Thursday, December 22, 2016
Monday, December 19, 2016
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Friday, November 25, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
|This is an interesting animal!|
|Old man or grumpy baby? Depends on how you hold the clipboard! :)|
|Mr. D made a surprise appearance with the 5th graders.|
|Mr. Burns stopped by and the 3rd graders LOVED it! Many of them chose to draw along.|
|Mr. Burns was a good sport! :)|
|A great caricature of Mr. D!|
|The kids were excited for the opportunity to talk with Mr. Gurney and get tips on how to improve their illustrations.|
|Adding color to the disco ball.|
|A monster of some sort, running a race.|
Monday, November 21, 2016
|Mr. Gurney had a series of drawings showing his progress as an illustrator. This is him in college, as a machine! Metal face and wires for hair. Very cool!|
|With each class he asked for five animals and then drew a compilation "animal" on the spot. The older grades had pencil and paper and were encouraged to draw along.|
|Second grade enjoying the presentation.|
|Some classes got an extra bonus and Mr. Gurney drew a caricature of a student (whoever had the next birthday coming up!) Everyone enjoyed that and some kids even drew along on their papers!|
|An impromptu owl.|
|A 4th grade caricature.|
|Hmm... what should we call this crazy character?!|
|I love how excited the younger kids got about the mixed up animals! :)|
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Then I headed back to the Innovation Lab to get my hands on some eTextiles! I quickly learned that conductive thread is hard to work with, but there are some really simple projects involving fabrics and electronics. I made a very easy flashlight and saw some examples of other eTextile projects. The woman I was working with kept stressing that when doing eTextiles with kids you spend most of your time teaching kids how to sew, which isn't always what tech people expect to be doing. It's certainly not what I had in mind, but as soon as she mentioned it I saw her point.
|The battery and LED inside my flashlight.|
|Press-button activated. I showed my daughter this evening in her dark bedroom and we were both amazed at how bright that tiny LED light shines! It lit up her whole room!|
They had a pretty comprehensive 3D printing project going on throughout the conference. I believe they started by printing the components to make a 3D printer. There was a kick-off on the first morning and a wrap-up at the end of the second day, but I didn't make it to either. I'm not quite ready to teach 3D printing yet!
|I'm not sure what this is exactly, but I do know it's a functioning machine made entirely of 3D printed pieces.|
I didn't mention in yesterday's post that I had to leave the conference right at the end of the sessions and couldn't stick around for the doorprize drawings. I was really bummed because they had some cool products, like robots!, to give away.
Well, this afternoon I was able to stick around for the drawings and a woman ran in to there told me that they had called my name yesterday! Grrr... She didn't remember what the prize was, so I'm going to pretend it was a really boring thing and not the super cool bb8 that I really wanted!
Things turned around today though and right at the end they called my name and gave me a free Chromebook!! Not the robot I was hoping for, but you can't complain about a free computer! :) I'm really happy I got to go this conference, meet with so many cool people, and get my hands on neat new-to-me technologies! I can't wait to bring the knowledge and ideas back to the library and my kiddos at school.
|So proud of my first paper circuit project!|
|Inside the card you can see the copper tape and LED lights.|
|Ooohhh.... fireflies! :)|
|These Ozobots look very engaging. I'm sure the kids would love them! I saw some cool Cubelets as well that I would love to have at our Makerspace table.|
I attended workshops about digital citizenship, technology integration, coding. We talked about how to introduce Scratch to students, how to "push" Hour of Code into all areas of school, includingn "unplugged" activities in the specials classes. I learned about a few grant sources from other participants, and got to try a few new apps. On deck for tomorrow is more coding, another paper circuit cards, building community through social media, and the "digital backpack," Stay tuned!
|Using the "Design Thinking" process and a handful of random items, my team created an "usie" stand to take a group photo. I also learned that "usie" is the word to use when you're taking a "selfie" of a whole group of people. Learn something new every day!|
Friday, October 28, 2016
|T for Turtle|
|T for Turtle, S for Squirrel, and W for Woodpecker.|
|They were excited to see the Keva planks out again.|
Thursday, October 27, 2016
The older kids ended up with some extra sessions and were thrilled to continue with their Scratch programming. After several kids showed their programs at the Unity Day assembly, everyone was eager to try their hand at making a game for their classmates to play. You know the kids are engaged in their learning when they ask to come in at recess or after school to finish "just one more thing."
Next up, digital book reviews!
Monday, October 24, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
|A person, a Christmas tree, "HOME" with a heart on top, Quack!, "LIVE", and "EMMA"|
All week the students have been making signs and banners, pencil toppers, wrist bands, and more to prepare for the big day. The students and staff have bright orange “Otters Don’t Bully” t-shirts and everything is decked in orange, the official color of bullying prevention.
On Thursday we held a Unity Day celebration, starting with a very orange group walk to school (see the DBS Facebook page for some great photos!). At the end of the day there was school-wide assembly where they showed projects students had made, built a chain of bullying prevention messages, heard the story One be read by two 5th graders, and had a performance by the Select Chorus. The energy was was high and the students were excited.
|The Unity Day chain, with a link from each student, stretches across the length of the gym.|
|Enrichment group students showing their anti-bullying projects.|
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
We are also fortunate to have Dartmouth students participating in the America Reads program. They stop by once a week to read with the students during library time. Everyone loves it.
I will be taking these origami instructions and hanging them in the library for other students, not in the Think3d! program, to follow. I have a table set up with lots of origami paper, instructions, and books for the kids to read and check out if they'd like.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Friday, October 7, 2016
I'm so excited about the enrichment blocks we've started. Twice a week I'll get a small group of kids, selected by their teachers as kids who could use a little academic enrichment, and we will do fun things. The program will vary as the year goes on. Right now my 4th/5th group is working on Scratch programs and my 2nd/3rd group is learning the fundamentals of programming. On day one we started with a series of "unplugged" activities that demonstrate programming without a computer. The kids loved it! At the end I have them a challenge to write a dance "program" on paper that we can all do at the next class. I can't wait to see if any of them do it!
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Participating students will be bringing home "Think Beyond" activities that can be completed at home or during free time in school. These are completely optional, but many students find them enjoyable.