Monday, December 12, 2016

Dash and Dot visit Newbury Elementary School



Dash & Dot have visited with every K-2 class during Library  at Newbury Elementary School, and our 3/4 Owls are working especially hard on a backstory and programming that shares our school’s vision and mission with the next schools the robots visit.

The Owls have named the robots Harmony (Dash) and Nature Rocks (Dot) and are programming them to share Newbury’s vision of World Peace and mission of Harmony with Self, Others, and Nature. They are also working on explaining our behavior program, ROCKS (Respect,Ownership, Citizenship, Kindness, and Safety).  

The Kindergarteners created a basic storyboard for Dash and then partnered with students from older grades to do the programming. It was wonderful to see the multi-age collaboration and problem solving at work!

Over the next two weeks, we are hoping that the 5th and 6th graders will have time to program Dash and Dot to share “A Christmas Carol.” Our 3-6 grades are attending a production of that play this week. Hopefully, we won’t have any more snow days!

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Beyond An Hour of Code -with Sam Patterson


 

Why is it that every time I’m in a room with Sam Patterson (even a virtual room) I leave happy!  
Is it because of his  Puppet Mastery?
Is it because  of his Jokes?    Is it his energy?
Well it’s probably all of these, plus the fact that he loves kids and understands learning.

This was very evident during tonight’s virtual guest speaker  series when Sam Patterson joined my graduate students from Marlboro College to talk about  Coding with Young Learners .

As my Create With Code students were finishing up our final projects,  I worked on getting some guest speakers to share their experience integrating code in the classroom during Vermont’s celebration of Hour of Code!  We totally scored when Sam Patterson,  (educator, maker, author) agreed to join us.

It became obvious very quickly that Sam is a big fan of Scratch and Scratch Jr.  He quickly shared lots of ideas for using both of these with younger learners in all types of content areas ranging from math to language arts.  He challenged us to challenge our youngest students beyond their expectations of what we think they can do- and then proceeded to tell a story of a non reader who could demonstrate that she understood advanced concepts that often bring sixth graders to tears -- Variables and Functions.

Sam even took the time to give  my grad students advice on their final projects!  Sam’s approachable personality came through across the miles as he generously shared his experience teaching young children and tips from his book "Programming in the Primary Grades - Beyond Hour of Code".  




Thank you - Sam Patterson!  




Thank you Marlboro College for helping make this possible as part of our “Create with Code” class.



3rd graders at St. Albans City School learn and create a Japanese Abacus called a Soroban. Thank you John Rouleau for all of the work you put in to do this with 60 kids!

4th, 5th, and 6th graders at St Albans City Dchool learn about Robotics and Coding thanks to Josh Bongard, Professor and Researcher at UVM and did his grad students! Amazing and inspiring workshop!

Students at St. Albans City School participate in an unplugged video game design workshop. Thank you Amanda Crispel and Champlain College!

Thank you @kodable for providing @OrchardVT Ss w a fabulous #HourofCode experience!

Donna Sullivan-Macdonald

VT School Library Association President-Elect
ISTE Librarians Network Past President
Library Media & Instructional Technology Specialist
Orchard School
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South Burlington, VT  05403
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Thank you @kodable for providing @OrchardVT Ss w a fabulous #HourofCode experience!

Donna Sullivan-Macdonald

VT School Library Association President-Elect
ISTE Librarians Network Past President
Library Media & Instructional Technology Specialist
Orchard School
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South Burlington, VT  05403
802-652-7329


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Two heads (or 3 or 4) are sometimes better than one when tackling #HourofCode challenges!

Donna Sullivan-Macdonald

VT School Library Association President-Elect
ISTE Librarians Network Past President
Library Media & Instructional Technology Specialist
Orchard School
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South Burlington, VT  05403
802-652-7329


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How do you feel about coding at Monkton Central?