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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Lego Fun Without Losing Blocks? Build With Chrome!


I love using Legos in the classroom, but inevitably pieces get lost, students want the same blocks, and nobody wants to take their creation apart.  Build with Chrome to the rescue!  Build with Chrome is a partnership between Google and Lego where you and your students can build with virtual Legos.  You can make some amazing creations with up to 1,000 blocks of varying colors and shapes.  

You must have a Google email account (or Google Apps for Education account) to save and share the creations.  Because this is a Google Apps collaboration, once students are logged in and they create something they can share it on the World of Build Map or submit their creation to your Google Classroom account.

Do you need a tutorial?  There is also a Build Academy with built in challenges to help you get started: https://www.buildwithchrome.com/buildacademy

Some ideas for using Build with Chrome:
-Create an ecosystem for an animal or an area.
-Recreate a historical event, area, or object
-Construct different shapes
-Create art in different styles
-Create the scenery for your story or for a book you have read
-Show an array for multiplication
-Design an eco-friendly house
-Create something to write a story about using descriptive words, persuasive writing, figurative language, conversational writing, etc.
-Make a map

Have fun building and creating!






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