## Law of Large Numbers – Coding a Dice Roller Simulator

This simulation demonstrates the law of large numbers, a key theorem in probability theory, which describes the result of performing the same experiment a large number of times.     According to the law, the average of the results obtained from a large number of trials should be close to the expected (theoretical) value, and […]

## Indigenous Trail Trees & Coding A Micro:Bit Compass

I feel very fortunate to be able to travel often and meet amazing educators across the globe. However, when I am driving in a new area, I rely on my GPS heavily to navigate me through the concrete maze of city noise.  It is hard for me to imagine a time before the Maps […]

## Paying Attention to Spatial Reasoning

Paying Attention to Spatial Reasoning “Spatial thinking is integral to everyday life. People, natural objects, human-made objects, and human-made structures exist somewhere in space, and the interactions of people and things must be understood in terms of locations, distances, directions, shapes, and patterns.” (National Research Council, 2006, p. 5) What Is Spatial Reasoning? “Spatial thinking […]

## The Power of Math Visualization

According to Gary Stager, Seymour Papert described Mathland as a place inside of computing where one could learn to be a mathematician as casually as one would learn French by living in France Papert and his team developed LOGO, a programming language, in 1968 to engage youth in mathematics and to program computers to […]

## 10 Reasons Kids Should Learn to Code

Coding Improves Academic Performance Math: Coding helps kids visualize abstract concepts, lets them apply math to real-world situations, and makes math fun and creative! Writing: Kids who code understand the value of concision and planning, which results in better writing skills. Many kids even use Tynker as a medium for storytelling! Creativity: Kids learn through […]

## What is Computational Thinking?

Computational Thinking can take on a variety of forms. As a generalization – it means to solve problems using technology – either with existing technology, or by creating technology to do things we haven’t done before. TwitterFacebookPinterestGoogle+LinkedinemailReddit

## Tech Trends & Defining Failure

As we continue to shift the ways in which we instruct lessons, we should be mindful of shifting ways in which we assess and evaluate. Here are ISTE’s 5 tech trends for this school year. What does it truly mean to “fail” at school? How can we support risk taking, trial and error and content […]

## Hubbub! Coding a First Nations’ Game of Chance

Today I learned about Hubbub – a game of chance played using stones or other everyday objects that have two sides. The game was brought to my attention by two teachers enrolled in my Trent University Math courses. After much research, I have found there are a variety of implementations of the game depending […]

## Golf Cart Vlog Reflection – How Do We Evaluate Failure?

The notion of “embracing failure” has me questioning the definition of it. Has it changed? If failure is a good thing, how do we evaluate it? Do we evaluate it? Is failure necessary to learn? What is your definition of failure? TwitterFacebookPinterestGoogle+LinkedinemailReddit

## Recap! A Q&A Platform Where Questions go to Flourish

This weekend was incredibly productive. Not only did I continue finishing my new front deck (yes, there is a math lesson in there) but I also learned about a really neat tool that stimulates curiosity, inquiry, critical thinking and collaboration while providing video feedback. I’m changing the course slightly with this post (what, not […]

## Solid, Liquid or Gas?!? Coding a Particle Theory Simulator #CodeBreaker

In this example we will program a particle sprite with Scratch to move at random across the Cartesian Grid. Our goal is to simulate the change in behaviour of particles when temperature increases or decreases and to teach a little Geometry in the process. For more lessons, activities and ideas, grab a copy of my […]

## The Value of Student Choice

Genius Hour can be the catalyst for change. I was given a choice in high school that forever changed my path in life. I hope to provide the same opportunities for my students. I know this is a quick post, but being reunited with a former teacher of mine will forever be one of my […]

## The Great Carpool Karaoke Edu Edition Challenge

Sometimes I just like to have a little fun. What started as a quick way to simply reflect on my learning (and faster than blogging!) I threw together my first Carpool Karaoke Edu video back in January. Ironically, I drove alone in this “carpool” edition, but hey, whatever. I never expected to it to […]

## If I Don’t Hand in My Work, It Is Still Good

Last week I listened to 14 educators from Ontario who were brave enough to stand in front of 100+ and give a five minute Ignite Talk. I am truly inspired by the passion that radiates from these fine folks. Members of the audience travelled from afar, some even came after work just to listen […]

## The Value of Genius Hour

This week I was reflecting on my experience with Genius Hour and whether or not a scheduled one hour per week was sufficient. If you are familiar with the work of Seymour Papert, he didn’t much care for computer labs as scheduled events. Papert would make claims like “we don’t go to the pencil […]

## Carpool Karaoke Edu Edition Episode 1

Why not. I hope to capture my learning as well as the reflections of others across the country and beyond. A few have reached out via twitter to offer a passenger service and some have even emailed. If I am going to be in or around your city, let’s go for a drive! Subscribe to […]

## Makey Makey Whack A Mole

It really is amazing what you can accomplish with a simple idea, a few alligator clips, tin foil, some curiosity and a sense of wonder. Check out the Makey Makey Whack A Mole game!   For more lessons, activities and ideas, grab a copy of my book, Code Breaker, on Amazon here! TwitterFacebookPinterestGoogle+LinkedinemailReddit

## Become a Certified Makey Makey Educator!

We love seeing the things educators and their classes invent – they bring us closer to a world built by everyone exploring their ideas and reinventing the things around us. Makey Makey is perfect for the classroom. Students can invent projects that combine the tactile materials of the classroom with the coding projects they’re […]

## Genius Hour – Looking Back to Move Forward

The Reggio Emilia Approach is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it. Source: http://www.aneverydaystory.com/beginners-guide-to-reggio-emilia/main-principles/ […]

## Hello World – A Coding Journey!

Follow me on a year long journey exploring coding in Canadian schools. This video is a part of the requirements for my MPED Capstone project at Western University. This documentary will recount a full year in review from my perspective (and recording on my phone) and will explore the grassroots coding movement across Canada from […]

## The Importance of Mental Health: Remembering Amy Winehouse

When Back to Black landed 10 years ago today (October 27, 2006), some dismissed Winehouse as little more than a novelty. Here was a tatted-up, boozed-out Brit bringing hip-hop vernacular into vintage American R&B. Even her name — conveniently abbreviated to “Wino” by the U.K. press — made her appear a cartoon character, a switchblade […]

## So long, Vine

Well, there you have it. Once toted as a ‘game changer’ for education, it is time to say goodbye to Vine. Here are a few “best ever” in the kids category according to someone other than me. TwitterFacebookPinterestGoogle+LinkedinemailReddit

## Coding an Unfair Coin Simulator With MicroBit

In this activity we will code an unfair coin to demonstrate probability with the MicroBit. It was announced this morning that MicroBit is launching an educational foundation and educators across the globe will be able to get their hands on this gadget. As such, we will build a quick app to demonstrate an unfair coin. […]

## Coding an App: Perfect Squares and Square Roots

In this activity we will build an app that 1) generates the first 10 perfect squares and 2) prompts the user to determine the square root of one of them, chosen at random. To begin, create a variable. I have named mine counter. Set counter to 1 to begin and setup the loop structure as […]

## Coding an Interactive Map of Canada

In this activity we are going to code an interactive map of Canada.   Thanks to Ryan Smith (@ryan_psmith) for the lesson plan.   This. Totally This. https://t.co/bDapD4WPxM — Brian Aspinall (@mraspinall) October 16, 2016 The Scratch app will detect what colour your mouse cursor is hovering and reveal the appropriate Province or Territory. In […]

## Coding the Pythagorean Theorem #CodeBreaker

In this activity we will build an app that determines the hypotenuse when given side lengths of a right angle triangle. Check out the activity below: For more lessons, activities and ideas, grab a copy of my book, Code Breaker, on Amazon here! TwitterFacebookPinterestGoogle+LinkedinemailReddit

## Maker is a Culture, Not a Space

Makerspace is a growing trend in education that requires aligned pedagogical beliefs and philosophies, but unfortunately gets implemented without much foundation, research or understanding of constructivism. Maker culture leans heavily on the idea of constructivism – that is, the notion that learning is best done through doing. “I am convinced that the best learning takes […]

## #HackLearning – Tabletop Arcade Project #STEM

In this activity we are going to mod a Ms. Pac Man TV game, iCade, batteries and wire to make a tabletop arcade. Materials: Ms. Pac Man Plug N Play TV Game iCade Speaker Wire Speaker Paint 5″ LCD Monitor To begin, I had to disassemble the Pac Man toy. I was careful not to […]