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Coding and…

“Coding is not only a valuable skill,

but also a way to develop complex logical thinking skills”

~Dr. Penny Thompson

Swift promotion

Computer Science Education Week is December 4-10! Schools across the nation will be celebrating with coding activities designed for practice and implementation for all ages. In preparation for Computer Science Education Week, the Emerging Technologies and Creativity Research Lab is hosting an opportunity for educators to explore ways to incorporate programming activities into their classrooms. A representative from Apple will be present in Willard 326 from 11:30am-1:00pm to facilitate hands on exploration of their Swift Playground app. In their words:

Apple created the free, comprehensive Everyone Can Code curriculum to make it easy to teach coding to students from kindergarten to college. With teacher guides and lessons, you can introduce coding concepts visually on iPad in elementary school, move to writing code with the Swift Playgrounds app in middle school, and support students in building iOS apps on Mac with Xcode in high school and beyond. So whether your students are first-time coders or aspiring app developers, youʼll have all the tools you need to teach coding in your classroom.

And the Swift Playgrounds app now offers new ways to learn Swift with real-world robots, drones, and musical instruments. Using the Swift programming language, students can make their devices fly, dance, change colors, and more — all from within the app

I’m thinking, as I experiment with the Swift app, that I could use it in my classroom to not only provide coding opportunities, but also to help students discover other important skills needed to design and create this app. Did they involve a graphic artist? Who created the music? What about a writer to create the plot? Marketing and communication?  How could you use this app to help your students discover and apply their talents? And also…learn to code…

Drop by and play!

~Kathy Essmiller

 

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Play!

The semester has begun, syllabi have been explored, and students are trying to sort through due dates and grading rubrics. “What do we need to do when?” seems, understandably, to be a driving question. Today I will be bringing my undergrad EdTech students (pre-service) teachers to the T.E.C.H. playground to explore and ‘play’ in the learning spaces available. I am excited to observe their interactions. Will they ask “What do we do?”, or will they approach activities with a playful “What can we do?” Will they share with each other what they discover? Will they take the time to experiment? I hope so. I hope they give themselves a break from deadlines and worry to drive the BB8 in a fun pattern, or play with the Swivel recorder, make music on the SmartBoard, or fly a plane in the flight simulator. It will be interesting to see.  ~Kathy Essmiller

Open Ed Resource for EdTech Playground

open-heroOver the weekend I was thinking about what it takes to start, manage, and run an ed tech playground in higher education. After doing an online search for open education resources for ed tech playgrounds I found nothing of value. I played around with the words to see if any valuable resources would come up and nothing. After talking with my fellow colleague Scott Haselwood I said, “there should be an open ed resource for people who want to start and run an ed tech playground.” Scott gave me a look of confidence and told me to lead the charge. The idea of the open ed resource would be to describe how to start, develop, and manage an ed tech playground in higher education.

The resource can also expand into k-12 institutions along with community organizations and corporations. Developing and writing the resource would take time along with financial resources to publish such a document. Ideally the book would also include examples of other ed tech playground across the country on how they started and manage there ed tech playground. Sharing experiences in the resource can help other institutions of learning know what works best for there environment.

The idea is written on the glass board in the OSU Ed Tech Playground (Willard 326). If anyone has information they want to provide, contribute, or know of resources that could help with the project tweet @coetechplay

Jose L. Fulgencio, Ed Tech enthusiast

@joseful

Spring 2017: Current Wall Glass Ideas

The Business Model Canvas

The canvas is a visual template that helps news and existing models chart there value proposition, infrastructure, customers, and finances. The TECH Playground wants to increase engagement with the community and across different departments at Oklahoma State University. The canvas will help build customer relationships, find key partnerships, and increase activities in the playground.

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Telepresence Robot

How does a telepresence robot impact faculty collaboration & sense of belonging in a multi-campus university?

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Education Design Lab

The constellation of 21st century skills badges includes: catalyst, collaboration, creative problem solving, critical thinking, cross-cultural competency, empathy, oral communication, self-efficacy, and resilience. In the outer layer the chart includes entrepreneurship, self, well being, and other. Does educational technology belong in the constellation of 21st century skills?

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Social Media

Has social media changed meaning of words?

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Contributor: Jose L. Fulgencio is an ed tech enthusiast , educator, and blogger. Follow him on twitter @joseful and check out Jose’s website www.josefulgencio.com 

Explore Week in the T.E.C.H. Playground

Visit us this week in 326 Willard and Explore the T.E.C.H. Playground!  Sometimes it can be overwhelming walking into this space – worry no longer.  Pick up a map as you walk in and follow the path to treasure!  Along the way you will encounter several of the things we use everyday.  Bring a friend!  Bring two!  If you complete the map and find treasure, you can earn a special badge in the T.E.C.H. Playground Mission Game and earn 1 hour of professional development credit!

For more details read this:

https://www.smore.com/azhkd-explore-the-t-e-c-h-playground?embed=1

Technology Hacks for Educators by our ow

Technology Hacks for Educators by our own Scott Haselwood Scott Haselwood M.Ed http://ow.ly/miVe30280K7

Gamification ideas from our own Scott Ha

Gamification ideas from our own Scott Haselwood Scott Haselwood M.Ed ://ow.ly/4RY93027SFM

Cowboy Moments 2015-2016 #gopokes! http:

Cowboy Moments 2015-2016 #gopokes! http://ow.ly/EpyO301ZfDJ

What a blast having #STEMcamp kids in th

What a blast having #STEMcamp kids in the T.E.C.H. Playground today! OSU College of Ed http://ow.ly/i/kyfIK

Congratulations to Ed Tech’s own Tara D

Congratulations to Ed Tech’s own Tara Dalinger, who received a Robberson Summer Research Fellowship! http://ow.ly/9JQv301uyZW