Thanks to Donors choose and Mrs. Newburger's eternal optimism and tireless grant writing, Piedmont's media center won a BB8 droid complete with iPad in a cool protective case for operating on the go.
Come by the Makerspace and check it out. BB8 already has a fan club, I think!
Check out these photos and videos from the first two days of his life at our school.
There's still plenty to discover. He can be coded, you can draw a path with your finger and have him patrol, he has been plenty talkative, and even has Augmented reality Star Wars action.
It's a wonderful time to be alive, kids! The future is here! No, seriously, do you think my middle school library in the 70s had droids for loan? No, I tell you, they most certainly did not!
- Love, Ms. Gurthie
Not the Skill You're looking for, there's plenty more to learn and do in the Makerspace!
Big Hero 6 and the Maker Movement
Tynker is a website that let's you easily learn to code starting from step one.
Here is how to make video games on Tynker
Some courses cost money but many are free.
To test the Video Game design link at the beginning of this post, I clicked "remix this program" for the penguin game, then I saved my work. It asked me to log in and I did using my google account so you can do the same since all students have Google Drive (the same way you log into your Chromebook).
If this is all new to you and you need help getting started wtih Tynker from step one, check these Tynker video tutorials that will show you anything you might want to do.
It's so easy a little kid can do it, in fact elementary school students at Red Oak right here in CMS use Tynker to create hundreds of projects. Check out the games they designed!
Earn the DIY Stitcher Patch by learning how to sew at home, by hand, or at school on our sewing machine in the new Media Center Maker Space:
These Maker Movement in Ed Links will help inspire you to find your passion and use your genius to make something like this young man did:
If you like these check out the other pages of this StudentSpace blog- there are many great things to learn like fiction writing, coding, etc...
There are lots of kinds of leaders.
Some young people are born leaders. You probably already know if that is you. People tend to listen to you, to do what you say. YOu are probably good in a crisis.
Some people lead with bravery. They
These skills can be developed if you don't have them but I want to share with you my advice for leadership if you don't have it already.
I use a backward method of leadership that is based on my own knowledge of what is my greatest gift and strength in myself and committment to what I am passionate about. I am who I am and in being me I inspire others to be the best in themselves and to stop hiding.
I used to do that with my students. I would recognize, name and develop their strengths as a way to minimize their weaknesses.
Now I will try to give it to you via this post. Here's what to do:
Now act on those answers. Be awake and aware looking for ways to help others because the best way to know yourself is to forget yourself and act.
Servant Leadership is this new buzzword. You have to know what you are good at in order to serve.
Do not fear failure. Part of being a leader is being willing to fail and knowing that all great leaders have failed many times before success even at their greatest strengths:
Hey students! Are you interested in writing fiction? Are you looking to improve your craft? I would suggest blogging your stories and inviting comments. You can't be sure your comments will always be helpful, but if not you can always delete them. To get started if you want to post links to your work here in the comment section feel free!
A Great Starting Spot:
Resources to Spark Your Imagination:
Fiction Contests to Enter
Places to share and read other fiction wriiting:
This is Ms. Gurthie's place for students at Piedmont and elsewhere to find resources to fuel their passions. Besides making fun lesson ideas for teachers, I wanted this space to provide PD for students too!