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Fall SAVY 2018, Day 2 – Media Mania (3rd/4th)

Oct. 8, 2018—Dear Media Mania parents, Last week, your students explored media and developed a better understanding of how some products can influence our thoughts and behaviors. This week, we took our first steps toward learning how to evaluate consequences associated with media use. To prepare your students to design their very own experiments, we learned how...

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Fall SAVY 2018, Day 2 – Intro to Coding and Robotics (3rd/4th)

Oct. 8, 2018—Dear SAVY Parents, It was another great day with many learning adventures!  What do we do when our programs don’t work?  What if our robots don’t do what we tell them to do?  We learned about Grace Hopper and the story about how she first popularized the term “computer bug”.  She helped make the UNIVAC...

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Fall SAVY 2018, Day 1 – Media Mania! (3rd/4th)

Oct. 1, 2018—Dear Media Mania parents, We had a wonderful first day exploring media as a class! It is clear that each student is coming in with a lot of media experience and great ideas about how some media work and can affect us in our everyday lives. To get everyone in the researcher mindset, we discussed...

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Fall SAVY 2018, Day 1 – Intro to Coding and Robotics (3rd/4th)

Oct. 1, 2018—Dear SAVY Parents and students, Thank you for making this first Saturday of learning opportunities a great success! I think the all-day experience worked well, especially for our course. We were able to have concentrated amounts of time to go deeply into numerous topics and activities, and it yet the day seemed to fly by!...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 5 – Theory, Criticism, and The Force (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 27, 2018—We began our session today with a fun review of topics and content. To contextualize the work with which we had ended our Thursday session – Edward Said’s theories of “Orientalism” – we watched a short video about cultural appropriation. The video, a selection from the MTV web series Decoded, led organically to a very...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 5 – Archaeology and Ancient Culture (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 27, 2018—What an awesome week we have had with our budding archaeologists! Today was all about excavation and artifact analysis! After we finished working on our brochures from yesterday, we started working on excavating the archaeological sites we created yesterday. Just like real archaeologists, students had to excavate layer by layer. This was a challenge because...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 5 – Programming and Robotics (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 27, 2018—Dear Parents, We have had a wonderful week with your children! The students have worked hard in learning our coding vocabulary and applying it to their code.org programs and in programming the Sphero robots. They worked well with each other in pair programming and problem-solving their programs. It has been a pleasure working with a...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 4 – Archaeology and Ancient Culture (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 26, 2018—It’s Day 4 already!!!! Today, we started pulling all the big ideas about social, economic, and political systems together! This morning, our students read a really challenging reading about the Maya collapse. There were a lot of challenging words, but our students powered through and understood more of it than I had expected! We discussed...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 4 – Programming and Robotics (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 26, 2018—Dear Parents, Happy Thursday! Only one more day with your awesome children and we will be sad to see them go. We had a productive day today learning more vocabulary, advancing with our code.org lessons, and programming our robots. We began the morning with a live demo. I did this to show the students how...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 3 – Archaeology and Ancient Culture (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 25, 2018—I can’t believe we are over halfway through our week already! Today was a really fun day! We started by reviewing what we learned yesterday about Maya economic systems before we moved on to political systems. We also learned about some of the methods archaeologists use for dating artifacts and sites by practicing dating artifacts...

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