Hack Your Window with Scratch

Scratch programming is one of the most versatile tools for creativity that my students have ever used.  I am constantly in awe of the ideas people come up with using this free coding platform that is available to anyone online.  One of the most recent suggestions that is perfect for those of us going a … Continue reading Hack Your Window with Scratch

Gifts for the Gifted – Circuit Playground Express

 A few years ago, I thought I would help out the parents of my gifted and talented students by writing about some games, toys, or books that I thought might make good purchases during the holiday season.  I called the series of posts, “Gifts for the Gifted,” and I have continued to do it annually on every … Continue reading Gifts for the Gifted – Circuit Playground Express

Gifts for the Gifted 2018

Here is this year’s list!  For previous lists, check out the my archive here.  You can also look on this Pinterest Board for gift ideas. Disruptus – a game that encourages creativity for all ages Turing Tumble – a fantastic representation of how computers work all wrapped up in a challenging game Laser Chess – a 2-player game that … Continue reading Gifts for the Gifted 2018

Makey Makey Exit Ticket/Data Tracker

Colleen Graves (@gravescolleen) shared some pictures on Twitter a few days ago that showed prototypes she was making of a library data tracker and a classroom exit ticket tracker.  Both use the Makey Makey along with some minimal Scratch programming.  I begged for some more details, and she has released the instructions here. (That sentence … Continue reading Makey Makey Exit Ticket/Data Tracker