I have the pleasure of being the coordinator of an after-school student technology club that serves 4th and 5th-grade students in a small, rural Title I school in Upstate South Carolina. Students apply to participate in the club during the second semester of their 4th-grade year and, if chosen, their participation in the program extends through the first semester of their 5th-grade year. These students come from a variety of backgrounds and ability levels. Moreover, a large percentage of these students are female.
In Tech Club, we explore a variety of technologies, from digital photography to simple computer coding.
Throughout our projects in Tech Club, I try to foster the 4 C's, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, and Communication, in order to prepare my students for the 21st-century jobs of the future. These skills are not only important and necessary in education, but also in everyday life.
I will use the Osmo Kits to teach my students real-world math skills! These kits will help them increase their math fluency and help them become more financially literate and financially responsible adults in the near future.
The Osmo Kit games will give my students the opportunity to practice their number sense and money management skills, as well as their coding skills, in a real-world setting.
All of these skills are important and essential for young learners to master in today's 21st Century. It's imperative that teachers today take the time to teach young learners how to save, spend, and manage their money responsibly because these young learners will be the thinkers, leaders, and innovators of tomorrow!
Please consider donating to our project to help sponsor our financially-literate future!
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