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What it is: Math Two is a great alternative to flash cards for students who are practicing math facts.  Games are leveled by difficulty and include addition and multiplication facts.  Students are given a problem and must type the answer. Students receive immediate feedback about their answer (correct or incorrect). How to integrate Math Two into the classroom: Sometimes you just have to mix up the flashcards a little bit when practicing math facts.  Math Two isn’t overly interactive or “gamey” but it will give your students another opportunity to be drilled on and practice math facts.  My students actually love practicing math facts this way, I tell them it is good practice for World Math Day where they compete against other students from around the world.  When they think of it as training in preparation for upcoming competition, they are excited to practice.  Math Two is best for individual computers or as a math fact center on classroom computers. Tips: Send this link home to parents, they are often looking for new ways to practice math facts at home.  Thank you @2sparkley for introducing me to Math Two! Leave a comment and share how you are using Math Two in your classroom.

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Hello Ruby: A whimsical way to learn about computers and programming

Posted by admin | Posted in Anastasis Academy, Apply, Character Education, Create, inspiration, Knowledge (remember), Primary Elementary, professional development, Secondary Elementary, Technology, TED Talk Tuesdays, Understand (describe, explain), video, Websites | Posted on 03-02-2016

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Hello Ruby is the world's most whimsical way to learn about computers, technology and programming.

 

What it is: Hello Ruby began as a whimsical children’s book by Linda Liuka meant to help kids learn about computers, technology, and programming. Hello Ruby has since escaped the pages of the book, and now Ruby continues all of her adventures in exercises, games, and apps. It is well suited for primary kids, but truly anyone (adults included!) can learn something from Ruby. The story of Ruby is beautiful, it begins with a unique, different girl who is surrounded by her unique and different friends-all with different abilities. Ruby loves learning new things, and hates giving up. She shares her opinions boldly, and is funny. Her secret superpower is being able to imagine impossible things. Her interests include maps, secret codes, and small talk (she should offer a class…I hate small talk!). Each of her friends is equally interesting and dynamic! Beyond the Hello Ruby book, the website is packed full of goodness. There are downloads for your students where they can print their own blank game boards to create unique games, an opportunity to help Ruby organize her wardrobe for dress code, practice building a universal remote control, a ‘what is a computer’ activity, and My First Computer where students can design their own computer!

Watch the TED talk above for the passion behind Hello Ruby!

How to integrate Hello Ruby into your classroom: The Hello Ruby site has a special educator page to get started with Hello Ruby in your classroom. You’ll find lesson plans, educator stories, and resources to help you get started with learning and teaching programming yourself. All necessary components are included on the Hello Ruby site! The lesson plans and ideas included are brilliant and go beyond most lesson plans you’ll find for programming. This is immersive programming that puts students in the middle of the action and has them discovering and acting as inquirers. Hello Ruby is a wonderfully whimsical way to teach students about computers and programming. If you are new to the world of programming, this is the place to start. The ground work for learning to code is all here. Hello Ruby introduces your students to programming but also beautifully engages them in logical thinking, problem solving, and critical thinking exercises. It is genuinely brilliant!

Beyond the introduction to technology and coding, I love the Ruby character and all of her friends. Each is unique and different, and that is celebrated! Hello Ruby celebrates identity and the uniqueness of everyone. Use it as part of your classroom character development. At Anastasis, we’ll use it as part of the Who We Are inquiry block and Detox week.

Tips: The Hello Ruby book comes in English, Finnish, and Swedish. Soon it will be available in Dutch, Hungarian, French, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, and Polish as well.

Thank you @leadanddesign for sending me Linda’s Ted Talk!

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My daughter is sitting in front of me right now. She’s eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich while spinning a necklace around in the air like a propellor. I wonder what she is thinking, but I also wonder what her next experiment to make sense of her world will be. And will it be just as fun?

Just listening to your “talk” has me waiting in anticipation to see what she really wants to know about. I’m eager to help her learn and explore and question and imagine, just like Ruby. Thank you for expressing your love for creating new and exciting thoughts. It is rather contagious and wonderful.

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As I was thinking of learning programming, Hello Ruby seems to be the good choice to start learning programming. Thanks for the sharing the information.

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