Tuesday, January 31, 2017

iPad in the Elementary Art Classroom

Megan Thompson (@seeingnewshapes) teaches art at Casady School in Oklahoma City to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders. For the past year, Megan has been using an iPad to enhance and augment student learning. By using the iPad "AirPlaying" to an Apple TV connected television, encouraging students to record audio reflections about their artwork, and documenting the process of creating art projects, Mrs. Thompson is finding the iPad to be a transformative addition to her classroom toolkit as a teacher. Learn more about what is happening in Mrs. Thompson's art classroom by listening to this 20 minute audio interview either on the Opinion website or on YouTube. This YouTube version was created by app-smashing the recording from the Opinion app with the iOS App Voice Record Pro.

You can also follow Mrs. Thompson on Twitter @seeingnewshapes.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Learning Programming with Lego Robotics

8th graders at Casady School in Oklahoma City have the opportunity to take an elective course with Dr. Glen Emerson (@emerson_glen) called, ¨Programming the EV3 Robot.¨ The official course description explains how students learn to use Lego Mindstorms Robots to develop their computational thinking (programming skills) by collaboratively figuring out how to solve different challenges:
This course covers some of the programming necessary to successfully navigate the EV3 Lego robot in real world conditions using rotation, touch, light, and ultrasonic sensors. Using the EV3 graphical programming environment available from Lego, students write programs that enabled the robot to follow a line, follow a wall, and stop a certain distance from a wall. After this introduction, students are divided into groups and asked to work together to accomplish specific missions, such as having their robot pick up a loop and return to the home base autonomously. Each group continually tests and corrects their robotic design and programs as necessary.
Last week, on January 19, 2017, Casady 8th graders Colton and Brigitte took a few minutes to demonstrate and explain how they use the Lego Mindstorms block-based programming environment to control their robots and navigate an ever-changing course of challenges created for them by Dr. Emerson. Check out this short, three minute video to see and hear Colton and Brigitte explaining their classroom learning using programming and robotics.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Flipping Algebra with Rob Huber

Rob Huber teaches 8th grade Algebra at Casady School in Oklahoma City, and has been experimenting with a variety of strategies to "flip" classroom learning the past two years. In this podcast interview, he talks about his journey and how he is using the iPad app Explain Everything to create short tutorial videos for students to watch at home, so they can work on more challenging problems together in class.

This interview was recorded by Wes Fryer (@wfryer) on an iPhone using the Opinion App. Listen to this 34 minute audio interview on the Opinion website or on YouTube. This YouTube version was created by app-smashing the recording from the Opinion app with the iOS App Voice Record Pro.

Podcast Interview Shownotes:

  1. Rob Huber's classroom YouTube channel
  2. PlayPosIt
  3. EdPuzzle
  4. Casady School (@casadyschoolOKC)