Tech and non-tech MakerSpace activities for teens in “Octavian Goga” Cluj County Library, Romania Teen community members are becoming more interested in creating content for themselves or others, not only in “consuming” it, so this is the main reason why the public libraries should assume new responsibilities. Libraries should facilitate the creation of knowledge in the community they serve, as they are considered institutions of knowledge, which not only provide access to information, but to a variety of activities. As a permanently changing and adapting public library, Romanian “Octavian Goga” Cluj County Library is exploring new ways to attract users and meet their needs by developing new programs and services. The Teenagers Department of the library has been organizing a series of activities that involve teenagers making things or content. Tech-related activities
5 Ways of Bringing Student Passions to Student Learning Exciting classes interest students. These classes spark their curiosity. Sometimes, the learning here feels like play. A school may not be able to use these exciting ideas everywhere, but they should be used somewhere. How to Write an Instructable The first question from every new Instructabler is "what should I write about?" The simple answer is... anything. If you have enough passion to create a project, then you have the passion to share it. Cool Tools to Help Kids Learn to Code When your kid starts talking about loops, go-to commands, and branches, it probably means she's learning to code, and that's a very good thing. In a technology-fueled world, coding is quickly becoming a prized, 21st-century skill. Plus, it encourages kids to become creators, not just consumers, of the technology they use. Coding apps come in a range of formats designed for different ages and abilities. They often incorporate bright colors, cute characters, and elements of game design to appeal to kids.
42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects 42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects by Terry Heick So often, we make learning more complicated than it has to be. Local planning requirements are usually at fault here–plan this way and prove that you’ve done so here and here, fill out this and this, etc.
kids think design Young athletes from many nations gather every two years to compete in the Olympic games. Through sports, the games promote themes of excellence, fair play and world peace. Let’s take a look at the role graphic design plays in communicating the spirit of the games. The symbol of the Olympic games is a flag of five colored rings, one representing each of the five continents of North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. A separate brand identity is created by each host city for a specific Olympic competition, such as the 2012 summer games in London or the 2016 games to be held in Rio de Janiero.
Dragon Quest! A Google Slides Interactive Story - Apps User Group Growing up in the 80’s meant reading loads of “Choose Your Own Adventure” books. They were fun, and a little scary, and you died pretty much every time, but they got lots of kids into books. Recently I decided to bring this idea off the page and into the 21st century by using Google Slides to create an online, interactive story. Often we think of Google Slides in terms of linear presentations, with one slide after another in order. However, Google Slides allows you to add hyperlinks to your presentation which can link to other slides within the presentation when clicked.
Genius Hour Trailers At ISTE last week, Jane McGonigal showed a fascinating trailer that had been designed for a project she was doing with the New York Public Library. You can see it here. I was intrigued by the concept, and thought it would be a great way to introduce Genius Hour to my students this coming school year. I found an excellent Genius Hour trailer online that had been created by Ryan O’Shea, but I wanted to make one that was a bit more generic so anyone could use it. Plus, I wanted to play around with iMovie.
Student Passion and TEDx Talks I instituted 20 Time in my classroom this year. I gave my students one day a week to work on anything they wanted as long as they were passionate about it. Here is a link to their blogs where they documented their journey. At the end of the year, they each needed to give an oral presentation focusing on what they had learned, not what they had accomplished. As part of 20 Time, I decided to take on a project of my own. I wanted to see if I could organize a TEDx event that would allow my students to share their experiences with the world.
101 lesson - Learning input and output the littlebits way!: a littleBits Project by LB SG STEP 1 : Power + Button + Bargraph Construct a simple circuit using Power + Button + Bargraph When you press the Button, what do you see? If you want to light up only 2 lights on the bargraph, what bit to add? and where to add? 23 Videos That Sparked Genius Hour Thinking, Collaboration, and Actions In our classroom this year my colleague Gallit Zvi and I used many youtube videos to inspire resiliency, grit, and hope in our students prior to guiding them in formulating their inquiry questions about their passions and wonders during our weekly Genius Hour time. Many of the videos were shared with me through wonderful connections I made with educator learners on Twitter, Facebook, and at various workshops. I love my PLN! However I am proud to say students and teachers in our room inspired each other too.
Framework for 21st Century Learning - P21 P21's Framework for 21st Century Learning was developed with input from teachers, education experts, and business leaders to define and illustrate the skills and knowledge students need to succeed in work, life and citizenship, as well as the support systems necessary for 21st century learning outcomes. It has been used by thousands of educators and hundreds of schools in the U.S. and abroad to put 21st century skills at the center of learning. The P21 Framework represents both 21st century student outcomes (as represented by the arches of the rainbow) and support systems (as represented by the pools at the bottom). Tweet the Framework While the graphic represents each element distinctly for descriptive purposes, P21 views all the components as fully interconnected in the process of 21st century teaching and learning. 21st Century Student Outcomes
Student Set The Student Set (former Classroom Set) is an excellent way to incorporate littleBits into your classroom. The Student Set includes all the Bits modules and instructions your students need to create circuits in seconds and combine them with craft materials to make projects. Perfect for 4 students working individually or 8 students working in pairs. Customized for educatorsIdeal resource for STEM/STEAM teaching and learningGreat for choice time activity and open explorationIncludes 1 Base Kit, 1 Premium Kit and 2 additional power modules2 quick-start instruction booklets with circuit and project ideas