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Student Computer Game with Makey Makey Controller

These students designed a computer game to be shown at the Tokyo Indie Fest and Tokyo Sandbox event in Akihabara.

The feature that really helped their game stand out was the use of bananas to play the game! Forward, jump, left and right are triggered by touching the appropriate banana. It did help that the game was highly addictive "just one more go.. honest... just one more! As you can see by those visitors playing the game. Attendees to the Indie Fest were given free game tokens on entry, with the option to buy more. Our entry collected the most tokens! Well done boys and girls.
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What is the internet?

Just one of the many excellent videos from netsafeutah.com that have been produced in an effort to educate students, parents, teachers and others on a variety of Internet safety topics.

This video introduces young children to Molly to help them understand what the Internet is and that, just like in the real world, it has some places that are safe for kids and some that are not.
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Lego Mindstorms Project - paper box factory

I run a Lego Mindstorms club with my grade 2 to grade 4 students. This isn't a project we shall be attempting anytime soon, but it's still a fascinating watch.

Although the price is high, so too is value for money and accessibility. Over time I have evaluated all sorts of programmable construction kits for students and Lego stands out as the most successfull. From a school perspective replacement parts which although still expensive are easily obtainable and are well built in the first case. All other electronic kits require the teacher to explain how they work, and enthusiasm can trail off after 30 minutes. With Lego I can simply leave a box in front of students and they will start to create with it.
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Teaching empathy with books

Have You Filled a Bucket Today by Carol McCloud (Author), David Messing (Illustrator)

If you watch one video in my blog please make it this. A truly delightful book. I read it on day one with my K3 students and refer back to it when ever there is any behavioural issues that arise in my class.

I picked mine up in Amazon. Also available in Japanese.
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The Daily 5 - Fostering Literacy in the Elementary Grades

For the last month I have been teaching K2-Grade 1 students in Daily 5. Although I have observed many Daily 5 classes over the years I was at a loss as to how best to introduce it and encourage adoption by my students.

The Daily 5 - Fostering Literacy in the Elementary Grades (first edition) by Gail Bushy and Joan Moser is an awesome easy to access book that really supported me. You can read it from start to finish, or just drop into a particular skill you wish the students to acquire. I will be revisiting the book as a whole over the break, and I still refer to each section when planning. It is a highly recommended read.

Here is the book contents. There about 100 pages in all, and very accessible.

Part 1: Daily Five Basics

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: From management to …
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Japanese Kids Adventure Playground and Jungle Gym

Finally ! After a frantic few weeks of getting reports done, wiping noses, and tidying up my room for next year it's tim to do some non-teaching fun stuff. In the video above I take my kids to an outdoor adventure playground with BBQ site. That tiny lobster looking thing is a fresh water crayfish. Scared the crap out of me when a student first showed me one of those... put of now where waved it right at me lol. The water melon game featured is a really common summer time activity for kids, and helps keep everyone cool during the hot and very humid summer here in Japan.
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