Wonder Workshop - Innovators
K-5 | Technology Skills | App & Robot
Jill Cooper - A Sunburst Digital Innovator
Jill Cooper is a Technology Teacher at McDowell Mountain Elementary in Arizona. Since the fall of 2016, all of the students at McDowell Mountain have been using Wonder Workshop on a rotating basis. In addition, some students use Dash and Dot year round in the Wonder League.
What made you choose Dash & Dot?
I saw them online and fell in love with them. We didn’t have iPads yet, so I asked for the whole package. The PTO is very passionate about STEM, so they bought the robots. The district partnered up and bought the iPads.
Julie Linden - A Sunburst Digital Innovator
Julie Linden is a Technology Facilitator at Aurora East School District 131. They have been using Wonder Workshop since the fall of 2016.
What setting are you using Dash & Dot in? Classroom, after school, library, tech center?
Right now, they are used in an after school tech club and our fourth quarter is dedicated to coding. Our tech teachers use them with all K-5 students for 4-6 weeks.
Amy McKearney - A Sunburst Digital Innovator
Amy McKearney, a STEM Teacher at Corpus Christi School in Connecticut, is increasing the STEM presence at her PK-8 school and thought Wonder Workshop’s hands-on approach would be the perfect fit. As of January 2018, she’s just getting started with her Classroom Pack, plus an additional 2 Dash robots.
When we use Dash & Dot, I go to the classrooms and pair a couple kids up with each set of robots and tablets. Our STEM Lab has thirty computers in it, so there’s more room to move around and use the robots if I go down to the classroom. During the Christmas season, I bought eight Kindles with covers and additional memory for $40 each. I have a mobile cart to store them. On the bottom of the metal cart, I took out the separators and all of my robots are in the bottom. The top has separators and the Kindles are kept on top, where they’re charged.
Adrienne Wiland - A Sunburst Digital Innovator
Adrienne Wiland is a Technology Enrichment Teacher at PS 108 Capt. Vincent G Fowler in New York. She’s been using Wonder Workshop since February 2016.
I’m a retired teacher, teaching two days a week. This is my 43rd year teaching, and my 11th year as a technology enrichment teacher. My program is set up in 6-week cycles which enables me to work with the entire fifth-grade population, half a class at a time. I work with each group for two days a week, working on projects that are not typically done in the classroom. My main focus right now is coding and creating a space where the children can come in and learn coding using different centers.
Lana Shea - A Sunburst Digital Innovator
Lana Shea is the Computer Club Sponsor at the Illinois School for the Deaf. Lana enrolled in her first programming class in 1979 and has been involved in computer science ever since.
At this time, Dash is part of a bigger curriculum, along with other robotics solutions in our Tech Friday program and computer club. I own one Dash personally and then the Parent Teacher School Organization purchased three additional, so we have four. The largest class we have is when PK-K come in. I have twelve at one time. Some classes are as small as four. The average is probably 6.
Laura McCaffrey - A Sunburst Digital Innovator
Laura McCaffrey is the Director of School Support & Academic Services at Archdiocese of Hartford. Over the last two years, fifteen schools in the archdiocese have started using Wonder Workshop.
Technology is always changing and it seems that new devices, programs and apps appear every week to tempt the consumer. However, there is far more to technology than the newest “shiny toy,” especially for educators who know that it must support the curriculum and be fully integrated into their lesson plans. Faculty in schools throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford are employing technology successfully in their classrooms, as illustrated by the following examples focused on coding and robotics.
Mendy Hayes - A Sunburst Digital Innovator
Mendy Hayes is a Technology Integration Specialist at Enid Public Schools - District 57. Every elementary school in the district received Wonder Workshop from a grant. She works with the Early Education Director and other administrators and helpsplan two yearly robotics fairs for the district of 8,000 students featuring their STEM solutions.
I am one of two integration specialists for the seventeen schools in the district. Last year, each elementary school was awarded a tote with a Dash, Dot, accessories and an iPad as part of a grant, awarded by Oklahoma Natural Gas (ONG). Teachers can check the totes out and each school uses them in different ways. Some of the schools also have a Dash & Dot in their classrooms and a few schools have after school clubs.
Sara Frampton- A Sunburst Digital Innovator
Sara Frampton is a second grade teacher at St. Mary School. She runs the schools’ after school robotics club and participates in the Wonder League. They’re also used in her second grade classroom.
Our club meets once a week for an hour and a half. The Wonder League has an Edmodo group that I get all my information from. It’s all done online, there’s no travel. They complete different missions where they learn how to code. For the contest, I have 16 groups. Each group has 2-3 kids and I have them broken down by age group. I have two groups that are almost finished and I’ll be able to submit their work. For the prep work, I have the mats and printed their log books off the internet. I have little bins with the tools they need. At this point, my second graders pull everything out and set it up.