Our latest foray into WMS’s MakerSpace was not only festive fun for the upcoming Halloween holiday but also in support of next week’s school-wide celebration of Red Ribbon Week. The theme of the week is “Say Boo to Drugs”, so we took that theme to the MakerSpace with a frightful challenge for our 6th grade innovators.
- Create a free-standing monster
- Must use at least 3 different elements from the MakerSpace
- Challenge: some part of it must move!
Wow, what an awesome day yesterday! In addition to all the great 21st century teaching and learning that happens on a daily basis at Wissahickon Middle School, yesterday was a day for global connections, innovation, creativity and making.
The day started with a 6th grade teacher conducting her first every Mystery Skype with another class from Georgia who also experienced their first Mystery Skype. Mystery Skype is a 20-questions type guessing game played by both classes to figure out where the other class is geographically. … Visit the author's original post
As each WMS student and teacher now has a district-issued laptop, the former computer lab at the back of the library sat empty last school year. It was used here and there by different classes, clubs and trainings, but this year the space has a new purpose – a MakerSpace! Last year, along with school budget and grant funds, we acquired several items that were MakerSpace worthy, but we did not yet have a truly dedicated space for our Romo and Sphero Robots, our Little Bits electronic sets, Hot Wheels Speedometry Kits and our MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation 3D Printer. … Visit the author's original post
Along with the preparation of bulletin boards, seating charts, classroom procedures and syllabi, it is also important for teachers to consider the go-to digital tools and resources they will rely upon as they head into the school year. The five tools and resources outlined below can be utilized by teachers and students in many different classroom settings, grade levels and subject areas for creation, communication, collaboration, and so much more.
Tool #1 – OneNote & OneNote Class Notebook
To maximize efficiency and rise to the top of the class in organization, consider using OneNote (free to download for any devices) and the OneNote Class Notebook as the backbone of your digital life.… Visit the author's original post
I had the most life-altering experience of my life a few weeks ago as one of 20 educators from the United States chosen to join about 250 other like-minded educators from around the globe at the Microsoft Global Educator Exchange, E2.
Check out the Sway that I created below as a recap, photo album and reflective blog post all wrapped into one! You can view it as embedded below, or click HERE to open it up in its own tab to see it fully. … Visit the author's original post
Sway is a new online creation program by Microsoft that allows you to create on a canvas adding text, images, pictures, twitter feeds, videos, etc. I think of it as a combination of Prezi, Glogster and OneNote (kinda) but it is a COOL new way for you and your students to present information. Although the students (and teachers) need accounts, the accounts are free. Sharing is very easy via link, so it is a stand-alone website page (also very cool to broaden the audience, etc.) Sways can also be embedded into websites, blogs, wikis, etc. … Visit the author's original post