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Gudli: learning games for math, language, science, puzzles and fun

What it is: Gudli is a collection of games for kids that makes learning fun.  Students can play these interactive educational games while developing skills in math, logic, memory, words, creativity and more.  Gudli is free to use and a fantastic learning space for students in kindergarten, first and second grade. Learning games include: Math Color Addition Learn Shape Color Subtraction Number Series Number Wheel Add Numbers Match Shape Minus How Many Number Writing Spider Counting Color by Number What Number Missing Billing Counter Time Zone Table Memory Mission Subtraction Tick Tock Time Quick Match Math Story Pattern Match Counting Coins Mission Addition Language Simple Sentences Lead the Way Rhyme Time ABC Words Word Rhyme ABC Jigsaw Word Trail Sight Words Labeling Save Panda Letter Blox Word Hunt The Blank Opposite Adjectives Spellathon Scramble Phonic Train Googly Balloon Alphabet Writing What Letter Missing Word Search English Memory Puzzle Connect Pipe US Map Jigsaw Wonders Stardoku Shape and Shadow Jigsaw Puzzle Tetris Mania Tricky Shuffler Tic Tac Toe Sliding Puzzle Science Butterfly Life Cycle Grow Plant Water Cycle Animal Quiz Jigsaw Safari In the side bar student will learn fun “did you know” facts, Math tricks (like “Multiply by 9: Multiply by 10 and subtract the original number”) and grammar hints.  Each game is labeled with the grade level and has a short description of the game and learning goals. How to integrate Gudli into the classroom: Gudli is a fun way for kids to practice learning in math, English and science.  These games make great center activities to support learning.  The games are short enough that they can be set up on classroom computers and students can take turns reinforcing learning and skill practice.  Gudli has enough games that students can play several in a lab setting where each student has a computer.  Students can choose the games that best meet their learning needs. Gudli is a great site to share with parents looking for some ways to reinforce learning over the summer! Tips: Gudli has a brand new virtual world coming soon!  Students will be able to explore a fun virtual world, “chat” with their friends, play in an interactive environment, challenge friends to games and of course learn! Please leave a comment and share how you are using  Gudli 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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