Thursday, December 12, 2019

Making Simple Wearable Electronics - Webinar Recording

Last night Denise Wright gave a great presentation as part of the Practical Ed Tech Creativity Conference. Her presentation was Making Simple Wearable Electronics. In the presentation she shared a bunch of the wearable electronics projects that her middle school students have done. Some of the projects that she shared were making pedometers and smartwatches, a jean jacket that can play music, and electronic greeting cards. The recording of Denise's presentation is now available to view here.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Coding + Drones = 100% Engagement - Webinar Recording

Yesterday evening as part of the Practical Ed Tech Creativity Conference Karin Knapik-Cloutier gave an energetic presentation about using drones with her middle school students. If you missed her presentation, the recording is now available to view here.

Here's how Karin described her presentation:
Create multidisciplinary projects that teach students coding as well as the 4 C’s of critical-thinking,creativity, collaboration and communication. Using TELLO drones and free apps that run on IOS, Android and as a Chrome extension you can teach coding to students in elementary through high school.



You can get a copy of Karin's slides here.

How to Create Interactive Images With Classtools

A couple of days ago I wrote about a new tool from Classtools called Image Annotator. It does exactly what it says on the tin. I made the following short video to demonstrate how easy it is to use the Classtools Image Annotator. In the video I demonstrate annotating an image of a map, but you can use it to annotate any PNG, JPG, or GIF image that you have the rights to use.


Why the Moon Seems Brighter in Winter

During lunch today one of my colleagues mentioned that he had trouble falling asleep a couple of nights ago because the moon was exceptionally bright. His comment reminded me of a great Minute Physics video that I found years ago. Why the Full Moon is Better in Winter explains how the combination of the position of the moon relative to Earth and snow on the ground make the moon appear brighter in the winter than in the summer. Take a look at the video as embedded below.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

3D Printing Solutions to World Issues - Webinar Recording

The second presentation in the Practical Ed Tech Creativity Conference was Jeremy Rinkel's 3D Printing Solutions to World Issues. Here's how Jeremy described the presentation,
With an emphasis and focus on the UN Sustainability Goals, students were challenged to create prototypes or products that would be beneficial in assisting communities and countries in reaching the UN Sustainability Goals. Our first year of 3D printing has brought challenges, but we are learning a lot through problem solving and design. I’ll discuss our journey into 3D printing, the excitement of students in learning about “real-world” challenges and how 3D printing could play a role in solving these issues. Take ideas from our experience, make them your own and help save our world one 3D print at a time.
The video of Jeremy's presentation is embedded below and is also available on my YouTube channel.