As I think back to my childhood again, I try to think about all of the fun I had with Legos. However, I don’t know if I had any Legos as a child. So, instead I fast forward to each holiday I get to visit with my niece and notice how engaged she gets whenever she receives a new set of Legos. I often hear that the attention span of 10 year olds is about 30 minutes and that as educators we should switch up our setting/activity/assignment around that time frame to accommodate their attention needs. However, I have personally observed my 9 year old niece work for HOURS on a Lego set. The engagement, determination & problem solving skills she demonstrates while building with her Legos is amazing! Once she is finished, she always rushes out to show and explain her final product. This is what we, as educators, want all of our students to feel like within our classrooms. We want them engaged in their learning. We want them to build important skills like problem solving, perseverance, and creativity. Getting them to build with Legos accomplishes these goals.
In this episode I talk with two Lego in Education experts, Amanda Morris & Krista Rouse, about the benefits of using these fun little pieces within their learning environments. Krista within the library setting and Amanda within her classroom talk about all of the benefits they have seen by bringing the power of play with Legos into their educational settings. They share a lot of different ideas, so be sure to check out the show notes at the website mentioned below.
Krista Rouse - LMS - Blackhurst Elementary - @MsRouseInTheLIB
Amanda Morris - 3rd Grade teacher - Monroe Elementary - @msmorrislearns
METCedplus.org for the Show Notes.
In Episode #4a, we talked about the first two levels of Google Certification. Once you have completed Google Certification Levels 1 & 2, you may begin thinking about continuing your Google journey. You have two options, Google Certified Trainer and Google Innovator.
These two certifications are for those Googlers who want to take their training to the next level. In this episode I talk with Stephanie Filardo and Nick Cusumano about why one would want to pursue these certifications and how they have affected their lives/careers. The conversation then goes into some tips and tricks that will be very helpful to those seeking these certifications. Be sure to connect with these two Innovators!
Stephanie Filardo - @i3algebra - i3algebra.blogspot.com
Computer Science & Web Design at St. John Vianney High School
Director of Instructional Technology at Fort Zumwalt School District