My students need an iPad to be able to complete computer coding activities through Wonder Workshop and other robotics activities.
As Barack Obama states, "Computers are going to be 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. The Obama administration predicted 400,000 would graduate with a degree in computer science and by 2020, there would be 1.4 million computer science jobs.
I teach a dynamic bunch of enthusiastic and creative fourth-grade students who 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 get an iPad for computer science activities. The purpose of having this iPad is to be able to integrate robots and coding as a learning tool into everyday practice. First, I want to teach my students to read and write code on a computer and then I plan to take it a step further using robots. I teach a multicultural fourth-grade class in a Title I school with limited resources. By the end of the year, I expect to see my students' reading, math, science, and social studies levels.
Vika Vupta, the founder and CEO of Wonder Workshop states, “What’s required to inspire both girls and boys is so much more involved than making one robot pink and another blue; it’s about crafting challenges and assignments that tap into design thinking, writing, and team building.” Robots are all around us everywhere we go in our everyday lives. Sue Fliess states, “On the ground and in the air, robots, robots everywhere.” Our young children need to be taught how a computer thinks through computer coding language. Our young children need to be able to have all of the best opportunities to be able to build programs as a team as they solve real-world problems. We need our students to get their hands wet so they can think creatively and get involved in innovative new ways of writing lines of code.
Having an iPad will allow all of my students to get creative as they code robots like Dash and Dot as they complete hands-on activities.
This past summer, I took the Wonder Workshop professional development class and I purchased a Wonder Workshop, Dash robot for my classroom as part of the class. I now need an iPad to enable all of my students to be able to interact with Dash using various Wonder Workshop apps to be able to code Dash to perform basic commands through different lines of code. I want to empower all young students to become naturally curious as they have the opportunity to work on creative projects with DASH. Students need to have opportunities to explore computer science through hands-on play as they construct new knowledge around them. Students will be exposed to STEM education as they develop twenty first century skills. Make this project a reality as we inspire the innovators of tomorrow.
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