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Introduction to CS with Makey Makey and Scratch

Banana pianos are fun, but customized inventions are even better! In this webinar, you will learn how to challenge students to code custom Scratch projects for their Makey Makey invention kits. Use Scratch to create and code sprites, learn coding tools to make custom animations, and use logic to make games smart!


As a creative, Colleen creates teacher-driven content for the Makey Makey team and beyond! With 15 years of experience in education and a lifetime experience as a maker, she still believes the world is her classroom and that maker education is transformative for students and teachers alike! Colleen is currently the Director of Content, Curriculum, and Community at Makey Makey. 

Modifying a Pre-Made Minecraft Education Edition Lesson

Minecraft Education Edition has many pre-made lessons for almost any subject. These lessons are great places to start. However, you may want to personalize the lessons to add quizzes and instructions that fit with your lesson and teaching style. Alice Keeler is going to guide you through essential tips for customizing a Minecraft lesson and distributing it to your students.

Sharing Lessons in Minecraft Education Edition

Minecraft Education Edition is an excellent resource for engaging students in deeper learning opportunities. Education Edition allows you to download pre-created lessons as well as design your own immersive learning experience. In this session, Alice will walk through how to find ready-made lessons for Minecraft Education Edition and how to distribute them to students using iPads, laptops, or Chromebooks.

Teaching with Minecraft: Basics for Creating a World

Using Minecraft Education Edition starts with understanding some of the basics, like maneuvering in the environment, game modes, and more. In this session, Alice will help you to get started with creating a world. She'll dive into the differences between creative mode and survival mode with some discussion on when to choose which mode when using Minecraft Education Edition with students.

Introduction to Minecraft Education Edition

Game-based learning, like Minecraft, can increase engagement and understanding for students of all ages. But what is Minecraft and how is it educational? In this session, Alice will introduce us to Minecraft Education Edition, the differences between Minecraft and Minecraft Education Edition, and how it can be used with your elementary to high school students.

Rube Goldberg Machines in the Classroom

In this session, Jennifer George shares how teaching Rube Goldberg in the classroom levels the playing field for all learners of all ages. She will talk about the history of the Rube Goldberg Institute for Innovation & Creativity, the origins of the Rube Goldberg Machine and the machine contests that the family has run for over 35 years.  She will also introduce a variety of new offerings that exist for all grade levels that want to get started creating Rube Goldberg Machines in the classroom. 

pi-top[4] Foundation Electronics Kit

Second video in the series ... using pi-top[4] and Python programming to activate sensors and components in the Foundation Electronics Kit.

Getting the School Year Started - Coding in K-8 with Wonder Workshop

In this webinar (part one in a series), you will learn about the importance of computer science for K-8 students, as well as some practical examples on how you can get started this school year as a classroom teacher, a library/media specialist, and even a school administrator. Join Bryan L. Miller, Senior Director of Global Strategic Outreach at Wonder Workshop, creators of the Dash, Dot, and Cue robots, as he takes you through ways to get computer science going at your school or district. Bryan is an international keynote presenter and speaker in the areas of computer science, robotics, maker spaces, play, and edtech toys. He has worked with thousands of educators across the world in learning about the importance of computer science and integrating it into the curriculum. The fun doesn’t stop there, as this will be a series of continued webinars covering other topics in Coding in K-8 with Wonder Workshop. 

Part 3 - Learning Python with pi-top: Conditionals & Loops

Why did the turtle cross the road? Well, probably to attend our Python session… but what’s more important is HOW the turtle gets to the other side of the road. Session three of Learning Python with the pi-top is all about control flow. We’ll show you how to use a classic computer programming application called Turtle Art (hint: it comes pre-installed on your pi-top). Join us to gather resources for teaching control flow with the pi-top that includes turtles and so much more! 

pi-top[4] Robotics 102 with Further

In this video, we move beyond the basics of Python programming and your pi-top[4] unit.  From the pi-top Further website, we take a look at Courses, where teachers and students can explore programming concepts through Robotics, namely “Robotics 102” where our Prax robot imitates human qualities!

pi-top[4] Robotics 101 with Further

In this video, we move beyond the basics of Python programming and your pi-top[4] unit.  From the pi-top Further website, we take a look at Courses, where teachers and students can explore programming concepts through Robotics, namely “Robotics 101” where the robot becomes a Mars Rover.  Check it out!

pi-top[4] Pulse Light Show

Using a Pulse unit and connecting it to your pi-top[4] unit, you can light up colored pixels in the 7 X 7 grid and do some amazing things with Python code.  Take a look!