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Challenge Me: LEGO and the Elementary Learner

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Participate and share : Poster

Javier Aguilar  
Lindsay Foster  
Amanda Peterson  

In this hands-on session, learn, share and connect with LEGO materials including basic bricks. Learn how to build lessons and get copies of templates and challenge task cards to use in all content areas.

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers, Coaches
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: None needed
Topic: Maker activities & programs
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
Designer
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Objective: Through hands-on integration and participation, participants will explore and adapt current lesson activities and TEKS using the LEGO tools and materials as well as to develop reflection, extension and exploration activities that will support and encourage higher order thinking skills and the ISTE 4 Cs.
Educational Challenge: Educators are using LEGO tools and materials as an extra fun activity within their classroom but lack the understanding of the variety of ways LEGO materials can be used for playful learning with their student population.
Instructional Activities/Strategies: Participants will have opportunity to collaborate with others, create with LEGO bricks and discover content-specific LEGO task cards and activities that can be use with their students in a variety of ways.
Evidence of Success: Educators will create LEGO structures, explain their thinking behind their creation and the ways they plan to use LEGO materials in their classroom.

Outline

Introduction: 5 minutes
Our Why: 10 minutes
Station Rotations: 45 minutes
• Science Station
• Social Studies Station
• ELAR/Writing Station
• STEM/STEAM Station
• Math Station

Whatzit Lesson: 25 minutes
Closing: 5 minutes

Supporting research

Walker, Karen. “The Power of Playful Learning in Early Childhood Education.” TEPSA, Texas Association for the Education of Young Children , Nov. 2018, www.tepsa.org/resource/the-power-of-playful-learning-in-early-childhood-education/.

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Presenters

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Javier Aguilar, East Fort Worth Montessori Academy

Hello my name is Javier Aguilar, I am in my seventh year of working at East Fort Worth Montessori Academy as a Technology Applications / Computer Science teacher & Robotics Coach. I am a fan of the LEGOS, Robotics, MinecraftEDU, Roblox and Fortnite. I love listening to music when we are in class. I am making positive changes in education to better equip students for the future. @efwmaschool @dfwcsta #LEGOEducation #networking #learning #teamwork #equity #diversity #confidence #code #CSforGood #creativity #CSforALL #EveryCanCode #ForTheLoveOfCoding #SpheroHero #BeyondCode 👍🏼🤖

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Lindsay Foster, Gainesville ISD

Lindsay Foster has two decades of educational experience as an elementary classroom educator, a technology applications instructor, and as an instructional technology coach. As an Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mrs. Foster helps students & educators alike build meaningful & engaging learning experiences using technology across the curriculum. Mrs. Foster is a Google Certified Trainer, a LEGO Education US Master Educator, Book Creator Ambassador, and BreakoutEDU Trainer. Mrs. Foster loves to showcase student and educator experiences in the classroom, on the campus and across her district and state, and her speaking engagements have included ISTE, TCEA, MACUL, NCTIES, TCEA ETC, TCCA, TiA, and TXGoo.

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Amanda Peterson, Lamar Consolidated ISD

I am a Digital Learning Coach for Lamar Consolidated School District and a LEGO Education U.S. Master Educator since 2018. I have been in the education field since 1998. I love Dash and Dot Robots, all things LEGO and Mickey Mouse. In my spare time I sew, quilt, read, work on crafts and spend time with family and friends.

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