Author: lashtodd

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

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

    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.…

  • Collaboration:  Why and How Should Students Work Together?

    Collaboration: Why and How Should Students Work Together?

    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…

  • An Administrator’s Perspective On Changing School Culture

    An Administrator’s Perspective On Changing School Culture

    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…

  • Student Run Tech Squads

    Student Run Tech Squads

    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).    Last year,…

  • Teaching…or Learning

    Teaching…or Learning

    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. A bit over a decade ago, I had the privilege to help charter and be scoutmaster of a new scout troop with my sons and a few…

  • Collaboration & De-Centering Technology:  Miriam’s Narrative of Kenwood Tech Time 2014-2015

    Collaboration & De-Centering Technology: Miriam’s Narrative of Kenwood Tech Time 2014-2015

    By Miriam Larson, Library Media Specialist at Kenwood Elementary, Champaign, IL I recently returned from Philadelphia where I had the opportunity to tell the story of Tech Time from my perspective as part of a workshop at the conference of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). I am so grateful that I got…

  • Computational Thinking For All

    Computational Thinking For All

    Two years ago, Kenwood Elementary elementary in Champaign, IL teamed up several Colleges at the University of Illinois and the local social think tank, CTRL-Shift.  At the basis of this collaboration is the idea that teaching all students the skills of computational thinking is an exercise in social justice and community empowerment in line with…

  • Finding Time for Increased Professional Development Opportunities at Kenwood Elementary

    Finding Time for Increased Professional Development Opportunities at Kenwood Elementary

    After returning from ISTE2014, my partner in crime, Minsoo Park and I were fired up.  We had gone in not knowing what to expect, but had some clear goals about what we wanted out of the conference.  The previous year was our building’s first attempt at beginning to integrate computational thinking and computer science building-wide…

  • Shifting Education Through Local Community  Building

    Shifting Education Through Local Community Building

    A group of disparate individuals, engaged in passionate discussion, sit leaning in, elbow to elbow, in a darkened bar with drinks in hand.  Many a revolution has started with that same picture right? CTRL-Shift (http://ctrlshift.mste.illinois.edu/), for me and for many others, has been just that: A revolution.  Begun by a group of local entrepreneurs and…