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Checking out the downloadable Creative Computing Scratch guides (one for educators and one for learners) from @hgse

From my friends who attended the Scratch@MIT conference over the summer (while I was stuffing my face with BBQ on my #diameates road trip with @BangkokGlutton), I learned about a new student workbook to go along with the Creative Computing curriculum guide that was created by members of the ScratchEd research team at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Many thanks to Christan Balch, Michelle Chung, and Karen Brennan for writing the guides and sharing their work with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License!

The following excerpt is from Creative Computing website:

We encourage you to use as much or as little of the guide as you like, to design new activities, and to remix the included activities. No matter your prior experience or expertise, we think of every educator as a co-designer of the Creative Computing experience. We would love to learn about what you’re doing, so we encourage you to document and share your experiences with us and with other educators via the ScratchEd community at http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu

The guide and the workbook are downloadable as PDFs or PPTs. I linked them below:

  1. Guide as PDF: 
  2. Guide as PPT: 
  3. Workbook as PDF: 
  4. Workbook as PPT: 

Also, the good folks of Creative Computing also offered an online course. Maybe they’ll offer it again. Here’s the information: https://creative-computing.appspot.com/preview

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Presenting “Connecting the Curricular Dots: Integration Across Disciplines” with @klemify at #ISTE2014

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Rachel Klem (@klemify) and I are currently doing a poster session at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). We are sharing some of the integrated projects that we’ve developed over the years at The School at Columbia University. For instance, 6th graders study Renaissance Italy by reading Romeo and Juliet, networking about renaissance instruments in Music, playing renaissance games in Wellness, making a stop-motion animation based on Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches, and more. We’re at Table 1 – stop by and say hi!

You can visit our GoogleSite where we highlight a few projects using the QR code below:


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“I gotta go back, back, back to school again.”

This first week back was nuts. After days of meetings and heavy lifting, I finally had a chance to talk curriculum with the 8th grade team. It was such a thrill to listen to them discuss ways to integrate pieces of their curriculum, starting with the first project of the year and looking towards January: Apartheid and governance in Social Studies, To Kill a Mockingbird in English, the Empty Bowls Project in Art… It’s one of my favorite parts of my job.

Besides having way too little time to discuss upcoming projects, I had a crash course in TeacherEase, an online grading/communication tool we’re piloting across the middle school. It looks pretty powerful, as you can track grades, attendance, comments, send email alerts to students and parents, and log in as a teacher, student, or parent to access performance assessments.

I spent a long time researching iPod and iPad storage/syncing devices from Parat, Tribeam, Cambrionix, and Bretford. We ended up buying the 20-slot Bretford iPad cart, but I’m torn about what to get for our iPod Touches. I almost purchased a couple of docks from Parasync, but it won’t house the new iPod Touches without some retrofitting to accommodate the slightly different shape of the updated device. And while the Bretford case houses multiple generations of iPods, I prefer the look and design of the wireless Parasync tray. Suffice it to say, we didn’t make a decision.

In addition to physically and mentally preparing for Tuesday’s arrival of students, I’ve been emailing, meeting, and teleconferencing with other organizers of EdCampNYC (on 12/4/10)  and TEDxNYED (in March of 2011) and finding hosts for my monthly NYCIST meetings. I find it remarkable I have a social life sometimes.

While I didn’t have much time to check out my Twitter feed much, I did forward a bunch of gems to my faculty. I’ll try not to have anxiety over all the resources I missed:


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