Scratch from MIT
A HUGE favorite with all my students and a big favorite with educators because of the large community support. There are many ways to use Scratch in schools and many free resources. Here are links to some of my own Scratch lessons and my favorite Scratch resources
Processing (using Khan Academy's CS platform)
Here are some of my class demos and related examples
Bringing a lego project to life using Scratch code. Students love this!
Other ways to connect Scratch to the Physical world : Makey-Makey, Pico boards, LEAP controller, and even Arduino
Physical computing with the open source Arduino is fun! Here are some programming lessons for the Spiderbot Robot project (done with the Khan Academy pilot in our schools).
Coming soon - my other Arduino lessons used in my classes.
How to teach students to build simple circuits on breadboards and program LEDs, buzzers and more.
ScratchJr - yes you can start them before they can even read! A completely new design of Scratch for the very little kids that works on the iPad. The touchscreen generation can tap away and learn to be creative using code. Will be adding in my personal notes on this one very soon.
Starlogo Nova : the next sep from Scratch to create your own 3D games and simulations. My notes on why and how we can use this in middle school - coming soon!
The original way to get kids to program still works well. Here is a little about use in my class and some student samples.
Programmable robot for young children. Used in K-5 classes at my school district.
Inspired by Bee-Bot, this is my simple Scratch game to introduce programming concepts. Program Zycbot to get to his spaceship safely.
Why and What? Some links on the best ways to introduce programming in schools.
Art - Digital art - 2D and 3D Design
About this free open source vector graphics tool
and lessons used in my classes
Easy free 3D tool, used in some of my lessons.
Some important art stuff you should know,
stuff I try to explain to my students
Art and Technology
Wy art and technology are connected, some interesting links
some browser based cool art related tools
What does Digital art teach you?
For parents to know what their student learned in my digital art class
Digital Art lessons
Some sample lessons used in my Digital Art program
Digital Art at home
How can you continue doing this at home. What I send to parents at the end of a semester of digital art.
Why these are connected (My big idea behind my work)
Some of my favorite lesson plans
There are more lesson plans under individual tools.
If you use any of these lessons, do send me email and share the feedback from your students.
Software used in my classes
Other stuff I use in my classes
Links to computer history, good introduction to coding classes
Some tech stuff you should know (I show these ideas in my classes)
There are so many amazing resources that I have used in my Pre-Algebra class. I will update this list, but here is a start.
My Curriculum is based on