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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.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Trying to get Activities Organized

I was hoping to get several extra-curricular activities organized for this year. My plan was

-Ultimate Frisbee starting earlier in the year, so that when the tournament happens in the spring students have been playing for more than a couple of weeks

-coding activities for elementary grades, and maybe a primary

After speaking with some of the students I realized that most DON'T want to do activities at lunch time. They enjoying spending time with their friends during play time, and if it looks like something fun is going to happen, they will just skip the activity to play. I am big fan of unstructured play time, so I can easily understand this sentiment. Also, I don't have a lot of free lunches. I have lunch duty 3/7 days, and toss in even 1 extra lunch time activity and I am down to 3 days that I have only 25 minutes to eat.

This is definitely going to lead to some more creative scheduling. Due to the reduciton in my learning resources allocation, I won't have as much time during the school day either. So it looks like after school is going to be the way to go for anything fun and interesting to happen. Which leads to an entire other issue, because not all kids have the flexibility to be able to stay after school to take part.

Organizing in Elementary school is not easy.

Monday, March 6, 2017

More Harry Potter!

The library certainly had a copy of all the Harry Potter books at one point, but honestly, most of them are in bad shape. Extensive damage from over use really. Last year I replaced copies of books 4, 5, 6, and 7 because they were literally falling apart. In the last two months though the first three books have been in great demand and I actually had to discard all of them. The demand had been so high that I realized one copy of each of the first three books wasn't going to cut it, so I got 3 copies of each! Can't wait to put them into circulation this week.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Some Nice Computer Books for the Library

The library just got some great new books for the library.

I've really been making a push to get some interesting non-fiction titles in the library, and I'm hoping that these will be a great addition. There are a number of kids interested in Scratch, and I have had more than one student ask me about youtube videos.

I really like the youtube book, it was less about using youtube, and more about how to properly plan and execute a video. Very well done.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Doing new course in Mobile Computing

I just found a great course on Mobile computing and creating apps called "TrinityX: T007x Mobile Computing with App Inventor - CS Principles". 
It looks great! I am one week late starting, but hopefully I will catch up! There is even a section 
for making a walking tour based on GPS locations, something I have always wanted 
to do. 

https://www.edx.org/course/mobile-computing-app-inventor-cs-trinityx-t007x

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Books, almost ready to go!

3 Crates of new books, almost ready to go on the shelves! All chapter books, they are just awaiting stickers and shelf labels to make it there.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Outside Gym and Snow Forts

On Friday of last week and Monday of this week we had gym outside, in the fresh snow on Monday. It was fun, and we spent some time digging snow forts and snow tunnels.





Sunday, January 1, 2017