June 5, 2017
Within this episode of the METC Podcast, I have a conversation with Samantha Nieman. Samantha has been working in some early childhood classrooms at Immanuel Lutheran School in St. Charles, Missouri. Samantha talks about her experience of coding with early childhood students. She talks about how excited they get when they complete coding activities. Samantha brought her students to the METC Student Innovation SHOWcase this past February and were a HUGE hit! The METC conference attendees loved watching these students complete different activities all centered around coding. Samantha and I talk about how easy it can be to teach students this basic skill. She explains ways to connect it to early childhood curriculum.
Samantha shares all kinds of ideas throughout this episode. We have copied them below in case you want to learn more about them. We have also linked the article Samantha referenced within the episode. Be sure to check it out. Also be sure to connect with Samantha on Twitter as she is moving to West Bend, WI soon!
This Episode's Guest: Samantha Nieman - Immanuel Lutheran School in St. Charles, MO - Early Childhood
Complete Show Notes - METCedplus.org
May 19, 2017
In this episode, I talk with Tina Lauer about a great topic, Novel Engineering. Novel Engineering combines design thinking to your curriculum in a process that engages your students in many different key skills. Find more information about Novel Engineering below. Reach out and connect with Tina if you are interested in learning more and/or have questions as you begin thinking of using Novel Engineering within your classroom.
Novel Engineering was developed by Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach and combines reading and engineering in a way that increases students’ literacy in a variety of subject areas. As part of Novel Engineering, students create projects based on problems they have identified in novels or other content area reading selections. The characters in the novel (or real-life people in non-fiction selections) become the “clients” and students must design prototypes that will help solve the problem(s) they have identified.
Episode’s Guest: Tina Lauer
Instructional Technology Specialist - City of St. Charles School District & Adjunct Professor at Lindenwood University
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April 14, 2017
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
Nick Cusumano - @edtech4theatre - edtech4theatre.com - theatrecast.com
Director of Instructional Technology at Fort Zumwalt School District