Elementary Tech Tool Update

5.8.2018

  1. FYI — The coding section of Khan Academy allows students to create their own games and share with others within Khan Academy. Some students may have figured out this is a way to play games like Five Nights at Freddy’s. :) This was a good reminder to me about the importance of monitoring with technology. It’s always a good idea to have students seated where you can see their screens at all times. I love Khan Academy, and will still recommend it every time for learning and reviewing Math concepts, but I just wanted to share this reminder that even the best sites still need teacher monitoring. :)
  2. PD Opportunity! The 4T Virtual Con from the University of Michigan is happening May 19–21. This online conference is worth up to 19 SCECHs, depending on how many 1 hour sessions you attend. They just released the schedule and it looks awesome. I am definitely attending sessions on student centered technology, project based learning, K-2 developmentally appropriate tech, and more. -TCAPSLoop Weekly Episode 30
  3. The OkGO Sandbox is an amazing resource collaboration between the band OK Go (Interlochen alums BTW!) and the Playful Learning Lab at the University of St. Thomas. The site uses OK Go’s music videos as starting points for integrated guided inquiry challenges allowing students to explore various STEAM concepts. It’s absolutely fantastic. Kids (and adults) will love this site! -TCAPSLoop Weekly Episode 43
  4. Storytime from Space has astronauts read STEM books to kids from the International Space Station! The Rosie Revere, Engineer one read by astronaut Kate Rubins is pretty great. Here is an article about the process they use to choose books and get them into space in case you want some background knowledge on this project. -TCAPSLoop Weekly Episode 46
  5. I attended the TBAISD Makerspace PD last week and my favorite takeaway was the Keva Brain Builders Game. I love that this toy can train my brain to turn 2D diagrams into 3-dimensional reality. Super fun for all ages, and would be great for the classroom.

That’s all for now…Happy Tuesday!