Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Do you know this pathway?

This is something from my days teaching science- Curriculum Pathways has many options for your students.  This post concentrates on the upcoming Computer Science Week.
Curriculum Pathways logo with Provided by SAS tagline
Abstract loop art on dark blue background
It's almost Computer Science Education Week. This annual program, which lands Dec. 3-9, is dedicated to inspiring K-12 students' interest in computer science.
There's no better time to experiment with hands-on, collaborative coding across the curriculum using CodeSnaps, which requires only one robot and one app. 

Coding in math class adds up to fun
Three young girls strategizing on CodeSnaps project
Try our popular Show With Code: 24 Game, in which students use restricted combinations of mathematical operations to navigate a grid of numbers, finding only paths where the result is 24. Teams can also collaborate to code a program that successfully maneuvers a robot in Navigating an Obstacle Course, as featured inCode.org's Robotics and Circuits activities.

Can you code with ELA content? Yes!
Grid-based activities are the perfect fit for integrating ELA content into coding. For example, Show With Code: Finding Word Families requires students to write a program that moves a robot through a grid of familiar words. To solve the grid, only land on squares containing words in the same family. This lesson is easily modified to suit any age or grade level. 

Why code is music to our ears
Group of young students using CodeSnaps app and holding robotic sphere
Similarities between music and coding make music a natural instructional tool for computational thinking. Try dissecting the Itsy Bitsy Spider song. Students can break down the story into individual components and translate the song into a program a connected robot "spider" can follow. Watch this quick video to see how it works.

Create and share CS lessons and more
Transform your lessons into interactive, online resources withCrio, our free drag-and-drop editor. Create a new approach to computer science or any subject. Remix and build on the best work of your peers. Then share your lessons with other educators around the world – our library features more than 2,000 lessons, and it's growing! – and consolidate your lesson plans online.Learn more and try Crio.
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No-cost professional development
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Remember to check out our no-fee professional development opportunities
We offer self-paced online learning, customizable on-site workshops, live webinars with Curriculum Pathways®experts and video tutorials on YouTube.

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Visit the Curriculum Pathways website to explore more than 1,700 interactive, standards-based resources in the core disciplines.
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Contact us
Questions or comments? Please send an email to curriculumpathways@sas.com.

Monday, November 19, 2018

From farm to table

Do your students know where their food come from? (and no, I’m not talking about
ShopRite or Wegmans).  Do they know where cheese and yogurt start? Check
out this Discovery Education site with a variety of content, lesson plans, as well
as a virtual field trip.

Who doesn’t love a good game show?

This is one of my favorite SMARTBoard games- please see this video for a brief overview.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Quick overview of Google Classroom Grading

In a recent EDU in 90, you can get a quick look at the new grading options
(and ability to leave premade comments is awesome!).

Saturday, November 17, 2018

If you are still in need of Thanksgiving material

Thanksgiving from Discovery Education
One of Thanksgiving’s great traditions is storytelling, whether recounting
family lore around the dinner table or sharing historical accounts of
the earliest celebrations of the holiday. Thanksgiving is a great time to
encourage your students to focus on the role of stories in our lives. We hope
you and your students have much to be thankful for this year!

Featured Resources

Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources
Give thanks—for Thanksgiving! This national holiday, celebrated
primarily in the United States and Canada, is a day of gratitude
for the bounty of the harvest of the previous year.
Discovery Education Streaming, Math Techbook, Science Techbook, S
ocial Studies Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video [05:17]
Discusses the process of officially establishing Thanksgiving Day
and its many traditions. The segment details the founding of the
holiday and the origins of traditions such as the presidential pardon of a turkey.

Learn About the Story of Thanksgiving

Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, Video Segment [02:19]
Squanto helps the Pilgrims farm the land and tells Bradford how
he once traveled to England and returned home, only to find
that his people had all died from the white man’s disease.
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment [04:58]
Unveils the fables surrounding Squanto’s story, revealing the truth
about his enslavement in Europe. The segment also debunks the
myth that turkey was the meat of choice at the first Thanksgiving.
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Podcast [11:19]
Nowadays, Thanksgiving is an official holiday, complete with its own
trappings of tradition and mythology. But how much of the conventional
Thanksgiving story is true? Join Sarah and Katie as they take a closer
look at the first Thanksgiving.


Lead a discussion about what the students learned from the resources
above and how storytelling can shape history. Were there any parts of
the Thanksgiving story that surprised them? Any myths they’ve thought
were true until now? Use the strategy Myth Bustin’ (Canadian Version)
to solidify their learning. As an extension, allow the students to develop
their own statements to add depth to the exercise. Then, gather students
around tables to build excitement for the holiday with an adaptation of
the strategy Paper Chat (Canadian Version). For this activity, provide
some questions about the history of Thanksgiving and some questions
that will prepare students to start conversations and storytelling
around their own dinner tables over the holiday break. Share your
best conversation starters on social media with #CelebrateWithDE.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Are we really preparing our students?

As I was finishing a DOK (Depth of Knowledge) presentation this blog post (from Marcia Carrillo on Alice Keeler’s blog) appeared in my inbox.  Marica talks about her college-age daughter and provides insights on how we could change our methods.   Great fit with DOK.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Who needs a table of contents (when you have outline view)?

In her blog post, Alice Keeler shares the Outline view (and using
heading to populate it).  Before you start, you need to do two things:
  1. Go to View and click View

2. Now to populate it, you need to change

your normal text to headings.  You can do this in the top tool bar

3. Watch what happens when I change this text

from normal to heading.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Looking for SEL information?

Want to learn more about SEL?  There is a free webinar on Wednesday, 11/28 sponsored
by EdWeb.  They do provide a PD certificate (and if you sign up and miss the session,
they will share a link where you can view the archive, take a short quiz, and still get the credit!)

SEL and Restorative Practices:
Schoolwide Integration Strategies
Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time

Name that state (and other geography games)Geo

Richard Byrne recently posted about a series of  geography games from Seterra.  From states to countries, there is a skill level for every learner. This could be a station or a white board activity