Writing a Middle Grade Novel

Redefining A Social Studies Unit With Scratch

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This is a day in the life of my second graders!

Daytime

The redefinition journey of the SCH Academy Lower School continues, even as one of the final snowfalls of the season blankets Philadelphia. New Media Specialist Karen Kolkka and I meet with second grade girls’ teachers Mary Ann Domanska and Karen Pizer to discuss potential 21st century projects, based on existing learning goals and desired student outcomes. Clear to all of us, from this meeting’s focus as well as that of others with Lower School faculty, is the use of technology as a driving force toward increasing student creativity, excitement, and learning. Simultaneously, its use continues to complement the curriculum the teachers have been developing and instructing for years.

Within minutes of our meeting, we excitedly begin to develop the steps needed to integrate Scratch, MIT’s educational programming language and multimedia authoring tool, into an existing 2nd grade project.  Even as I leave the meeting, plans for implementation are underway…

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