As Barack Obama states, "Computers are going to be part. a big part of our future ... and that future is yours to shape." As educators, it is our responsibility to prepare our students to be productive members of the twenty-first century in the field of computer science.
I teach a dynamic bunch of enthusiastic and creative, fourth-grade students whom we will prepare for a bright future.
My biggest challenge is having technology resources for all children to prepare them for jobs in computer science. My goal is to develop a small set of Makeys Makeys over time, so my children can embark into the field of STEM and create their own inventions. I teach a multicultural, fourth-grade class in a Title One school with limited resources. By the end of the year, I expect to see my students' reading, math, science and social studies levels to rise.
Corita Kent states, "Nothing is a mistake. There's no win or fail. There's only make."
This quote resonates with me because it is a teacher's responsibility to spark and fuel creative thought into our children.
We need to prepare students to be breakthrough innovators, thinkers, and doers of technology. Students need to have opportunities to use design thinking to create different projects. We need to get our students to think outside of the box and get them to develop a "fail forward" mindset so we can instill a natural thirst for learning. Students need to be inspired to discover new ideas, build upon them, try out new things, and keep trying again as they fuel their inner passion and perseverance to reach their ultimate goal. Finally, once they reach their goal, they can share their learning with the world.
For my project proposal, I need two makey makeys for computer coding activities in the field of STEM. The students can design and create a robot and code the robot to teach a concept in different academic disciplines when pressing different conductive touch points. This project is tied into literacy based on the book, Dolle 1.0 by Shanda McCloskey. The students can also conduct research in different topics of interest and they can be inspired to craft different projects in different areas of study as their robot teaches academic content. Students can ask questions, build new knowledge, and make different things based on their learning through the use of technology. In closing, Henri Matisse says, "Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play." Let's innovate my young scholars to tech it, create it, and design it today with these awesome Makey Makeys.
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