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Can We make a Football? The Magic of Not Saying No

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Can We make a Football

 Do you want to Build a Football? During Recess workshop for grades 1 and 2 one of the boys asked me “Can we make a football?” I have never ever even thought of making a football and I had to think about it for a second before I pointed to the fabric bin and asked…

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Field Trip To The Puppet Theater, Teaching Push and Pull

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Puppet Theater Field Trip

Years ago our school had regular field trips to the local puppet theatre and this year we revived that tradition. We took our kindergarten class to visit the Bob Baker Marionette Theatre. If you are in the LA area and don’t know this gem, you have to go check it out. They have been restoring…

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@SamPatue Shares thoughts on Programming Robots in the Primary Grades to Capture Young Imaginations

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Coding and Programming for Young Learners

The more I collaborate with great teachers the more I am convinced that teaching is a team sport.  I am lucky this year because I get to work with Megan, the STEM coordinator for the lower grades as well as 8 other problem solving roles.  Megan and I share many students and we work to…

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8 Secrets To Providing Amazing EdTech Customer Service that Directly Affects Students and Classrooms

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EdTech Customer Service Tips and Tricks

Whether you are a teacher trying to figure out how to invest your limited class resource budget, or an edtech company trying to secure your place in the market, customer service is something to look at closely.

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Learn how Google Slides can Create Awesome Animation Projects!

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Google Slides for Animation Projects

I am a big fan of Google Slides because it is such a flexible platform. I can set-up sequential lessons, build spaces for reflection as we as process-based work. When I first heard about creating animations in google slides I had to try it out.

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Toy Hacking: What exactly is this popular STEM activity and how do I get started?

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What is Toy Hacking

In the simplest terms, the way to begin teaching with toy hacking is to do some toy acting yourself. Steal some toys from your children or pick them up at the local thrift shop look for ones that have simple electronics in them.

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Using @GoNoodle to Create Invisible Classroom Transitions

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Using GoNoodle for Transitions

My philosophy is this: silence is hard work for teachers and students, it also stops participation cold. The classroom is and should be a celebration of voices.

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5 Tips for Successful Classroom Green Screen Projects

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Tips for Classroom Green Screens

Greenscreen technology is an inexpensive technology to support, once you already have devices in your classroom.

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Resetting Classroom Culture through Mini-Keynote Presentations

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Resetting Classroom Culture

Third Grade has different challenges than every other grade, and that fact surprises me more often than I like. Class culture can be a challenge in 3rd grade, the best kids I know can turn on each other quickly. When this happens in the Makerspace I need to fix it, for the preservation of everyone's creativity and safety.

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The Best App For Green Screens on the iPad

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Best Green Screen App

The green screen effect works by combining images from multiple sources into a single video. These images can come from photos or videos in your camera roll, or from the live video camera.

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