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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 […]

The Value of Genius Hour

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 […]

Genius Hour - Looking Back to Move Forward

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!

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 […]

Coding an Unfair Coin With MicroBit

Coding an Unfair Coin 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 Interactive Map of Canada

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 […]

A Fair Chance For Learning: Niagara Falls Edition #FCLedu

A Fair Chance For Learning: Niagara Falls Edition #FCLedu

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Maker is a Culture, Not a Space

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 […]

Coding Random Letter Games With Scratch

Coding Random Letter Games With Scratch

In this challenge we are going to create a Stopwatch (Countdown timer) and Random Letter Generator using Scratch. Big Ideas: Computational Thinking (logical reasoning, debugging) Mathematical Thinking (greater than, less than, integers, random) Literacy (consonants and vowels, parts of speech, rhyming, patterns of speech) Activity: You might wish to do this activity as a class and […]

Coding: Developing Rigorous Thinkers

Coding: Developing Rigorous Thinkers

I may have caused some tension on Saturday when I sent this tweet. In no way was I suggesting we shouldn’t teach writing (or any other subject). Teaching kids to code means to make them think and solve problems through risk taking and trial & error. #FCLedu pic.twitter.com/FlJzLM6dAw — Brian Aspinall (@mraspinall) September 17, 2016 […]