Thursday, November 10, 2016

Teachers and RCSD community members are invited to the first Makerspace "Make and Take" Hour

Thursday 12/1 at 3:30 pm at McNair (rm 11). 

The activity will be paper circuits with LEDs to design cards/ornament/art with a winter theme!

We will supply materials, and you get to keep your masterpiece.  If you really like the project, you can also bring it to your classroom or collaborate with your makerspace to do it with your students.  Or you can just make a really cool project that will be yours to keep!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Note Anywhere

Note Anywhere is a Chrome extension that  is very simple and self-explanatory. It really just lets you add virtual Post-it notes anywhere in Chrome. You can even close the tabs and the notes will be there when you navigate to the same page again, although I wouldn’t use it to store important information, of course. You can customize the color and font of your notes. 

Note Anywhere 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Coding in the Classroom!

If you're looking for a great way to teach problem solving and growth mindset with technology look no further than! This site is a great, teacher-friendly way to introduce computer science in your classroom. You can create classes and assign a 20 hour coding "class" to each student individually. They have their own log in and password and they can access this at any time. They work through the lessons independently, watching videos and working on lessons at their own pace. I use it as a station activity during math centers as well. The collaboration between students as they use write their very own code is awesome!

Also, I recently learned how to color code folders in Google Drive and it is life changing!!!

Great Website

Great website to use in the classroom. is a free website that differentiates based on our students learning. It is common core aligned. It hits both language arts and math. Here is a sample skill list.

stop motion food webs!

Allison Smith and I are making food web stop-motion animations on the iPads in the MakerSpace at Brentwood tomorrow!
My students are really becoming engaged with using the computers. this is the first year they have them in the classroom and many students have already memorized their user names and passwords. They are excited to start coding classes in January and learn how to program our LegoMindstorm robot.

CAASPP Tool Videos

Last year, I made a bunch of short videos using Screencastify covering how to use the tools embedded in the CAASPP tests, as well as how to answer some of the question types.  They were shared with 4th and 5th grade teachers in my school a few weeks before testing, and were extremely helpful in getting the kids to practice using and getting comfortable with the testing tools.  Feel free to email me at if you would like access to the videos for this year!