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Our class has had the opportunity to connect with other classes from around the United States with video chat. While we meetup online, we have a fun math challenge for the other class: guess our mystery number!
Today our largest number went up to the billions in place value!
We have played the game with two variations. The first time we played Mrs. Egesdal's class (@4Begesdal) from Forest City, Iowa. We challenged her fourth grade class by answering yes or no questions to discover the mystery number.
We had great problem solvers ask questions like:
Is your number greater than 50?
Is your number a multiple of 10?
Is your number even?
Today we challenged Mrs. Naugle's fourth grade class (@plnaugle) from Louisiana. In this game, the students wrote down clues that the other class had to solve in order to find out the mystery number.
Clues included questions like:
It is a seven digit number.
The number in the tens place is 2. The number in the thousands place is 3 times this number.
The number in the ones place is an even number less than three.
We are looking for classes all around the world to post pictures of their school & communities to Instagram using the hashtag #ourcommunityed In this project, we will explore Rural, Urban and Suburban settings while interacting with real classes from around the world.
There is also a Google form for teachers to fill out if they would like to participate. Here is a link:http://goo.gl/F6tJxD
Could you help us spread the word?
By Junior Melo (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Gamification has been on my mind lately. One of my goals for this school year is to include more gamified learning in my classroom.
Maybe you saw Jane McGonigal's inspiring Keynote at ISTE? I think the potential for games in education is limitless!
Today I watched Alice Keeler's fantastic video on Gamification (see below). She explains the difference between games and gamification. I love that there were immediate takeaways: in my math lesson on estimating differences today, I created many more interesting "epic" story problems to correlate with the math. My students loved it- we had a great lesson today in part due to this video!
I also came across the website Educade, which is devoted to gamification in the classroom. I love that it includes lesson plans with gaming ideas! This would be a great resource to gather your lesson "hooks". I also would like to incorporate Minecraft and MakeyMakey into the curriculum this year, so this site offers guidance from educators who have completed projects.
In the past, I have used Edmodo. My students gave it the moniker "Kid Facebook", and they seemed to enjoy it. I liked the badges.
This year I think I will rely more heavily on Class Dojo. I like the avatars, and I plan to use this abundantly for positive behavior rewards. I also like that you can automatically email parent reports! I would also like to utilize this resource to track skills- not just behavior. I like the idea of leveling up and competing against themselves.
As a google certified teacher, I present frequently on Google Tools for Educators. Check out my presentation from Lipscomb University's Ignite Session and learn new simple tricks that will make your life much easier!
I've been selected to participate in "MakeWithMOTO". This is an exciting high-tech weekend of inventing! They bring amazing tools including 3d printers, laser cutters, robots and more! If you could credit anything you could imagine, what would you make? I'd love some ideas to present this weekend! If you have a product or app that needs creating, let me know about it!
I'm looking forward to bringing what I learn back to the classroom. I'd also like to hear what type of robotics program you have at your school! Hopefully, my third graders will be presenting at the Maker Faire coming up in a few months. Have you checked out Maker Faires in your area yet?
Want a great way to get your kids involved in hands-on STEM projects? You should check for local mini-Maker Faires in your area! Described as the World's Greatest Show-and-Tell, maker faires are a gathering of minds... minds that are fascinated with inventing and creating. Personally, I think it's a great tie-in to STEM projects.
Also, check out things like SparkTruck that will come to you!
I had an opportunity to play with the Lego Mindstorm kit at ISTE this year. I really enjoyed their product, and I would love to get it into the hands of my students! I'm debated exactly which product to delve into- I would love to hear what you are using! Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter!
Today we had our district tech conference. I played with littleBits. I like that they are magnetic and $149 for a starter kit. I like and dislike that there is no software component; I think it is easier to use, but they aren't learning a software program like Scratch.
Steve Dembo (@teach42) was our Keynote today! He works for Discovery Education, and he is also a co-author (with Adam Bellow) of:
Me & Steve Dembo @ our local tech conference
Adam explains Google Glass to me @ ISTE
Have you watched this yet? It's a must-do before the new school year! Get ready to change the world!