Technology Double Shot!

A Double Shot of Technology Information Every Tuesday

This Week's Barista: Sara Ballon

January 19, 2016

Are you watching Making a Murderer on Netflix? If playing detective is up your alley, you might want to check out Her Story, an online crime fiction game. Her Story grants players access to a police database of archived video footage that covers seven interviews from 1994 in which a British woman is interviewed by detectives about her missing husband. Players take on the role of the person seated before a police computer terminal, their own computer or device playing the part of the fictional computer. Players type search queries and the database returns clips of the answers where the woman speaks those words. Cool, huh?

More "best online games of 2015" can be found at The Guardian.

Shot one: The Digital *use* Divide

"While essential, closing the digital divide alone will not transform learning. We must also close the digital USE divide by ensuring that all students understand how to use technology as a tool to engage in creative, productive, life-long learning, rather than simply producing passive content."

-The Office of Educational Technology (Department of Education)

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Incorporating STEM and Tinkering Across the Primary Grades

For my LS colleagues, I came across this amazing article on what the "best" STEAM Labs look like, using topics across the curriculum (yes, even Spanish!).

  • A PreK project building “bat ears” following a unit exploring bats and their habitats.
  • A 1st grade Spanish project building LED-lit Dia De Los Muertos candles.
  • A 2nd grade language arts project creating a robotic diorama of their favorite scene from a book, using Hummingbird Robotics kits.
  • A 5th grade science project using cardboard gears to create a before/after graphic demonstrating changing weather patterns due to climate change, and
  • A 5th grade Mandarin project using gears to describe daily routines using target vocabulary.

Definitely worth checking out!

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See you next Tuesday!