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Day 2: The Feeling of Greatness Has Returned

Hey guys (and gals!) As the day began, we did A LOT of exciting things. But…before we begin, lets talk about the bad things that happened first: 1. We lost two of our matches today due to physical problems/changes on the robot and just because we were against a better alliance team. That’s okay though, [...]

The Teachers We Need

When I look back at my teacher education, I would say that 80% of what I was taught was essentially how to be a good instructor. As Phil Schlecty says, we used to see teacher and instructor as synonymous.  Being a good instructor today is much less important than it was in 1988. It’s still […]

Team 4443 Sock Monkeys Once Again!

Hey guys, it’s Molly again! And for those of you who don’t know who I am…well, I am Molly. I am a senior in high school this year (12th grade.) I am a part of Team 4443: Sock Monkeys and we are a robotics team through the FTC. What does FTC stand for/mean? The acronym [...]

Photography – Week 68

I like to take photographs of photographers taking photographers. I ran into this one one block over from 821 Cafe. I am a fan of that blue wall. Danielle Dick from Spit for Science working with ALT Lab’s video team. Students set up hammocks around VCU. I wonder if that happens in other places. Not… Read More

Notes from Code Studio elementary coding training

My notes from yesterday’s Code.org elementary coding workshop… Ben Schafer, University of Northern Iowa, Facilitator Our agenda for the day Ben’s slides (PPT) Complete instructor handbook (PDF) Iowa workshop schedule Notes Code.org’s...Show More Summary

Notes from the 2015 Iowa STEM Summit

Here are my notes from today’s 2015 Iowa STEM Summit… Welcome, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds & Mary Andringa STEM should be a catalyst for active learning Launching a STEM Council Seal of Approval for programs (e.g. Exploring Iowa Archaeology) Over 5,100 applications were submitted for STEM Scale-Up Grants Numerous STEM externships are available for teachers Peek Into [...]

Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

emulsifier on Vimeo h/t boing boing tags: perspective art fish bird weekly Vimeo Reddit and suicide intervention: How social media is changing the cry for help, and the answer. “Now, nearly 35,000 people are subscribed to SuicideWatch. Show More Summary

10 Ways to Use Google Maps in the Classroom

Google Maps has been out for 10 years now. Digital maps…starting with Mapquest has been out since 1996 (technically 1993 but mapquest was the first main stream map most people remember). For those of you keeping track that puts us almost 20 years into the digital mapping word. 20 …

Send in the e-Cadets! Making kids responsible for e-safety

I came across the eCadets scheme recently, and mentioned it in the special e-safety edition of Digital Education. I thought it sounded very interesting. With schools looking for more sustainable eSafety solutions I caught up with the...Show More Summary

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