Teachers “give up control” of learning by placing technology in students’ hands
(Atlanta, GA) – Last year, Centennial Academy and its partners presented its experience applying Integrated Computer Science (iCS) to the Centennial curricula as part of it’s NSF Project (NSF iTest). Results, as perceived from the teachers’ perspective, were then captured in a 2016 NSF video showcase. As a result of the popularity of the teacher video showcase, Centennial chose this year to similarly showcase how students are experiencing iCS and project-based learning (PBL).
The 2016-17 school year will, in some cases, be the third year students have participated in classroom projects that integrate content areas and computer science through PBL. In addition, outside of the iCS project, the project site school has adopted PBL across all grades (K-8, not just grades 3-5 which are involved in the iCS Project). Therefore, with some feedback from the teachers and/or administration, this year we’ve begun exploring through video how students are experiencing this different approach to content. Hearing from our students offers a powerful perspective and interesting conversation/chat starter as we share the project’s work in this important space.
The project provides teachers at Centennial Academy with time, resources and guidance to work together to create a project-based curriculum that aligns with academic standards, while giving students opportunities for creativity, interest-driven innovation and teamwork. Collaborative partners include Georgia Tech’s Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC); the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE); CREATOMbuilder; MAD-learn; and WorkReadyGrad.