PhotoMath came across my Zite feed today and I jumped at the chance to read the article with my students, in the moment – they then wrote opinion blogs on the thought of an app doing their ‘homework’. I had a hunch it was the app I have been looking for – and predicted a […]
Evey kid should learn to code because it teaches you how to think. -Steve Jobs Yesterday I had a bit of a flashback. Our VP’s niece is currently studying Physics at Laurentian University whre it is mandatory for her to take a Java programming course. I am happy to hear that ‘real’ computer science is […]
App Smashing: A Definition … The art of imaginatively using multiple apps to create an enhanced project. There are no limitations here peeps … let your mind (and your students minds) soar! I’ve been feeling quite inspired lately. I account some of that to my role on our TLLP project of helping others with technology. […]
Factors and multiples. A very important mathematics concept. Understanding how to determine factors and multiples is a unique skill. There are divisibility rules for numbers ending in 0, 5, 2 etc. There is the sum of the digits rule. This week we took these practices to the next step. When it was evident we (as […]
TouchDevelop is awesome. It is another tool for students to ‘code’ on a tablet. Built using HTML5 and boy does it work. TouchDevelop lets you create apps on iPad, iPhone, Android, PC, Mac, Windows Phone. Our touch-friendly editor makes coding fun, even on your phone or tablet! Yesterday our class had their first opportunity to […]
I want to start this post by admitting progressive teaching has nothing (per se) to do with technology. Instead it is a pedagogical shift in the teacher’s mind. Yup – I used the word pedagogical. For those who know me, I’m not a fan of the word, but it applies here. Do I consider myself […]
Breaking code isn’t just about programming, it’s about disrupting the status quo. It is about challenging social norms. It is about having critical conversations. It is about challenging systematic beliefs. It is about educating the whole child – mind, body and soul. inspire. innovate. lead. teach. learn. Our mission is simple. Engaging students. Well, it […]
In this episode we speak to Don Epps and Daphne McMenemy about the July 22-23 virtual Code Breaker Power Summit featuring thought leaders, school leaders, system leaders and teacher leaders! Listen now and save the date!
In this episode we speak to Colorado Superintendent Darrin Peppard (@DarrinPeppard) about leading a district through a pandemic, drive-thru graduation and his upcoming book called Road To Awesome! From Darrin: Two Roads Diverged and I Took the Road to Awesome! While Darrin is known for his positive outlook and energy, it hasn’t always been that […]
In this episode we speak to Kindergarten teacher, author and Code Breaker Inc.’s Social Media Director & Editor, Daphne McMenemy (@McMenemyTweets), about writing books, editing books, creative outlets, fidget spinners, bottle flipping and personal space in kindergarten. Listen now!
This just in! Finding Lost Smiles by Don and Vickie Epps was published this morning from our wicked amazing Code Breaker team! About Finding Lost Smiles: Can you lose your smile? Sam has to answer that question, and see if he can help two new friends too. Finding Lost Smiles is a heartwarming story about […]
In this episode we speak to Dr. Lindy Ledohowski (@DoctorLindy) about academic writing, her start-up, Essay Jack (@EssayJack), and a slight quarantine cat obsession. From the website: Get better grades. Get over writing anxiety and procrastination. Avoid cheating. Get essay writing help as you write.
In this episode we speak to STEM educator Amanda Green about math, space, student engagement, project based learning and admitting when were don’t know something. It is OK to be where you are. It is NOT OK to stay there. Listen now! Listen below and view the full podcast at http://codebreaker.buzzsprout.com, on Spotify or on Apple […]
In this episode we speak to the Mathematical Jester himself, Sunil Singh (@Mathgarden), about pop up schools, tequila and liquid coronas, and rescuing CDs and VHS tapes from burning buildings. Oh and of course, math anxiety and learning through play. “We must teach the student, not the subject.” Sunil Singh is the author of Pi […]
In this episode we speak to grades 7-9 Science & STEAM teacher Julie Arsenault (@SciGeekJulie) from Edmonton, Alberta about learning from failure and mistakes, the triangulation of data, Macgyvering Frankenstein projects and coding to learn! Listen below and view the full podcast at http://codebreaker.buzzsprout.com, on Spotify or on Apple Podcasts.
Last summer I decided to try something new. Almost a year later and I am SUPER grateful to have worked with these amazing individuals on these awesome projects! Thank you ALL for your contribution to education. Risk Taker: Future-ready students need to be creative. They need to know how to communicate their ideas and how […]
In this episode we speak to grade 7/8 teacher George Pearce (@GPearceWSD), Math & Science Teacher / YouTuber / Innovator / Author #PearcePrintables, #AfforEDable #GordonBell, #STEAMazing #WinnipegSD, and Microsoft Certified #MIE about the joy of learning, live kahoots, intrinsic student motivation and STEAMMING with Micro:Bit! Listen now!
In this episode we speak to Mr. Chasing Greatness himself, Don Epps. Don is a middle school principal from Chanute, Kanas, who has a wicked way of engaging kids with state testing. Oh, and his latest project – a book called Finding Lost Smiles. Listen now!
Hello, world! We have some exciting news for you Remote Learners and Educators! Risk Taker has just been published as an eBook for only $7! Grab it while the price is low as well as my previous two books! In fact, get all three for under $20! Thank you for ALL you do and keep […]
In this episode we speak to 7th grader Krishiv Shah from Long Island, NY who has invented an app that pings your phone if you get too close to another person. Krishiv has managed to leverage existing technology from our phones to create an app that will notify you if you get too close to […]
By Daphne McMenemy Anyone who knows me knows I love to make, build, craft and create. I could spend hours with scissors and glue, pencils and markers, photos and a collage app or just put me in front of a computer and I’ll find something to create. This past weekend as I checked off every […]
In this episode we speak to grade 6 teacher Michelle Hunter about being vulnerable, taking risks and student choice during remote learning. Shoutout to Mark Labuda and Mme Logan! “Use your house as a canvas!” Listen below and view the full podcast at http://codebreaker.buzzsprout.com, on Spotify or on Apple Podcasts.