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    • Susan Granata
      Susan Granata commented on the blog Alan Kay and Seymour Papert
      Amanda, I agree with you that the creativity that digital mediums allow students to employ is almost overwhelming. We are basically remediating education (again) with the use of technology in every classroom, and with schools striving for a 1:1...
      • Susan Granata
        Susan Granata commented on the file CS Lesson Plan 1.doc
        Amanda, I love your lesson on book reports using Padlet! As a student, and as a parent, I hated the standard book report assignments (and the required reading logs) and this assignment would be engaging for the students! I am sure, as you stated,...
        • Maria Minafra
          Maria Minafra published a blog post Lesson Plan Sequence
          • Maria Minafra
            • Maria Minafra
              Maria Minafra uploaded the file Lesson Plan 2 - Lesson Sequence.doc
              • Maria Minafra
                Maria Minafra uploaded the file Lesson Plan 1 - Lesson Sequence.doc
                • Jeff Magliola
                  Jeff Magliola commented on the blog Papert and Kay Revised
                  It's too bad Papert isn't with us anymore, isn't it? I'd think that Papert would be pleased that the classroom of today is at least moving in the direction he was speaking of (albeit very slowly). However he'd of course still...
                  • Nancy Tavarez
                    Nancy Tavarez published a blog post Papert and Kay Revised
                    After reading over my responses from Kay and Papert, I came to the realization that their ideas are more similar than I had expected them to be. While reflecting back on the readings, I looked at some of the revisions that my classmates have made...
                      • Jeff Magliola
                        Jeff Magliola

                        It's too bad Papert isn't with us anymore, isn't it? I'd think that Papert would be pleased that the classroom of today is at least moving in the direction he was speaking of (albeit very slowly). However he'd of course still tell everyone that modern education has no vision of the future with technology! :) I'd love to meet Alan Kay, he's seen some amazing things happen and created some of his own with his business friends. The osmo's are a favorite of students in my school too. The most amazing thing is that kindergartners aren't the only students who love them. We have highschool students coming down to the lower school maker space during their free period to use the osmo's all the time!! I have seen almost every age group of student come down, turn on the ipads and get going with some form of the osmo app. They are really onto something with their product for sure!! Totally agree!

                      • Maria Minafra
                        Maria Minafra commented on the file Lesson Plans .pdf
                        Paul - I am doing a very similar project with my second grade students at Bronxville as my experiment for my thesis! The students will be first storyboarding a fariytale and then creating their story using ScratchJr. I enjoyed reading through your...
                        • Maria Minafra
                          Maria Minafra published a blog post Papert and Kay Revised
                          Both Papert and Kay were influential figures and had unique contributions in education through implementing computer science. Based upon Kay’s vision and analyzing his ideas, I’ve learned that Kay believes in a learning environment where...
                          • Amanda Tsaktsirlis
                            Amanda Tsaktsirlis published a blog post Lesson Sequence
                            • Amanda Tsaktsirlis
                              Amanda Tsaktsirlis uploaded the file CS Lesson Plan 3.doc
                              • Amanda Tsaktsirlis
                                Amanda Tsaktsirlis uploaded the file CS Lesson Plan 2.doc
                                • Amanda Tsaktsirlis
                                  Amanda Tsaktsirlis uploaded the file CS Lesson Plan 1.doc
                                    • Susan Granata
                                      Susan Granata

                                      Amanda,

                                      I love your lesson on book reports using Padlet! As a student, and as a parent, I hated the standard book report assignments (and the required reading logs) and this assignment would be engaging for the students! I am sure, as you stated, that the use of the Chromebooks in class will keep them focused and interested in the project. The project serves to deepen their understanding and relation to the books they read, which is a greater connection to literature than the standard book reports we used to have to write.

                                    • Amanda Tsaktsirlis
                                      Amanda Tsaktsirlis commented on the blog Lesson Plan Sequence
                                      Paul, I enjoyed reading your lesson plans. I worked with Storyboard That last semester in one of my classes and enjoyed working with the platform. Likewise, I believe that if I as an adult enjoyed working with this platform, students will as well,...
                                      • Jeff Magliola
                                        Jeff Magliola commented on the blog Alan Kay and Seymour Papert
                                        "if you use something that the students are interested in, it could cause more interest to arise in what you’re teaching them. "  This topic is on-going in another one of my classes. It seems to be we're deciding "it...
                                        • Alicia Gallagher
                                          Alicia Gallagher commented on the blog Alan Kay and Seymour Papert
                                          Hi Amanda, great job reworking the readings we have done so far. I really enjoyed reading your post. I agree with your example in regard to relating the content at hand to real life experiences when you mentioned a lesson about friction. After...
                                          • Paul Sherman
                                            Paul Sherman published a blog post Lesson Plan Sequence
                                              • Amanda Tsaktsirlis
                                                Amanda Tsaktsirlis

                                                Paul, I enjoyed reading your lesson plans. I worked with Storyboard That last semester in one of my classes and enjoyed working with the platform. Likewise, I believe that if I as an adult enjoyed working with this platform, students will as well, if not more. 

                                              • Paul Sherman
                                                Paul Sherman uploaded the file Lesson Plans .pdf
                                                  • Maria Minafra
                                                    Maria Minafra

                                                    Paul - I am doing a very similar project with my second grade students at Bronxville as my experiment for my thesis! The students will be first storyboarding a fariytale and then creating their story using ScratchJr. I enjoyed reading through your ideas and gained some new ideas for my thesis based upon your lessons. Thanks for sharing! 

                                                  • Amanda Tsaktsirlis
                                                    Amanda Tsaktsirlis published a blog post Alan Kay and Seymour Papert
                                                    Alan Kay and Seymour Papert were both vital influences to the way teachers teach and students learn today. Alan Kay left us with a vide variety of tools to use in our classrooms while Seymour Papert left us with the ability for students to program...
                                                      • Alicia Gallagher
                                                        Alicia Gallagher

                                                        Hi Amanda, great job reworking the readings we have done so far. I really enjoyed reading your post. I agree with your example in regard to relating the content at hand to real life experiences when you mentioned a lesson about friction. After reading about Kay and Papert, I found myself thinking back how I learned when I was a young child and what helped me most. I consider myself fortunate to have had such a wonderful childhood full of exposure to many books, many people and a lot of fun activities in between. 

                                                        • Jeff Magliola
                                                          Jeff Magliola

                                                          "if you use something that the students are interested in, it could cause more interest to arise in what you’re teaching them. " 

                                                          This topic is on-going in another one of my classes. It seems to be we're deciding "it depends" on how the "thing" is being used.  There was a study done where a group introduced cell phones to students in an effort to get them more interested in their school studies.  It turned out that students weren't fully interested in using the school provided mobile phone because it had certain things that they liked turned off (imessage, texting, safari) and some of them just stopped using them.  The thing to think about is what makes that device interesting to them.  We give them chromebooks at my school, they seem to 'deal with' the fact that it's a school tool and that most things are blocked. I think that if they didn't have an alternate device at home we'd get much more hate towards our policies.

                                                          I very much agree that if you get the device into their hands you have their attention! The thing to carefully think about is how it's going to hold their attention long term! 

                                                          • Susan Granata
                                                            Susan Granata

                                                            Amanda,

                                                            I agree with you that the creativity that digital mediums allow students to employ is almost overwhelming. We are basically remediating education (again) with the use of technology in every classroom, and with schools striving for a 1:1 model. As is the case in all remediations, however, the devil lies in the details. If schools try to go all technology too quickly, as in the case mentioned by Jeff, then the implementation will most likely fail. However, a  comprehensive integration that is phased could allow teachers and students the time to acclimate to the new technology without it becoming all consuming or overwhelming.

                                                        Computer Science for Teachers Spring 2018

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