Afterschool Technology Program at Stratford Elementary
Back for the third time, this 6 week course will get students engaged and excited while teaching them valuable 21st Century Skills using educational technology. Beginning Wedensday, May 13th running 6 weeks, for grades 4, 5 and 6. Cost $60
Please feel free to peruse testimonials and feedback from the student participants as well as parents by clicking here.
Who: Grades 4 – 6
Where: Stratford Elementary School
What: learning educational technology: Scratch programming, google documents, surveys, blogging
Why: to get a head start on educational technology
How: by teaching kids with the technology they are familiar with (instead of gaming)
When: afterschool, Wednesdays, 3pm – 4:30pm, beginning Monday, May 13th
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Our goal with the Techmobeel, is to get kids excited about learning by using educational technology.
In the below Ted Talks video “Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education…. (and gave) kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.” The results Dr. Mitra shares in his talk are incredible. Scalable, quantifiable, measurable successes.
It’s worthy to note that Dr. Mitra is “the academic who inspired Slumdog Millionaire and believes all pupils should be given time in groups with a computer to teach themselves” (from this article from the UK Guardian Give them a laptop and a group of pupils will teach themselves)
What excites and enthralls us about his findings are that many of the experiments that he uses that garnered significant success have the ability to be duplicated and replicated. Sugata Mitra contends that “an environment that stimulates curiosity can cause learning through self-instruction and peer-shared knowledge.”
I think the students in the education system on PEI are prime for this; transitioning to a higher level of learning and engagement and if it’s unable to be delivered in the schools, then bring on the Technmobeel, an outside-of-the-box initiative that could have impact on students for years.
Our goal has been and will continue to be, getting educational technology into the hands of children in our province. There is more than enough compelling documentation and quantifiable results from many communities, schools, provinces, states and countries around the world who are seeing great success and results from the opportunities that digital learning gives to students. PEI, the small province that it is, has an exciting opportunity in terms of scalability, to transcend it’s current less-than-stellar PISA test results by challenging fundamental components of our current education system.