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Spike Prime Printable Blocks

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As I prepare for coaching Middle Schoolers here in Waupaca for FIRST Lego League, I am trying to teach kids to code the SPIKE Prime Lego robots. This has its challenges. Some kids take to coding well, and some need more visuals to guide them. Teams may also want to whiteboard out their coding concepts.  I created this set of printable Word Blocks as a resource for printing, laminating, and maybe adding some magnets to the back. This allows me to put up code in a demonstration, or my teams to talk about how to achieve things after they have done some pseudo-coding of their projects. Having manipulative items are always nice for hands-on coding practice.  Whiteboard Word blocks for Proportional Line follow. Here is my collection of laminated word blocks Below are the files I created for creating these blocks. Feel free to use, but maybe send me a note & follow on twitter. @artschultz13 Direct link to folder shown below.

FIRST LEGO league Coaching & Goal setting

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 I have been working as a Robotics Coach in my role as an Educational Technology Coach for a few years. This year, I have entered my students into FIRST LEGO League. Last season, I was a judge at state, so I could improve my coaching, and improve my team's performance. This year, I will be doing my second year of organizing students for FLL! Last season, we did a Virtual Tournament, with some success. But, we did not move on from that tournament.   This year, my students and I have done a lot of reflection about how we can be more successful. The main problem we had last season is that no one took initiative in knowing what needed to be done, and constantly asked adults what they should be doing.  One thing I have been working on is a Goal writing template for each team. Team members will start practice with this sheet, and discuss who is doing what, and document the goals. At the end of practice, updating the form to communicate what needs to be done for next time. This will be pr

Gmail Vacation Responder: Spring Break

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 Going on Spring Break? Don't want to see a ton of work emails? Turn on your Vacation Responder in Gmail! In Gmail,  Click on the Gear in the upper right. Click on See all Settings. Scroll to near the bottom of the list.  Configure your settings as you feel fit,  Press SAVE. Watch my Instagram video below for more... View this post on Instagram A post shared by Art Schultz (@artschultz13)

😀 Emoji Keyboards! 🚀

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Emoji Keyboards on your computers are handy for teachers…  Above: Emoji designs on iPhone OS 2.2 in 2008. here is a comparison of how to launch 🚀 the keyboard ⌨️ on multiple computer operating systems. #edtech #waupacaway #emoji #artschultzblog #madewithclips   View this post on Instagram A post shared by Art Schultz (@artschultz13) On a Mac: press control, command and spacebar. On a Chromebook: press search, shift and spacebar. On Windows: press the Windows Key & the . (period) key.

Creating QR codes!

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Link to my website... I have been away from my blog for a long time... It’s been a while since creating my last blog post. It’s about time to get back on the horse.  Creating QR Codes. Super simple tool for getting links and information out to people in a passive way.  Got a concert? Why print off a program when you can have people grab a link from the qr code and look at it on their phones. Making stations for your classroom? Why not make the instructions for the station as a QR code... I like goqr.me as a generator for other items such as contacts and email links. This video below shows how to use chrome and goqr.me to make QR codes on a desktop computer.  #artschultzblog #edtech #qrcodes via IFTTT

Google Drawings to Laser cutting

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 I created this tutorial for students at my middle school. Technology Education students right now are in person, but due to COVID restrictions, they aren’t able to use as many traditional tools.  I am helping my Tech Ed teacher, Mr Waldschmidt, to find options that students can program, create, and model using tools on Chromebooks. Here is the short version. Machines like Glowforge and Cricut use Scaleable Vector Graphics files (SVG) to program the machine to cut and scribe designs. Google Drawings is a application, part of the Google Suite, that allows you to create Vector drawings. This file can be downloaded and re-uploaded into applications for the Glowforge and Cricut. I like it when students try to think of problems that they can solve for themselves. Think of an authentic problem that they can solve. My example shows how to create a phone holder that I could laser cut from some plastic.  Here is the example I created in my presentation. Here is my long video, with bonus foota

Waupaca Tech Camp 2020

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 Hi all! One of the ideas I helped launch in Waupaca is the Waupaca Tech Camp. It is a time for teachers to give a little summer time for learning about technology supports for their classroom. Normally, it was a face to face occasion, and on my home turf at the Middle School. But this year... much different. This year we held it at Waupaca High School... which was different. Classrooms were spread around the building, instead of in one hallway. Acceptable changes. We also added in a Virtual option, where teachers could join in our lessons via Google Meet. Presenting information while masked up was different, and sometimes harder for the participant to hear... but livable. Here, I would like to post some of the sessions I presented this year. Asynchronous Learning   Above are the slides I presented... Synchronous Learning   Relay Classroom As changes came quick and fast this year, it is amazing that Tech Camp got off the ground this year. I hope I was able to meet some of the needs