This year, my students and I are taking up the challenge of organizing the Pringles Challenge. A STEM event that asks students to design a package which will allow the safe transport of a single Pringles potato chip to another school somewhere in the US. The packages will be scored, and receive higher scores for having the smallest mass and volume to safely transport the chip. So far, 15 schools have signed on for this year’s Challenge. If you know a math, science or engineering teacher that might be interested in joining the Challenge, point them toward this site:
Sign-ups run through April 3rd, so there’s still time to get involved!
Below you will find some notes from our session on IMPACT and Tech in 20 at BCMS. My apologies for not having the video archive that I expected to have from the Live Stream of our session. Something was wonky with the audio, so unless you want to listen to robotic sounding voices for an hour, I think it’s best kept deep in the archives.
Two Pronged Approach
- Monthly 90 minute grade level media and technology meetings…
- Weekly Tech in 20 Sessions on Tuesday afternoons
- Allow grade level conversations about tools and strategies to be used in the classroom
- Focus on the use of media and technology within our building
- Occasionally include guest speakers for additional professional development
- Verifying Information on the Web
- Google Desktop
- Creating a Voicethread
- Big 6 Research Method
- Blogs as a Classroom Webpage
Tech in 20
- 20 minute sessions held weekly on Tuesday afternoons
- Sessions are livestreamed and recorded for staff to view at a later date and time
- Focus on introducing topics that can be discussed deeper during monthly meetings
- Sessions are archived at http://sites.google.com/site/bcmstechin20
- Google Site
- Livestreaming service like: Justin.tv, uStream.tv, or Livestream.com
- Webcam (We use a Logitech Quickcam which can be purchased for ~$50)
- Staff Interest Survey – used to determine the direction of the first sessions of Tech in 20
Below you will find a slidecast of the Tech in 20 portion of our session. This is the best I could do as a replacement for our botched livestream. Hopefully you will find the information useful in setting up your 20 minute staff development program.
Thanks to all those who attended our session. If you have further questions, please feel free to share them in the comments or email me!