Recently I saw a Facebook post from friend and amazing educator Nick Provenzano (aka The Nerdy Teacher). He was trying to leverage social media for good - to benefit one of his students. I joined the hordes of educators who responded enthusiastically, rallying their students to support his. The end result was so inspiring that I asked him to write a guest post for this blog. Being the generous soul that Nick is, he agreed and shared this incredible story.
As we dive deeper into the digital age, coding is becoming more and more prevalent in our schools. So how can we better prepare our students at a young age for this digital landscape? One strategy is to teach coding earlier, to everyone. Read on for 3 coding resources you may have missed and a chance to WIN some coding robots!
In this final post of the Inspiring Women Series, I chat with Kara Levy, a lead engineer at Google who is working on the Google Classroom project. As a female engineer working to transform education, she is the perfect voice to inspire and close out the series. Kara shares more about her work at Google, her inspiration to become an engineer and advice to young girls hoping to follow in her footsteps.
In this penultimate post in the Inspiring Women Series, we meet Ronahy Alzagha, a high school junior at East Leyden High School from just outside of Chicago, IL. As a student leader in a school built around student voice and leadership, she truly shines as an inspiring young woman for us to look up to. In this interview, Rohany shares wisdom beyond her years and reminds us that we can be our own heroes.
When I was little, I wanted to grow up and play with robots. June Lin of Wonder Workshop is living that dream. She helps design and develop the adorable robot duo Dash & Dot, who make coding tangible for the smallest learners. In this third interview of my Inspiring Women Series, June talks about her robot friends and her journey here.
In this second installment of the Inspiring Women Series, I chat with Rafranz Davis, an instructional technology specialist from Dallas and author of the book, The Missing Voices in Edtech: Bringing Diversity into Edtech. She speaks nationally on passion-based learning and as an advocate for diversity in her field. Today we explore more about this challenge and how Rafranz is helping educators address it.
Yesterday we observed International Women's Day and throughout March we celebrate Women's History Month. As such, this month's posts will showcase women who inspire me and I believe can inspire our students. First up is Axie Oh, Axie is an aspiring young adult writer who was recently named a finalist for the New Visions Award in recognition of her novel, The Amaterasu Project.
The White House asked K-12 students to "tell a story about paying it forward, about community service, or what making a difference looks like in your eyes." Once again, my students were inspired to share a message, create something meaningful and amplify their voices through social media.
Every February classrooms across the nation observe Black History Month. While teachers have have a plethora of resources for reflecting on the past, many are wondering how to empower their students to take on issues of social justice in the present. Sara Ahmed is the co-author of the amazing book, Upstanders: How to Engage Middle School Hearts and Minds with Inquiry. In the video interview, Sara describes this idea as well as others for building student agency and inquiry. These are great ideas for supercharging your classroom not only throughout February but all year long!
Twitter can be an amazing tool for connecting educators and facilitating professional learning. Utilizing this platform at face-to-face events like conferences can be particularly powerful. This post explores why this is and what to do when Twitter isn't getting traction with participants.