Build that Code!

Build that Code!

Here is an excerpt from my new blog post for the Center for Talent Development: Two young children play with wooden blocks and plastic dinosaur toys. They create a zig zag path of blocks and move the dinosaurs down the path one by one, all in a row. As they play, the...
Hack Your  Code-A-Pillar!

Hack Your Code-A-Pillar!

Like many other tangible tech enthusiasts, I was excited to hear about the new Fisher-Price Code-a-Pillar toy when it made its debut at the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show. Over the summer the Code-a-Pillar became widely available to consumers and I was...
Robots & Coding at SXSW

Robots & Coding at SXSW

Guess what? I’ve submitted a proposal to present at the 2017 South by Southwest educator conference (SXSW.edu). My session is titled “Build that Code! Teach Coding with 3D Construction Projects.” The SXSW application process includes a crowd sourcing...
Lessons from a Maker Space

Lessons from a Maker Space

Here’s my shopping list this week: Rubber bands Springs Nuts & bolts Golf tees Masking tape Wood glue Why am I shopping for such an odd combination of items? I’m purchasing supplies for a maker space. In my role as Early Childhood Coordinator at Northwestern...
Make Mini Model Robots!

Make Mini Model Robots!

Preschoolers are fascinated by robots but most robotics kits are intended for older children with advanced skills. In my work developing robotics curricula for early childhood classrooms, I’ve discovered that one way to engage young children in working with authentic...
What We Can Learn from Mies van Hout’s Monsters

What We Can Learn from Mies van Hout’s Monsters

The monsters in Mies van Hout’s charming picture book Friends have much to teach us about emotional intelligence. Developing the ability to make a friend is a milestone that every parent wishes for their children. The greater challenge is developing the ability to...

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