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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Elementary School in Collaboration with ISTE

A topic that I am incredibly intersted in learning more about and the impact it has on education is Artificial Intelligence (AI). You can find some of my work regarding AI at the following places:

ISTE's AI Explorations Capstone Project

I created a unit on chatbots. Chatbots and ELA: 5th grade students create a chatbot that will chat from the mindset of a character in the book, The Vanishing Coin, after understanding how chatbots are created and what purpose they serve. They will also learn about a lead developer who works on chatbots.

"The Hands-On AI Projects for the Classroom guides from ISTE and GM provide elementary, secondary, elective and computer science teachers with innovative curricular resources about AI across various grade levels and subject areas. Each guide includes background information and four student-driven projects that directly relate to subject area standards, while providing foundational learning on what AI is, how it works and how it impacts society."

Friday, November 27, 2020

CSTA Blog Post - Hybrid Learning to Support Children’s Positive Technological Development: Communication

Head over to the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Blog to our latest post and read more about:

Hybrid Learning to Support Children’s Positive Technological Development: Communication 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Inquiry Based Research - A project in a 6th grade computer science classroom

Over the past few months I have been working with my friend Becky and her 6th grade Computer Science (CS) class. Her current learning situation is set at hybrid. Half of her class is in person with her in her classroom and the other half joins via Google Meet from their homes. We decided to see how we could support students in learning more about a CS topic of their choice through inquiry based research. 

You can learn more about our project at . We share resources for each step in the process as well as presentations we have created for online conferences. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Early Childhood Technology - Webinar Series (Spring 2020)

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In response to distance learning due to COVID-19, we wanted to create a series of webinars to support educators and caregivers around the topic of Early Childhood Technology. I hosted the following webinars:

  • ScratchJR at Home
  • ABC's of STEAM
  • KIBO at HOme
  • How to Talk to Your Kids Without Giving Them the Answer
  • Unplugged Activities
  • Makerspaces
  • A Round Table Discussion

You can learn more about these webinars and access the recordings and materials on . 

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Picture Books for the Hour of Code (or anytime you want to teach computer science topics)

 Connecting Computer Science (CS) topics to picture books has been a favorite way for me to bring CS into elementary classrooms!!

Here are a few places you can go to find picture books that may help you too! 

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Common Phrases Adults Should Rethink

I've engaged in many conversations over the past few months with adults who are helping learners at home during distance learning due to COVID-19. A topic that often comes up is around the difficulty of the work and not knowing the answer or how to support their learner. 

I reached out to my friend Amanda Sullivan to get her permission to share information from her book Breaking the STEM Stereotype Reaching Girls in Early Childhood and we hope you find it helpful.

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First Product Launch as a Product Manager Picture

My first year not taking a "first day of school" picture for as long as I can remember so instead I took a "first product launch as a product manager" picture!

As a teacher, I would research and implement ways to use technology to help my students. This led me to my next position as a Technology Integrationist where I would often reach out to EdTech companies and researchers to share my thoughts and provide feedback for the tools I was using in hopes to make them better. Which led me to my next position as a Program Manager at a University where I was able to teach educators about early childhood technology and work with a research group focused in this area. This led me to my current position where I get to create the EdTech tools that are used in classrooms by students and teachers.

It has been an amazing adventure and I look forward to continuing to learn, share, and create!