"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
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
The last two months of the school year I had been experimenting with a new tool, Flipgrid. This post is about that tool, how to use it, and some great ways to leverage it. But first... a disclaimer: The developers were kind enough to offer me a free account so that I could test it … Continue reading FlipGrid is perfect for student & teacher reflection and so much more!
The best way to predict your future is to create it. -Abraham Lincoln. Now I know that Abraham Lincoln probably wasn't thinking about 3D printing when he said this, but I believe it still applies today. With 3D printing as accessible as it is right now, creating should be built into everything that we do, and into … Continue reading 4 Quick Math/Science Projects to Get You Started with 3D printing!
Collage apps are a great tool for student creation on iPad. They're quick, easy, and very intuitive because the features are usually fairly limited. I like to use collage apps for a variety of purposes with students and teachers. This post isn't in relation to a specific app, because there are MANY great collage apps, but instead how you can use with your students.
If you haven't seen this yet, take a moment right now and check this out. National Geographic has created a series of 360° videos and shared them on YouTube.
Its easy to admire the folks who are able to take what they are doing in the classroom and share it with others. Its not easy, and can be very frightening. But once you embrace the process, the mindset that it's all about growing as an educator and a person, and that sharing becomes very powerful. … Continue reading Sharing: An Educator’s Responsibility?