TinkerCAD Circuits

This issue reviews the assembly of a basic circuit with an LED and push button. We compare the use of a push button and a switch in the same circuit. The lesson emphasizes how closed circuits work and the flow of current through a circuit. The circuit uses a resistor to limit the amount of current flowing through the LED. The resistor demonstrates how we limit the flow of current through a circuit. Students understand that current is something that flows through a circuit event if we can’t see it flowing. There is an animation below that shows how current flows through our basic LED circuit. I used an app to create the circuit simulator.

Microsoft Sway Fundamentals

The integration of technology requires a connection to pedagogy. In this issue, we take a look at the fundamentals of Microsoft Sway. We take on a basic project where students integrate a small research project. This fundamentals lesson is designed to be an introduction for both teachers and students. I follow the tried and true method of I do, We do, then You do.

Google Sheets Response Cleaning

In this issue, we will look at the collected information. We took steps to validate the information on the form. The validation didn’t include spell checking or formatting. Some of the formatting issues we encounter include capitalization, unwanted spaces, and misspellings. This information needs to be reviewed before it appears in the presentation schedule. This corrected information is sent to the presenters for verification.

Google Forms Validation

This is the first issue in a five-part series. The series covers various tools I use to gather information for a conference held by my district. The tools have changed over time. The tools I use now revolve around the Google environment. I use Google Forms to collect presenter, participant, and vendor information. I use Google Sheets to organize the conference schedule. I use Sheets to create and printing conference badges. Sheets is also used to develop the online conference schedule.

Google Sheet Pivot Table

Google Sheets and pivot tables are a good way to help students make sense of data. We will learn how to use use a pivot table to organize the information in the data sheet. This pivot table will help answer some questions we have about volcanoes. Use the questions in this article as part of your lesson. Start by asking students these questions before looking at the data. This starts the questioning and thinking process in their minds.

Google Slides for Interactive Stories

There are many similarities between Google Slides, PowerPoint, and Keynote. There are several advanced features in PowerPoint and Keynote that are not yet available in Google Slides. One feature that is available in Google Slides, which is also available in PowerPoint and Keynote, makes it a good application for creating interactive slides and stories. This feature allows us to create links to slides. We will use this feature to develop parts of our interactive story.

I will be taking a different spin on the tale of the "Three Little Pigs". The focus is not on the story but on the skills. What you learn here can be applied to other interactive presentations. Interactive slides can be used with research topics in content areas like science, math, history, and social studies.

Google Suite Sharing and Collaboration

In the July 15, 2018 issue of Digital Maestro Magazine, I cover the various options for sharing and collaborating on Google documents. This includes Docs for word processing. The word processor is quite capable of handling many of the common writing tasks. Some features are not as robust as those from Microsoft Word. Docs really shine when it comes to sharing and collaboration. 

STEM with mBot LEDs

The mBot from Makeblock is a robot ideal for learning STEAM concepts. STEAM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. STEAM is an extension of STEM with the inclusion of Arts. I like to include Research to form STREAM. Research incorporates reading and writing. It also includes vocabulary and academic language.