Week 5: Minecraft Selfies

This week in my learning project I decided to use a Raspberry Pi.  A  Raspberry Pi is a small computer that promotes teaching basic computer science in schools. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jA8wYqQLBU] This has been my first project with the Raspberry Pi.   There are numerous tutorials online that will work through how to code using a variety

Engaging Students Using Pear Deck

In my teaching, I often used PowerPoint to guide my instruction.  Looking back this really was not good teaching practice as it encouraged me to be at the front of the classroom lecturing.  Let’s face it, the standard PowerPoint presentation is not the most engaging way for us to teach our students. Many times, presentations

Learning, and Unlearning

I often hear the phrase that teachers are no longer the keepers of knowledge, but the facilitators of learning. However, I believe this is not commonplace in our current education system. In our current education system, change comes slow.  And often teachers have to go through an unlearning process.  What’s Harder Than Learning, Unlearning highlights

Learning Project 2.0 – Coding With Python

Steve Jobs once said, “Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer because it teaches you how to think”.  Students need to know how to problem-solve effectively, and in turn, students need to be computational thinkers.  In some sense, as Brian Aspinall says, computational thinking means to develop and solve problems using tools