Students in Mr. Linen's 6th grade social studies class have been writing pen-pal letters to a class in Atlanta, Georgia, who are learning Spanish. The students from Bunche Middle school get to practice their Spanish with our own native-speaker students, and Mr. Linen's class explores current events and politics, with views from the (mostly) African-American 7th graders. Almost a full year of writing letters culminated in May, with a Google Hangout with the two classes. The students from Bunche MS got to speak to their pen pals live and in person, ask basic questions, and give answers about their own lives. Our students also had the opportunity to ask about their opinions on topics ranging from Donald Trump and his border wall, to North Korea and their nuclear plan, and the general opinions about Mexicans in the United States. Both groups immensely enjoyed the experience, and look forward to maintaining contact in the future.
Students in both libraries have been exploring the possibilities of the Makey Makey device. This invention kit connects everyday objects with computer programs by turning them into touch pad input devices.
A group of 5th and 6th graders built a Kano computer in the upper library. The Kano computer and display monitor are unique in that they are put together like a puzzle using pieces that resemble Lego parts. The computer can be disassembled and put back together over and over again, and can thus be used as a learning tool by many groups. Once the computer is assembled, students may use it to code and/or explore educational apps. The computer is even WiFi enabled. Some of the students are joining the Kano community of student coders and learners to collaborate on projects and to share ideas. The Kano reflects the upper school library's philosophy as a learning and creation commons.
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