Last Thursday and Friday I had the incredible opportunity to participate in a training session called Picademy. For those who have not heard of Picademy, it is the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s free face-to-face training program that aims to support educators throughout their digital making and computing journey. If you have not heard of a Raspberry Pi… Continue reading #Picademy

Scratch and Makey Makey

I recently got the Makey Makey out of the drawer to teach my 8 year old how to program using Scratch. She has had some experience using Blockly with her Dash robot by Wonder Workshop. She has also used Scratch Jr. for the iPad, but this is the first time programming for herself. The program… Continue reading Scratch and Makey Makey

Scratch Creative Computing

Here is a video I created and posted for my students on how to make a flappy bird type game. The ideas came from the Scratch Creative Computing workbook. This is the best curriculum for teaching Scratch that I have found. Although I don’t use the workbook from cover to cover, I do use many… Continue reading Scratch Creative Computing

Yes you can… Robotics

This week’s post comes from a first grade teacher in my district. Mrs. Murphy gives an honest and real look at how a little courage can go a long way to integrating some really cool technology into any classroom. I’ll let Mrs. Murphy explain.   I  had never even heard of robotics for elementary school… Continue reading Yes you can… Robotics

Yes you can… Scratch

As it is written on the Scratch website, Scratch programming is… With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st… Continue reading Yes you can… Scratch

Yes you can…

When it comes to integrating technology, one thing I hear from teachers on a regular basis is “I could never _________ ” (fill in the blank). They could never have students create a multimedia presentation. They could never have students program animations. They could never make an instructional video. They could never utilize Google applications. Never,… Continue reading Yes you can…