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Class 5 #FunKeyFunKey cardboard @Scratch instruments! @BrearleyNYC #MakerEd #STEAM #musedchat

I feel so lucky and blessed to have joined the community of teachers and learners at The Brearley School this year. It is a K-12 girls school established in 1884 (a year before my beloved Bryn Mawr College), and as per their mission statement, Brearley “challenges girls of adventurous intellect and diverse backgrounds to think critically and creatively.” They embrace #SplendidNerdiness, and everyone is kind and brilliant. I’m surrounded by Doctors, as many of my colleagues hold doctorates in their fields, and I joke it’s like working in a hospital!

My colleague, Pietro Ennis, and I both teach Class V (aka, Grade 5). We have been brainstorming ways to infuse the curriculum with more STEAM, hands-on, and MakerEd opportunities. Our first project of the year is a variation of something I launched previously with  Emily Sticco and her 8th graders at The School at Columbia University. Students craft original creations in cardboard, design circuits, add conductive elements, program music in Scratch, and connect their cardboard “instrument” to their Scratch project with a FunKeyFunKey board.

(I’m running a similar project at the next Scratch Day on December 10th which will be hosted at The Computer School. It’s a great, free, family-friendly event for any ability level from beginner to advanced.)

My friend, Steven Lewis (@inventionlab), created the FunkeyFunkey as part of his Make!Sense line of reasonably-priced and accessible micro-controllers and sensors. It’s a pleasure to be able to purchase great tools from Stephen, as he also provides assistance, resources, information, and local delivery! The FunkeyFunkey Simple is only $9.95 and the FunkeyFunkey Sensor starts at $29.95 plus whichever sensors you purchase. We invested in class sets of FunkeyFunkey Sensor boards, Infrared (IR) breakbeams, hearbeat sensors,tilt sensors, three different kinds of touch sensors, and a bunch of his well-designed alligator clips.

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So thrilled to present #BitsOfMusic with @EmilySticco at #ISTE2016! #MakerEd

@EmilySticco and I are presented a poster session at ISTE2016 (held this year in sunny Denver, CO) entitled, Bits of Music, Lots of STEAM. We shared two projects that we led this past year in #BitsOfMusic, Emily’s 8th grade Music mini-course.

Here are the blog posts I shared about the two projects:
1. #BitsOfMusic Arduino Album Covers
2. #BitsOfMusic Cardboard Jam Band
3. Another post about the #BitsOfMusic Cardboard Jam Band

Here are two videos Emily put together that are looping during our poster session:

1. BitsOfMusic Arduino Album Covers from Emily Sticco on Vimeo.

2. BitsOfMusic Cardboard Jam Band from Emily Sticco on Vimeo.

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Slides from “Our Portfolios, Ourselves” workshop at @Teach21c today. #edchat

I’m leading a Teach21 professional development workshop today, Our Portfolios, Ourselves: Crafting a Digital Portfolio of Your Work as an Educator. Here’s the description for the morning plan:
Curation is a 21st Century skill, so let’s show how to gather archival evidence of your professional endeavors and classroom projects in a digital portfolio. You’ll learn tips to get started: What to gather? Where to put it? How much will this cost? How to organize it? What settings to use? How to link or embed artifacts? How to connect with others?

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