Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Meet Codie, a New Robot

From the perspective of a K-5 tech teacher, this is an exciting time.  Everyday new tools come to market.  The newest robot I know of is Codie.

Codie looks like it will be easy for kids to program and one of the first functions they highlight is the ability to program it to dance.  
Overall, I am pretty excited to see how Codie can support learning in technology and other classes.  With the accelerometer and gyroscope I wonder if the data is exportable.  If it is I could see using Codie in science and math class.

The coding interface looks like a flow chart, and I wonder how quickly my kids will take to it.  

Checkout their Indiegogo campaign and be the first to get your hands on the wood-trimmed robot!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Tickle App Brings Blockly to Sphero!

If you have an Ipad and a Sphero, download this free app now.

Tickle brings the power of block-based programming to the world of connected toys and this is great news for teachers.  As a K-5 programming teacher, I want my students to study programming in a variety of contexts and Tickle puts programming in the middle of my classroom, flying through the air, rolling on the floor, even controlling the lights in the room.
Tickle is a powerful programming studio that lets students control robots using a visual language that is familiar to them.  Resembling Scratch, Hopscotch, and Blockly, Tickle is a quick start app for my students.    
I really enjoy seeing students develop a greater understanding of programming and the world around us as they experiment with robots, discover variables, or learn about the "magical" use of broadcast to launch a quad copter.
Tickle is brand new on the app store, so please give them some love, write a review, and connect with the Tickle team on social media.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Join me at CUE in Palm Springs

I am excited to be presenting at the annual CUE conference in Palm Springs.  I have a pretty full speaking schedule, with 4 great group presentations.  If you are at the conference, join the conversation about creativity, learn how making puppets changes lessons, or just stop by to get some hands-on time with robots.
Whether you are looking to add new tools to your tool kit, or a sure fire way to avoid Burnout and boredom find time to talk with us, we will get you making more than a difference.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Digital Learning Day March 13 AND BEYOND!

Wokka, my dear friend from the Edupuppets was hard at work this week while I worked on my rank in Star Wars Commander.  He wants everybody to dream big for Digital Learning Day!  Get off you Apps and do something spectacular!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Programming in Primary

This post is in support of a workshop I am presenting at the Head Royce School in Oakland as part of the NAIS Regional Conference.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Progressive Programming In Primary

I am so excited to be presenting at SVCUE this weekend.  We are talking about progressive pedagogy and programming.  We are also playing with Robots.
Why progressive? We are cutting with both edges of that one.  We will talk about building skills year over year with spiraling skill based lessons.  We will also be talking about how coding as a mode of expression can empower students to become creators, not just consumers of digital texts.