Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Unwrap 30% Off All PD Products...Memberships, ISTE U Courses and Books, Until December 13, Friends!


Our friends at ISTE are having a special sale through December 13, 2021.  Everyone can enjoy 30% ISTE PD products including basic and premium memberships, ISTE U courses and books. 

From the ISTE site here, enter code Holiday30 at checkout.   

Bill Bass and I are excited as our book, Leading From The Library, is included in this special sale too. You will find it here

It's CSEdWeek and Hour Of Code Next Week...Here Are The 3 Coding Choice Boards For All Teachers and Students, TK-12!

We are excited to kick off Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code next week on December 6-12 with our students at Van Meter.  We have celebrated this special event for the last several years and tie in coding and computer science to all of our grades at Van Meter throughout the entire year as well.  
As we plan special coding activities for our students in TK through 12th grade, I started at the Hour of Code site that you can find here.  It is filled with sites for all grade levels, with tons of help for teachers and families as we learn along with our young people too. 
Take a look at a few of the amazing sites and resources on the Hour of Code site...
There are helpful descriptions and instructions with each site.  

And everything is FREE for all of us to use!  How cool is that! 

Over the last several weeks, I have been working on three coding choice boards to share and use with our school community and to share with all of you to use with yours too. 
On this new Our Coding Choice Board TK-12 here to share with students and here to make a copy to edit. 
And if you work with just elementary, you can use the Elementary Coding Choice Boards here to share with students and here to make a copy to edit.

Below, you will find a link to each where you can make a copy and changes of your own if you'd like. 
Our Coding Choice Board TK-3 here to share with students and here to make a copy to edit.
Our Coding Choice Board 3-6 here to share with students and here to make a copy to edit

Our Coding Choice Board 6-12 here to share with students and here to make a copy to edit

I can't wait to see all that are kids learn, create and share about coding this month...and throughout the year.  I love seeing the little sparks and smiles coding brings.  I hope you bring coding to your community, families, classrooms and students too. 

Join The LIVE Storyvoice On December 8 With Jeff Kinney As He Reads and Draws From Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Shot!


On December 8 at 1:00pm EST, our friends at Storyvoice are hosting another special author event. This time it is with Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, where kids will be able to read and draw along with one of their favorite authors. 
You will find the page here.  The session will begin automatically from this page at the designated start time.