TK TinkerSpace

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9 cool coding projects for kids using Dot and Dash

http://coolmomtech.com/2015/08/dot-and-dash-coding-projects-wonder-workshop/ Even though there are plenty of affiliate links this article has some examples of creative ways to use Wonder Workshop for STEM. I will adapt for TK and share what we do.

STEM Gift ideas

There is a new surge in codable, hands-on toys for young children. Through a STEM initiative in our district (#icancode) we are experiencing some of the fun of Dash & Dot, Sphero, Ollie, Code.org, and Tynker, to name a few….
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The eleventh hour

We had a great experience participating in the Hour of Code this past week. It was nice to be featured in a couple @lynwoodschools tweets. Our new grade-level (PK-K) touch-screen chromebook cart came in the same day we had some…
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Comparisons

If I set the sun beside the moon, And if I set the land beside the sea, And if I set the town beside the country, And if I set the man beside the woman, I suppose some fool would…
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Where do we begin? Perspectives on STEM for TK

As a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) teacher I find myself in a common quandary in relation to classroom Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities. Administrators, parents, advocates, and policy makers expect more STEM in our 21st century classrooms and our…
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Worlds of Wonder

We are privileged to have Dash and Dot from the Wonder Workshop in our TK classroom. This video is a brief introduction. In the first part she tells about some of the ways they help us begin programming. See the LUSD…
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Let’s get coding

This video is in line with the goal of our #icancode iPad initiative.  

Watch out. Research shows screentime can be a real brain drain.

Dimitri Christakis explains his research in this TEDx lecture “How TV Affects the Brains of Young Children” His study shows that too much exposure at a young age can be detrimental to the brain’s development. Constructive, interactive play and exploration literally helped build…
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Fun on order

I had my third order for an Etsy creation. My store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/TKTinkerSpace is just a little shop but I’m finding that it’s a lot of fun to create with purpose. It’s a whole different story when you have to make something…
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Summer blaze

Who said summer break is supposed to be a time of rest? I’m thankful for a number of opportunities I’ve had to grow and stretch this summer. enrolled in more courses towards my certificate in Early Childhood Education to help…
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