Thursday, November 3, 2016

My Ed Tech class for this month is about discovering the vast resources of the UEN Online Library.  You gotta check this out!  It's available for all Utah residents and has activities and information that can be used by children and adults alike.  Please check out their homepage HERE and see a small sample of the stuff that you could access!

If you're interested and think you could use deeper access to this, please call our office at 435-586-2845 to get a username and password.

Happy tech!

Ray

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

One of North Elementary's good friends, Dave Marlin, shared THIS ARTICLE with me today.  Dave is a retired engineer, a grandparent to one of our students, and is a great advocate for our STEM efforts.  Please take a few minutes to share this article with your child and get him/her excited about STEAM! Go Polar Bears!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Robotics and After-school clubs

I've attached a picture from our Finch robotics unit.  The kids are loving this!


You can look HERE to see the robot in action!

On a separate note, many of our parents are asking about how they can get their child into our after-school clubs.  So far, we have Lego Robotics, Geology, and Chemistry clubs.  We also have plans this year to start up

 Computer, Dance, and Theater clubs.  We are thrilled to see the response for these fun clubs--we just wish we had enough room to accommodate all the students who want to participate!

There is always an open invitation for volunteers who think they have something to offer and would like to sponsor a club.  Just contact the office and we'll talk over the options!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

North Elementary, with huge support from SUU, is bringing robotics to our school!  Dr. Cecily Heiner, SUU professor of computer science, wrote a grant that brings "Finch" robots to our school from October to December this year.  Finch robots were designed at Carnegie-Mellon University's CREATE lab and are meant to help integrate computer programming and robotics into reading, writing, math, etc.  Dr. Heiner and some of her college students will be helping us learn to use the robots over the next few weeks.  Lynae Puckett, our media specialist, will be taking the bulk of the responsibility for this program.  Thanks so much to Lynae and Dr. Heiner for this great opportunity!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Parents:

I've loved toodling around Google Earth (GE) in the past, but did you know that Google Earth can be a fun educational tool as well?  If you haven't already, download this free program on your computer!  You can click HERE to download.

I've recently learned a little about how to make a tour in GE.  I learned how by watching a couple of Youtube videos. Here's one that is a good start.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Our Polar Math program encourages all our students to memorize their grade level math facts.  Awards and incentives are given for passing off addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.  Once all facts are memorized and passed off, the students get to sign our Polar Math Wall of Fame and their names are kept for posterity each year!
To start with, we wanted to share with you an exciting new program at North.  It's sponsored by Southern Utah University and Carnegie-Mellon University and is called The Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment (CREATE) Lab.

Over the next several years, the teachers at North will learn to use the programs, curriculum, and materials provided through SUU's "satellite location" for this cool, multi-million dollar program at CMU in Pittsburgh.  In September 2016 our principal, Mr. Whittier, along with two colleagues from SUU went to be oriented and trained for three days about the services the CREATE lab will be offering our students through SUU.  We're excited to get this going!

CLICK HERE to learn more!
Dear Parents & Students at North Elementary:

Here's our new S.T.E.A.M. education blog.   Come look here for information about how we're integrating science, technology, engineering, arts, and math into North Elementary School's everyday curriculum.  Our goal is to make at least 50% of each school day reflect our STEAM focus.

We'll also post ideas and links here to help you do the same for your child at home!

Let's enjoy the journey together!

Ray