A button can be a nice fashion accessory. American flag lapel buttons are popular. A button representing your school or favorite sports team is another option. How about a button that you can code? Codebug is a button that looks like a cute bug that contains a 5x5 grid of LED lights that you can code to do many things.
l Iike the idea that you can wear Codebug. It makes this button an everyday item where coding is part of the fashion and a bit less techy. This is good because I believe coding is just another form of communication whether you are coding a story, art, music, mathematics, etc.
My Digital Schoolhouse site will provide free, math resources, especially numeracy-related information. What is numeracy? It is the ability to perform basic numerical concepts.
Numeracy is important in our daily lives, for example, figuring out a tip at a restaurant, how much money you will save when a store discounts an item, if your email open rate is 30 out of 250, what percentage is that?
In addition to volunteering to teach students English as a Second Language, I am also helping students with numeracy to help them with their goal to pass the GED or HISET test.
Please visit my Digital Schoolhouse site for free math resources.
My dad worked at the local post office and often brought home pens that businesses gave him. As a kid I loved them, the different sizes and shapes, the names of the companies, how they wrote, some smooth and some a bit rough, etc. To this day, I always look at the pens in office supply stores, department stores, and love when I go into a business and they have free pens. Ballpoint and roller ball are my favorites, gel ink pens are nice but they run out of ink quickly. PaperMate Flairs are nice and Sharpies are great.
As a pen geek I obviously love to write. Paper, notebooks, journals, and now tablets. The Palm Pilot provided me my first introduction to writing on a digital device. Their writing shorthand method was easy to learn. Next came the Apple Newton which let me write on screen as I would on paper. I also had a LiveScribe pen for a while. Now, I enjoy writing on my iPad.
Why writing? It helps me think. When I write an article, I often use pen and paper for the first draft. It’s an organic process which I don’t get when I type. Once I get the idea, typing is not a problem. I edit as I type. Handwriting is the creation process and typing is the publishing process.
Writing on an iPad or any other tablet provides me the same feeling as pen and paper, or at least close enough. The tactile sensation of stylus on screen is a bit different but the effect on my thinking is the same. Plus, it is also fun to play with the different pen options and colors.
No grammar school? Middle school? High school? No. The knowledge that these schools teach is important. However, I'm not a fan for grouping students by grade for all subjects. For example a student who is in the sixth grade may be at the seventh grade level for Math and the fifth grade level for English. Students learn at different levels and have different aptitudes for different subjects. Instead of students being in physical grades, ...
A few years ago, I wrote an article titled, The 21st Century One Room School House. Students still go to school but take the time they need to learn the subjects required for a high school diploma. Click here to read this article.
For my second donation for my 50 States, 50 Donations project, I decided to pick a state far away from my home state of MA., I chose Alaska. Ms. Ramsey teaches a combined first and second grade class at the College Gate Elementary School in Anchorage. Many of her students are from military families from Fort Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson Army Base. Ms. Ramsey's project is to teach students reading, science, and basic math skills through cooking. In her own words,
"I am requesting 27 Crock-Pot slow cookers and books. Students need slow cookers and copies of twenty-four fiction and nonfiction books, including Who Wants Pizza, Kitchen Science Lab for Kids and Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook This will prepare us to put the science of cooking and recipes including Everybody Serves Soup into action. I plan to invite families to school to learn about the project as I introduce science of food and how to use slow cookers. I will show how to measure, ask questions and help students read recipes.
Then, I will read the book, Stone Soup, and we will eat soup that kids prepared in our classroom slow cooker. Kids will explain how they read the recipe, measured the vegetables, and learned to read the clock."
I like this project for two reasons:
Donations made to this project are matched by the Craig Newmark Philanthropies (www.craigslist.org). In their own words,
"Donations to this project are now being matched, thanks to support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies. Craig Newmark Philanthropies is honored to support educators and military families across the U.S."
When you think about databases, you may think address book, customer list, projects, etc. However, would you think of a complete list of every languages spoken in the world? With videos? Writing systems? I found one.
Airtable is an easy-to-use online database tool that uses the freemium model; you can create databases for free and pay for additional functionality, if needed.
A database is a great learning tool. For example, students learning English can create a grammar database. Each entry may include:
Math, science, any subject can benefit. The goal is to have students explore and find things that relate to their studies. They learn how to organize information, learn basic database concepts, and have some fun. Best of all, they have a reference guide that they created.
Students should experience math. Let them see how it relates to their world. For example, negative numbers. There are many ways to illustrate negative numbers. One way is to use a music app. when you want more or less bass or treble, you use a mixer. A slider at the middle of the bass control designates the default bass setting. To increase the bass, you move the slider to the right. The numeric value is a positive number. To decrease the amount of bass, you move the slider to the left. The numeric value is a negative number.
I want to share a class assignment I created a few years ago. For my teaching online class, I needed to create a sample class. I chose to explain polygons.
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When I teach English as a Second Language at community centers, I am often asked if I am good with Math. The first time I was asked this question, I was surprised. Verb tenses, parts of speech, prepositional phrases, I expect. But math?
It turns out that many community centers also provide classes for students who plan to take the General Education Diploma (GED) test. There are many reasons why students need to take this test. Some students are immigrants, some have made mistakes when they were younger, some did not realize the importance of education when they were younger, etc.
My brother got a GED. Back in the late 60s early 70s, teachers did not know a lot about learning disabilities. Traditional schooling didn't work for him, but work and support from family, friends, and co-workers gave him the incentive for the GED.
The GED was created in 1942 through a request by the United States Armed Forces Institute. Some of the soldiers who fought in World War II joined before they got their high school diploma. The Armed Forces wanted these returning soldiers to have a way to earn these credentials to get a job or to continue their education. Click here to read more about the GED.
The test consists of four sections:
The Classrooms Without Walls website provides free resources for anyone who needs to learn English. The resources are also for teachers to use as they see appropriate. I am going to include GED-related information.
Please share your thoughts with me.