer, I had the idea to create some visuals for my students about different coding languages.am just now getting around to that and thought I would share what I came up with! My goal was to show what the same outcome would look like coded in each language. I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
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This is for all of my readers who couldn't attend my NETA 2016 presentation on Technology Treasures. Over the next couple of weeks, I'm going to "unearth" some of the treasures shared. Today is all about Google Template resources. Slides Carnival provides wonderful free Google Presentation templates. I'm like a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
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Here is another NETA 2016 presentation titled Code Like A Boss. This was another collaboration with my good friend Jason Rushing. We shared ideas to use beyond the Hour of Code involving unplugged learning lessons, Scratch coding, websites, iPad apps, and robots. Please feel free to leave a comment if... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
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Here are all the technology treasures that Jason Rushing and I shared this year at NETA! Have fun exploring! Presentation on Slideshare: Neta Technology Treasures 2016 Presenation from sprabul Symbaloo Webmix of Treasures: :) Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
Glad to hear the ideas are helping you! ๐Ÿ˜€ Susan
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This weekend, I sat down with the goal of creating something to hand out to my students to highlight their Growth Mindset moments. The Word Swag app and Avery Create and Design Online were the perfect combination to create some "stickers" to give out. I started with the Word Swag... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
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Last year, I had been hearing about the concept of Growth Mindset and I became very curious as to what it was all about. I found and began reading the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck. I loved the ideas in the book and couldn't wait... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at The Digital Scoop