Welcome from Principal, Tami Weiser

10/27/2011 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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Dear Parents,

This has been an exciting year of partnerships for Stephen S. Wise Elementary and today I am thrilled to announce a new recognition our school has received. Judy Hoffman, our IT Coordinator, is outstanding at teaching our students and staff how to integrate technology into our instructional program. As an addition to the tech lab, Ms. Hoffman started a program last year on writing software, called Scratch, and we had our first Scratch Day. This week we found out that Stephen S. Wise Elementary School is one of ten schools in the United States chosen to pilot the Creative Computing Curriculum (Scratch) for the MIT Media Lab. Creative computing draws upon a student’s creativity, imagination and interests. As we pilot this curriculum we will be exploring computation thinking concepts, such as sequence, loops, events, parallelism, conditionals and operators, computational practices such as working iteratively and incrementally, testing, debugging, reusing, remixing, abstracting and modularizing and perspectives such as expressing, connecting and questioning. Design thinking involves creating projects that are personally meaningful, collaborating with others and reflecting on one’s creative practices in order to develop innovative thinking. As part of the piloting process we will be reflecting on our lessons and sharing the results with researchers at MIT that are examining ways to help children develop computational thinking skills that can be applied across disciplines and contexts. I will keep you posted as we move forward on this exciting path, and invite you to stop by our computer lab and see the new programs as they are developed.

Warmly,

Tami Weiser