Appy New Year! I hope your year has started off with a bang! Have you wrote down your goals for 2017, made your resolutions, or spent time doing things that you love? I sure hope so! If one of your goals is to learn more about how to integrate technology in your classroom, then I hope to help you this year.
Recently I asked the following question in our Tech with Us Facebook group:
“If your district asked you what technology professional development you would like to have for your next pd, what would you request?”
I had a lot of responses, but one thing that seemed to come up often was the issue of TIME! How can you have more time to learn, explore and integrate technology in the classroom? I have provided a lot of professional development training in which I gave teachers the ability to explore the concepts taught. Unfortunately, the problem with this model is if what is learned is not taken back to the classroom immediately; the brain forgets.
How many times have you been there? You sit through a PD, play around with it for a little while, and then try to recreate what you learned at a later time. ONLY to find out you can’t quite remember how it worked! It can be frustrating, to say the least!
In the book, Nurturing Independent Learners, the author suggests that every learner goes through a series of three stages — acquisition, consolidation, and consultation. The acquisition stage is the initial learning that takes place.
To move to the consultation stage (this is when you become the expert) the learner must consolidate the task at hand. In other words, you must practice! It is the only way to get better at anything.
How to Integrate Technology
But here’s the deal; practice is what is missing during your PD training. You acquire the knowledge, practice for an hour or so (if you are lucky) and the trainer sends you on your merry way. But you need more. You need real life examples of how to seamlessly integrate technology into what you are already doing, right? You don’t need to add one more thing to your already full plate. Believe me, I understand; which is why I have created something I hope will help you.
How it Works
- Share the app
- Provide several examples of using it in the classroom
- Develop one lesson idea to help you get started
- Try it out in your classroom
- Ask questions, if needed, over in our Tech with Us Facebook group
- Take pictures and share using #twjchallenge
Once you share via Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook you can grab your first badge. Just answer the questions on the form (found in the document), and I will send you your badge.
For my first challenge, I thought I’d start with the app I’ve been raving about for the last month.
SCRATCH JR. or SCRATCH on the computer
Step 1: Share the app
The app, Scratch Jr. is so easy to use even kindergarten students are successful. Scratch is a little more intimidating, and I would use with older students. Below are a few videos to help you get started no matter what your skill level; there is something for everyone!
Step 2: Examples of using it in the classroom
I have found several examples of using it in the classroom I wanted to share with you. Here are a few blog posts that should be helpful along with real-life examples.
Step 3: Lesson idea
Remember the goal of this challenge is to integrate the app with what you are already doing in the classroom. For example, if you teach science have students create an informational project about the science topic studied. The sky is the limit for what you can do. Even though I provide you with a lesson idea, it might be it would not pertain to you because of the subject you teach. You do NOT have to complete the lesson to receive your badge. You just need to try out Scratch or Scratch Jr. in your classroom.
To receive your first challenge, just click on the following link or on the picture below to download.
Want more ideas for coding? Check out my latest coding resources.
Learn more by clicking here or the pictures below.
Are you up for the challenge? Comment below and let me know if you are in! Look forward to seeing all of the great stuff your students are doing with coding apps.