The task: Create a movie trailer based on the idea "If Design 39 Was a Movie". Kids were so creative and captured many wonderful elements of the D39 experience!
We had a special opportunity yesterday to meet with Tyler Borek, creator of Literably. What is Literably? Literably is a classroom tool that helps elementary teachers monitor students’ progress in reading. The site administers and scores oral reading assessments (with a comprehension check), so teachers can spend less time assessing and more time teaching.
The 2nd and 3rd grade span has been working closely with Literably for the last two years. From in-person to video conferences to emails, our relationship is mutually beneficial. Yesterday we had a lunch meeting with Tyler. We learned that La Mesa-Spring Valley and Mountain View schools are using Literably district wide (Wow!). We also had a chance to ask questions and give suggestions for site improvement.
Tyler stayed after lunch to meet with students. My homeroom students had a question/answer opportunity. "What inspired you to create Literably?" "Who helped you create Literably?" "How did you come up with the name?" "Was it hard to rewrite the code for iOS?"
After questions, the students gave Tyler suggestions to improve Literably.
- More variety with passages
- More comprehension questions
- Instant feedback after answering comprehension questions
After our chat, Tyler stayed to see the students as they completed their weekly Literably recordings. When they came to me with Literably questions, as they sometimes do, I happily directed them to ask Tyler for help :)
What a small moment filled with awesome memories for all involved! Tyler Borek is an inspiration, an innovator, a mentor, and a friend to us at Design39Campus.
Kids in Mr. DC's homeroom are filming virtual reality book reports for the book Holes.
Using the virtual reality app Aurasma, kids will be able to broadcast their reports whenever someone points their camera at the posters they designed! Very cool!
Architecture and Design
In Architecture and Design, taught by Mr. Fritch, students are designing houses to learn the meaning behind the broad word ‘architecture’.
In Mrs. Grissom's A and B day art classes, students are creating mandalas - a symbol in the Hindu and Buddhist religion meaning ‘universe’ and ‘center’. They are now finished, and you can go see the display on the wall between B204 and B206.
Another cool deep dive is Mr. Manalo’s Music Creation class. The students are currently creating music to match a movie scene. They are also finishing up learning the cup song. This creative deepdive takes place in B204 and B206.
The B day Ceramics class is shaping their lumps of clay into birdhouses. They are using slab techniques to achieve the massive shape. At the same time, students are indulged in personal projects. This all takes place in Makery B213.
In Mr. Asmus’ Exploravision classes, they work on taking a thought, and transforming it into a prototype, and then to a product. Groups are working on writing their essays and designing their prototype about their idea. But groups that are further ahead are working on their sample web pages to display deep learning and research.
6th Grade Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
In PLTW 6th grade students are learning how to model Orthographic Projection - representing a three-dimensional object in two dimensions - with building blocks. They are also starting out on Autodesk inventor, design application for creating 3D digital prototypes on the computer.
7th Grade Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
7th grade PLTW takes place in makery C204 taught by Mrs. Gonzalez. They’re currently learning about different circuit components and how to solder, as well as engineering skills. Their next project will be soldering a night light circuit board.
School News Team
Last, but certainly not least, Mrs. Eveleth’s School News Team! This class is in charge of getting news out to the rest of the school and the rest of the world.
Brought to you by the D39C News Team
Brought to you by the D39C School News Team
In the wonderful B and C building, there are many fun days. For most of the kids, their favorite time of the day is Deep Dive time! There are so many amazing Deep Dives that those smart little kids have. The times that the 2-3 Deep Dives occur are from 11:30-12:15 on Tuesday and Thursday. The fun part is that they get to choose their Deep Dives, too. Do you think you know all of the 2-3 Deep Dives? Well, if you think you do, let's test you…
First of all, do you know what the most popular 2-3 Deep Dive is? Well if you don’t, the most popular one is coding with robots! We have heard that it is one of the best Deep Dives! Do you think it would be fun?
Let's jump on to the next one. Do you think you know ALL of the Deep Dives? Well if you don't know, here they are! Design thinking, Video, 3D Art, Kite design, Music, Space, Coding with Robots, Cardboard Automata, Spanish, Cursive, Watercolor, and Wires, pliers and more. The 2-3 deep dives are great. Which one is the most popular? Well the outstanding thing is that the 2 Deep Dive that you would think are the most popular are, Cardboard Automata and Coding with Robots. When we asked some of the teachers, they said, “ I teach Design thinking” Said Mrs. Cabral “ also, In the Deep Dive that I teach, we were solving problems that our school has”. That sounds like the one we have in the 4-5 pod! There are so many amazing choices that the 2-3 has.
After that, we also went around the 2-3 buildings and asking them about their Deep Dive. One of the boy’s that we interviewed said, “ My Deep Dive is Cardboard Automata” Said a 2nd grade boy named Colin “also in my Deep Dive we research about Cardboard Automata, then design it. After we build one, we build a lot more”.
Did you think that in every Deep Dive they use their devices? Well, if you though so, you were wrong. A third grade boy told us that in his Deep Dive they only use their devices sometimes, but not a lot. Even though they don’t, other Deep Dive classes use their Devices like Spanish and Kite Design. All of the Deep Dives are super fun, though when we asked them if they had a choice to switch Deep Dives of stay in their Deep Dives, a little girl in 3rd named Aya, told us that she has lots of fun learning how to speak Spanish. When she is learning how to speak Spanish, she is learning the language of the Mexican culture.
We had lots of interesting and funny experiences learning about the fun things 2-3 does in their Deep Dives. We heard a lot about the most popular Deep Dive, which was Coding with robots. We were really interested in their explanations of what their Deep Dive is, what they do in their Deep Dive, what are some of the Deep Dives that 2-3 has, which is their favorite Deep Dive, and which Deep Dive they think is the most popular Deep Dive in the 2-3 span.