My students are energetic and enthusiastic learners. They come to school with a range of abilities and aptitudes. Many come from poor and working class families, and some are still acquiring fluency in English.
Although they come from a community with fewer privileges than others in the Silicon Valley, our students have unlimited potential.
We are working hard every day achieve so that they can compete with the best of the students in the Silicon Valley. Our students deserve to have quality materials to help them achieve their personal best.
In the Silicon Valley, technology and innovation are all around us. However, the distance from our school community in the Eastside of San Jose and these high-paying, high-prestige jobs sometimes feels so vast. Our school as a STEM school has committed to making this gap a lot closer by teaching engineering and introducing coding into the classrooms.
Our project for 4 Chromebooks focuses on the need to integrate computer science in our everyday instruction to move beyond just "An Hour of Code." After participating in that great introduction to computer programming with block coding I was inspired to figure out a way to have students use coding on a more consistent basis.
It is not only to to increase their proficiency but also to tap into their enthusiasm and engagement in computer science. I would like students to integrate SCRATCH coding projects into the menu of options students could choose from on how they would demonstrate competency in a certain academic area instead of just taking a test. For example, the students could design a game for our younger buddy students in the second grade to play that incorporates their learning about ecosystems. Or create an animation that shows the sequence and indicators of a chemical reactions. The applications of the SCRATCH program to demonstrate their learning are as endless as our students' imaginations.
My ultimate goal is to challenge students to see themselves not only as consumers of digital content but as creators as well. Achieving this will move us closer to opening up the opportunities in the Silicon Valley industries for our students.
Our first version of this project was so popular with students that we are asking for 4 more Chromebooks so more students can work on their projects at a time.
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