Coding / Programming
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
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
Processing (using Khan Academy's CS platform)
Here are some of my class demos and related examples
Physical computing with the open source Arduino is fun!
Some ideas on how to teach young students to build simple circuits on breadboards and program LEDs, buzzers and more using the Arduino IDE.
Excellent language to learn in middle school. Used in my Computer Science elective for grades 7 and 8
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 step from Scratch to create your own 3D games and simulations. Notes to lessons, bugs, extension activities are included here.
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.
Programmable robot with sensors and sub-procedures and online code display. Good tool for teaching programming and robotics
Inspired by Bee-Bot, this is my simple Scratch game to introduce programming concepts. Program Zycbot to get to his spaceship safely.
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
Wy art and technology are connected, some interesting links
some browser based cool art related tools
For parents to know what their student learned in my digital art class
Some sample lessons used in my Digital Art program
How can you continue doing this at home. What I send to parents at the end of a semester of digital art.
Why is Art, Math and Code 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.
Some other general pages
Some tech stuff you should know (I show these ideas in my classes)
Some of the software used in my classes
Stuff that I am experimenting with and hope to use in my classes
The list is very long!Pencil Code
There are so many exciting new tools. Here are a few that are open to all
Tool to use both block based and text based programming in multiple areas like art, music, poetry - built by a team at Google.
Super cool Scratch / Snap based coding language to build 3D models.
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