This Week in ES Tech – Special Design and Build Follow- Up Edition

What’s Happening: (Below is a sampling of activities from around the ES)

  • Students in KG S and KG G are using the Drawing Pad app to create self portraits Sample

  • KG C students showed their learning of addition word problems using Explain Everything Sample

  • KG L students explained their knowledge about parts of trees using Drawing Pad Sample

  • KG T is using Tangrams app to learn about shapes and show their critical thinking skills.

  • Student in 1C used Kodable and Daisy the Dinosaur to explore coding/programming techniques.

  • Students in 1D and 1P are creating books about  Mo Willems using Book Creator, the iPad’s camera and the Docscan app.

  • 2S students are researching non-fiction subjects using the Britannica Encyclopedia database which can be found off the ES library website.

  • In cooperation with Ms. Pretz, 4th and 5th graders are using Destiny Quest to refine their searches for their upcoming research projects that are part of their integrated non-fiction units.

*If you have something going on in your classroom that you would like to share with others in the tech note please drop us an e-mail.

ES Tech Shorthanded This Week – FYI Ruchira and Phil will both be out this week. In the meantime, please direct any tech related needs to Gary directly. We look forward to having everyone back next Monday!

ES Tech Committee – Meets tomorrow at 3:45PM in ES124 (Aaron Pugh’s room) if you have something for the committee please see your grade level reps. Stay tuned for the first ES wide design and build challenge launching next week!

Tech and Learning Tip of the Week – Thanks for the support and positive feedback on the Design and Build centered faculty meeting last week! Many ES teachers have volunteered to explore some design and build challenges with their classes. It is not too late, if you would like to try something this Spring just let us know. In addition, one of the key elements that emerged from the discussion around design and build was giving students more choice in their learning. Here is a terrific TED talk called Hackschooling in which 13 year old Logan explains how he has “hacked” his education to meet his needs. In addition here is an excellent article from MindShift that gives some practical strategies for creating more time in your classroom which could then be used as 20% time or passion projects. Finally, additional Design and Build related resources, including the presentation slides from last Tuesday, can be found on the ES Tech Blog.