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Coding a Messenger App With Micro:Bit

Coding a Messenger App With Micro:Bit

In this tutorial we will use two micro:bits to broadcast messages to each other over bluetooth. This would be incredibly useful if teachers wanted students to code secret messages for a story, share historical facts with one another, make your own “heads up” game or even have teachers broadcast questions to students. The possibilities are […]

A Request For Feedback

A Request For Feedback

This week I received an email from Janis Nostbakken who has an interest in data. They are hoping to collect information on the new web series I previously wrote about called Emerald Code. I have pasted the request below and hope you and your class can provide some feedback for them. After all, data and feedback […]

Breaking Blocks & Changing Lives

Breaking Blocks & Changing Lives

This morning I tweeted an article titled “Spatial skills higher among those who played with construction-based toys and video games in childhood.” It is a great read with many interesting points. From the article: Childhood play experiences strongly shape a person’s spatial skills, according to a new CIRES-led study—those skills can be critical to success […]

The Case for Thinking in Code

The Case for Thinking in Code

Last week the Federal government of Canada announced a $50 million investment in Computer Science & STEM education. A big move following similar initiatives happening with our friends in the south. I am pleased with the program and its goals, but have some concerns about “coding.” In Code Breaker, I write about the notion of […]

Coding Fact Triangles

Coding Fact Triangles

Fact Triangles are similar in some ways to flashcards although they are a better way of showing and practicing fact families. Fact Families are sets of three numbers that can be divided or multiplied together and they help develop the understanding of the relationship between multiplication and division. Below are two examples: Source: https://www.helpingwithmath.com/resources/oth_fact_triangles.htm A […]

Code Breaker Swag

Code Breaker Swag

Hello World! Today Code Breaker sits as the #3 Best Seller in “Experimental Education Methods” on Amazon.ca! What a fantastic ride this last month has been! With the success of Code Breaker’s release, we have noticed a significant increase in web traffic to our other resource, Hour of Curiosity as parents and educators continue to […]

The Great Micro:Bit Giveaway!

The Great Micro:Bit Giveaway!

When I decided to give away a few copies of my book, Code Breaker, I never anticipated the overwhelming requests for a copy! I am so grateful to have such interest! I have written a great deal of content about how to get started with coding at Hour of Curiosity so I decided “why not […]

A MindShare Moment Podcast - "It's OK to be where you are, it's not OK to stay there."

A MindShare Moment Podcast – “It’s OK to be where you are, it’s not OK to stay there.”

  Special thanks to Robert Martellacci for having me as a guest on the MindShare Moment Podcast. Always a pleasure to chat with you! Good luck with your grand opening! From the December issue of the MindShare Learning Report: At our recent Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, I questioned why we are still talking about, ‘pockets of innovation.’ […]

Code Breaker Book Giveaway!

Code Breaker Book Giveaway!

Happy Computer Science Education Week! Happy indeed! My book, Code Breaker, was released yesterday. Here is the description from Amazon: “Crack the code for your students’ success! Future-ready students need to be creative. They need to know how to communicate their ideas and how to collaborate as problem solvers. To master these and other twenty-first-century requirements, they will need […]

Coding & The Power of the PLN

Coding & The Power of the PLN

Computer Science Education Week is Dec 4 – 10 and many educators are looking for the best resources to engage their students in a variety of ways. I LOVE being connected to SO many fantastic educators across the globe. Just today I was tagged in a tweet from someone looking for a coding resource. While […]

Pedagogy Before The Hour of Code

Pedagogy Before The Hour of Code

  Hour of Code week (err….Computer Science Education Week) is quickly approaching and the number of participants continues to grow rapidly. Social media is full of smiling faces, glowing screens and happy teachers engaged in wonderful coding tutorials. But this is where it falls apart. Tutorials. The end. Done. Finished. The box is checked. Next! […]

Minecraft Mathland

Minecraft Mathland

    References: Drake, S.M. (2014). Designing across the curriculum for “sustainable well-being”: A 21st century approach. In F. Deer, T. Falkenberg, B. McMillan, & L. Sims (Eds.), Sustainable well-being: Concepts, issues, and educational practice (pp. 57–76). Winnipeg, MB: Education for Sustainable Well-Being (ESWB) Press. Retrieved from: www.eswbpress.org/uploads/1/2/8/9/12899389/sustainable_well-being_2014.pdf#page=65 Fullan, M. (2013). Great to excellent: Launching […]

Paying Attention to Spatial Reasoning

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

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

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 […]

Coding The Particle Theory

Coding The Particle Theory

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.

The Value of Student Choice

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 […]