Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Breakout EDU

So here I sit in my office TRYING my darndest to figure out locks, cases, keys, and combinations ALL in an attempt to get my English teacher, Mrs. Gross, ready and prepared for her FIRST Breakout EDU session in her classroom.  If you are unsure what the heck I am talking about - have you EVER heard of those "Escape Rooms," where they lock you in for an hour and then you have to try and get out?  There are clues EVERYWHERE in the room to help you, you just need to find the right ones to unlock the mystery.  Well, they make them for the classroom.  Mrs. Gross bought the Breakout EDU kit for $99 (however you can TOTALLY make one yourself for cheaper),  and many of the games require DIFFERENT items to make it work - so I would suggest GOING to the site, find out EXACTLY which games you MIGHT consider using for your classroom, and there are many for various content areas, and then buy your own OR buy ONE from them like we did, and then substitute where needed:)   Here are SOME of the items that we decided to purchase as they were needs for US:

The other thing you have to remember is that you can't just download this and do it in a DAY!  The games have extensive directions, and you need to "set up" the room as it says - so I would say that realistically you could buy your supplies, download the resources and have all ready in a week - AND remember, once you do ONE, it really makes it easier the next time you try one.  I am actually going to do this at our next CPT (Common Planning Time) with our teachers.  I am going to set up two rooms and split my staff into two groups. They will each have 45 minutes to "break out" or "solve" the mystery that I have set!  I REALLY think this is something here!  I love the idea of kids collaborating, problem solving is ALWAYS something that enhances learning and taking on roles and finding a solution as a group!  I CAN. NOT. WAIT. for this one to happen and see how it pans out - maybe successful, maybe epic fail, but a new challenge anyways:)!

Happy Night all
Mrs. I:)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Monster Physics Apps - OH MY:)!

I HAVE to share this app if I haven't done so yet - and I don't think I have.  Four years ago we had a teacher, Mr. Cox, that wanted the app Monster Physics.  He was the STEM teacher, and he used it in a variety of ways to show and create physic related items.  After he left - SO SO SAD!!!:( - the 6th grade teachers decided to not have it anymore.  Since I had these redemption codes, I asked the 5th grade teachers if THEY would like it on their student iPads and they said sure.  My son is a 5th grader in Mrs. Askegaard's class and he is ABSOLUTELY ADDICTED to it!  I mean who wouldn't be?  The idea is to create cars, catapults, levels, pulleys, etc.. all physics related.  He is in LOVE with claw machines - you know the ones where you pay like $1.00 and you drop a claw down and try to win a disgusting stuffed animal or cheap rubber ball - yes those:)!  Well, he developed his OWN on the app - take a look:

At first this might seem quite simple - BUT - he really had to trial and error here.  At first his beams were way too short as the claw wouldn't fit, and then the angle he hung the clasp wouldn't open fully, so he had to adjust that.  This SIMPLE machine really had him thinking for quite a few days, and even now he is adjusting it with what he puts INSIDE the game to grab - LOVE IT:)!!

This app is $1.99 but DOES fall under volume purchasing for schools, so for the $.99 it's worth it.
Happy Night all -
Mrs. I:)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


Mrs. Detloff, Mrs. Solum and Mrs. Gross, our English teacher at the high school, stayed late one night to make and hang MCA signs.  They have been working SO SO hard to gets kiddos ready!  Last year was the first year that signs were hung up to sort of "Get Kids Excited" and motivated about the MCA tests that are talked about all the time everywhere.  This year, they used a TON of memes and they are PRICELESS:)!  Feel free to use them if you'd like and hang in your rooms as well:)

Here are a couple of Meme creator sites:

1. Meme Creator

2.  Meme Generator

3. Meme Maker

Happy Day All
Mrs. I:)