Tag archive for creation

Intro to Engineering at WCHS

Intro to Engineering at WCHS

Last week I stopped in to visit Ben Jass’s Intro to Engineering class at Webster City High School. If you’ve ever wondered what I want a model classroom to look like, this was it. His students were working independently (of each other and the teacher)…

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Working Together ~ Achieving Success

Working Together ~ Achieving Success

The Laurens-Marathon School District has always been proud of “Working Together to Achieve Success” and Friday’s first elementary MakerDay was a wonderful example of their building motto.  After months of planning, preparing, compiling community donations of supplies and organizing helpers & volunteers, the day went off…

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PLAEA’s Hour of Code

PLAEA’s Hour of Code

Last summer when I was trained as an affiliate for Code.org I made it my goal to get coding, in some capacity, into all of our Prairie Lakes districts within two years. We have some awesome educators who are leading the charge in their own…

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Double A (Not the Battery)

Double A (Not the Battery)

We know that Christmas is the battery season (late on Christmas Eve night: “Honey, I swear we had more AAs!”) but I’d like to share another AA Christmas adventure (non-battery related) – student Authenticity and Agency.  Here is a recent personal experience that has proved to…

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The Art of APEX

The Art of APEX

Earlier this week I had an opportunity to visit an extremely forward thinking school in the Des Moines area, Waukee APEX (Aspiring Professional Experience). After circling the downtown block with the correct address several times, I finally committed to parking… “Really? This is the school?” There was…

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A Square Peg in a Round Hole

A Square Peg in a Round Hole

Isn’t this the type of problem with which we should engage students?  YES!! I love this scene from Apollo 13 and not just because I’ve always had a thing for space exploration, whether human or Wookie.  However, when I view it now I recognize the richness…

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Economize This!

Economize This!

It’s time to prepare for students to return to the classroom while also thinking about which new ideas you learned over the summer, you’ll try to implement this year.  It’s overwhelming, but I’m not going to be very helpful because here’s another idea. One of my favorite things to do…

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EdTech Santa

EdTech Santa

Lately when I have entered schools it’s been edtech Christmas.  I bring robots, a 3D printer, or some new app or iPad accessory and everyone including teachers are engaged like children on Christmas morning, starring at the neatly wrapped gifts just waiting to tear into…

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Creation and Integration with Webster City Middle School

Creation and Integration with Webster City Middle School

Friday our team was invited to Webster City Middle School for a day of professional learning and fun (our agenda). Complete with a “playground” in the morning, focus on assistive technology, hands-on creation, and lots of STEM connections!  Left and below, teachers showcase work  Above,…

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Life Cycle in (stop) Motion

Life Cycle in (stop) Motion

Northeast Hamilton, like many Iowa schools, had several early outs due to heat early in the year. I had the opportunity to come in on one of those afternoons and do a stop motion “playground”. Using the iMotion app and tons of props from my…

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