Showing posts from December, 2019

Sphero Workbooks

Over the last month, I have started to really delve into using Pages as I created lesson activity guides for Sphero to use with my high school students. I started by using lessons on and adapting them for my students. My favorite part of using Pages is that I can include placeholders for students to take notes, sketch plans, and submit media (images, videos) as evidence of learning.

The way I structured my unit was that I did the first three lessons (adapted) from the Blockly lessons on Sphero edu and then finished my unit with a cumulative design thinking project. The project required students to (1) sketch out a maze design, (2) measure and create their maze, (3) program the robot to successfully complete the maze, and (4) create a Clips video to demonstrate all the steps they had taken and the finished product.

I have to say, creating Pages workbooks is so much easier than I thought it would be! I am excited to continue to develop them and share them with yo…

Video Game Club and a Mindshift

In middle school, I wrote a research paper on all the bad things I could find about video games. I was closed minded and couldn't imagine a case where I would be pitching to my administration all the positives of video games. I never in a million years would have guessed that I would now be overseeing my school's first video game club, but I am and I love it.

This summer I did an Ignite talk at ISTE. While freaking out backstage, I met Josh Bound, a Pennsylvania educator who I quickly learned was in my Apple Distinguished Educator class. Through that experience I learned about the Video Game Clubs of America and the story behind how the organization was founded. I was inspired by their mission and was finally able to see how video games could be used as a vehicle for social emotional learning and to help students gain confidence.

Fast forward a few months and a couple of my students came to me about starting a video game club during our activity periods. After a call with Josh…