Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Classcraft in Technology



It has been a year since I started using Classcraft to Gamify my classroom experience. I have learned a TON about my students by giving them a chance to work with something that they all have experience with - video games.  While I had been using my own in house "system" for gaining levels, I think that Classcraft helps provide a common, controlled area for me to track my students progress,

Last April I wrote a Guest Blog on the Classcraft Blog .  At the time I had been using Classcraft in my Language Arts Class.  I had 105 kids that I saw for 60 Minute Blocks, every day of the school year.  My primary focus was to encourage independent reading - in Classcraft the students would earn XP based upon the amount of pages that they read.  It worked beautifully (check out the blog post for more info).


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Makerspaces V 1.0



After attending #NJPAECET2 and listening to @Bec_Chirps speak about her use of Makerspace I knew that it was something that I wanted to try. I had some of the materials... in fact I think I had some of the MORE DIFFICULT materials to start with- a few cameras for video creation, some Makey Makey's, a Go Pro camera and various mounts for whatever the students could think of, Tablets and Apps for Photography, LEGO NXT Robots and kits etc. just to name a few. But what I did not have was a complete idea on how to structure the time.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

My 2 Week Node Test Classroom Expierence



Last year I had a chance to Pilot 20 Steelcase Node Chairs.  These chairs looked awesome and I was excited to have my students use them.  Once I have the chance to sit in them, I knew that they had to the chance to change the structure of my class but, they could also present some new issues.

"They will NOT sit still"
"There is no way they will work in Middle School"
"Hmmm....(Long Pause)..... Good luck!"