Making a Difference

My teaching focus as media specialist is usually on student creations of a digital or physical nature. As part of my preparation for MACUL17, I have been focusing on creation of a different sort. How do we create digital citizens how can leave a positive footprint? In the past, much of the teaching about digital … More Making a Difference

Hour of Code Options for Elementary Students

Code.org Of course, Code Studio level 1 is the easiest way to introduce kindergarten and first-grade students to code. I love it, but during Computer Science Education Week, it often has performance issues because of the huge amount of traffic that is generated. While it is wonderful, I always have a fallback plan in case it goes down … More Hour of Code Options for Elementary Students

Setting Students Up for Future Success by Using Hour of Code

If you had told my ten-year-0ld self that as an adult, I would send most of my career teaching people how to do things on computers, I would have laughed in your face. You see, at ten, I was a bookworm who would rather read than socialize and computers occupied entire floors of research universities and … More Setting Students Up for Future Success by Using Hour of Code

Three Tools for Teaching Digital Citizenship to Elementary Students

This week is Digital Citizenship Week, and while I try to infuse my lessons with expectations about digital citizenship all year long, this week, I am especially focused on that concept. The following websites contain tools that I have used successfully in an elementary school setting. http://www.netsmartzkids.org/ Netsmartzkids contains videos and activities that I have … More Three Tools for Teaching Digital Citizenship to Elementary Students

The Power of Habit

If any teacher ever doubted the power of habit, the first weeks of school would change that immediately. We do not fully realize the many ways that habits make our lives easier and better until faced with a group of children who have no classroom habits. Habits are like computer programs, in that they let … More The Power of Habit