Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Join Me Today For A NEW Webinar.... Choice Boards With Capstone eBooks, PebbleGo, Capstone Connect and More!


Today, I am part of an exciting NEW webinar hosted by Norm Berning and Literacy for Texas, Choice Boards With Capstone eBooks, PebbleGo, Capstone Connect and More!  

As shared on the invite...

Join Literacy for Texas and Norm Berning for a special presentation from Shannon McClintock Miller showcasing how you can easily create custom choice boards with your school’s Capstone eBooks or PebbleGo articles! Create fun and easy ways to share digital content with your students. Take it one step further and make it easier than ever to grab direct links and teacher's resources from Capstone's new 'Connect' Program!

You can register for this FREE webinar here. If you can't attend at that time, don't worry because the recording and resources will be send to everyone. 

I hope to see you there, friends!  

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Our High School Housing Students Designed, Created and Printed Their Own Tiny Furniture!

I love projects where our students can make their ideas come to life.  Last week, I worked on a project with our secondary FCS (Family and Consumer Science) housing class where we did just that!  

Our FCS teacher, Mary Sents, reached out with the idea of having her housing students use the 3D printers to print furniture they drew up and created.  

We started by having the students sketch up their furniture ideas on a piece of paper.  I then taught them how to use Tinkercad to create their piece of furniture.  Tinkercad is a free, online 3D modeling program that runs in a web browser and that is very easy to use for all ages.

As a teacher, we can make a class in Tinkercad.  You give the students a code to join the class so all of our housing students were together in this class we created.  This made it easy for me to check in on their designs and make sure everything was set to print. 

It was so much fun to watch our students dream up designs in Tinkercad.  
Take a look at their furniture designs! 
Once they were complete, I sent their furniture designs from Tinkercad to our Monoprice 3D printers. 
We have tables, 
couches, chairs and even a super cool bed.  
They are also using our 3Doodler pens from Maker Maven to create little details and accents, like...
...the tiny pillows Kierra created for her couch.  

We can't wait to see what else they create for this project.  We will make sure to share their furniture when they are all done.  

Earth Day Choice Board For This Weeks Celebration!


This week, on April 22, we celebrate Earth Day.  It's a day to celebrate by learning what we can do to help the Earth.

I have put together the Let's Celebrate Earth Day Choice Board with resources to learn, read, create and play with Earth Day, environmental and recycling activities. 

I made two versions.  We use PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next at our school and there are several awesome articles that are perfect for Earth Day. 

One includes the Recycling and the Environment article from PebbleGo Next and...
...Helping the Environment from PebbleGo. 
You can just find the articles, click on Copy Link as shown in this image and...
...attach it to the screen shot of the article in the choice board. 
The second choice board includes an article...
...from National Geographic Kids about...
...the History of Earth Day.  

You will find the Let's Celebrate Earth Day (with PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next) Choice Board here.  If you want to make a copy, you will find the link here

You will find the second Let's Celebrate Earth Day (with National Geographic Kids) Choice Board here. If you want to make a copy, you will find the link here
And you will find the two versions of the April Choice Board here in this blog post. 

I would love to hear any other ideas and resources we could add to the Earth Day Choice Boards, friends.  Just let me know if you have ideas or any questions.  I am happy to help.