Sunday, April 8, 2018

Chrome Music Lab Song Maker

Music is something I don't excel at. During my days in university I even needed a tutor to get through the one music course I had to take. That doesn't mean I don't value it though, and it is certainly a skill I wish I had.

The people at the Chrome Music Labs have developed a simple music maker that anyone can try to have fun with. You just click on the blocks and let it play. It is fun, but complicated that anyone can make something that sounds good.

They have a bunch of other music activities to try as well, from a rhythm monkey, a spectrogram that lets you visualize the sound, and a piano that does, uh, chords? I don't even know what most of this means.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Scratch 3.0 is coming in August!

Oh man, I am so excited! Scratch, the programming language we use in school during Scratch club at lunch, is getting updated to version 3.0!  There are lots of great changes in the upcoming version, but my favorite is that it no longer relies on Flash to operate. On the school computers and Chromebooks this was always an annoying problem because I couldn't always guarntee that Flash was going to be updated, or that it would work. And (even though I am not a big fan of them) it means that they will also work on ipads and other tablets.

Anyway, it is great news!

Scratch 3.0

Thursday, January 25, 2018

New Graphic Novels!

We just got some brand new graphic novels and they are already to go! I can't wait to read "Wings of Fire"!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Scholastic Book Fair Orders ALMOST all here

The Scholastic Book fair orders are ALMOST all here. The Unicorn posters arrived yesterday, and I received confirmation that the Lamborghini posters are on their way as well. Aside from 2 books that I know of, and one UV Secret Spy pen I think everyone should have their products!

I will do a check at school this week to see if anyone has anyone has an outstanding order, but my records indicate we should be ok.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Talking to a bowl of Cheesy Puffs

I am working my way through the projects in Module 1 of Code Club. Just finished the Chatbot activity. Certainly one of the most exciting ones I have used. I really like the easy way it introduced the variables too. It isn't done yet, but I think I might add some more stuff to make it a little more fun.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Girls Learning Code, November 25th

Another Girls Learning Code activity takes place on November 25th!

Don't miss out!

Our Girls Learning Code Artmaking with Scratch workshop is coming up on November 25th! 

Using Scratch, a beginner level programming environment, learners will have the tools to develop interactive art and art-building platforms to share and use. Learners will also be introduced to Scratch's amazing online community, sloganed: "Imagine, Program, Share," where they will have the opportunity to upload their projects to share with fellow digital artists!

Each Artmaking with Scratch workshop has the same flow, but different activities. Come and create new artwork every time!
Saturday, November 25th
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship | Engineering Building
230 Elizabeth Avenue
St. John's, N
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Code Club

Trying to do more of an organized Scratch Club this year. Last year I let some students come to the library for a lunch period and work on projects that they had already started. Some did that, and some played games on the Scratch website. I wouldn't really call it to successful.

We also had an after school Scratch club with some students in Grade 4 with volunteers from Deloitte. I didn't get to see much of it because I was off for several weeks getting my throat fixed (No more sleep apnea!). They were using printouts from Code Club that were well organized and based on different skill levels. It was great to see the students complete a project each time they were there.

I decided to try the same thing this year. I had a couple of failed attempts getting it set up with the days of the cycle, and lunch duties to content with, but I settled on 1 full lunch period with me, and a second that they can attend independently if they wish. This should give them time to do ask questions and have me help them, and a second day to just do things.

My first inclination was to follow the Code Club rigidly, and have the students follow the lessons sequentially. I had recently started taking a course called Learning Creative Learning from MIT, and one thing that really stuck with me was writing about wide walls, and being more free with the students to pick what they were learning, so they could practice the 4 Ps, Projects, Passion, Peers and Play. Instead I opted to download a large variety of projects from Code Club and the Scratch website, and let the students pick what they wanted to do. This would allow them to learn some basic skills, but also give them a wide variety of places to hone those skills. With the skills they learned they could branch off into other projects that they cared about.

We start tomorrow! So, we will see what happens.