2018-11-05 STEAMLab_wk12 pressure_12_steam-lab

Year3-Week12: The Value of Pressure in Learning

Year3-Week12: The Value of Pressure in Learning The original idea was to post at the end of every week something with much more reflection and thoughtfulness than my previous daily social media posts that I had done over the past two-years. I was able to keep to that schedule for the first eight-weeks or so, but have faltered and failed since then. I got very … Continue reading Year3-Week12: The Value of Pressure in Learning

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Year3-Week5 & 6: There’s No Place Like Home

Year3-Week5 & 6: There’s No Place Like Home I came up with this idea that I wanted to work with Kindergarten & first grade using the theme of “my community,” building on what it’s like to live in North Las Vegas and a child’s almost infinite capacity to create based on the tiniest bits of lived experiences. Week 4 we used Google Earth to virtually … Continue reading Year3-Week5 & 6: There’s No Place Like Home

2018-09-04 STEAMLab_wk04 WeDo-kits

Year3-Week4 – It’s not like it’s rocket science, kind’a

Year3-Week4 – It’s not like it’s rocket science, kind’a 2018-19 school year week 4. How do you turn left or right with robots that only have one motor connected to a single axle? Hmmm… I hadn’t thought that about that. I was just so happy that students were completing their builds and the little guys were rolling across the floor to think about programming the … Continue reading Year3-Week4 – It’s not like it’s rocket science, kind’a

2018-08-27 STEAMLab_wk03 WeDo-kits

Year3-Week3 – Welcoming Our Robot Overlords

Year3-Week3 – Welcoming Our Robot Overlords I’ve been wrestling with this problem since coming here in 2016: how to get robots into the hands of all of my students in the best way possible… And I was so excited that I didn’t take any photos/videos of the first class that began working on their LEGO WeDo robots (you know that’s excited!). Last year’s EV3 experiment … Continue reading Year3-Week3 – Welcoming Our Robot Overlords

Year Three Week Two – The Plan’s First Trial

Year Three Week Two – The Plan’s First Trial “No plan survives contact with the enemy,” Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, German Field Marshal I think I scared myself last week when posited the difficulty of teaching a single subject across six grade levels much less five subject areas across said six grade levels. Oops. I feel like Year One had been somewhat torpedoed because … Continue reading Year Three Week Two – The Plan’s First Trial

LEGO EV3 Gotham Noir by Joe Bustillos

Learning LEGO EV3 Robots & Kids

Learning LEGO EV3 Robots & Kids The first time you deploy anything in the classroom, much less something involving lots of small moving parts, I can guarantee that things won’t go as planned but if you planned well you’ll be able to see all the areas you need to fix/change the next time you do the lesson/unit. I’ve been waiting over a year to give … Continue reading Learning LEGO EV3 Robots & Kids

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Reflecting on My Photography Editing Deficit (Taking Lots of Photos at School)

On March 2nd I shot over 150 images and videos on two cameras & my iPhone covering two student assemblies for the Jump for the Heart initiative. On the prior Wednesday, February 28th, I shot over 270 images covering a rugby demo/promo event. The Friday before that, February 23rd, I shot over 270 images covering my school’s Black History Assembly. Add to this, shots taken … Continue reading Reflecting on My Photography Editing Deficit (Taking Lots of Photos at School)

JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 8: You & Your Tech: It’s A Marriage Not A Friendship

JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 8: You & Your Tech: It’s A Marriage Not A Friendship. Companies call it TCO, Total Cost of Ownership, I call it, Don’t buy tech because it’s cheap, unless you have the money to buy all the other stuff needed to make it work. Also, G.I. Joe gets a friend. MP3 Version iTunes Subscription Via Email RSS Reader Additional JBB’s Final … Continue reading JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 8: You & Your Tech: It’s A Marriage Not A Friendship