So the title might have you wondering just where this is going but bare with me and we will get there fairly quickly. This spring I had the idea to create a digital space where I would house the videos I plan to make for STEM careers as well as possible podcasts. I didn't want something someone else was using since that can get confusing but still wanted it to be unique and understandable. I ended up thinking about the word collaboration which encompassed everything I really wanted and laboratory which conjures visions of everything science. Together they made Collaboratory. But that wasn't unique enough. I wanted to have ownership of it too so The Kollaboratory was born. In Canva, I created a logo that would work for this. In true maker fashion, the letters were pictures of different building and art materials.
And this inspired me to try to make something like it for my classroom. It seemed easy. There was a great sale on large paper mache letters at a local craft chain store. I ordered all 13 for less than I would have cost for 6 of them anywhere else. Then it seemed like finding scrapbook paper for them should be simple right? How many times have I seen crayons or pencils or paint when I was scrapbooking? Well, I should have remembered that I haven't actually scrapbooked in years. My experience is old. There are almost no papers out there in craft stores like I was envisioning. Luckily, I have an aunt and cousin who are serious scrapbookers and a room in my house with supplies I hadn't gotten around to getting to yet. (That's another win for the hoarders out there!) Now I have this really cool feature that my room elves put up for me and I love it! I'm really looking forward to what The Kollaboratory will bring out in the future but for now we've got things started.
That's Elementary Explains is a teacher with almost 2 decades of teaching experience and a technology degree who is still trying to figure out the new and unexplained.