Kids love video games (I love video games), but as a media specialist I love for kids to understand the history of gaming. They hear me talk about my love of Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong etc., but a little history lesson doesn’t hurt.
On October 26th, I facilitated a presentation on computer coding and its value to school and public libraries at the New Jersey Association of School Librarians conference in Long Branch, NJ. Here is the presentation with the many reference links.
This week I created my first stop animation movie with Legos. Since I want to teach students to share, I thought I would send my creation out into the world. So here it is… a Swim in the Pool.
Stop animation with an iPad / iPhone for beginners is here. Recently I downloaded the Lego Movie Maker App and made my first short film using a Lego set I conveniently had in my dining room. The process was fun and the result was funny (at least for me!) Here are some screenshots of the iPad version that we will be using this year at school with kids.
On August 18th, I am headed to TeachMeetNJ 2014 at Stockton State and am excited to discuss coding for kids. TeachMeet is an unconference that brings people together to share knowledge.
It seems that everyone is discussing computer science these days. Who knew that it would be such a hot topic when I first heard about Code.org’s Hours of Code at the AASL conference. This presentation will focus on techniques for bringing coding to students as young as Kindergarten.
Clinton Elementary School has signed on to support the international initiative called Hour of Code. If you are not familiar with it, please watch this 5 minute intro.
Are you excited? If so, visit www.code.org let’s get excited about computer science.
The NJASL conference was a great experience and I was able to take many ideas away for immediate school/library use. For reference, here is the presentation made by Christopher Shamburg and I.
November 30th I will be speaking at the New Jersey Association of School Librarian’s Conference in Long Branch, NJ. The topic will be teaching, learning, and game design and my co-presenter is Dr. Christopher Shamburg of the New Jersey City University.
Fable Table game board for kids.