INCREASE CREATIVITY, REMIX ASSESSMENT & DEVELOP A CLASS OF CODER NINJAS
In Code Breaker, educator Brian Aspinall shares his insights on how to turn curriculum expectations into skills. Students identify problems, develop solutions, and use coding and computational thinking to apply and demonstrate their learning. From Aspinall’s collection of real-life examples and practical lesson ideas, you’ll discover how to…
▫️ Use computational thinking and coding across all subjects and grade levels
▫️ Encourage students to let their skills and passions shine
▫️ Teach learners to take risks so they can grow from failure and feedback
▫️ Make assessment meaningful—and fun—for you and your students
STRENGTHEN YOUR COURAGE, BLAZE A NEW TRAIL & IGNITE YOUR STUDENTS’ PASSIONS!
Future-ready students need to be creative. They need to know how to communicate their ideas and how to collaborate as problem solvers. To master these and other twenty-first-century requirements, they will need to be critical thinkers. Engaged students are more likely to internalize learning and apply it to situations beyond the classroom. So how can you get your learners to engage? Follow Brian’s journey from his early days as a substitute teacher, to more recently, as a University Instructor, three time TEDx speaker, best selling author and Canadian Prime Minister’s Award Recipient For Teaching Excellence.
AUTISM AND CODING
Follow Lucas and Liam’s coding adventure as they make a new friend! Lucas and Liam have been assigned a coding project by their teacher. At first they are more excited about working in the hallway than doing the project, until they meet Lily, a girl who has autism. The boys learn that not everyone communicates in the same way, but with the hallway coding activity, making friends is easy and fun!
AN INNOVATOR DOESN’T COMPLAIN ABOUT THE PROBLEM. SHE SOLVES IT!
Gracie is every student who has ever been searching for her purpose in school. She is every child who needs someone to unlock a world of discovery they don’t yet know exists. When her teacher brings a robot into the classroom and teaches Gracie to code, she unlocks a world of creativity, innovation, and discovery she’d never imagined. Follow Gracie as she learns to code, learns to problem solve and learns to take risks in her learning!
What Happens When I Learn To Code?
IF YOU CAN LEARN TO CODE, YOU CAN CODE TO LEARN
Anyone can learn to code and if you can learn to code, you can code to learn! Coding can be very abstract. It is a picturesque canvas. It supports one’s spatial awareness. It’s like playing chess and being five moves ahead based on three different scenarios. This is something students must develop in the 21st century.
Quite often, the first time you write code, the code doesn’t work. That’s important because that’s when innovation and problem solving happens! There are many benefits of learning to code. Coding empowers kids and puts them in control of the device. It builds mastery through experimentation. Coding fosters problem solving, logical thinking, critical and computational thinking. Most importantly, it is a safe space to take risks and learn from failure!
12 PRINCIPLES FOR TRANSFORMING SCHOOL LEADER EFFECTIVENESS
Our children and adults within our schools need you to be at your absolute best. An educator who is constantly working toward “Staying Grounded” will be someone who is a strategic leader who leads within and amongst the levels of self, others, and the organization they serve. Leadership of self includes the responsibility of being self-aware and proactive in developing personal strengths. This is what the 12 Principles will provide for you if you have what it takes. I know you do!
HOW TO BUILD A STEM CULTURE IN YOUR CLASSROOMS AND COMMUNITIES
Has your school added a STEM class, or are you hoping to build more STEM into your school community? Buying a bunch of 3d printers and robot kits is a good start, but what does a sustainable STEM learning culture look like? This book will challenge you to think past the acronym and think about what it means to build a culture of STEM thinking in your school. You’ll find plenty of practical tips and examples to make STEM relevant to every subject and infuse it into every classroom and every home in your community.
BUILDING KNOWLEDGE & AMPLIFYING STUDENT VOICE ONE BLOCK AT A TIME
Engaged students are more likely to internalize learning and apply it to situations beyond the classroom. So how can you get your learners to engage? In Block Breaker, educator Brian Aspinall explains that the wildly popular game Minecraft may be just the right tool for the job. Sharing his own and other educators’ success with Minecraft (and other programming applications) in the classroom, Brian reveals how these adaptable tools can be leveraged to engage learners and empower them to find success. Why Minecraft?
▫️ It offers immediate feedback on a personalized learning platform.
▫️ Inquiry tasks encourage students to collaborate, problem solve, and explore multiple approaches to finding a solution.
▫️ And it’s a fun way to practice critical thinking and spatial reasoning!
Scratching The Surface
AN INTRO TO CODING IN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Twenty-first-century learning requires students to create, collaborate, and think critically. Progress “STEMs” directly from immediate feedback and a personalized learning platform. Coding forces students to problem-solve, make mistakes, and overcome barriers because programs can only run if written correctly. In this activity guide, learn how to integrate coding activities into everyday curriculum projects!
Think Like A Coder!
CONNECTING COMPUTATIONAL THINKING TO EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES
Coding is everywhere! Follow along with a girl and her dog as they explore computational thinking in their everyday activities. Colourful illustrations and easy to access text help readers recognize that many of their daily explorations – cooking, playing, and even being outdoors – provide opportunities to explore and problem solve. Readers will be entertained by the antics of the girl and her dog, and parallels can be drawn between their daily work and that of computational thinkers. A great text for anyone wanting to introduce, and learn more, about computational thinking in the world around us.
Finding Lost Smiles
CHASING GREATNESS IS HELPING LOST SMILES FIND THEIR HOME
Can you lose your smile? Sam has to answer that question, and see if he can help two new friends too. Finding Lost Smiles is a heartwarming story about helping friends, having good and bad days, and understanding the power you have to make the world around you better. Join Sam on his journey to help others find their lost smiles in this story of kindness and empathy in a time when we all need it.
Rock Your Class
CREATIVELY IMPACTFUL TEACHER-ROCKSTAR TIPS FROM A – Z
Whether teaching in a classroom, online, or homeschooling, effective learning is all about engaging students with a wide variety of strategies and activities. ROCK YOUR CLASS is carefully curated educator wisdom from A to Z, capturing the essentials of being a great teacher. With its conversational tone and personal anecdotes, this is a well-written and entertaining read, complete with practical, fun and motivating strategies that ensure engagement and success for every learner.
Road to Awesome
EMPOWER, LEAD, CHANGE THE GAME
With expectations on school leaders being at an all-time high, it is essential that leadership becomes a shared effort throughout the school house. As a school leader, Darrin Peppard’s passion for empowering adults and students alike will energize culture, learning, and connection in your school, classroom, or district. The leadership journey is a road complete with twists and turns, bumps and straightaways, and times when it diverges in two. When the road diverges on your journey, take the Road to Awesome…and don’t look back.
Choose To Be You
Understanding what it means to live your best life starts with looking at the person in the mirror and being able to say I choose to be me.
The stigma surrounding mental health has often kept our society from being willing to engage in important conversations surrounding the challenges that many people face each and every day. Through sharing his personal story and the daily battle he fights as someone who lives with anorexia, Mark Brown offers a voice of advocacy, inspiration, hope, and encouragement. In Choose To Be You, Mark provides practical ideas that can be implemented into your daily routine to help you focus on working towards mental wellness. We all face pressure to live up to certain standards and often compromise who we are at our core in order to live up to the expectations of others. Whether you are an educator, student, or someone looking to live life as the best version of you, this book will help you find the courage to look yourself in the mirror and Choose To Be You!
“You just start.”Brian Aspinall