Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday Mooring 2-23-15

The Monday Moorings were developed as a way to distribute some of the best educational resources recently discovered that would benefit my current faculty and teacher friends. 

Great Google Gifts

15 Google Drawing Graphic Organizers Matt Miller of Ditch that Textbook generously posted 15 excellent graphic organizers made in Google Draw for students in Google Apps for Education (GAFE) schools to use in a variety of subjects. Teachers can make copies of the organizers and then share them with students who can then, make their own copies.

Another helpful GAFE resource I learned of recently is The GOORU. The GOORU offers tips, tricks, and tools for all things Google. Their tutorials are well done and I learned several time saving tricks. The Gooru has features for educators, administrators, managers, as well as good stuff for your average Gmail user.

A Menagerie of Chrome Extensions is a fabulous Thinklink created by Julie Ann Hopp with oodles of links to super awesome Chrome Extensions that will help students and teachers alike.

Super SAMR Swag

EdSurge published a fascinating article on how to effectively bring the SAMR Model into iPad Integration. This is a must read for educators who want to get the most out of iPads and move beyond using it as a device for consumption and souped up skill drill.

If you find you are still confused about skillful technology integration, Alan November of November Learning published Six questions to Clear the Confusion Between Technology Rich and Innovative Poor. These questions will keep you on the right track.

Guess what?! Julie Ann Hopp has a nifty ThinkLink of Remix Apps for the SAMR Model too. Bookmark it, You won't regret it.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Create Coding Beasts

Get them started young!
Learn to code and help the world with Code CampCode Camp is a remarkable resource that helps you learn code while you help build things, like apps, sites, games, and resources for non-profits. You get to start right off by creating something meaningful with what you are learning. What more inspiration can you ask for?

Computer Science Education Week is over but the resources posted on the site are still available for teaching code in a variety of engaging ways. One such resources is Studio Code  where characters from Frozen teach kids to code. I highly recommend spending some time on this well done and generous site. 

Made With Code was made by Google to get girls geeked about writing code to create things. Girls and boys too, can try the projects or get inspired by the ideas. The site will also put coders in touch with makers, mentors, events in their area, and other nifty resources. 

Code Kingdoms teaches Javascript. The service bills itself as being similar to Minecraft in appeal. Students get to build kingdoms, creatures, and games.

CodeCombat also uses gaming to teach code. Your World of Warcraft crowd will have epiphany sweats from this site. 

Code Maven and Game Maven will expertly guide students in creating code in a step by step format.

Middle School to High School teachers should try taking Code Academy for a spin.  It is a bit more dry and technical but word has it, the site can make you an award winning coder. Full disclosure, I didn't try this one. 

And Then There's SCRATCH

Last but not least, Scratch. Actually, one could say Scratch was first and remains the best.  If you are intimidated by using Scratch, the resources below will guide your students into creating and inventing.

Creative Computing is a guide for Scratch made by MIT. 
Scratch 2.0 Starter Kit  Trust me on this, if you want to teach Scratch, this resource is your sherpa. 
LearnScratch I got this site from Scratch 2.0 Starter Kit. Your students will make fun of the voice over work on this but they will also listen, watch, and learn so you can sit back and hack on your own.