Wednesday, June 14, 2017

InnEdCO 2017 -- Makerspaces/Innovative Learning Lab

Building an Innovative Learning Lab:
1) Meet with teachers to come up with a plan to use the library

2) What projects can students collaboratively working on in my space?

3) Partnerships: who can I meet with to make my Makerspace better?
     -EdTech specialists
     -Maker materials donations -- could the Steck community help?
     -Local Business sponsors
     -Hill MS teachers

4) Storage -- research how to have functional storage
    -reach out to others that have the same issue with space
    -fund through Donor's Choose/PTA grant?

Amazon storage shelves

InnEdCO 2017 -- #COllaporative -- energized PD

For the 1st session, I attended the #COllapportive panel session.

Presenter's slide deck:
#COllapportive website: 

#Collapportive is a social learning group
-meet once a month in a space in Lakewood, CO
-more of an EdCamp model where the participants set the agenda
-community building setting for educators

 *Build a website just for PD -- great way to house resources & archived notes
Ideas around PD:
-more choice for teachers
-app/tool sharing
-showing Ts tools they can make their own: Twitter, District-paid websites, Donor's Choose, Engagement tools/ideas

mindSpark Learning -- free Professional Development space
-teachers can attend free sessions on a wide array of topics
-meeting/hangout space for teachers

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

InnEdCO 2017 -- My presentation -- 3D printing

This morning, Paige Dersham and I presented about our experience with 3D printers, TinkerCAD, and Donor's Choose. I was fairly anxious about having to present for 2 hours, but it went really well.

Here's our slide deck: 

If I was to change anything, I would want to add a Google Doc where we could share out all the tricks we learned while working on TinkerCAD. I had teachers showing me tricks I didn't know someone could do. It would be great to have one spot, like a Google Doc, where we could share all those fantastic ideas.

InnEdCO 2017 -- Classroom Redesign

For my second session of the day, I attended a Classroom Redesign session with Paige Dersham and Meegan Bennet

Slide Deck:

My notes:

Redesigning My Classroom

-tables are tough to move
-electrical cord for projector cart stretches under tables
-teacher desk takes up too much space
-old promethean board doesn’t work & needs to be removed
-no area to write on the walls -- make thinking visible
-not much room to store makerspace materials
-Where to I put the RedCat speaker system?

Old promethean board -- turn it into a mobile green screen?

Learning Landscapes:

Layout of my room:
I have 2 classroom which make up our Library/Computer lab where the students work with laptops. Below are the layout of both spaces.

  1. In red, I labeled the changes I’d like to make to both spaces. The biggest change would be removing my look-up stations & teacher desk.
  2. I’d like to add storage along the wall in place of the teacher desk\look-up stations for our makerspaces
  3. I’d like to make the extra space a place for students to work in small groups -- I need to come up with norms & expectations around this extra space

Monday, June 12, 2017

InnEdCO 2017 -- Snapshots

Infusing Engineering into a Science classroom
Paige Dersham
Presentation link

Create your own Coding Club Using Google CS First
Megan Cosmos
Presentation Link

Tips & Tricks:
  • Use Google Forms
  • Record logins asap
  • Get parent permission
  • Encourage sharing & discussion
  • Logged into Google CS First and Scratch
  • Prepare - Plan - Play

Their materials:
  • are completely free and available online
  • are targeted at students in grades 4th-8th (ages 9-14)
  • can be tailored to fit your schedule and needs
  • involve block-based coding using Scratch and are themed to attract students with varied interests


InnEdCO 2017: Google Expeditions

All Aboard: Google Expeditions

A hyperdoc to work through during the presentation:

I'm Cardboard:
-different types of Google Cardboards

Uses in the classroom:
-virtual fieldtrips -- students can visit the places they're studying
-not recommended for students younger than 3rd grade
-presentation tool
-could use it on an iPad instead of the Cardboard (iPad app)
-can we create our own expeditions?

Ways to fund:
-Could the district buy a couple of class sets (including cardboard & phone)?
-Could we use just a small station of Cardboards?
-Donor's Choose to crowd fund it

The Planning Process:

Pre-Expedition Prep
  • Preview the expedition from both the teacher and student perspectives, establish talking points and supporting activities
Before the Expedition
  • How are students building background knowledge to prepare for the expedition?
During the Expedition
  • How are students recording and processing what they learn from the expedition?
After the Expedition
  • How are students synthesizing and analyzing what they learn from the expedition
  • What additional learning / inquiry was inspired by what students experienced on this expedition?

Additional resources:

InnEdCO 2017 - Google/Chrome Apps, Extensions, Add-ons

Google/Chrome Apps, Extensions, Add-ons:
Pam Herr

Google App -- similar to apps on your phone but work on the Chrome web browser
-access them on the left hand corner of the top toolbar in the Chrome web browser
-some are free, some paid
1) Google Keep: allows to take images in Google Keep and covert to editable Google Doc
    -snapshot of newspaper clipping: now interactive in Google Doc
    -Ss learing different types of  angles: taking pics of angles in Google Keep and adding them to Google Docs
    -ELL students building vocab by taking pics in Google Keep and adding definitions in Google Docs
    -Grading papers in Google Keep: allows you to store pre-loaded comment w/ explanations (ex., comma splice with link to understanding comma splices)
2) WeVideo: like iMovie for Google but it's cloud-based (limited free storage)
3) LucidChart: web-based mind mapping
4) ClassDojo: student behavior software
5) Padlet: online version of a cork board messages or mind mapping -- good way to show student's thinking
6)Blendspace: create lessons in a blended learning environment in 5 minutes
7) EdPuzzle: make any video your lesson by including questions (MC, short-constructed response) and explanations
8) Brainitz: similar to EdPuzzle

Chrome Extension -- live on the right side of the url address bar of the Chrome browser to enhance the web environment (some extensions will slow down your browser) -- find them in the Chrome web store
1) Save to Google Drive: allows to save anything your viewing on the Chrome browser to your Google Drive
2) CleanPrint: control how you want to print a web page by eliminating images, advertisements, etc
3) Save as PDF: save any web page as a PDF
4) InsertLearning: turn websites into interactive lessons ($$$)
5) Shareaholic: share the website your viewing
6) BetterTube: makes the YouTube home page wider, lets you remove videos from feed, quick video watch mode and more.
7)Read&Write for Google Chrome:  allows text to speech - play, pause, stop buttons - annotation features

Google Add-ons: run along side Google Apps like Sheets, Docs, Slides, Classroom and Forms
-10 Add-ons for Google Classroom:
-Add-ons for Google Docs: