We watched the trailers for both programs, then they got to pick which program and which type of code they would learn.
Both websites are great. I can follow along and see exactly where students are at. I can jump in and play any of the levels, which helps me easily support my students. The websites are full of teacher resources, including the solution for each level, in case you need help too.
I am having students fill in a reflection at the end of every class, which includes AtL reflection and screenshots of their work. I also did an example to show the students what I expected. They upload their reflections at the end of every class and they will embed it on their e-portfolios after the vacation too.
Today, to make things a little different, I got my students to make a gif of one of their levels on Giphy.
Here are some of the gifs they created!
Once you have made a gif, you can right click it and save the image to your computer (sometimes you have to keep clicking around the image, till it gives you the 'save image' option). Then you can put any of those gifs inside your Google Doc! For Design, this is excellent, because they can make gifs to show technical skills, to show when things went wrong, etc. Next year I will use this for students working on everything from Adobe Illustrator to working with the EV3s for FLL!
Thanks to everyone who attended the MYP Educator Zooms this week. It was so nice to meet you all and hear about different challenges and ideas. Even when this pandemic is over, I think it would be a good idea to continue having this regular meetings.... SO I built a website....
Moving forward, I would love to have volunteers run Zoom chats. I can have the links and more information on the website, and can also show the recorded sessions. It would also be wonderful to have focussed Zoom meetings, for example, for particular subject groups, or different topics (everything from assessment, through to service). I've also named it 'IB Educators' so our PYP , CP and DP colleagues can get involved too!
If you want to host a Zoom - please visit the website, and fill in the 'volunteer to host' form. In this form you will need to include the time (GMT), the link to the meeting, meeting ID and more.
Take a look at the website and let me know if there is anything I can improve.
On Thursday I will be hosting a Personal Project Session! Check the website to find out when :)
I had planned an activity for middle school homeroom teachers to deliver tomorrow, but with our online learning, homerooms are currently cancelled. I don't teach on Wednesdays, so won't be able to use this....but maybe some of you will?
The activity starts off looking like it will be a serious session about Multi-Tasking. They first watch this video:
They should hopefully realised half-way through watching this, that this is an April Fools Day Video!
We will then watch this short video about the history of April Fools Day:
After this students will see some April Fools videos made by Google, the BBC and Burger King! They can also share out ones they know and we would have explored pranks that came out that day.
Here's a link to the presentation - feel free to use|!
I thought I'd host a few Zoom chats next week for MYP educators to discuss current difficulties and successes. Let's use this current challenge as a chance to come together, share ideas, ask questions and support each other.
I've set up three ZOOM meetings for the following times:
If you are interested in joining - please fill in this Google Form.
The riddles I found on here, here and here (no point reinventing the wheel, right?). My first group yesterday struggled a little. Today I made the instructions clearer, and did this at the start of class, and it was much more successful! It was lovely to see the students working together, as a team, and to see them being quite active!
Most of my student pictures had them in - lots of smiling faces! Here's examples without student faces:
This session introduces students to the UNDRR (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction) and has them play a game about preparing for environmental disasters, including tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, wildfires and hurricanes.
First they are introduced to the UNDRR:
I played the game myself in preparation and it was pretty good. Not only do you build different buildings in your environment, but you can do upgrades, such as giving the building a better foundation, or providing emergency training for workers in the building. I only tried the easy level, but will try a harder one, when my students are playing.
You can find out more about the game HERE. They also "Community in Crisis" and "After the Storm". I might give these to students as an optional extension, or, if they want, we can spend one more class, where students can pick between the two games.