"Alexa, how do I make use of you in the classroom?" Many of my friends have jumped on the voice assistant bandwagon, and I don't think that we are alone. This is hardly surprising, as this last holiday season, you could purchase an Amazon Dot, or Google Home Mini for less than $20! We all have … Continue reading 5 Classroom Uses for Voice Assistants
If you've ever thought about getting started with 3D printing, but weren't sure how to get started, this iBook may be for you. It was a collaboration project with another teacher in my district. Getting Started with 3D Printing in the Classroom is a brief (26 pages) book that contains ten 3D printing projects that … Continue reading Getting Started with 3D Printing for the Classroom iBook!
Do any of your students struggle to understand maps? A lot of students struggle with this skill and learning to read a map is a basic literacy that students (and adults) need. Aside from the obvious skills needed to get from point A to point B, how often do we see maps on flyers, invitations, … Continue reading How to 3D Print a Map
Lots of us make New Year’s resolutions. Some of them are professional, some of them are personal, and some blur the lines between. Most people make one or two new resolutions and then most fail to stick with them after a few weeks or even days. What is it that you want to do differently … Continue reading 6 News Year’s Resolutions for Teachers
Everyone has a teacher in their lives. Maybe it's your spouse, fiancé, cousin, friend, uncle, father, or your child's teacher. Make their holiday season a little brighter by getting them something that they can use in their classroom right away. Everyone is hurting for funds for their classrooms, so instead of another coffee mug or … Continue reading 5 Great Holiday Gifts for Teachers (Under $50)
This morning I just wanted to share a quick 3D printing idea. This is something can can be used without much prep and in a number of different variations. Here it is... Have students design and print a 3D nameplate. It's a quick activity to design and can be completed in 40 minutes using TinkerCad. … Continue reading 3D Print Project: Nameplate
It can seem intimidating. But how can a teacher easily get started teaching 3D design? There are many ways to begin, but I like to stick with something simple. Here's a brief first activity that I used with students in grades 3-7. Design a house using TinkerCad Show students how to log into TinkerCad and … Continue reading Get Started with an Easy 3D Printing/Design Activity
It's a common feature request: Dark Mode. Android has it, and now iOS has a dark mode. Well, kind of. There's always been an Invert Colors command in iOS. It inverts ALL colors and doesn't really capture the spirit of what dark mode is wanted for. Well now there's a new variation of Invert Colors … Continue reading How to turn on “Dark Mode” in iOS 11.
As an educator, what's your mission statement? Do you have one? This is mine. It's the result of a project with a few fantastic teachers at my school, who were willing to take a risk and try something new. Here's the project: Brainstorm what's important to you. What you value. What you like and dislike. People … Continue reading What’s Your Mission Statement?
Did you know that you can 3d print your own custom cookie cutter? It's outrageously easy, and a fun activity for students of all ages. Cookie Caster is a FREE website that allows anyone to design and download a file for 3d printing. You can choose to start with your own image and trace over … Continue reading 3D Print a Custom Cutter!