3D Measurement – Coding the Volume of a Cylinder to Solve Richer Problems #csk8

In this article we are going to write a tiny app to calculate the volume of a cylinder. My goal is to get students to deconstruct and understand the formula and then use their app to solve richer problems that require volume solutions. Let’s look at the Ontario curriculum for 3D Measurement – Grade 8. […]

Computational Thinking, Learning Skills, 6Cs, and 4Ps - Why Teach Coding?

Computational Thinking, Learning Skills, 6Cs, and 4Ps – Why Teach Coding?

I’ve been doing some extensive reading by by Jeannette Wing about a term known as Computational Thinking . She testifies that Computational Thinking represents 21st century fluencies as a fundamental skill – as much as reading, writing and arithmetic. It represents a universally applicable attitude and skill set everyone, not just computer scientists, would be eager […]

What's the Big Idea? Just Another Post About Hats

What’s the Big Idea? Just Another Post About Hats

Monday of this week I attended another Creating Pathways to Success committee meeting at one of our high schools. I look forward to these meetings as it gives us a chance to talk. Elementary folks, secondary folks, teachers, guidance, people, consultants, etc. all talking about the destinations and how to motivate students to achieve. This […]

Fighting the Fight – Are You an Enforcer?

We had our first snowfall here last week in southern Ontario. It was nothing like Buffalo, but enough to make driving problematic. Fortunately, our infamous snowplow folks had the school’s parking lot shovelled by the time staff were arriving so parking wasn’t an issue – kudos to you! However, something looked funny out back. Like really […]

If You Can Google the Question, it Sucks - The Afterglow: #bit14 & #edcampswo

If You Can Google the Question, it Sucks – The Afterglow: #bit14 & #edcampswo

What a week. With the exception of a few hours on Friday, I haven’t been home since Tuesday morning. Don’t get me wrong, that isn’t a complaint. My head is spinning though with excitement and inspiration. #bit14 was awesome, like always. Rumours had the total audience at around 1550 teachers from all over the country. […]

App Smashing + Augmented Reality = Culminating Math Activity by @mraspinall

App Smashing + Augmented Reality = Culminating Math Activity by @mraspinall

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. […]

Finding The Factors of a Number Using Computer Science by @mraspinall #edtech

Finding The Factors of a Number Using Computer Science by @mraspinall #edtech

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 […]