Category Archives: Teaching

Empowering Kids to Create with Technology – STEAM, Maker, & Design

Empowering Kids to Create with Technology – STEAM, Maker, & Design from John Heffernan on Vimeo.

Posted in Teaching, Technology | Leave a comment

New versus Old Tech Labs

We recently went back to our old building as a staff to see how far we have come.  Here are photos of our new and old tech labs.  Can you identify the newer lab?  

Posted in Teaching, Technology | Leave a comment

Going With the Ant Squad

This fall, I  had indoor recess duty (usually a dreaded duty) with a first grade class.  I noticed that many of them busily working on (some might say obsessed with) some ants that had been seen in the classroom.  They had … Continue reading

Posted in Child Development, Teaching | Leave a comment

Robotics Day in Aidan’s Classroom

I had the chance to do a robotics day with my son’s fifth grade class thanks to his teacher.  What a smart and well-behaved class! They did some super thinking, programing, troubleshooting, and applied math and they seemed to have fun … Continue reading

Posted in Robotics, Teaching | Leave a comment

First Experiences With 3D Printing in an Elementary School

  Ultimaker 2+ 3D Printer before it was ever used BACKROUND I recently purchased an Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer with some of my prize money from winning a Presidential Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Math and Science.  This is now … Continue reading

Posted in Child Development, Teaching, Technology | 1 Comment

Dissertation Conclusion

Conclusion Development and gender were not significant factors in determining the EDP or the success of designs in this study with the exception of executive functions such as causal reasoning, which, in particular, showed some evidence of an age related … Continue reading

Posted in Child Development, Research, Robotics, Teaching, Technology | Leave a comment

Dissertation Research Teaser – 7 Key Factors in LEGO Robotic Open Ended Challenges

Posted in Child Development, Research, Robotics, Teaching | Leave a comment

New Kits

New kits for school LEGO EV3 and LEGO WeDo 2.  It’s going to be a fun year!  

Posted in Robotics, Teaching, Technology | Leave a comment

Review of My Book

Nice review of my book I just noticed on Amazon.  Thanks, Ann Wyman.  Glad you liked it. I recently read the book “Elementary Robotics” by John Heffernan and I recommend it to any teacher interested in starting a LEGO Robotics … Continue reading

Posted in Child Development, Robotics, Teaching, Technology | Leave a comment

LEGO WeDo – Using a Motor and Two Sensors

Can students use a motor and two separate sensors with WeDo?  If you hook up the motion and tilt sensors to the USB hub and put a sensor  on top of the motor, it does not really work.  You get continuous … Continue reading

Posted in Robotics, Teaching, Technology | Leave a comment