Programming with Scratch
As a first entry into the emerging field of Computational Thinking, students in grades 2nd through 4th have been writing simple programs during their computer lab time using Scratch, an object oriented programing language developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten research group at MIT.
Classroom Computing Pilot Projects
During the Spring Semester of the 2011-12 school year students and teachers at SCSD schools have been exploring how to integrate tablet and laptop computing as part of classroom teaching and learning.
iPad Pilot Project - SCSD Elementary and Middle schools introduced sets of 5 to 10 iPads running a diversity of educational apps in grades K-8. Central Middle School deployed a mobile cart with a class set of 32 iPads. The Tech Team and faculty are working on procedures to manage Apps over our network to match iPad use in diverse classroom settings. The pilot program was funded by the San Carlos Education Foundation.
Chromebook Pilot Project – Central and Tierra Linda middle schools are piloting and sharing a class set of 34 Google Chromebooks in English and Science classes. Chromebooks are running the Google Chrome browser accessing student Google Apps accounts. The Google Accounts are part of our newly established Google Education Domain – scsdk8.org offering students safe and managed sharing of documents. The set of Chromebooks was generously donated by Google.