Merry Christmas! Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year! Check out my latest idea for using Google Sheets (or Microsoft Excel)! Either will work.
I just found out today that I will be presenting at ISTE! I can't believe I actually got accepted to speak, I still feel like I am making this all up but no matter how many times I go back to the website it says I'm presenting. FETC was exciting enough and I never thought I'd get accepted to present at that conference but ISTE is more than I ever thought would happen....WOW Denver here I come!
I'm back! The wedding was amazing and absolutely beautiful congrats to my brother and his new wife!
I recently taught a Sphero and Makerspace class and as I have said before if you haven't checked out the maker movement do so! NOW! I want someone I know to start a makerspace area so I can help design the area as well as pick out the items that will go into that space. All my teacher friends out there if you're reading this please please please think about at least looking into starting one. The easiest and cheapest way to start a makerspace is to start with things like Legos, old containers, tooth pics, popsicle sticks - all that junk you have in your house or classroom you want to get rid of - put it in your makerspace area.
If you have a fund and can spend some money on items for your makerspace area I definitely recommend a couple of must have items:
I taught the participants in my class how to use the Makey Makey for intro to circuitry, the Kano for building a computer and then learning to code, Hummingbird for programming, Minecraft (because who doesn't love Minecraft and there is a huge amount educational value in Minecraft if used correctly), Sphero for coding and be sure to check out all the educational lessons for Sphero on the website I listed below. Lego Movie maker is another last one I like to throw in because students learn stop animation film and when tied in with digital storytelling it's a great lesson!
Check out some of the videos and links for these wonderful products.
Jennifer L. Furey
My name is Jennifer and I work for one of Ohio's Ed Tech Organizations. We are a non-profit organization that services mostly Central Ohio however we do tend to travel around Ohio for our PD and conferences. Prior to this position I taught second and third grade reading for six years and then became a technology integration specialist for a little over a year.