What's on Mom's list this Christmas? I've been checking out the Rocketbook. Fellow Instructional Technologist, Keith Tramper, described it to me. He takes Sketchnotes, which help him organize and visualize his ideas (and look really cool!). Check him out at MACUL.
You can record your notes in Rocketbook, send them to the cloud through your phone, and when your notebook is full--microwave it and start over! I bought two of these for my tech minded family members.
Virtual Reality headsets are the rage this Christmas.
Even my very old uncle was asking me what all the hype was.
Brooke is pictured checking out Tigers on the National Geographic app. They get right up in your face.
Google Expeditions are fun--I took the Delton-Kellogg Kindergartners and 4th graders underwater to look at coral, fish, and turtles.
The Cardboard headsets are an affordable entry point, check out these holiday ones for $7, with fancier headsets ranging to $$$.
Osmos are a hit with both my kids. Caden is 4.
They especially love the Monster app. When they draw on paper or whiteboard, Osmo picks up their drawing and incorporates into the story.
The numbers, letters, and tangram apps are engaging and kids can even compete with each other.
There is a new app that simulates a Pizza Store.
You do need an iPad for Osmo.
Right now Osmo ships free!
Recommended for ages 5-12.
Dash is so cute! Brooke loves to program him to follow her commands (ha!). She used an iPad (but you can also use Android and Kindle) to write the program and created a parade. She even decorated the two robots with Legos.
There are many different codable robot options available. Spheros and Ozobots are popular, too.
Fisher Price even came out with a Code-a-pillar that I know several friends purchased.
Recently, my daughter stopped by the office. She is seven and loves technology (yay!). Here are her tinker and tech recommendations as you consider gifts for the people on your list.
Over the last year and a half, 3D printing has been "extruding" its power in the K-12 educational setting. At REMC 12W, it is our pleasure to explore and share with our partnering educators the ideas and tools related to this and other technology integration movements. We have been able to purchase various models of 3D printers and now that we have had time to use them, do a little training on them, and yes trouble shoot issues; we would like to be able to share them with you. Each printer is listed below along with the website so that you are able to check out printer specs.
Happy Day All! Just wanted to send out a reminder that the REMC sponsored Tinkerzoo Playdate PD Series starts today. It is totally FREE - learning, snacks, and SCECHs. Check out the SWMiTech Events page for more information and registration. You do not need to attend tonight to take advantage of the other sessions offered.
After discussing some of the things a 3D printer could create, including prosthetic hands, students followed up in the next lesson by voting on objects they could print to be used in their STEAM classroom. A big winner was virtual reality goggles. The .stl file is available on My Mini Factory.
Students are printing the individual pieces in Mrs. Matousek’s lab and will assemble the goggles. How awesome that they chose something to further advance their technology skills in class and a product that can continue to be used by the school district!
Carolyn Fitzmaurice is an innovative first grade teacher at Portage Central Elementary School. She has spent many hours devoted to her own professional growth around the Maker Movement including day long Tinkerzoo workshops here at KRESA/REMC12W. Carolyn is participating in our checkout system for Tinkerzoo Kits and the latest ~ Ozobots. They are now invading the halls of Central Elementary! In Carolyn's own words;
Our TinkerZoo resources are growing...Classroom sets of Bloxels and Snap Circuits are now available for REMC 12W teachers to check out. Visit Snap Media linked on our REMC12W site, search keyword Tinkerzoo, locate items, reserve, and have delivered to your district. Then, let the creative learning flow.
If you are interested in other Maker/Tinker supplies but you don't have the funds to purchase and the items are not in Snap Media, let us know and we will look into the possibility of purchasing the item(s) through REMC12W. Send information to: email@example.com.
REMC 12W has seen a lot of exciting things happening during the last month. Here are just a few:
1. SWMi Instructional Technologists and Media Specialists had their first meeting of the year in the REMC Innovation Center. The team participated in some "making," learning about MeL, and sharing. Being involved with this group is always inspirational. If you would like to take part in our next meeting, reach out to us!
2. The FormLabs Liquid 3D Printer is up and running. This amazing printer brings the power of advanced stereolithography to your desktop. We are designing, printing, & testing and want you to be part of it. Do you have an idea or a design, bring it in or send it to us and we will print it for you!
3. Students from KRESA's Valley Center school came over to do some hands-on learning in both our Innovation Center and our Workroom. They were able to explore 3D printing, program & drive robots, and learn about the process of using die-cuts to decorate their school bulletin boards. Our learning space fits nicely into many school objectives. Bring your students over to learn and enjoy the experience.
As always, any questions or comments, please direct them to Tina Tribu (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thanks and have a great day!
We are putting together a series of afterschool professional development sessions. These sessions are based on need from your feedback. Keep that feedback coming and we will provide! Follow this Blog and/or our Events page to stay informed.
A few years ago at the Midwest Education Technology Conference (METC) in St. Louis, I (that's Lorri) had the opportunity to listen to Jamie Casap. He proposed a philosophy that he would go on to share with many others including First Lady Michelle Obama.
This philosophy shaped my classroom and pedagogy. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I began implementing what would become Problem Based Learning. As a veteran middle school computer teacher, I wanted to reach beyond teaching spreadsheets and presentations or even coding, and consider how we could use those tools to solve relevant problems. My favorite lessons became those that were real life and connected my kids to others.
I’m looking forward to a great first year at Delton-Kellogg Schools and at REMC12W’s Innovation Center finding new ways to stretch and fly as an Instructional Technologist.
(Gaiman quotation from Modcloth)