Thursday, March 22, 2018

Code And Go Robot Mouse Student Jobs

A couple months ago I was in an elementary where students were introduced to Code And Go Robot Mouse Game. I had spent some time learning more about this resource but you always learn more when put it in students hands.

After one class went through we decied to assign jobs so that there was less confusion on who was programming the mouse (clearing the mouse, pushing play, ect...). We had about 3-5 students in eac group so we were also working on communication and collaboration. We came up with these jobs to help the students manage this better. Kindergarten through 4th graders tried this game and they all LOVED it! I loved to hear the collaboation and critical thinking going on through out each class!

Hope you find them as useful as we did!

 Click here to download and print image.

 It may be helpful to have a couple more mice (Amazon / Walmart), FYI you don't have to have the tiles for it to move, it will go on any flat surface). The wheels do get clogged and/or dirty so be sure to clean them often depending on use. You will know when it is time when it isn't going the way you told it to. 

Let me know if you have come up with other jobs for your students, I can even add them to this list!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

We delivered our 1st Boxed.PD! What is Boxed.PD?

Today we delivered our first Boxed.PD. ... (we are still trying to figure out a better name but we aren't letting that stop us for now, if you have suggestions please leave a comment below!)...

Our first recipient was an Instructional Coach in the area who asked for a box focused on Coaching/Mentoring. Tyler Hellmann and I worked with Michelle Vaughn who helped us gather a couple resource focused on Coaching/Mentoring and more specifically observation which is what this coach asked us to focus on. It was nice to collaborate with others in our agency to create something like this!

I am glad I had Crystal Marshal's (@crystalmmarshal) help me with this process! She was nice enough to send a box to for me to check out what they send and it gave us great ideas for items to add to the box and formatting of the documents. Here is the blog post from edSurge that gave us this idea.

Our goal for these boxes is to Design, develop, and implement professional learning programs (i.e. Boxed.PD) to promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning, and assessment. (Aligns with the ISTE Coaching Standards #2 d)

We are already creating out next box, we will stick with Coaching/Mentoring but this time the focus will be building relationships and ideas for pop-up PD's. If you have any resources that you think would be helpful for this topic please add them to the comments below!

Here is the final project that was delivered today! We can't wait to get feedback from our recipient!

The boxes we used are on sale right now (3/19/18) at Micheals for $2.99, can't beat that price, and the shredded paper at the bottom was found at the Dollar Tree!

We can't wait to create more boxes and ship them out to educators in our agency to help support them in their learning journey!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Spark Creativity with Osmo Monster!

I love seeing the joy and excitement my son shows while working with the Osmo this week.

Here are some great resources to help integrated Osmo - Monster into your preschool or early elementary classroom.

 OSMO - Monster and Numbers Instructions

While I was working with the Osmo - Monster in a preschool classroom the teachers mentioned goals for each student. As I worked alongside the student I was able to incorporate questions to have them work towards their goals. Here are some example questions. 

You don't need a special whiteboard or markers to use the FREE Osmo Monster app. All you need is the Osmo stand @$20) and an iPad/iPad Mini. 

Let me know how you have incorporated the Osmo into your classroom!