Saturday, November 28, 2015

December 3D Printing Challenge-Holiday Cookie Cutters!

During this Thanksgiving week, I am so incredibly grateful to my Personal Learning Network of teacher librarians and other educators. I've also been so grateful to have some time with my family, AND to catch up a bit on planning for my school library! Here is a plan I just drafted for a "December Challenge" to encourage my students and teachers alike to get going with designing for our 3D printers. I'll be sharing it with my staff and students on Tuesday. In the meantime, please share any thoughts or suggestions to help me tweak it. And, as I borrowed it from the great blog, feel free to borrow this December challenge idea from me.

Once I get my "sample" cookie cutters printed, I'm planning to try putting out some play dough to let students see the cookie cutters in action. I don't have an oven in the library, but perhaps I can also bake some real cookies to bring in before the break.

If this embed of my Google Doc doesn't display well, you can view it at this link.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

My #AASL15 Adventures (#myaasl)

For a couple of years now, my "main" method of note-taking from conferences and other events has been tweeting and favoriting tweets by others attending the same event. Here's my summary of my experiences and take-aways at last week's amazing American Association of School Librarians' conference, told through Twitter compiled with Storify, one of my favorite storytelling tools:

Sunday, November 1, 2015

EdTechTeam San Diego Summit

I recently had the pleasure of attending the EdTechTeam's San Diego Summit featuring Google for Education in Coronado, CA. I blogged in August about the sessions I presented at the Orange County Summit. While I repeated the same two sessions, "Google Forms: You Can't Live Without Them" and "Become a Google Images Ninja," I made some updates to both of them. So, here are the slides from this Summit:

I learn so much from these professional development events, both as I prepare my sessions and interact with the attendees, and, of course, from all the great sessions presented by others. Two of the items on my "to do" list after this summit are piloting Imagine Easy's new Google Scholar, which will be replacing soon, and sharing Soundtrap with students and teachers at my school.

It was also fun meeting up with some of the members of my 2014 Mountain View Google Teacher Academy, Adina Sullivan, Dan Bennett, Mark Rounds, and Ryan Archer: