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3 Simple Ways to Transform Your Students Attitude about Learning

By Sam Patterson | Jan 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
3 Ways to Transform Students Attitudes about Learning

I can remember my earliest education classes focused on transforming education from a one to many “banking” model to a student-centered approach. From where I sit, 16 years later, this is still a major challenge. We must disrupt the traditional knowledge economy in our classrooms. Even some models of “individualized” instruction ask students to learn…

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9 Features of EdTech Applications That Developers Should Standardize in 2019: A Wishlist for EdTech Companies Everywhere (#4 is our favorite)

By Sam Patterson | Dec 30, 2018 | 0 Comments
9 EdTech Changes For Classroom Apps

I believe in the power of play in education and the last few years spent teaching tech in grades K-5 have really cemented the belief that there are at least 9 app features that should be considered before it enters the classroom environment.  I clearly see how well-designed playful lessons support student empowerment and knowledge…

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You Can't Spell STEAM without TEA

By Sam Patterson | Dec 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
You Can't Spell STEAM without TEA

Teaching STEAM requires that I learn every day. Somedays, I need to be smarter than I really am. Long ago, I learned that these demanding brain moments can be eased with the right amount of caffeine. Looking for the right amount of caffeine has lead me on a tour of so many delicious sources. At…

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How Do You Morph Two Images Together In Apple Keynote?

By Sam Patterson | Dec 5, 2018 | 0 Comments
Using Apple Keynote to Morph Two Objects

In this Apple Keynote video tutorial, you will learn how to morph two different animals together to create a new species that young children will enjoy.

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In Praise of Really Long Projects

By Sam Patterson | Nov 27, 2018 | 0 Comments
In Praise of Long Projects

As a specialist serving all the kids in the school, one of my greatest fears is that one student’s work in progress won’t make it from one week to the next. I have rolling shelves, and a culture of “put your name on it.” This is a far from perfect system, and it is the…

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STEAM is Intimidating!

By Sam Patterson | Nov 14, 2018 | 0 Comments
STEAM is Intimidating

I’m just going to start with an unsubstantiated statement: STEAM/ STEM is used more by marketers than teachers. what they hope you don’t notice is that this label is usually just slapped on the bundled gee gaw of simple experiments that are relatively unchanged in the last 70 years. I am the STEAM coordinator for…

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7 steps for Inspiring Creativity in Young Makers

By Sam Patterson | Sep 23, 2018 | 0 Comments
Inspiring Creativity

Keeping My Assumptions in Check In my STEAMspace at Echo Horizon school, we support empowered innovative learners by asking students to make many of their own decisions, even with our youngest makers. When I started teaching my youngest students I had to keep my own assumptions in check and make sure I was giving them…

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3 Great Ideas for Your Elementary Makerspace that will be a HIT with Young Students!

By Sam Patterson | Sep 16, 2018 | 0 Comments
3 Great Ideas for Your Elementary Makerspace that will be a HIT with Young Students!

In my Makerspace, I get to work with grades PreK-6. This means that each week I am prepping for a wide range of abilities and interests, and I work hard to make sure my youngest makers get lessons that are just as amazing as my most mature students. Don’t dumb down ideas for younger kids,…

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Creativity is a teachable skill: Where ideas come from

By Sam Patterson | Jul 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
Where ideas come from

Ideas are for everybody. We all have them. In my workshop train kids to find their best ideas every day, and during summer camp we do it all day long. You might think that creativity is special or magic, or the province of a few “the creatives.” Many people in my life have felt this…

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What Makes Summer Camp Amazing For Students of All Ages?

By Sam Patterson | Jun 30, 2018 | 0 Comments
Puppet Camp 2018

What makes Summer Camp so special for both teachers and students? Learn what goes into creating a memorable experience and why you can do it too!

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