20% Time — Week 5

This week’s project was so bad. I’m not going to add a picture, and I’d rather not talk about the experience, but I have to. ūüėÄ

I used the flexy plastic to try to make something that bends like a bracelet or necklace. I thought it would be fairly easy, but the flexy plastic is so weird.  It comes out in clumps and continues to flow out after you press the stop button. What did I actually create you ask? A blob of melted plastic and a bracelet that looked like a paper clip with a band attached to it.

What I learned: Flexy plastic is a terrible thing to use for a beginner 3D pen user

Next time: Maybe look up some tutorial videos for using flexy plastic (or not); go back to the original plastic try to actually create something.


Technology and Education

Summary of technology in education videos:

‚ÄúThis Will Revolutionize Education‚ÄĚ by Derek Alexander Muller: Veritasium Channel:

  • Technology is revolutionizing education.
    • Tools like YouTube videos and animations are being used to better demonstrate concepts
  • The job of a teacher to guide the social process of learning.
    • To challenge, inspire, and to motivate students to want to learn, make students ¬†and engage students

Education Technology Integration: Vision, Framework, and Strategy by Krista Moroder:

  • Technology does not engage students. Great lessons engage students.
  • Technology should only be used when it increases efficiency or effectiveness
  • If students are bored, find new ways to excite them (technology can be one tool)
  • It is important to make sure that students are understanding how to learn
    • Don’t just have them use technology because it is something that students are used to using; have a purpose behind the use of technology and make it a fun learning experience.

My thoughts:

I agree with the fact that technology is making education better in some ways. ¬†The formative assessment tools that we have explored are an example of how technology is being used to make learning more creative. ¬†I also agree with Krista and her opinion of using technology when it’s more effective and efficient. ¬†In high school, my school was testing out online standardized testing on my class. ¬†Though the tests might of been easier to score being that they were electronic the process for submitted responses was very frustrating and time-consuming for us students.



20% Time — Week 4

Snail Mail Love

I took a break from working with the 3D pen to write a card for someone. ¬†A different 20% time project, I guess you could say. ¬†I felt that God impressed upon my heart to write to my “Mama #6, a Christian woman I worked with at my job this past summer. ¬†She experienced a couple of losses this week, so I wanted to send her an encouraging note.

I definitely took my time with this. ¬†On half of the card, I wrote about how I thought of her for this activity and how much I appreciated her sending me encouraging text messages throughout the semester. ¬†On the other half, I copied a Bible verse I found through a Google search that expressed how God is with us during everything we go through (I can’t remember/find that verse again for the life of me!) ¬†Then I drew a spring nature scene at the bottom, and signed it saying “Love you and see you soon!”

I‚Äôm glad that I took this time to encourage my Mama and let her know that I am thinking about her. ¬†I am continuing to pray that she will cling to God in during this rough time and that will bring her peace and heal her heart. ūüôā

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Mama Mel & Me outside our work office

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:11~

Next week: More 3D pen projects!


20% Time — Week 3

Project Summary: I was finally able to do some drawing in mid-air, but my projects still don’t look legit yet. I attempted to fix the cube I was working on last week, but it was hard to add on to it since the plastic dries so fast. ¬†Now, I’ve decided to use the 3Doodler Project book (the one we have in class) so I can do more of a variety of projects and because it has a series of projects that start off easy and lead to more difficult ones.

What I learned: how to get the plastic to flow out slower, a solid foundation helps when trying to draw upwards/mid-air

Goals for next week: Select a project or two in the book, use a different pen tip and/or try using the flexy plastic.

Doodler pen fails:


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Book Project #1: Cube in mid-air


Book Project #2: Foundation w/weird squiggly thing






20% Time — Week 2

Attention world! I actually did something with the 3D pen! This is the beginnings of a square prism. ¬†But, I have a confession…the whole point of using a 3D pen is to draw in mid-air. ¬†Well, I tried to do that, but I just made a little squiggly pile of plastic. ¬†Plan B was to sort of cheat by drawing squares on the plastic surface and “gluing” them together (see picture below). My teacher (yay, Debbie!) showed me how to draw in mid-air, so I am going to try to make another cube by using that method (the legit method) next time. ūüôā

I learned:

  • How to draw in mid-air
  • How to unclog the 3D pen and reload it (that was quite an adventure)
    • Next Week: Finish the cube I started, make another cube by drawing in mid-air, and possible start on another shape

20% Time — Week 1

For the next 6 weeks or so, I’m going to be taking an hour on Fridays to work on a super exciting 20% time project.

I decided to work on making geometric prisms by using a 3D pen. ¬†My math teacher in high school used models of prisms for demonstrations in class, and it was easier for me to grasp the concepts once I could see the figures. ¬†I thought it would be cool to experiment with this new method of art and explore a way to incorporate it into a prism math lesson. ¬†More than establishing a lesson plan, I plan to focus getting really familiar with the 3D pen and making as many shapes as I can (sphere, cylinder, pyramid, etc.) ¬†I also want to make a pair of sunglasses just for fun. ūüôā

20% Time — March 17

I looked up videos of shapes and found some great tutorials.  I put them in a YouTube playlist so I could reference them later.  I figured out that using templates and stencils are going to be very helpful to use for my projects.  I can either print some off from the Internet or make my own.

I used the Doodle pen. ¬†It was easier to use than I thought it would be. Here’s my first creation (just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!):


Next week: Make my first (real) shape!


Technology in the Classroom: Yay or Nay?

Technology has become a major part of our society whether we like it or not.  Technology can be found in our workplaces, homes, and even our pants pockets.  We also see technology being used in the classroom, and that has caused a great debate.  Since I am planning on being a teacher, I am going to address this argument and see what the world is buzzing about on this topic.

Benefits of using technology in the classroom:

More hands-on learning: Smart-boards, IPads, and tablets, allow students to really dive into their learning. ¬†These devices offer interactive activities that can serve as a creative additive for any teachers’ lesson. ¬†For example, my biology teacher had us use the smart board to participate in activities like labeling a strand of DNA.

Bank of resources: Teachers can have classroom pages, blogs, and grading systems all online.  This makes it easier for the parents and students to keep track of progress and have access to information at any time.

The variety of assessments: The internet has tons of assessment tools that teachers can use to test students’ knowledge. ¬†Online quiz games like Kahoot! and Quizzizz engage students with fun pictures and music and help them learn at the same time. Grading is also a lot quicker on websites like these because results are generated automatically.

Kids use technology already: If you were to ask any kid today what a tablet was, they would most likely have an answer for you and be able to tell you different brands of tablets that are out there. Why not incorporate technology in the classroom was children love it, know how to use it, and it’s already a part of their everyday lives?

Cons of using technology in the classroom:

Distracting: If people are using their phones or computers to complete an assignment or activity, it is very easy for a student to jump on over to Facebook or Twitter without the teacher knowing.  Texting and taking selfies can also be an issue.

Replacing teachers: Teachers can create quizzes online. Make videos of their lectures online. Grade papers online. I mean, is a teacher even needed after that? The teacher can teach a class without even stepping into a room.  Will teachers eventually be replaced like factory workers were during the Industrial Revolution?

Students can become dependent: Let’s say a group of students is used to using only a computer for class (taking notes, doing class work). ¬†What it the power goes out? Will students know that they can use a pen and paper to take notes? Using an actual¬†dictionary of going to the library? In some cases, we are depriving students of learning basic practices so much that they feel like they can not complete anything without technology.

Creates poor study habits: You can enter pretty much any question into search engines like Google and get an answer.  Students are becoming lazy and turning to the internet for answers instead of reading their textbooks to find their answers.

Based on these points, I still have mixed feelings about using technology in the classroom. ¬†On one hand, I think it is hard not to incorporate it because it is a major part of our lives. ¬†I like the idea of using online assessment tools for quizzes or creating an online teacher page. ¬†I don’t agree with using phones. There are too many distractions on smartphones. ¬†I can see myself using smartboards too because of the ability to incorporate interactive activities. Overall, I don’t think it’s so bad, but I definitely think there should be limited usage.


Formative Assessment Tools

Formative Assessments tools is a phrase that sounds super serious, but it’s just a fancy way of saying you are checking up on a¬†group of people to see how they are understanding information. ¬†Teachers¬†often use these tools in the classroom to test how well their students are understanding the information they are teaching. ¬†In this day and age, formative assessments tools are on the web and can be really exciting and a great way to engage your students during lessons. ¬†Here are some examples and my personal pros/cons of them:

1. Padlet: Presentation board that students can edit.  Can choose from different backgrounds

  • Pros: good for presentation projects for both the teacher and students; whoever has the website and password can access it
  • Cons: not really much of an assessment (quizzy¬†type) site

2. Quizzizz:¬†Online quiz game with multiple choice questions. Students connect by using an electronic device and¬†a specific game code provided by the¬†instructor. Students collect points by answering quickly/accurately. After each question, a meme pops up in response to the student’s answer (right or wrong).

  • Pros: really fun; easy for the teacher and students to use; great for younger students
  • Cons: might not be able to use in a higher level classroom; can only generate multiple choice questions
3. Kahoot: Online quiz game (can also do survey or poll). This is very similar to Quizzizz.  Students connect by using an electronic device and a specific game code provided by the instructor. Students compete against each other, earning points for each correct answer (earn more points the faster they can answer)
  • Pros: really fun; has awesome game show music playing in the background; easy for teacher and students to use, great for younger students (but I also used this in a college class, so I think it could be used for older students too depending on the class)
  • Cons: can only generate multiple choice questions
4. Socrative: Online quiz game. The instructor sets up classroom account where he/she can put assessments there. Students can participate individually, or in teams.
  • Pros: simple to use, can have students race each other in groups; everyone has to be in the classroom at the same time, but students can work at their own pace; the¬†teacher can format multiple choice, short answer, and true/false questions; professional layout; better for older classrooms
  • Cons: instructor can only have one classroom (page) for free
In my future classroom, I will probably use Padlet and Quizziz or Kahoot. ¬†Padlet would be a great way to engage my students in a Geography lesson because every student could be involved. ¬†I’m picturing using the map background that we used in class. ¬†I also think it would be a great ice breaker activity to have students enter in where they are from on the map. ¬†For Quizziz or Kahoot, I would probably designate a weekly quiz date where each student can¬†participate and have a fun. I think I could use for just about any subject except for Math. ¬†I believe that it is an important to make learning exciting¬†so these apps would be great to do that!

BlogsIfollow Update –20 Time 2.17.17

BlogsIfollow Update

Sunny Days in Second Grade: I came across a blog post about students selecting their own homework. ¬†It caught my attention because it appeared to be somewhat similar to the 20 time that we do in class. ¬†Essentially it is, but this method is all the teacher does for homework. ¬†She has students pick a topic and make a diorama, poster board, etc. and has the students present them to the class. ¬†She uses Spelling City, CoolMath4Kids, Prodigy, FunBrain, and GoNoodle in her classroom as learning tools, but it’s not necessarily homework.¬† For her class of gifted students, the practice has been very successful. ¬†I’m not sure if I’m totally sold on the idea, but I plan to look into the applications she uses and see if I want to use them in my classroom. ¬†Check out the blog post here.

ClassTechTips: This blogger recently posted about the 30 hands digital storytelling tool. With this application, students create videos of a subject matter to show their understanding of that subject.  It seems pretty cool, so I also want to look into that later. Check out the blog post here.

20 Time 2.17.17

LittleBits: This is my second week playing around with LittleBits gadgets. ¬†The kit comes with different gadgets that you can put together in order to create something. ¬†The manual takes you step by step through the basic combinations that are the foundation for larger contraptions. My group got through the basics just fine, but when we tried to make a wheeled gadget, we epically failed. ¬†We tried again this week…and still failed. ¬†I refuse to give up on it, though! ¬†I found a template for a bubble maker in the manual, so I think I want to try that if I get a chance again.

As far as using LittleBits in the classroom, I think it would be useful for teaching electricity. ¬†For example, in my Physical Science class, we just learned how opposite charges attract each other and negative charges repel each other. ¬†You could demonstrate this with the¬†LittleBit gadgets because they have to be facing the correct direction in order to connect to each other. ¬†I also see it as a good free time activity to do. ¬†There are plenty of useful lesson plans¬†on the Little Bits website, so I don’t think this is a lost cause in the classroom.

Product website and gadget ideas: