For the Fall 2016 semester, we taught the first service-learning OLLI course!
We worked with retirees and 2nd graders at E.K. Powe Elementary School.
Together, they explored a stop motion animation and a comic book generating application on iPad.
The students (both retirees and 2nd graders) read books together and then brought them to life using the techniques they learned.
E.K. Powe Podcast Club
In the of Fall of 2017, we led a Podcast Club at E.K. Powe Elementary School. In addition to listening to different genres of podcasts, the 4th and 5th grade students had the chance to create podcasts of their very own. Over the course of the club, they gained hands on experience in audio editing, digital music composition, and storytelling.
Diving into Technology Hands First
During the Spring 2018 semester, we led a Technology Immersion Club at Morehead Montessori Elementary School.
They explored different technologies including green screens, stop motion animation, and 360 video with 2nd and 3rd graders. Students worked individually and collaboratively on a variety of multimedia video projects.
CS from Scratch
Math encourages rigorous thinking. Literature teaches empathy. Arts and music inspire imagination and creativity. What about computer science? Computer science is not just about coding; it is the art of communicating between humans and machines.
For the Fall of 2018, our team introduced computer science to 2nd graders at George Watts Montessori Elementary School. In this series of lessons, students learned basic computer science concepts by participating in engaging hands-on activities. These activities prepared for programming using an online, free programming language called Scratch. The goal of these lessons was to use programming as a medium to teach problem-solving and creative thinking.