052: Living On The Edge of Chaos – Head Thoughts

In this episode I share the battle we all face with the voice in our head.

We speak to ourself more than anyone else so it is important what we say in these conversations.

And I challenge you to frame your words in a way that has worked for me to check myself before I wreck myself.

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051: Living On The Edge of Chaos – Don’t Compare Yourself

In this episode I share an insight I gained while running bright and early one morning last week prior to the grand opening. It is an important lesson for all of us to remember as I am sure at some point we have compared ourselves to others.

Don’t do it.

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Coffeechug Catapult 1.0 Crowdsource Maker Challenge

This video is a challenge to see how to make Coffeechug Catapult 1.0 even better for version 2.0

The goal here is to promote thinking, problem solving, prototyping, and experimenting within the makerspaces to enhance our learning. I thought it would be fun to crowdsource the journey and discover how others would solve the problem.

Feel free to share with your students and classes the challenge and look forward to the comments for me to test out in the next prototype.

 

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How to Make Personalized LEGO Nametag

One of the activities that I will be using in my 212 STEAM Labs to help the STEAMsters get to know one another since they are coming from different schools and grades is to make a personalize LEGO Nametag.

As you will see in the video this allows students to be creative and speak about themselves in an indirect way.

Let me know what you think and below are links to purchase all the parts in case you don’t have them.

Enjoy!

Here are links to items that I have bought to make these nametags in case you don’t have them at home.

10 Name Badge Magnets

DYMO LabelManager 160 Handheld Label Maker

LEGO Parts and Pieces: White 1×8 Tile x10 by LEGO

LEGO Parts and Pieces: Dark Gray 4×8 Tile

12 Random Lego Minifigures

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050: Living On The Edge of Chaos – Don’t Settle

In this episode I am sharing out the importance of not settling. This episode is one that I have listened to my own words as my stress levels have gone up preparing for the Grand Opening and all that needs to be done. I am learning to listen to my own advice as I have moments where I doubt the journey I am on, but I know that I am creating something of value for the community and have to ride out the bumps in the road.

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Learn about our grand opening

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September Podcast Challenge – Knowledge for the Ears

Over in my Coffee For The Brain Mastermind Group on Facebook we are focusing on podcasts for the month.

We are not focusing on a book in September to give us a break as we adjust to school. Instead I thought we could share podcast episodes. September theme is Podcasts – Knowledge for the Ears.

Each day I will post a new podcast episode to listen and check out. Feel free to submit one of your favorites. Credit will be provided. Fill out this form. Ideally, I would love to hear from others so it is not just a summary of nerdy Aaron sharing what he listens to when he jogs and mows the yard.

Feel free to discuss episodes over in our Facebook group. Enjoy the list!

Here is the Google Doc where a new episode will be posted each day for your listening pleasure!

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212 STEAM Labs Is Ready!

I cannot believe this is happening. I have been working like crazy in all my free time at night and weekends to bring to life a vision for STEAM education that I have had for many years. After being inspired by the students I have worked with over the years who have taken a leap to reach their goals and dreams I realized that I need to do the same. Just because I am balding and getting older doesn’t mean I cannot leap as well.

With much support from so many people who have kept me going and not giving up on this vision when it has proven difficult, I am happy to announce the grand opening event of 212 STEAM Labs.

I hope you come visit. Come see the space and learn what we have to offer. I still have much to do, but the date is set and we are ready to be one degree of separation that pushes our learning to the next level.

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049: Living On The Edge of Chaos – How To Leverage Technology For Authentic Learning Part 1

In this episode I am sharing one of the ways to leverage technology to enhance authentic learning for students.

This is not a list of apps or tools, but examples of teachers who have crafted quality projects and infused technology to take learning to the next level by empowering students to take the driver seat in learning.

This was part of a hour long Skype call I held with a college education masters program.a

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To learn how to search Twitter without an account I have provided a video tutorial

Examples of projects where technology was used to leverage the learning to authentic experiences

 

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LEGO EV3 Programming Tip: The Power of the Comment Block

Don’t overlook the use of LEGO EV3 Comment blocks for your programming. Over time we have learned the value in using these blocks to help organize, sort, and label our coding. In the long run it will save you time as you work to develop, adapt, and modify your code for complex tasks.

I believe this is one of the most underutilized blocks that can make life so much easier for anyone coding.

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