Scott and I spent 25 minutes getting infused with the passion of Angela Maiers, a one-of-a-kind change agent who has keynoted at numerous large conferences all over the world.
Scott and I interview Dr. Brian O’Connor, expert in Lesson Study, a professional development program that actually changes classroom practice. Scott shares his tip on using Buzz Mob to communicate with parents. I talk about Google Apps (Google Drive) as an easy and free way to do word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings. Enjoy!
Part informal. Part structured. Educator’s Round Table brought together leaders in education from different schools, different towns, and different perspectives. Why? We share a passion for education and we want to collaborate.
Six educators: Tim Bedley (me), Brian O’Connor, Cherie Daniel, Ginger Fleck, Jen Wagner, and Mary Bedley (my wife.) Three topics: introduce yourself, tell us about a resource, and tell us about something you do with kids. One recording: listen below or download it to your device and listen on the go (right click, save to…) Share your feedback. Or better yet, join us next Monday!
Everyone I ask in my neck of the woods, Southern California, has never heard of Maker Faire. On the weekend of May 18-19, my brother Scott and I took a trip to the San Francisco Bay area to visit our very first Maker Faire. We were told that over 150,000 other people would visit the two-day event as well. Hmmmm. So I guess it’s not as big of a secret as many would think!
What we saw blew our minds. What is a Maker Faire? “Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement,” says the Maker Faire website. But after seeing it for myself, it’s not something that can be described in words. One must experience it to understand it.
Scott and I, the Bedley Bros., shot a bit of video while at Maker Faire because we love to learn and love to share. So check out our interviews with some of the coolest makers at the faire. In the first video, we talk with Eric Stackpole who created on open source underwater ROV, Shane (high schooler) with First Robotics Competition, David Baszucki of Roblox, Legoscope, and More. The second video features Jay Silver, who created the Makey-Makey, and Andrew H. Petersen of the Drone Dudes.
My 4th and 5th graders just performed the Bad Wolf Press musical “US Geography” in front of a raucous packed house. I’ve never taught a group of students with more acting and singing talents than this class. Check out this duet sung by Hailey and Jordan.
And listen to little Melodie, a 4th grader, sing a solo on “The Rockies and More.”