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Geo Stories from @coachK
More of the brain is involved in the learning if there can be an anecdote or a physical location attached to the content. Using google streetview and geospheres story telling you can allow students to explore the world around them!
Scratch, lessons to get you started
Want to get started with coding in your classroom but you aren't sure how? We have seen 3rd-5th graders get really excited about this project, animate your name! It is one of the first challenges in the educators tutorial series.
Read. Tweet. Repeat.
For all you nerdy book lovers out there like me, readers win at life, So allow people to choose their own book to read is important, follow some of their steps to find your tribe, your reading soulmate so that you can cultivate the love of reading, Social media can help!
The idea is that we will have a mobile makerspace, activities and experiences in a menu of options for teachers and admin to pick and choose from. Once we are booked at a school we will drive the bus and park it in the parking lot and unload all the activities for a few days to up to a week. Once we have come and worked on some STEAM lessons with the students we will leave behind a kit of goodies to get them started on creating their own space in their school.
Where are we at in this process? I have about 10 lessons planned, the low tech consumables have been bought. We still have to buy the higher tech pieces, and come up with the leave behind kit.
There is still a lot of organizing, planning, and buying to go.
Learning to drive a bus is no joke! When we started this adventure of creating a mobile maker space I knew I was going to want to drive the bus. Selfishly I wanted to have access to the door handle, imagine my surprise when I found out it was just a push button to open. I was a little bummed to say the least.
Since I am the first on the team to be trained I am the Guinea pig, for instance we didn't know that the first day of training I was going to have to crawl under the bus and start naming off mechanical parts. My first day was also the night of #Bethanymakerfair; I was working till 8pm! I was at a community function, and needed to look presentable. I was wearing khakis.
Note to self: wear dark colored clothing
The second day of my training I got to do the air brake test, move the bus forward and back. They are powerful machines. I learned terms like choking the bus, thumper, and u-bolts & joints. I am super excited to be in control of the internal/external radio and PA system... But who wouldn't be?
Note to self: closed heel/toe shoes
Right now my brain is consumed with #futurebus stuff. We have a lot to organize, buy, and prep. I have a lot of tests to take to be able to drive the bus; while the bus might be out ready to roll the streets the components on our end, the logistics, are still being worked on.
Thanks to Gallagher Designs, Stumptown Coffee, First Tech Credit Union, and BEF (Beaverton Education Foundation) for helping to bring this bus to life.
Current thoughts and ruminations on educational technology.