Saturday, July 20, 2019

STREAM Education


Ann Noonen and I will be sharing about STREAM Education at the KTI Summit. If you would like to learn more about ways to use Literacy-Based STEM Challenges with your students then please join us on Thursday, July 25th 9-10:15 am in Room 240. Please feel free to check-out our website if you are not able to attend our session:

10 Ways to Use Green Screens to Teach ELA

10 Ways to Use Green Screens to Teach ELA

Green screens can be integrated into English Language Arts (ELA) to make Learning fun and exciting!! I have the 10 ways listed below. Additional examples are available on my website: 

If you are at the KTI Summit, I will be presenting on Wed. July 24th from 12:45-2 in Room 104.

Global Launch Day!

Global Launch Day

The girls have been exploring space because they participated in Global Launch Day on July 16, 2019. The girls used Merge Cubes and an AR space app to experience space.  Actually, the girls created their own Merge Cubes using this template. If you want then you can use the one side of the template to create your own Merge Shirt. If you print the front of the Merge Cube template onto an iron-on printable sheet then you can apply it to your own t-shirt. 

This past year, Girls Who Code started providing club membership for girls who are in Grade 3. Girls Who Code information will be available to explore. Example projects will be provided. The girls in the club code Robon (RoboKind) to teach lessons to younger students.  A demo will be provided of how the girls coded Robon to share facts about the solar system. 

If you are the KTI Summit then come over to check-out our projects during STEM night on Tuesday, July 23rd from 6:30-8:30. 

Friday, July 19, 2019

Social Robots Empower Learners

Social Robots Empower Learners

When I was presenting at the state STEM conference, I met Milo from RoboKind. I was amazed that there was a humanoid robot being used to help students with Autism (Robots4Autism). I was curious about how RoboKind's platform was expanding into Robots4STEM with Jett. Further,  I learned that the company was going to come out with a female robot named Robon. I started to wonder what would happen if I had a female robot that could be used to help girls to learn to code. We need to empower more girls to pursue the computer science field. Well, I ended-up getting the first female humanoid from the company. I heard that Girls Who Code clubs were now including younger girls, so I started my club with third graders. The girls spent one hour a week learning through the RoboKind's missions. Essentially, the girls learned about key coding terms and concepts. The girls use block code to code an avatar. Then the robot is connected to the code that the girls write- The girls see that their code makes an impact! The girls in my club applied what they learned to individual projects. The girls taught lessons to younger students. The girls coded Robon to act as a teacher assistant throughout the lesson. You can see some examples of their work on our Girls Who Code Robot website. I decided that I was going to take this a step further. I decided to code Robon to act as a teaching assistant in my classroom.  My research about social robots led to development of Redcay's STEM-oscope Model that is used to describe the connections between the use of social robots, STEM Education, and Metacognition. InTechOpen is publishing my research in Sept. in a book that is coming out in the UK. Additionally, the research is published as an Open Resource called "Redcay's STEM-oscope Model." Teachers will not be replaced by robots. Rather, teachers will code humanoid robots to act as teacher assistants in the classroom.

I will be sharing about how I use social robots to empower learners at the KTI2019 Summit on Tuesday, July 23rd from 2:45-4.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Engaging Students

Engaging Students

I am always looking for new ways to engage EVERY learner in my class. I started a website highlighting some of my favorite FREE ed tech tools that help engage students. I will continue to add to this site overtime. At this point, I included FlipGrid, GridPals, FlipHunts, FlipGridAR, GooseChase, and MysterySkype. Here is the website link:

I will be presenting about ways that you can engage students at the KTI2019 Summit on Tuesday, July 23 from 9:10-10:25 (Room 105). If you are not able to attend my session then please feel free to check-out the website and reach-out to me with questions. 

ISTE19 Reflections

ISTE19 Was Amazing!! 

ISTE19 was in my home state: PA. I am a proud PA Educator, and I am happy to be a member of the PAECT.  I learned a lot, and I had the chance to connect with so many people. I was honored to take part in Dr. Sam Fecich's @sfecich #edumagic collaborative blog post with @AmandaJeanne2 @TeacherEdBU @MrsTannenb and @erinhall47:! We shared-out some of our takeaways from ISTE19.  I loved having the chance to connect with others. I saw some of my old friends and I made new friends. Plus, I was so excited to meet some the creators of some of my favorite Ed Tech tools. I was thankful that I had the chance to connect with so many amazing educators when I was presenting too. ISTE20 will be in Anaheim, CA! 

@RedcayResources Ed Tech Updates

Are you interested in learning about new ed tech tools in five minutes or less? Then check-out @RedcayResources Quick Ed Tech Updates. 

Let's Check-Out FlipGridAR

On Twitter, @kerszi shared about how you can purchase a HP Sprocketto print the QR to access the AR. Additional info. Is available from Kayla Engle @KaylaEngle4 Also, you can check-out different FlipGrid AR ideas in the Wakelet Collection.