KINDERGARTEN STEM DAY
In mid-May Kathleen Murphy-White’s Kindergarten class held an open STEM Day for parents to come in and participate with some of the science, technology, engineering, and math lessons her class has been working hard on throughout the year.
The classroom was broken up into different sessions including Engineering (with toothpicks and marshmallows), Osmo Coding on the iPads, Ozobots, and Math Games. Kindergarteners and their guests started the afternoon off with a mini Break-Out session, which led them to their first STEM station.
Throughout the afternoon was a wonderful display of young students showing off their critical thinking, creativity, design, and problem solving skills!
4C’s of the 21st Century skills
Critical thinking, Collaboration, Communication and Creativity
Since the opening day of school this year the Technology Team has spoken about the need to get our students future ready not only with content knowledge but also with technology skills. Our priority was to incorporate the 4C’s of the 21st Century skills across the curriculum. The 4C’s are comprised of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity.
We believe in order to thrive in a more complicated world, students will need to understand how to work more collaboratively with collective intelligence. Research indicates that collaboration necessitates communication and many solutions require tenacity, creativity, and critical thinking in order to problem solve in this complex world.
Throughout the school year, the 4C's were embedded in a wide variety of technology infused activities including coding, multi-media group projects, physical and digital breakouts, and design thinking activities just to name a few. As we continue to work to seamlessly integrate technology across the curriculum we are confident we are providing our students with opportunities that will prepare them well for life beyond the classroom.
As we move into the 2018-2019 we will be carrying this theme with us in order to be sure that our students are "future ready"!!
Girls Who Code Comes To Freeman Kennedy
Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology
Fewer than 1 in 5 Computer Science graduates are women. Reshma Saujani created Girls Who Code to bring women and girls together to learn computer science and gain confidence. To date there are 90,000 Girls Who Code across all 50 states. By 2027 GWC will have been instrumental in helping to achieve gender parity in Computer Science. Freeman Kennedy is proud to be part of GWC. Ten sixth grade girls made up Freeman's club along with Robin Tucceri, Sharon Lavallee, and Trish Kelley as facilitators.
The goal of each club is for girls to create a computer science project with a positive impact on the community. Students brainstorm ideas, and vote to collaborate on a single project. Freeman's GWC members chose to create a website for girls who may not have a female role model at home. As students worked to develop the website they quickly realized their website could be useful for all girls. The site covers a variety of topics including profiles of influential females throughout history, skin and hair care, relaxation techniques, music and more.
Each session of GWC began with a spotlight on a woman in technology, incorporating a real-life business practice, and time to learn and review various types of coding. Each meeting concluded with a Stand-up where each girl stood up and had an opportunity to briefly share what they worked on during the meeting. Members were given a Girls Who Code T-shirt along with a certificate of completion at their final meeting. The t-shirts were funded through a Girls Who Code grant.
Please learn more about Girls Who Code by visiting their website.
Plan Your Fall PD
School hasn't even finished, but it's not too early to think about your fall professional development! Consider attending Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE). MassCUE has earned a reputation for offering high-quality professional learning. Their fall conference is held at nearby Gillette Stadium. This year it will be held on Thursday, October 18th, and Friday, October 19th. The conference focuses on enhancing teaching and learning with technology.
This year if you attend MassCUE you may see some familiar faces. A team of sixth grade boys has been selected to showcase their Trashketball project. Trashketball began back in September during AIMM, and is still being fine tuned. Students used recycled materials to create a basketball hoop, Scratch to code a scoreboard and timer, and Makey Makey to trigger the coded programs. This project exemplified the 4C's we've been hearing about all year.
Please visit MassCUE's website to learn more about their professional development offerings.
THANK YOU !!!
As we wrap up the school year I want to thank Robin, Rafael, Mark, and Christine for all of their hard work this year.
Collectively they shared their creativity, energy, determination, critical thinking, time, and talents to bring the staff and students a spectacular year! Their collaboration brought us an outstanding Tri-Town Professional Learning Day, a fun-filled Digital Break Out for Digital Learning Day, and The Classroom Coding Extravaganza. They created a home in Baseline for all of the data in the Literacy Assessment Plan, implemented the 'Girl's Who Code' after school program as well as the 'Trashekball' club, an engineering and design program in addition to the many individualized projects that took place in classrooms and the fabulous grade level projects.