Monday, December 9, 2019

Sign-up for (free) - Make your own apps, 3D printing, Coding + Drones, Draw Own Icons, and more

Richard Byrne's free Practical Ed Tech Creativity Conference starts tomorrow (December 10th). You can register here.

This is an amazing opportunity to learn from experts and all for free.

The following presentations are available (taken directly from Richard's website): -

  • Easy Ways to Make Your Own Apps
    • December 10 at 3pm ET – Richard Byrne
      Not that long ago creating a mobile app required extensive coding skills and knowledge of programming. Today, there are many tools that make it possible for educators and students to develop their own functioning apps without any prior programming experience. Come to this presentation to learn how you and your students can develop  simple apps to use on your phones or tablets.

  • 3D Printing Solutions to World Issues
    • December 10 at 4pm ET – Jeremy Rinkel
      With an emphasis and focus on the UN Sustainability Goals, students were challenged to create prototypes or products that would be beneficial in assisting communities and countries in reaching the UN Sustainability Goals. Our first year of 3D printing has brought challenges, but we are learning a lot through problem solving and design. I’ll discuss our journey into 3D printing, the excitement of students in learning about “real-world” challenges and how 3D printing could play a role in solving these issues. Take ideas from our experience, make them your own and help save our world one 3D print at a time.

  • Coding + Drones= 100% Engagement
    • December 11 at 4pm ET – Karin Knapik-Cloutier
      Create multidisciplinary projects that teach students coding as well as the 4 C’s of critical-thinking,creativity, collaboration and communication. Using TELLO drones and free apps that run on IOS, Android and as a Chrome extension you can teach coding to students in elementary through high school.

  • Simple Wearable Electronics
    • December 11 at 8pm ET – Denise Wright
      This presentation will show you how to create some simple wearable electronics. Wearable electronics can include pedometers, smartwatches, or even a jean jacket that can play music. Everyday people use some sort of wearable electronics. Check out this jacket made with ada flora. Microbits can even be used to create watches.

  • Taking Shape: Drawing Your Own Icons
    • December 12 at 2pm ET – Tony Vincent
      Icons are an extremely effective form of communication. They are simple pictures that are immediately recognizable and universally understood. Icons tend to be simple drawings and are typically one color, making them easy to design if you break them down into shapes. Sure, there are millions of icons you can download, but there are advantages to making them yourself. When you draw your own, you can fill it with any color. And, you can customize your icon—you can change it to exactly meet your needs. Plus, it feels good to be creative with your visuals!

      In this webinar, Tony Vincent will demonstrate techniques for constructing icons by combining shapes in Google Drawings. The techniques work in any graphic design app. After learning to make your own icons, see how you can put them to work. Get ideas for using icons in your newsletters, flyers, slide shows, bulletin boards, videos, 3D prints, and documents. Teachers will be excited to put students on the path to drawing their own icons as well—kids love the challenge of drawing with shapes and enjoy using their own creations in their projects.

  • Using Makey Makey to Create Assistive Technology
    • December 12 at 3pm ET – Art Spencer
      For the past 3 years I've had 4th, 5th, and 8th grade students design and build assistive technology devices using Makey Makey boards for students with special needs. My students learn the design process, then work in groups to create buttons using cardboard, aluminum foil, and conductive clay. Special needs students then have success using a computer despite any physical limitations. This session will give an overview of that project and give tips on how do so something similar in your school setting.

  • Using Video as a Reflective, Collaborative, and Data Collecting tool
    • December 12 at 4pm ET – Brian Heyward
      Video can be used to reflect on process/progress, collect data for informal/formal research, and to collaborate synchronously or asynchronously on the same tasks. Video tools and other considerations will also be presented.

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