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This post is authored by Wendy Maa, third grade teacher at Kenwood Elementary in Champaign, IL.

StoryCorps: The Opportunity to Record, Share, and Preserve the Stories of Our Lives

If you listen to NPR, you may be familiar with StoryCorps.  Every week, recorded stories from people around the US are recorded and played on NPR.  These stories always moved me to tears or to laughter and I always sat in my car wondering, “What is wrong with me?”  It was like these stories were told to me directly and I could feel the emotions through the radio.  I anticipated StoryCorps stories every week and hoped I’d catch them on my way to work or driving around town.

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on Aug 24, 2015
by Todd Lash
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Collaboration is a major buzzword.  It is often heard in conjunction with grit, perseverance, "failing forward" and other such ideas.  What does it mean for students to collaborate?  What is the difference between collaboration and "helping".  Is there such a thing as too much collaboration and if so, how does one know when to step away?  These are all questions we are asking at Kenwood around student computing and computational thinking.

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on Aug 17, 2015
by Todd Lash
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I am the principal of Kenwood elementary school. A school that has made a name for itself in a short time with its’ focus on computational thinking and computer science. I wanted to tell my perspective on what has made this a remarkable story that is still being written. I begin with my introduction to Kenwood elementary, one I’ve told countless parents who have visited Kenwood. I was previously the principal of Westview elementary school for 11 years and in 2011 I made the move to central office where I became the director of curriculum. I was in this position for three years and enjoyed learning a great deal about the dynamics of implementing curriculum from a district perspective and being apart of a federal magnet grant that provided over 5 million dollars to 3 elementary schools to help support and develop magnet programs that would focus on changing the demographics and improve academic achievement.

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on Aug 9, 2015
by Todd Lash
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It is often the case that our students pick up on technology faster than we do.  They are also often more risk tolerant, more willing to tinker, less afraid they are going to break something and maybe less prone to a bruised ego ( as least as far as tech is concerned).  

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on Jul 10, 2015
by Todd Lash
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The following blog post is by Dr. Martin Wolske and appeared on his blog on June, 4.  The school refered to in paragraph two is Kenwood Elemenatary in Champaign, IL.

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on Jul 10, 2015
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