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Hi! My name is Nina LaMarch. I am currently working at a charter school in the Bronx, as a math teacher for grades 3-6. I am also currently enrolled in the educational technology masters program at Pace. I have seen some lessons using computer sciency things in the classroom, many of the lessons being math and ELA based. Many teachers like to use online games or math programs to have their students practice their math skills, tools like Prodigy, Zearn and eSpark are all sites that I've seen being used in the classroom. For ELA, I've seen many teachers use Epic!, Google Classroom, Nearpod and Brainpop. This definitely created a more interactive classroom for the students and you even notice them getting in the content more than they usually would. My school is also lucky enough to have STEAM and Coding teachers, these teachers work with the students to program robots as well as teach the students to code using code.org. My students love when they get the opportunity to use technology, and they love getting to explore things on their own. I hope to learn more about makerspaces through robotics, using hands on tools to learn really encourages my students to ask questions and really think about what they are doing. 

    • Samantha Calvert
      Samantha Calvert

      Hi Nina, 

      I teach 4th grade and use many of the resources you named too! My students love them! I am hoping to gain some more knowledge about coding and robotics to take my technology use to the next level. 

      -Samantha 

      • Gerald Ardito
        Gerald Ardito

        Nina,

        Thanks so much for introducing yourself so well.

        I am really intrigued by a couple of things that you said:

        This definitely created a more interactive classroom for the students and you even notice them getting in the content more than they usually would.

        This struck me because I noticed the same thing when I did this work with my students during my time as a middle school science teacher. It is also something that I now research in my capacity as a university professor of education.

        and

        My school is also lucky enough to have STEAM and Coding teachers, these teachers work with the students to program robots as well as teach the students to code using code.org. 

        I would love to know more about what these folks do and the structure/schedule in which they do it.

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