The ramblings of an art therapist turned education technologist.

The ramblings of an art therapist turned education technologist.

Putting the pieces together, and contiuously learning with a focus on digital citizenship, design thinking, electronics, arduino, robotics, creativity, and the joy of making things.

Laser Cutting Felt with a Full Spectrum Laser

Posted by: on Dec 6, 2016 | No Comments

I teamed up with the Middle School Art Teacher for a unit that explored patterns and shape with 6th Grade students. We used Illustrator to create our patterns and then we laser cut our creations using felt.

Cut settings for the Full Spectrum Laser: Speed 100%, Power 10%.

The results were beautiful!

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K-2 Parent Education – What does Making have to do with Social Emotional Learning?

Posted by: on Dec 4, 2016 | No Comments

Partnered with the Lower School Counselor, we discussed typical aspects of childhood development for Kindergarteners through Grade 2. We outlined how we merged our Social Emotional Learning curriculum (Toolbox) with the Digital Citizenship curriculum (Common Sense Media), as well as how we use technology and making at Hamlin to support both curriculum goals and social/emotional development. To highlight this last piece, I surprised the parents by giving them a design directive:

Your team: the parents sitting at your table (3-4 people)
Your challenge: In teams, using the materials provided, create the biggest free-standing structure you can in 25 minutes.

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This directive was taken directly from my art therapy training. It’s designed to highlight group dynamics, i.e.: the way the group works together, while including engineering/making. The results were great! Because the parents groups were random (who they happened to be sitting next to during the presentation), many team members had not met each other prior to the challenge. Parents definitely had a lot of fun, and we processed the various interpersonal issues that emerged. By the end of the presentation parents experientially understood how our technology and social emotional programs are intentionally developed and the power of creating as a group.

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Halloween Maker/Design Challenge

Posted by: on Nov 21, 2016 | No Comments

By beck@hamlin.org

The students in the Grade 8 Design Elective were given the following directive: In teams of two, create a Halloween sculpture that interacts with the world.

Materials used: Hummingird Duo (arduino, motors, and sensors), cardboard, tape, paint, air drying clay, vinyl, tulle, leaves, paper cups, hot glue

Here are some of the results:

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Source:: Liz Beck – Hamlin Ed Tech Blog

It’s Digital Citizenship Week!

Posted by: on Oct 17, 2016 | No Comments

By beck@hamlin.org

At Hamlin, digital citizenship is interwoven into the social emotional learning components of our program.

In K-4, teachers offer a digital citizenship lesson once a month as a part of Toolbox. In 5th and 6th grade, Ms. Beck and Ms. Davis team up to regularly deliver digital citizenship classes, and in the 7th and 8th grades, advisory teachers check in with their students and teach digital citizenship during advisory time at least once a month.

At home this week, we ask that you consider taking the Device Free Dinner Challenge! Having family dinners together, without your devices, helps model what a healthy relationship to technology looks like. It also gives the benefit of making deeper connections with your child(ren) and is correlated to better nutrition, better academic performance, and fewer behavioral problems.

and take the challenge this week!

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Source:: Liz Beck – Hamlin Ed Tech Blog

Common Sense Media Tip of the Week 10/03

Common Sense Media Tip of the Week 10/03

Posted by: on Oct 6, 2016 | No Comments

By beck@hamlin.org

October is Cyberbullying Awareness Month. This school year, you never know what might bubble up as the heady brew of hormones, relationships, and technology is stirred. Digital drama will play out in texts, on social media, and on popular teen websites. From forums that let kids pose hurtful questions to self-destructing messaging apps, new technologies enable novel ways to get attention, provoke, and try out online personas — and they go viral fast.

Whether your kid is a bully or is being bullied, we answer all your cyberbullying questions, offering age-appropriate advice, school resources, and more from parents and experts. Popular apps, sites, and services also offer guidance and help when, where, and how kids need it.

Of course there are many beneficial technologies that kids use responsibly, and not all new technologies can or will be misused. Kids often are the first to discover the latest and greatest thing, whether it’s a download from the app store or a cool online trend — but, just as they must sit through algebra and world history, they need to learn how to use these tools safely and responsibly. Our Cyberbullying Prevention Guide can help you teach these lessons and raise “upstanders” against cyberbullying.

Have a great week!

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Source:: Liz Beck – Hamlin Ed Tech Blog

Middle School Curriculum Night – Design/Maker Elective

Posted by: on Sep 16, 2016 | No Comments

By beck@hamlin.org

“I wish I could take your class!”
– eighth grade parent

It’s going to be a great and very creative semester! Check out the sides:

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Source:: Liz Beck – Hamlin Ed Tech Blog

Common Sense Media Tip of the Week: 09/12

Common Sense Media Tip of the Week: 09/12

Posted by: on Sep 14, 2016 | No Comments

By beck@hamlin.org

While most adults would agree that face-to-face contact is important, there’s no doubt that online communication continues to change how we find, form, and maintain relationships. But the truth is, teens have always had their own codes, slang, and shorthand that adults weren’t meant to know. Now, in addition to cool catchphrases, they have an arsenal of tools that can sum up a sentiment in one image. While we don’t want our kids to lose the art of conversation (especially at the dinner table), we can’t deny the power we keep in our pockets and purses that has transformed the way we connect — or disconnect.

Digital tools can cut just about every corner including those involving communication. Take a look at this sampling of how your kids are communicating with technology and no doubt you’re kids will be impressed with your new communication skills.

Have a great week and don’t forget to use Common Sense.

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Source:: Liz Beck – Hamlin Ed Tech Blog

Professional Development Spotlight: ATLIS Conference 2016

Posted by: on Apr 28, 2016 | No Comments

By beck@hamlin.org

At Hamlin, we’re constantly striving to innovate in the classroom, with the benefit of students and evidence based pedagogy at the heart of our choices. ATLIS, a new organization started only two years ago, offers a great conference focusing on education technology specifically in Independent Schools. I’m grateful to the Hamlin community for sponsoring me as I pursued this excellent professional development opportunity.

Sessions included:

  • Ideas around integrating maker spaces into curriculum
  • How to create relevant and timely digital citizenship curriculum
  • Cyber security
  • The future of education technology in Independent Schools
  • Strategies around providing professional development to faculty and staff

I also teamed up with Kelsey Vrooman, one of the founding members of ATLIS, and presented a Deep Dive (1h45min) presentation about Blended Learning (BL). With around 20 attendees, we had a fruitful discussion about BL and how various models are being applied within Independent Schools currently.

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Having returned, my mind is now buzzing with ideas! Thank you, Hamlin, for the opportunity to connect with like minded educators and learn from some of the most accomplished education technology leaders in the country.

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Source:: Liz Beck – Hamlin Ed Tech Blog

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