Meet the Jeffco Robotics and Coding Cohort-- a group of elementary educators that are coming together this spring to test drive various robotic kits in their classrooms. These teachers applied for an opportunity to come together and spend time to ideate, innovate, prototype and develop lesson ideas around ISTE Standard #5: Computational Thinking. Time was spent connecting computational thinking, coding, and robotics to Jeffco Generation Skills and curriculum. Imagine the excitement in the room!
Kits include Bloxels, Bee-Bots, Cubelets, cue, dash and dot, Makey-makey, Ozobots, and spheros
Watch for the quick reference guides, resources and lessons designed by this cohort-coming to Bridge to Curriculum in May!
Tracey Boychuk has been teaching at Pomona for 25 years. She has spent 18 of those years teaching 12th grade Economics. For a number of years, she has been shaking things up for the 12th grade Econ students. Years ago, Tracey went to a Blended Learning PD offered by Jeffco Schools. She was convinced that the blended learning model could be transforming for students. Tracey knew that students were lacking the computer skills, digital sense and expertise necessary for the workforce or college. Blended Learning was an innovative way that students could use virtual learning to practice digital skills online and get the content, as well. The best part says Tracey, "I don't have to lecture!”
Schoology has the ability to count instructional minutes and Tracey says that the system she has put in place keeps students engaged and self-motivated. Students have at least seven “Virtual Days” a semester. A virtual day consists of students consuming the content using digital tools. They come back to class to explore ideas, collaborate and create! The students come prepared to engage in discussion and real-world tasks.. “It works” she says-as she knocks on wood!
To learn more about Blended Learning-watch this video.
Beginning March 12th, we encourage you to join us on a 10-day Twitter challenge to network with other educators, both within Jeffco and globally, and chat about how technology is transforming teaching and learning in your classroom. To participate in the challenge, log into Twitter each day and complete the following activities, using #JeffcoChat in each of your Tweets. You may also choose to include #JeffcoGenerations or mention us (@JeffcoEdTech), as well.
Here's your challenge, should you choose to accept it: