Adventures in Library and the Media Center!

The Avonworth School District empowers students through authentic experiences to become creative, innovative thinkers.

Unlocking Our Inner Genius!

posted Jan 31, 2016, 1:41 PM by Jana Stahl

Fifth grade students are continuing a project to create a storybook character using Hummingbird Kits! Their designs are coming to life and we are excited for them to share their robots with second graders!

In third and fourth grade, we created a Genius Wall for inspiration, during our Genius Hour research. The students have solidified their project ideas and are ready to dive into the research portion of this project! 

In Digital Media/Library Class, kindergarten, first, and second grade students are creating a class e-book! Students will be drawing pictures, learning how to digitize them, and creating a class e-book using an app called, Book Creator!

Keep checking back for updates on these projects!
It's an exciting time for learning!

-Ms. Cawley & Ms. Stahl

Happy 100th Day!

posted Jan 31, 2016, 1:08 PM by Jana Stahl

Friday was the 100th Day of School and it has been a pleasure teaching your children digital media and digital literacy skills! We have enjoyed watching our students learn, develop, and grow in becoming dynamic digital learners! Looking forward to what's in store for the second half of the year!
-Ms. Cawley & Ms. Stahl


We find out -- What's Inside a Keyboard?!

posted Jan 25, 2016, 2:59 PM by   [ updated Jan 25, 2016, 3:00 PM ]

After our imaginative session of what we thought we'd find inside of a keyboard last week we had the opportunity to open up a keyboard this week! With K & 1 we did this as a whole class activity in a semi circle where students took turns removing screws with teacher and parent helper guidance! We used an ipad to project what was happening on the carpet to give students a second angle to view from. 


With 2nd grade they worked in small groups to open it up on their own. We simply used screwdrivers to open the boards and the 2nd grade students even filmed the experience themselves! Below is a video I put together of all of their documentation! 

What's Inside a Keyboard - 2nd grade discovers!

I hope you enjoyed this as much as we did! 

- Miss Cawley

What's Inside?!

posted Jan 14, 2016, 5:25 AM by

Do you ever wonder what's Inside of electronics? How do they work? What about keyboards? How does the information transfer from the little keys up to the computer screen? 

This week in Digital Literacy at the Primary Center we explored this concept. To start, we watched a few YouTube videos from a channel called "What's Inside". Their motto is "We cut things open so you don't have to" and they give you a fabulous peak into the inquiry of "How do things work?". As a follow up we formulated some ideas on what we might find in a keyboard. You will see these ideas in the video below. Next week we will use a screwdriver and take one apart as a class. We are excited to see What's Inside! 

Have a great day!

-Miss Cawley 

Unlock your Inner Genius!

posted Jan 8, 2016, 1:21 PM by Jana Stahl

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! it's an exciting time for learning in library and computers! 

3rd and 4th grade students were introduced to Genius Hour this week! Students will be picking a topic of their choice, researching this topic, and showcasing their final projects any way they choose (such as making a movie or a prototype). Students are excited for the opportunity to choose what they learn in school and they are ready to dive into their research! 

At the Primary Center, students are practicing digital stories using the app, Puppet Pals! They are enjoying creating stories and sharing them with their classmates! 

Stay tuned for updates and what's coming next! 

We hope you have a great weekend! 
Ms. Cawley & Ms. Stahl :) 

Happy Holidays

posted Dec 25, 2015, 4:40 PM by

Avonworth Community 

Wow! 2015 has been quite the year! As first year members of the Avonworth Community Ms. Stahl and I are extremely grateful for all of the kindness we've received. From volunteering to come into help our classrooms run smoothly, to giving us kind and thoughtful holiday gifts we can not thank the parents of Avonworth Schools enough for their never ending support. I hope you all are enjoying some time relaxing with your love ones over the break. I'm enjoying spending some of my time in Southern New Jersey with my parents (my mom has off, she is a teacher too =D ) and spending the rest of the time in Pittsburgh. Hopefully it'll cool off enough to go ice skating at PPG soon!

- Miss. Cawley  

Holiday Fun!

posted Dec 23, 2015, 6:36 AM by

This week in Digital Literacy & Media our 5th graders continued honing in their skills collaborating and working with the Hummingbird Duos and Scratch. We worked on story boarding narratives in 4th grade and even started creating our Scratch animations. In 3rd grade we did our best to get our Holiday Card creations completed in time for the holiday break! 

Steps to view our holiday cards

At the primary center we had fun learning about the importance of detail and order when writing code. We watched a quick brain pop video then did activities where we wrote a program (detailed instructions) to teach our grown up friends how to wrap presents and tie bows to prepare for the holiday season. 

2015 has been a great start for Digital Literacy and Media Collaboration we are looking forward to all of the great things to come in 2016! 


Ms. Stahl and Miss Cawley 

Keep up with Digital Literacy on Twitter by following @ectechtastic 

#Hourofcode Week

posted Dec 11, 2015, 3:48 PM by   [ updated Dec 14, 2015, 10:46 AM ]

As you may have heard this week was National #hourofcode week. 

What is "Hour of Code? 

"The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Anybody can host an Hour of Code anytime, but the grassroots campaign goal is for tens of millions of students to try an Hour of Code during December 7-13, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. "  

At Avonworth Elementary School we started out the week in the STEAM Collaboration room. In grades 3-5 we began planning out a few different projects following the engineering design process. 

In 3rd grade we wrote letters to friends and family that we will use Scratch block programming language to turn into an animated holiday e-card. 

In 4th grade we wrote narratives about a topic of our choice that we will use Scratch  block programming language to turn into an animation. 

In 5th grade we chose roles and were split into groups to begin designing a robot based off of a Children's book. We will be sharing these robots with some of the primary center students later on this year! 5th grade will use Hummingbird Duo Robotics Kits (which are a micro controller, with Arduino capabilities , designed for kids) with Scratch software to bring their cardboard creations to life. 

At The Primary Center we learned a little bit about electricity and electric circuits then spent the rest of class at one of our stations using Makeymakey to play some music on the piano keyboard continuing our learning about electric circuits; Puzzlets to help Rus the dinosaur find his way through the maze and learning to code through game play; and Scratch Jr. to program and create short animated stories. The best thing about all of these stations is they take a collaborative effort!

We wrapped the week up with the start of a new rotation continuing to build on the engineering design process at the elementary school and getting back to the computers with Santa Coding and reinforcing typing skills at the primary center. 

Many of the classroom teachers also took time out of their busy schedules this week to dedicate some class time to the #hourofcode. It was a busy exciting week for the computer lab and shared spaces! 

Have a great weekend! 

-Miss. Cawley

Jumping into Coding!

posted Nov 19, 2015, 2:47 PM by

This week's rotation was full of excitement at both the elementary school and primary center!


At the elementary school all grades were introduced to SCRATCH a block based coding language that can be used to create many different things from animations to video games. Each grade had a varied expectation but over all all students worked to get their Sprites (characters) to preform an action and possibly even interact with other sprites on their screen. We even learned a bit of math while we coded because our scratch characters move on an x,y coordinate plane! In order to get our character to move where we wanted we had to give it a point (x,y) or ask it to move + or - steps! 
It was wonderful to see the excitement on their faces when their characters came to life thanks to the script they wrote! ALL on their OWN! I'm looking forward to up coming weeks as we dive deeper into coding with Scratch. 

If you are interested in using Scratch with your child at home navigate to -- In school we are using the desktop version (rather than web based) to make our projects but both platforms use the same blocks and language! 


At the primary center we talked about working together as a team and started with our center activities (with partners) which all touch on computational thinking skills in different ways. We learned about electricity with a MakeyMakey and learned to code by helping Rus collect puzzle pieces in Cork the Volcano and even created our own animations using scratch junior to code! 


Members of the Japanese Society Visit 3rd Grade!

posted Nov 17, 2015, 7:02 PM by Jana Stahl

Last week, members of the Japanese Society did a presentation for third grade, which focused on Japanese customs and culture. The students practiced origami, making several animals including a frog, crane, and butterfly. The students enjoyed the presentation so much that all origami books are currently checked-out of the library! Students can now continue practicing at home! Thank you to the Japanese Society for visiting Avonworth Elementary! 

We hope that you get the chance to visit other grade levels this year! 
-Ms. Stahl

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