Saturday, February 25, 2017

Recap of Project Lead the Way in Grades K-5

Kindergarteners are studying the structure and function of the
human body during the PLTW biomedical module:

1st graders are learning to code on Scratch Jr. They will be
creating their own animated stories:

2nd graders follow the Engineering Design Process to solve
the problem of preventing a landslide from destroying the
houses in a town at the bottom of a hill:

3rd graders started coding “unplugged” and now they are
beginning to create a game using Hopscotch:


4th graders enjoy coding their own Alien Game with Tynker
during the PLTW computer science module:

5th graders are "infection detectives" during their biomedical module:

Monday, February 20, 2017

Using Padlet for Closure

Closure is one of the most important components of a good quality lesson. Unfortunately, it is a component that often gets left out due to time restraints. Today during staff professional development our Library Media Specialist and Tech Integrator, Kiley Ogodogu, showed the teachers examples of using technology for lesson closure activities. Padlet was on the top of the list. I use Padlet in my technology class for grades 2-5. Students enjoy collaborating. They also enjoy reading each other’s posts. I recommend Padlet for a lesson closure activity. I have also used it as a closure activity while leading PD for staff.
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                               An example of a 4th grade Padlet.