Sunday, December 4, 2022

Video Clips, Animations & Projects For Hour of Code and CSEdWeek From The Achievery, Scratch and Girls Who Code!


This week we celebrate Hour of Code with and CSEdWeek. 

These special events help us, as educators, librarians and families, promote the importance of computer science and possible careers for our young people in the future.  

Not only do we want to give our students places to learn, explore and play through coding, we want to teach them with engaging and exciting resources throughout the week, and throughout the year. 

One of the places I go to find amazing resources to use with all of our students, kindergarten to 12th grade is The Achievery. 

This FREE resource created by AT&T provides us with video clips from some of the most popular, well-loved movies, TV shows and cartoons from Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network, in addition to others including Boddle, Girls Who Code, Scratch and many more partners. 

The videos clips are paired with learning activities and lessons that teachers and students can use school, at home and on the go! 
On The Achievery site, you will find it easy to search for video clips and activities that tie into coding and computer science within the Technology and Engineering category. 
It makes it even more exciting to find resources from organizations supporting coding and computer science like Scratch and Girls Who Code. 

As we learn, explore, create and celebrate this week with our students, The Achievery will be such a wonderful resource for all of us.  

You will find the video clips, animations, projects and more at friends.

Join The 2022 Gingerbread STEM Community Global Makerspace Project This Holiday Season...Details and a NEW Choice Board Here!


One of my favorite holiday projects every year is the....
...Gingerbread STEM Community Global Makerspace Project brought to us by... 
...the amazing Dyane Smokorowski and Micah Brown. I always get so excited when Dyane shares this wonderful global Makerspace project with all of us. 

There are lots of fun ways to participate in this project with all ages.  You will find the 2022 Gingerbread STEM Community Global Makerspace Project site here.

In the past, we have created gingerbread houses out of different art and recycled materials; 

built and wrote about gingerbread houses in Buncee/PebbleGo Create...

...that we shared here in this Buncee Board

...and even used Tinkercad to design and build virtual gingerbread houses that the students then viewed in augmented reality using the Merge Object Viewer app. 

To help our students build background knowledge and learn more about gingerbread houses, I put together this Gingerbread Choice Board.  On this choice board, there is a video of the History of Gingerbread; a link with over 50 super cool gingerbread houses for inspiration and ideas; The Gingerbread Man from Capstone; How to Draw a Gingerbread House from Art Hub for Kids; and four different places to create gingerbread houses and gingerbread cookies online. 

You will find the Gingerbread Choice Board to share with your students here.  If you want to make edits, you can make a copy here.

The sky is the limit and I can't wait to see how everyone celebrates, creates and connects this year in the 2022 Gingerbread STEM Community Global Makerspace Project. 

Day 4 of the 25 Days of Digital Tools and Apps from Future Ready Librarians is Here With Amanda Hunt Sharing Classcraft!

Today is December 4 and Day 4 of our very special 25 Days of Digital Tools and Apps from Future Ready Librarians®.   

As I shared here, for the first 25 days in December, I will be sharing digital tools, along with ideas and resources to go with each, all shared by wonderful Future Ready Librarians from around the country. 
Today, Amanda Hunt @thenextgenlibrarian shares Classcraft.

Just click on Card 4 in the choice board here and up pops Day 4! 

Amanda shares the app description, uses as a Future Ready Librarian and Ideas for Using With Students. 
You will find the 2-minute video clip from our Future Ready Librarian webinar in November on the second slide.

As you learn along, we would love to hear how you use or would use each digital tool.  Feel free to add to the post in the Future Ready Librarian Facebook page or on Twitter or Instagram using #FutureReadyLibs or #FutureReady.
As we add more and more days and slides, just click on the red house in the right hand corner of every slide.  That will take you back to...
...this front page where you can easily click on any of the days as they are being added throughout the month.  And it will be a great way to follow lots of amazing Future Ready Librarians too! Everyone included how to connect with them on the slide. 

Last year, I used each day to learn more about the digital tool being shared that day.  It was also fun to try them out myself and with our students and teachers.  I can't wait to do the same thing this December too. 

You will find The 25 Days of Digital Tools and Ideas from Future Ready Librarians® choice board here.  

I hope you join us for The 25 Days of Digital Tools and Ideas, friends.  It will be a great month of learning, creating and sharing with others.  Check back here on my blog daily.