Yes, Everyone Can Code! Hour of Code Week December 5-11

Swift Playgrounds

bae74108-2f7d-41b1-b809-99aba261ba57I received this awesome email regarding the Hour of Code week and wanted everyone to benefit from it:

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week December 5-11, we’ve added new resources to our popular Everyone Can Code program to make it easier to bring coding into your school.
Hour of Code Activity
We’re excited to announce a new Hour of Code™ challenge, right in the Swift Playgrounds app for iPad. The challenge, which only takes an hour to complete, lets students use real Swift code to guide a character through a dynamic 3D world. Students will learn how to give simple commands, write functions, and run loops. The Hour of Code Challenge in Swift Playgrounds is a great way to start exploring teaching, writing and learning code.
The Hour of Code™ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. Sign up for a hands-on Hour of Code workshop in your local Apple Store.  Or, host your own activity in class or after school with the Swift Playgrounds app and our Hour of Code Facilitator Guide. 
 
Expanded Curriculum for Swift Playgrounds and iPad
For those who have already started learning to code with Swift Playgrounds, we’re pleased to add a new set of lessons to the app called Learn to Code 3, along with a companion Teacher Guide to support using the curriculum in the classroom. Learn to Code 3 helps students put together the skills they learned in previous lessons and apply them in a project-based environment. The Teacher Guide includes activities, reflection questions, journal prompts, and more to help teachers bring these new lessons into the classroom.
 
Earn Swift Playgrounds Badges in Apple Teacher 
We are also excited to announce a new professional learning opportunity to help teachers build skills to bring coding into their classrooms. Apple Teachers can now complete four new badges for learning and teaching with Swift Playgrounds, and earn a new Apple Teacher logo featuring Swift Playgrounds to share their accomplishment.
 
New Apple Professional Learning Provider
For teachers, schools, and districts who want additional support to bring iOS app development into their curriculum, we’re pleased to announce MobileMakersEdu as a new Apple Professional Learning Provider. MobileMakersEdu offers workshops and training so teachers can bring App Development with Swift into their classrooms.
 
To learn more about these new offerings and the Everyone Can Code program, visit the website.

WEP 0060: An Interview with Clay Reisler

Clay Reisler, ADE, is @RecessDuty on Twitter

copy-of-dsc_0967In this 60th episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Apple Distinguished Educator, Clay Reisler. You can follow Clay on Twitter at @RecessDuty.

Clay Reisler has been focused on instructional design and digital workflow in his classroom since 2008. With the opportunity to have a mobile digital device in the hands of every student since 2009, Clay has integrated a variety of educational atmospheres that engages and empowers students to guide their own learning. With over 1,400 published videos and 1,100 blog posts of students and teachers integrating technology tools in an educational setting, Clay provides an inside view of technology being implemented at the right time for the right reason.

Clay’s current position as an Instructional Design and Digital Workflow Support Teacher for grades 6-12 allows him to integrate multiple technology tools, mainly iPads, and strategies with classroom teachers across all subject areas so that students can critically think, create, communicate, and collaborate.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Dave Burgess Consulting: www.daveburgessconsulting.com: Great resources for finding educational books and speakers.

One of Clay’s favorite books is How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill

Learn more about Clay’s work at: www.clayreisler.com and www.ipaddiction.blogspot.com

Clay and I cover MUCH in this podcast: the position of a technology coach and how it can really work, iPad as a testing device, iPad vs. Chromebook, Canvas, Flex Mod Scheduling, Workflow solutions, Flipboard, DoInk for iPad, Explain Everything, SeeSaw, Canvas, and the 4 C’s, and of course… so much more! This was a great conversation! Looking forward to having Clay back again soon.

Here are some great links to many of the talking points from the interview:
www.twitter.com/recessduty
www.flipboard.com/@recessduty
https://www.canva.com/ClayReisler
https://www.youtube.com/user/pcmstv1
http://www.pulaskischools.org/high/flexmod/
https://plus.google.com/communities/111864096175967703674
https://soundcloud.com/user-912923621/flex-mod-media-day
https://www.amazon.com/How-Starbucks-Saved-Life-Privilege/dp/1592404049



This is the 3D Printer You Want for Your Classroom

I can't believe it works so well, and is so affordable!

3D Printers are all the rage, and rightfully so. What student wouldn’t want to design something that never existed before and print it out? I’ve even thought of some great ideas for my ELA classroom. Seriously!  I wish every grade level had Screen Shot 2015 12 28 at 2 46 38 PMa 3D printer! The ultimate question though is which 3D Printer should you purchase?  No one wants to invest a lot of money into something only to find out that they got the wrong one.

Well, this post solves that mystery for you.

Our school purchased two of these 3-D printers and we’ve been using them regulary for a year now. This printer is amazing, easy to use, and affordable. (It’s under $400. Wowzers!) Why buy a more expensive printer, when you could get a couple of these for the same price and do even better work. I love this printer!

We did not randomly guess at which printer to purchase. We did our research and interviewed many teachers with 3D printers. I even interviewed the amazing Anthony Johnson to find out which one he recommends, and this iis it; this is 3D Printer to get for your classroom. Anthony is one of the guys who just tells it like it is, and as an educator I rely on his wisdom and recommendations. When Anthony makes a recommendation, I listen.  He has been using this 3D printer in his classroom all year and he loves it. I know many other amazing teachers using it too, like my school’s Aaron Bomer and others. They are doing great work. Better yet, the printer he uses is also the perfect price. All of these teachers have been using it for a variety of awesome projects.

So, don’t gamble on randomly selecting a quality 3D printer, go with a veteran teacher who has had a string of success with an affordable 3D Printer. (I still can’t believe it’s under $400. We were looking at printers in the thousands before I learned of this one.)

The 3D printer you want in your classroom is XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer. The only problem is you may have to wait until this printer is restocked. It would seem the printer is so popular and successful the company is having trouble keeping up with production. The XYZprinting Da Vincin 1.0 3D Printer sells for $399.95 on Amazon. This is a very affordable price. I have spoken with schools that have purchased 3D printer well over a thousand dollars only to be unhappy and unproductive with it. I have not interviewed any educator on my podcast using this printer that is not absolutely loving it. These aren’t random people on a website, these are educators I know and respect recommending a great device for my students.

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Not only is the XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer awesome and affordable, the filament cartridges that you need are affordable too and easy to install. For less than $25 you can purchase a replacement 3D printer filament cartridge. Anthony told me that one cartridge was more than enough to print a model of each one of his students.  (He plans to print these models out, paint them gold and give them to the students as trophies. Anthony is brilliant.  Make sure you listen to the interview.)

This printer weighs under 60 lbs and has a small footprint. It works well with other devices and is easy to use. This is the 3D printer you want.

Here are some more details on the printer.

  • 2014 CES Editors’ Choice Award Winner-Most Affordable 3D Printer
  • Largest 475 cubic inch build volume – 7.8″ x 7.8″ x 7.8″ (20 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm)
  • The da Vinci 1.0 prints in two materials ABS and PLA
  • Free filament as the starter kit and Free 3D Gallery to download

WEP 0059: An Interview with Jon Jarc

The Crossroads of Technology, Empathy and Human Connections

2eoblcmmIn this podcast, Kelly interviews Jon Jarc. Jon is an Apple Distinguished Educator. This episode will “awaken” many fantastic ideas for you and your classroom. Get ready for an inspiring conversation with two passionate educators.

Jon is a teacher, technologist and artist. He has been teaching high school students for 18 years, and has worked as a free-lance graphic designer for the same. He enjoys designing solutions to complex tasks, and being creative in how technology can build literacy skills in all academic areas. Jon is also an avid photographer and music enthusiast.

Follow Jon on Twitter at @TrendingEdTech

If asked what kind of educator he is, Jon would say that he loves working on the bleeding edge of technology. In his classes this year he will be using drones, 3D printers, and computer programming to invent, create, discover, design, and produce awesome things! This semester, his 3D Design class is starting a partnership with “eNabling the Future”, an organization that pairs children in need of prosthetics with students and fabricators. He is looking forward to seeing how his designers (students) will develop solutions to problems where empathy and human connections are the primary focus of their work.

Jon is also the director of the newly formed school makerspace, aimed at bringing cutting-edge software, engineering and tooling to every student. His afterschool club focuses on creating, making, teamwork and self-discovery. He’s always looking to connect, create and innovate!

Mentioned in this podcast:
• Follow Jon on Twitter
• Jon’s books: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/author/jonathan-jarc/id967599595?mt=11
• Mya Animation Software
• Jon’s favorite books: The Power of Myth and The Hero’s Journey, both by Joseph Campbell
• One of Jon’s favorite apps, Clipstro
Kelly’s favorite 3-D Printer: And it’s inexpensive! Really! Only $399. 
Tickle App
• Swift Playgrounds
Sphero: I love this! Great for all classes. So many ideas!
• Kelly’s book: Along Came a Leader
Sponsoring a Wired Educator Podcast: This is how you do it.
Hour of Code: Anyone can start this! Yes, you! Do it.
Apple Teacher Program: Everybody should earn these badges.


WEP 0058: An Interview with Cathy Hunt

Cathy Hunt and The iPad Artroom

In this episode, Kelly interviews teacher, author, and international speaker and creative educational design specialist, Cathy Hunt.

11903734_1645661972385006_6994593764229190732_nCathy is the author of bestselling iPad Art: Lessons, apps and ideas for the iPad in Visual Art and More iPad Art as featured on iBookstore.

Cathy  is a well-known advocate for the creative integration of technology in education, developing ground-breaking programs for students around the world that combine hands-on, tactile and collaborative ways of working with mobile devices.

As an award-winning educational consultant, presenter, author and experienced Visual Art teacher at The St Hilda’s School on Australia’s the Gold Coast, she has worked with thousands of teachers globally to connect creative technology and cutting-edge pedagogical approaches with diverse learners.

Through her bestselling books, dynamic presentations and workshops across the globe for schools, and work for prominent cultural organisations and galleries including the National Gallery of Australia, Cathy models and promotes learning across subject areas that leverages ‘hands-on making’ with 21st Century skills and tools.

Cathy is probably best known for her work on iPadartroom.com, a home base for educators to engage with innovative ideas, resources and technology for learning in that combines paint and pixels. Her site has grown to become the ‘go-to’ resource for teachers leveraging mobile devices for creativity.

Cathy is an Apple Distinguished Educator currently serving on the Advisory Board for the Asia-Pacific region, and the Educational Reference Committee for the God Coast City Art Gallery. Recent accolades include the 2016 International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Mobile Learning Innovation Award, two Digital Innovation in Learning Award honourable mentions from Edsurge/Digital Promise, ‘The Futurist’ Award winner for the Women in Business Awards, and 21st Century Learning International’s Teacher of the Year finalist. Cathy’s iBook, ‘More iPad Art’ also won Best Non-Fiction and Best Reference title at the iBA Awards in Nashville.

 

Mentioned in this podcast: 

• Cathy’s website: www.iPadArtroom.com

• Cathy’s books on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ipad-art/id706608032?mt=11

Lego Mindstorm Robots

• Swift Playgrounds

• For information on Kelly’s speaking and art presentations: www.KellyCroy.com

• Kelly’s book, Along Came a Leader, and for a signed copy, go to www.AlongCameALeader.com