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Creating Scavenger Hunts with Lumio
In honor of National Scavenger Hunt Day on May 24th, we'll show you some tips and tricks for creating and using scavenger hunts with Lumio. Even better, this is a great interdisciplinary activity that can be done throughout the whole school year to promote student engagement.
Want an easy, little to no-prep lesson activity for Pi Day? Look no futher! In this session, we'll provide you with Lumio activities that are ready to use with your students, and we'll even show you how you can customize your own.
Celebrating Read Across America Month in the Secondary Classroom
Are you looking for ways to connect with the spirit of Read Across America for your secondary students? In this session, we will discuss a variety of ways you can explore the deeper meaning behind some of the texts of Theodor Seuss Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss, whose birthday inspired Read Across America. We will look at pieces of writing from Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein to compare and contrast social issues; use Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels and Dr. Seuss's The Butter Battle Book to discuss satire; discuss political cartoons during World War II; and more! We will also discuss some technology tools to support these activities, including some templates for students to write their own stories and screenplays!
Using Digital Tools to Write Personal Letters
Did you know that February is known as "Letter and Card Writing Month"? In this course, we will be focusing on digital tools that students can use to support letter writing skills. We will explore a variety of strategies and digital tools you can use with your students to plan, write, and share their letters!
Weather Watching Activities for Groundhog Day
Every year, we celebrate Groundhog Day and look forward to finding out if spring is coming or if we’ll have six more weeks of winter. In this session, we will dive into the history of Groundhog Day and then explore some more science-based weather concepts. We'll discuss activities that can provide students with the opportunity to track weather data and make predictions about whether or not the Groundhog will "see its shadow." Join us for a Groundhog Day celebration with a science twist!
Web Resources to Welcome the Lunar New Year
The Lunar New Year is just around the corner! In this session, we will provide you with resources and ideas to bring the culture and history of the holiday to your classroom. We will also explore specific activities to recognize the importance of cultural foods, symbols, stories, and more that are associated with the Lunar New Year. Join us for a Lunar New Year celebration!
Festive STEAM Challenges for Elementary Classrooms
The holiday season is upon us! This time of year is the perfect opportunity to incorporate some festive fun into the classroom. Join us for our session where we will explore winter and holiday themed STEAM projects and challenges that elementary students can collaborate on. We will dive into the benefits of STEAM in the elementary classroom and then explore specific examples and ready-made activities to try with your students. From designing and building an igloo with consumable materials to sending robots on a sleigh ride, your students will be engaged from start to finish!
Creating Holiday Ornaments with 3D Design
It's the most wonderful time of year...for your students to get creative and design holiday ornaments! In this session, we will show you how your students can get creative for the holidays by incorportation 3D design technology as well as 3D printers to create unique and personalized ornaments for the holiday season!
Veterans Day Activities for Elementary Students
Veterans Day is a chance for students to learn about and honor individuals who have served or are currently serving in the military. As educators, it is our job to teach students about this important day, while also providing them with opportunities to show appreciation for veterans. Join us for this session, where we will explore age-appropriate strategies for teaching students about Veterans Day as well as ready-to-go printable and digital activities. We will also dive into conversation prompts and applicable literature to get your students engaged and involved on this important day!
Whether you are looking for a fun St. Patrick's Day activity, celebrating National Limerick Day, or simply exploring poetry in your classroom, this session is for you! Join us as we share interactive ways to incorporate technology into your elementary and middle school lessons using Lumio. We'll even help you prepare by sharing the history and patterns behind these much loved poems.
Project based learning activities involving robotics are fun and engaging for students and teachers alike. They can also involve a lot of consumable resources to put together. Why not be kind to our Earth and transform trash into an exciting robotic creation? In this course, we'll highlight recycled materials students can use as they plan and build their robots, as well as how to responsibly clean up after the project is complete. Whether you're looking for a project to do for Earth Day or are just trying to make your classroom more environmentally friendly, you'll find exciting tips and tricks to make our Earth a better place.
Creating Digital Scrapbooks to Honor Women's History
Are you looking for a unique lesson activity to teach your students about important women in history? Join us as we discuss the value of teaching your students about women’s history and how to integrate this topic into classroom discussions and projects. We will dive into how to create a digital scrapbook that highlights the accomplishments of famous women. We'll also review specific ideas to include in the scrapbook such as biographical data, photographs and images, a summary of the woman’s contributions, and more! Let’s create shareable and unique scrapbooks to learn about and honor women’s history!
Celebrate Black History with Game-Based Learning
Let’s celebrate Black History Month through game-based learning activities. In this course, we’ll cover fun and engaging activities using Blooket, Lumio, Quizlet, Nearpod, and Quizizz to help students learn about the important people, accomplishments, and events throughout black history.
St. Patrick's Day STEM Activities
Join us to find the gold at the end of the rainbow as we explore St. Patrick's Day themed STEM activities geared towards elementary students. We will walk you through some fun festive cross curricular STEM activites the incorporate both the engineering design process and creativity. Now let's go find that gold!
Why not use this Valentine's Day as an opportunity to put those classroom robots to use? Join us as we explore how students can program a robot to deliver their Valentine’s Day message to a classmate. The opportunities are endless when we start exploring mazes, talking robots, and so much more!
Are you looking for a unique activity using KIBO? Now that the winter months are officially here and snow is starting to fall, we are going to need a snowplow! In this session, we will explore how to turn KIBO into a snowplowing robot to clean up cotton ball snow. We will review the basics of KIBO, discuss important materials needed, and how to add code to make the snowplow do its job. We will also explore the steps for following the engineering design process to design the snowplow, put our work to the test, and make improvements along the way. Once the snowplow has been created, we will dive into some unique activity ideas. Get ready for a flurry of fun with KIBO!
STEAM: Candy Corn Catapults Using littleBits
Get into the fall spirit with littleBits! In this course, you'll learn how to help your students design a candy-corn-launching catapult using the littleBits Math Pack. We'll review the design challenge and show you everything you'll need to get started. Whether students design their catapult using littleBits or household consumables, your students will love practicing their 21st century skills in this fun, fall-themed activity.
Happy Halloween! One of the best parts of Halloween is scary stories. If you are brave enough, come join as we show you how your students can create and code their very own scary (or not-so-scary) Halloween story with Scratch, a free block based coding program. Can't wait to see you there!
This year we're celebrating Pi Day with some great high school level content. We'll explore a variety of fun and interesting activities that relate to probability, geography, and random patterns to focus on the all-important 3.14!
Design Your Holiday Card with Scratch
Are you looking for a unique way to engage students in coding during the holiday season? In this session, we'll discover how to make a holiday card in Scratch! This activity will challenge students to use code to add images, movement, and text on their cards. We'll also explore how to change backdrops, pictures, and even music, to customize our cards. Join us for a creative and festive coding celebration!
Making Lunar New Year Lanterns with littleBits
Lunar New Year is around the corner. Celebrated in various Asian countries and based on the Chinese lunisolar calendar, this holiday is a time of bright colors, renewal, and joy. To celebrate we are building a Lunar New Year lantern. Help your students celebrate or learn about the holiday while teaching engineering skills with a lantern of their own!
Let's Create a Sphero Jack-o-Lantern
Looking for a technology-infused Halloween activity for your classroom? In this session, we'll guide you through an interactive lesson on how to "dress up" your Sphero and program it to be a spooky Jack-o-lantern! This session will focus on practicing 3D printing and coding skills as students learn to program Sphero. Students will also build collaboration and creativity skills as they work through the design process together.
Digital Storytelling for Halloween
Get ready for some Halloween fun with digital storytelling! In this course, you'll learn about a variety of apps and resources to enhance digital storytelling in your classroom. We will focus on how to enhance creativity and convey elements of effective storytelling across curriculum.
Fully Baked pi: Lessons You Can Use on 3/14
You'll be prepared to celebrate Pi Day with our ready-to-go lesson plans and activities. We have interdisciplinary activities for all ages to make March 14th a piece of pie! Join us as we show you how to integrate these digits into memorable classroom experiences.
Valentine's Day Blackout Poetry
Something is in the air this February: education! Making a blackout poem requires the writer to analyze a previously published piece of text, like a newspaper, and then manipulate it to create a poem. Join us to discover what a blackout poem is, and how to create one with your students using Makey Makey and Scratch!
Circuitry Cards and Decorations for the Holidays
Learn the basics of how circuits work while creating unique cards for your friends and family! Paper circuits are a great way to put the 'A' in STEAM. Join this session to learn how to create a card that (literally) outshines all the others!
Earth Day Activities for the Elementary Classroom
Don’t you hate it when you come home from a long day at work, just to realize you left your bedroom lights on all day? Do you notice in certain months your energy bill is higher than others? We know the importance of saving energy – but have we made an impactful change yet? Earth Day is often an unnoticed holiday and it's so important because it brings awareness to environmental issues and their simple solutions, or lack thereof! Join us as we discuss some fun elementary activities you can do with your students! Remember, these activities can be done to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd, or throughout the year because after all, shouldn’t every day … be Earth Day?
Web Resources to Welcome the Lunar New Year
The Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year, is just around the corner, and it's the year of the Brown Dog! The Brown Dog symbolizes a strong and active Earth. If you don't have activities planned, don’t fret! This session will provide you with plenty of resources and ideas to bring the culture and science of the Lunar New Year to your classroom!
Exploring Sail Design for Columbus Day
In 1492 Columbus arrived in the Americas with the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. This was made possible by the many skillful sailors that were aboard these ships. However, those sailors cannot take all of the credit. Much design and effort were put into the building of those ships by engineers and laborers alike. No matter the effort, with all of the new technology we have, one can't help but wonder— could Columbus have gotten to America faster if his sails were designed differently? Join us for this session where we will discuss an example of a STEAM lesson plan you can use in your classroom to have your students explore this question and much more on Columbus Day!
Friendsgiving: Feast on Fractions
Hungry for learning? Join us for an exciting session of Online PD as we explore a Thanksgiving themed math lesson geared towards elementary to middle school students. We will serve up some great methods to engage students in interactive lessons focusing on fractions and ratios as they scale recipes and budget a Thanksgiving dinner. Bring your appetite!
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