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Susan
I’m PASSIONATE about students and teachers using TECHNOLOGY to enhance LEARNING and CREATIVITY.
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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 28 minutes ago 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 yesterday 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago at The Digital Scoop
Thank you! 😊 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 7 days ago 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! 😀 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
Hi Annie! You are welcome to share my resources with your class. Look for an email from me with the images attached! I'm so glad you found my ideas useful! :) Susan
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I am a huge fan of word games, so I was super excited when I found this example of a Thanksgiving Boggle Game for Google Drive. They used a Presentation. I thought it would work just as well using a Google Drawing. The result is a fun activity that early... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
The pink and blue blocks are a screenshot from Code.org. The yellow block is from a set of free Scratch blocks that you can download here. http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/scratch_blocks_package_0_9.zip I am also planning to do a post with some printable coding manipulatives soon! Hope this helps! Susan
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If you love the Write About This app or you are just looking for some fun writing prompts, you need to check out the Write About This Pinterest boards! Each writing idea contains a picture and corresponding writing prompt. The ideas encourage both fiction and nonfiction writing. Teachers could display... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
Hi Jennifer! I only put the robots in their original boxes if we need to move them to another room or building. I have a countertop where we keep them. I have a couple of USB 7 port hubs we use to charge them. Currently, I have the first users of the Blockly app go through the "driving school" puzzles. You are then put into a free play mode. We leave the app in that mode and don't do more puzzles. I can then give the kids challenges or lessons of my own, which they can complete within the app. At some point, we will try the puzzles, but it's hard with multiple classes and kids using the app. Hope this helps! Susan
This is a Kidspiration file and needs to be opened with that software. Sorry, I don't have a pdf copy to offer you! Thanks for reading by blog! Susan
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2016 on Kidspiration Money Template at The Digital Scoop
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Recently, I shared a post on using Google Presentations to create learning notebooks for coding and other curriculum topics. Today's post is a follow up on using images in digital learning notebooks. I had my second graders focus on coding Loop blocks for their second notebook lesson. They brainstormed ideas... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
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"Wow! I did that much?" ~1st grader The other day as I was watching my 1st graders work on Code.org, I started wondering if they were grasping the magnitude of what they were accomplishing. I always print the certificate at the end of the course when a student completes it.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
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© 2016 American Eagle Foundation, EAGLES.ORG. I love it when technology can open up worlds that normally can only be seen on TV or by traveling somewhere far away! The DC Eagle Cam will transport you and your students to a live eagle nest complete with baby eaglets! The parents... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
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Creating, giving, receiving, and following algorithms (or directions) can be challenging when you are helping someone with coding and especially if you are 5 and 6 years old! This activity is a fun and easy way to help students practice giving and receiving directions. I have created a totally unplugged... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
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Today's post is combining a few of my favorite things- apps that encourage creativity and quotes from amazing minds! Word Swag ($3.99) is a great app that I learned about last year at the NETA conference. I enjoy using it to create posters to encourage myself and my students. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at The Digital Scoop
I love hearing this! Thanks for sharing! So glad you are having so much fun with Dash & Dot! :) Susan