November 15, 2013 in Uncategorized
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October 4, 2013 in Uncategorized
Technology is something that we take for granted.
Most of us have good internet connections at home and at school. Many people have access to laptops, desktops, ipdas, tablets and phones.
We are always on, always connected.
But what do we do with that access?
Are we doing something with the connections that we have to the world? Are we using them to be creative, to make new things? Are we connecting with others? Are we learning about new places and new spaces that we couldn’t connect with if we didn’t have access to that technology?
This is an 8 minute video that tells us about a lot of students in a lot of places and what they are doing with their technology. It also slams schools and what a lot of schools allow their students to do with their technology.
What do you think of this? do you have a story to tell about creativity or connection using technology. Leave a comment.
October 3, 2013 in Uncategorized
We’ve all made it! It’s like the beginning of a journey.
There are around 100 of us all together that have accounts at the Idea Hive. That’s great!
Now, we need to do something with it.
A site like this depends on all of us to build it together. It is a community. It isn’t a place to sit back and watch all of the stuff that others contribute; instead, it’s a place that we can build into what we want it to be.
There are a lot of different things that can happen here. You can:
- Start a group of your own
- Add your thoughts to a group that is already here.
- Write something on your own timeline.
- Add someone as a friend.
- Create something (photos, a Scratch animation, a Youtube video, a drawing and on and on) and share it here with others.
This space is ours. If there is something you’d like to be able to do here that you can’t do, just let us know and we’ll see if we can figure out how to make it happen.
Together, we can make something here that is all our own.
October 1, 2013 in Uncategorized
Today the Idea Hive students in Wingham, Ontario and Snow Lake, Manitoba made their first connection via Skype (and it worked, Mr. Fisher, despite the previous year’s Skype crashes!!). Students on each end volunteered to ask and answer questions posed by each school. We learned about differences in our school populations, after school activities and communities. For example, the Wingham students were shocked/wide-eyed that Mr. Fisher, while being a teacher, is also the mayor, and was hosting the premier of Manitoba, who was arriving by float plane in a few hours. Others wanted to learn more about the fishing and hunting opportunities Snow Lake students have versus in Ontario.
While in previous years, Mr. Fisher has had to put up with many early morning scheduling changes due to snow days and school cancellations in Ontario, I’m sure no one (certainly not me) imagined the 2 hr. bus delay due to fog, that almost disrupted our first connection. Luckily, the buses arrived in time for our pre-planned time of 10:55 est. That bus delay was also a gift as it allowed two of our students, Riley and Jake, to learn the ins and outs of running our internet radio station, 105thehive.org, and so the Skype call was broadcasted live with many folks outside our schools listening in.
Next steps involve getting to know what we have in common with each other. The Idea Hive students will have access to all the survey results and find out what is similar and different about each other.
You can listen into the broadcast here. Making Connections #1
If you’re not sure what the Idea Hive is all about, read Mr. Fisher’s first post here.
September 21, 2013 in Uncategorized
Google Sketchup is the software that we will be using to design things for our 3D printers.
Overall, it is pretty decent software, but it does take some work to learn how to use it.
Thankfully there are a lot of great video tutorials online to help you through the process of getting moving.
Here’s a good first video to get you moving.
Once you’ve watched that one, there are many more to dig deeper and become more familiar with what is possible using Google Sketchup.
August 17, 2013 in Uncategorized
All classrooms are communities. They are spaces where people work, learn. laugh and cry together.
But the Idea Hive is different.
The hive is a space that connects classrooms and kid that live in different places around the globe. We work together, talk together and work out our problems together. The Idea Hive is a space that we will build together.
Second, the Idea Hive is a space that lives in our classrooms, but also lives online. Sometimes we’re at school and have a question. But sometimes we’re at home, or it’s the weekend, or 6 in the morning. Questions and ideas come up at any time of day. The Idea Hive is always here for you.
Lets be clear – Facebook sucks. There are a billion people on Facebook – including your parents. Second, there is far too much stuff that goes on Facebook that isn’t good. Bullying, fighting and whole lot of other stuff. It’s true, you can’t deny it. This means that you need a smaller space. A space where you can just be yourself. A space where you can find people who think like you and are interested in some of the same things that you are. That is what the Idea Hive is.
Make a group about something you are interested in.
Post a photo that you’ve taken.
Post a link to a site that lets you be creative.
Make a group that lets you share your artwork, your thoughts about the NHL season or the coding that you are learning to do.
Welcome to the Idea Hive.