Hour of Code

Coding is a popular activity and skill. The “Hour of Code” is an international program aimed at sparking interest in computer science and the concept of coding. The “Hour of Code” week is December 7-13 and encourages teachers and students to try coding, with the tagline “an hour of code for every student.” Here at…

Addressing Twitter concerns…

I am often asked about social media’s role in education, Twitter in particular. These questions are often brought about by parent concerns, which often mirror the initial concerns of teachers. When addressing parent concerns I approach it just as I do with teachers:   concerns are normal I’m happy we are discussing concerns as opposed…

iMovies on paper with Aurasma

One of my pet peeves is the traditional bulletin board. As a technology teacher I feel the traditional paper stapled to cork board is counter intuitive to what students do in the lab. Paper bulletin board are fine for certain things, but if students are creating animations or layered presentations or movies how do you…

5th grade Rocketry Books

This post is a work in progress as students finish & tweak their animated books The following items are animated books created using Google Slides with Ms. Boyer’s class.From start to finish our Rocketry unit spanned eight weeks.  The children read, researched, watched, learned, documented, designed, created, evaluated and analyzed throughout the entire project.  These…

Twitter @Heathcote – Embracing social media & addressing concerns

I’ve written a few posts over the last week about how we will be using Twitter here at Heathcote. A primer Our hashtag I also wanted to put up a post addressing the two most obvious sides of the same coin, the benefits and concerns. I recently co-authored an article with Lisa Nielsen, the Director…

The only 2 things on the internet

I have long told my students “there are only 2 things on the internet.” Two. Nothing more, nothing less. I use this, especially with elementary school students, as a way to explain, simply, the tenets of safe web use. The only two things on the internet are Good Garbage That’s it. Good and Garbage. Everything…