Monday, December 3, 2018

Mentor Hats

Have you ever used the Mentor Hats cards from Columbia College Chicago ?

They are described as:
The Mentor Hats are a playful way to think about how your facilitation, teaching, or mentoring style can impact learning. We all wear different hats. Which do you wear the best? Which would you like to try on? The cards can be used to play a more structured game, or they can simply be used as a discussion and reflection tool to shake up how you approach teaching.

I have seen this used in workshops I have attended and it came up again today in a presentation a friend of mine shared. I have not personally sued them and I am looking for feedback from friends!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Hour of Code 2018

The Hour of Code is coming!! 

I will be using some of these resources in schools from the website.

Check them out and feel free to use them too! 

Share your event(s) using #hoc #HourOfCode on Twitter!!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Book Study and Flipgrid - Planning Phase

I am working on putting together a book study with a favorite book of mine and one that I can't wait to get my hands on. What are some books that you would like to partipciate in a book?

Book I can't wait to get my hands on:

Book that I love because of the thoughtful research and practical examples:

Last year I participated in a book study on the book:

The book study was run via Flipgrid. All of the discussion posts were ready day one and you could post at your own pace. I loved this! It was also done in my school district, allowing me to connect with teachers I work with. I have seen other book studies done on this book where George interacted with the readers via Twitter.

If you have participated in a book study, what are somethings you loved? What are somethings you would have changed?

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

#TechnovationMN 2019

I just received an email from the TechnovationMN team! If you are intersted in learning, read on or contact me!

Whether last year or prior years were your first year or 4th year as a mentor, we are hoping you will join us for the 2019 season. Without you, there is no Technovation[MN] program. Included are all the important dates and info so you can be ready for the entire process.

2019 Season Timeline:
  • App Days in the Twin Cities:  December 8, 2018 & January 12, 2019 (Mentors attend one or both)
  • Official Season Launch: January 7, 2019
  • Southeast MN (Rochester) events: Coming in January!
  • Team Registration Deadline: March 20, 2019
  • Mobile App Submission Deadline: April 23, 2019
  • Appapalooza: May 11, 2019

Register to be a mentor! Click this link to complete registration:  Register Here

  • App Days  for the Twin Cities are coming! App Days teach mentors and the girls how to use App Inventor.
    • For new mentors, this is an opportunity to learn about the Technovation Challenge, understand your role and responsibilities as a mentor, and answer any questions you may have.
    • For returning mentors, this is an opportunity to learn about what changes are in store for the Technovation Challenge this season and help answer any questions new mentors may have.
    • We will be hosting two separate sessions so please mark your calendar for December 8, 2018 and January 12, 2019.  Register here for the December 8, 2018 App Day.

Hoping to see all of you for the 2019 Technovation season. It is going to be a great year of learning and fun! You can view our  Appapalooza Video as well as our Promotional Video. We have also attached a PDF doc summarizing the program and commitment involved for mentors. Feel free to pass it along to anyone who might be interested.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Resources for Integrating Computer Science into your Elementary Classroom

What are some of the resources you look to as you think about bringing the Computer Science standards into your elementary classrooms?

Here are a few of my go sites, but I am always looking for more:

I also think about Computational Thinking. I find Barefoot Edu to be incredibly helpful.