What's Happening Around The District...
The Hour of code
The Hour of Code is in full effect around Edgemont this week. With the addition of more than 200 Chromebooks at Greenville and Seely Place Elementary, accessibility to coding and digital literacy learning has never been more prevalent. Students in all grades from K-6 are engaging in the foundations of computer science and coding which nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.
While the The Hour of Code is becoming an annual event in Edgemont, Coding, Computer Science and Robotics curriculum is becoming a integral part of the K-12 curriculum offering opportunities for all of our students throughout their academic careers at Edgemont.
-Coding in the Seely Place Science Lab-
The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.
One-To-One Program Begins
This Fall, after much anticipation, Edgemont officially began its one-to-one program in grades 5 and 7. Throughout the week, our students excitedly picked up their assigned Chromebooks in their homerooms at the elementary schools and in the library at EHS.
Over the past year, a 1:1 sub committee comprised of fifth and seventh grade teachers, administrators and parents worked together on developing a one-to-one program that will ensure all teachers and students are prepared for the one-to-one learning environment.
The one-to-one program is an integral component in actualizing the district’s Technology Action Plan which aims to ‘Provide infrastructure, equitable access, professional learning and technical support for the integration of technology to promote creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking.’
In week one, all of our 5th and 7th grade students, while already proficient Chromebook users, spent some class time reviewing the functionality of the Chromebooks and Google Apps basics. In the weeks leading up to the one-to-one kick-off, all of our 5th and 7th grade teachers devoted an entire day to furthering their proficiency with the Chromebooks and Google Apps and writing curriculum that will foster the one-to-one learning environment.
The deployment of more than 350 Chromebooks in our 5th and 7th grades also freed up all of the 5th and 7th grade level dedicated devices for the rest of the students to use during the school day. The goal, as per the Technology Action Plan, is to continue the one-to-one program next year in 6th and 8th grades ensuring all students in grades 5-8 will be part of the one-to-one program by this time next year.
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Phaedrus students organizing
characteristics of learning spaces
1st Graders Creating Digital Portfolios
Facilitated by our Educational Technology Specialist and some of our classroom teachers, many of our first grade students have been using the application See Saw to bring their ELA research and writing to digital life.
See Saw is an application which can be used as it in these pictures, with iPads, to capture hand written/drawn stories into a digital format. This particular class will be compiling all their digital stories into one digital portfolio as a culminating class project.