Microsoft Innovative Educator

Microsoft Innovative Educator

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Hour of Code

Last year was my first time experimenting with "Hour of Code" content and lessons. I learned about it during Microsoft's "Hack the Classroom" event. I was late to the party, so I missed the actual week. I am happy that this year I received a heads up and can actually participate during Computer Science Week December 5-11. This Blog Is Why Coding is the wave of the future and students can now become the creators.

I am excited that my school will participate in this year's event. If you are interested in hosting an event, check out the link below. Here, you can register your school, find local speakers to get involved, get answers to questions, and much more.

Host an Hour

This video will also explain the steps needed for a successful event (My first blog video!):
                                        Courtesy of Code.org

Next, you want to choose a lesson and provide opportunities for your students to code. Some of my favorite coding apps for the classroom include Scratch Jr and Kodable. You can also go to websites like learning.com or CodeMonkey.

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The last two things that you must pledge to do (at least I think so) 1) Make sure you share and reflect on social media using #HourOfCode and tag @codeorg. I look forward to seeing your posts. Also, make sure each student receives a certificate of participation (link below). When I first started the planning process, "Hour of Code" seemed so far away. But, now the clock is ticking and it will be time to celebrate before you know it. Let's take our students to the next level and begin preparing them for the future NOW!


Blogs from A-Z
A- A is For Administrator
B- Breakfast Club
C- Chicken Soup Is For The Mind, Body, and Soul
D- DonorsChoose
E- Empathy
F- Forty and Fitness
G- Grant Writing
H- Hour of Code
I- I Wish I Had Thought of That (Repost)
J- Jeopardy in the Classroom
K- Keys to a Successful Hour of Code
L- Lessons Learned
M- Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIE)
N- Need a Gift Idea?
V- Virtual Sharing
W- What's New in 2017
X- Xtra, Xtra...This Challenge is DONE
Y- Year End Review
Z- Zebra Print, Red Velvet, and FREEBIES

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Jeopardy in the Classroom

Even though the title says "Jeorpardy" this post is really about gaming while giving your students voice and choice. Not long ago, I attended a session about gamification and bringing games into the classroom. It seemed fun, and of course, any time you can turn things over to the students you are WINNING! Well, I decided to give it a try. This Blog is Why I encourage you to turn things over to the students every once in a while, you might be surprised.

This blog post is dedicated to the students in my college reading course who bravely took on the challenge to create their own game. (They really did not have a choice.) I promised that when I shared this, I would not post their faces, but I am so proud of the work they did! The goal of this project was to create a game that would help them study for a quiz of word parts they will have at the end of the semester. It's a long list of prefixes, suffixes, meanings, and example words. So I wanted to make the learning experience memorable. I wasn't sure what to expect (among all the moans and groans), but I must say the finished products and presentation sessions gave us loads of laughs. Each group prepared a different game. Some were board games and some were online games. There were two types of Jeopardy games: one with an online template and one made from poster and index cards. We also had a @Quizlet game and finally a Sorry! board game with too many "Lose A Turn" cards. And we all learned the "real" rules to Sorry! after years of playing with our own set of home rules. Students were very competitive, especially when playing Men vs Women. I know that is so politically incorrect, but it was so much fun. One group even brought treats to give away as prizes. So did this help with recall of the word parts? Stay tuned.

Empathy

Thank you for hanging in there with me as my Blog Challenge continues into the month of November.  I have been trying to roll out my posts in alphabetical order, but the ideas are not coming in alphabetically, so get ready for some skipping around! This post is dedicated to the awesome video series created by the @ClassDojo team. Last year, my students were inspired by Mojo and Katie's discussions about being in "The Dip" (and for those who may be wondering, I am still there). This Blog is Why lessons on empathy are important in this day and age, at all levels.

I won't take up too much of your time here. But, if you have not shared these videos with your students, make plans to incorporate them into your lessons soon. The conversations are phenomenal. Even my first graders share their deep thoughts about what Mojo and Katie experience. They also share how it relates to their world. Sometimes we may be discussing something completely different in class and they make their own connections to their take-aways from the series. The overall lesson that we got from the Empathy series was to put yourself in someone else's shoes when you face a challenge or situation. At first it was very interesting to talk about "being in someone else's shoes" as the students took this literally. But, when it came to their illustrations, I did not get any pictures of shoes! They made real connections to different scenes in the video and the various characters. The illustration below is one of my favorites from my students' summaries.




Recently, our school's Technology Coach mentioned that she would like for me to lead a professional development session on ClassDojo with the older grade levels. I am always excited to share with my colleagues and after receiving my latest Mentor newsletter, I know exactly what I would like to include in my plan! Our older students can participate in lessons that focus on perseverance. Students read about certain celebrities that have been in "The Dip" and what they did to overcome obstacles and/or trials. Then, they reflect on what they learned and share experiences with a target audience. Think this sounds cool?! Check it out in the link below:




Blogs from A-Z
A- A is For Administrator
B- Breakfast Club
C- Chicken Soup Is For The Mind, Body, and Soul
D- DonorsChoose
E- Empathy
F- Forty and Fitness
G- Grant Writing
H- Hour of Code
I- I Wish I Had Thought of That (Repost)
J- Jeopardy in the Classroom
K- Keys to a Successful Hour of Code
L- Lessons Learned
M- Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIE)
N- Need a Gift Idea?
O- Oh, The Places We WANT To Go!
P- Principal Presents
Q- Quitting the Profession
R- Recharge Over the Holidays
S- Skype-A-Thon
T- Twelve Days of Twitter
U- Update: Oh The Places...Here We Come!
V- Virtual Sharing
W- What's New in 2017
X- Xtra, Xtra...This Challenge is DONE
Y- Year End Review
Z- Zebra Print, Red Velvet, and FREEBIES