This Halloween's design challenge was spookier than ever in Ms. Byrd's, Ms. Ballard's and Ms. Vincent's third grade classes. The Build a Bone Bridge STEM challenge from the awesome Feel-Good Teaching site, had our third graders collaborating, designing and building spooky bridges made of "bones". Way to go 3rd graders!
Students in Ms. Krieger's class are experimenting with 3D printing using the Makers Empire app. This design and creation tool challenges students to solve problems and come up with designs that match certain parameters. Hours and hours later, the printer takes the design and prints it with 3D filament. Designing with 3D in mind is an amazing step into the realm of possibilities of the 3D printing world. Check out the Maker Empire's program for schools:
Ozobots are a simple way of coding with or without a screen. These tiny bots have little cameras on the bottom of them that detect color. They move in tiny sweeps over drawings done with specialized markers or color-coded stickers. Students in Ms. Wright's art classes used these bots to interact with their very own artwork. Super cool art lesson, thanks Ms. Wright! For more informations and awesome lesson plans take a look at their website:
Geoboard is a wonderful tool that simulates the old school version of pegboards. Students can use this virtual manipulative in preK-5 to explore shapes, colors, perimeter, area, congruence and so much more without shooting rubber bands all over the room! In Ms. Holstien's Spanish Immersion kindergarten class, a student took the lead and in Spanish, lead his kindermates to learn more about this fabulous tool for learning! ¡Qué bueno!
After personally setting up 120+ iPads for our littlest iPadders, I visited our five kindergarten classrooms to introduce them to how we use iPads at school. We learned the parts of the iPad, how to wake it up by tapping the "belly button", using an iHug to carefully transport our iPads, raising a hand when an "uh oh" box appears and using the "claw" or 5-finger grab to close apps. We also went over our iPad contract. Our five year old experts ended the lesson by working with the apps Word Wizard, Word Wizard in Spanish and Geoboard.
Welcome to Mrs. Hudgins amazing advanced math class! Check out some of the math activities and games that Mrs. Hudgins incorporates into her 5/6 math stations on Mr. Nussbaum's website!
The first students to dust off the iPads from summer storage were our 5th graders. With a new start to the year, the 5th grade teachers invited me into each 5th grade classroom to set expectations, sign contracts and build our iCommunity. Using an interactive Nearpod lesson, I worked with students to share tips, tricks and expectations for using technology at Eanes. I'm looking forward to our iPad adventures this year!
This year's iPads are literally rolling out! Eanes Elementary is the oldest and most unique campus in the Eanes Independent School District and I am so thrilled to be the Ed Tech this year. I joined the EE team after Debbie Smith, Ed Tech extraordinaire, retired to take on the most important role ever, a devoted grandmother. I hope to continue her legacy of teaching with compassion, kindness and patience. Take a look at all her amazing work at EE on her blog: The Mustang Blog. To learn more about projects and tech happenings at my previous school, Bridge Point Elementary, check out The Bobcat Blog.
Eanes Elementary is spread out over a beautiful multi tiered hillside consisting of more than 16 separate buildings, quite a challenge for an iPad rollout! Luckily, with the help of a little red wagon and lots of determined and dedicated teachers, we were able to roll out over 700 iPads to our Pre-K to 5th graders! Let the learning begin!