Cracking the Code (Part 2)
Spotlight Educator: Debbie Fucoloro, Technology Coordinator, St. Margaret Alacoque School, MO
Explore engaging ideas for no-tech and lo-tech activities that teach coding concepts, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Learn how our youngest students can learn to code using color, symbols, shapes/patterns and syntax. Example tools include Bloxels, Code.org, and Sphero. You will leave understanding that coding language and concepts may be taught without the aid of a computer, as well as engaging ways to teach problem solving and critical thinking skills. The value of coding in the classroom will be explored by demonstrating how coding can evolve from unplugged activities.
Creating a Space for Deeper Learning
Spotlight Educator: Debbie Fucoloro, Technology Coordinator, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School, MO
Come learn how design thinking and student voice can be leveraged to create a new innovative learning environment. You will see how a computer lab/makerspace/media center was transformed into an innovative, flexible, engaging space where process is valued over product. Within this innovative learning environment students create, collaborate, communicate, explore, share, celebrate, fail, reflect, and most of all, DREAM.
Creating Meaning in the Elementary Math Classroom
Speaker: Christine Ruder, Teacher, Rolla Public Schools, MO
In this session you will learn how to move beyond using websites and apps that just review skills in your elementary math classroom. Come learn some ideas for using websites and apps that will have your students creating projects that will truly build their understanding of mathematical concepts. Go hands-on and in-depth with technology and math.