Our Makerspace: Inquiry & Challenges in Coding, Music & Mathematics

Our Makerspace: Inquiry & Challenges in Coding, Music & Mathematics

Over the last few weeks we have been exploring new ways to incorporate the 6 C’s, Learning Skills & Work Habits, inquiry and challenges into our math and science classes. As such we have started to talk about makerspaces. Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people […]

An Interview with @MrsVolland1 - Coding Gave My Students a Voice #csk8 #oncsed

An Interview with @MrsVolland1 – Coding Gave My Students a Voice #csk8 #oncsed

Valerie Volland (@MrsVolland1) is a colleague of mine who teaches grade 5 here in Chatham Ontario. Recently she has taken to Hopscotch as a tool for coding and demonstrating learning with her students. Val had never coded before this task so I thought I would ask her for a reflection. Q1) What made you decide to […]

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 […]