Category Archives: Technology

Librarian Nirvana: Or the Past Feeds the Future

By Lynn Clements Spending a week in Oxford, England, as a participant in the summer Oxbridge Teachers’ Program, offered an opportunity for intellectual stimulation and professional development in a beautiful, historic setting. For a librarian, the opportunity to explore the … Continue reading

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Computer Science in Lower School

By Colby Van Alen Getting coffee one day I ran into a Westtown graduate and she asked what I’ve been doing since school let out. Computer science work at school was my response. “What, really? In First Grade? That is … Continue reading

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SXSWedu — A Great Place for Educators

By Oscar Sosa In March, I had the opportunity to attend the South by Southwest Education Conference and Festival (#SXSWedu) in Austin, TX. The SXSWedu is a component of the South by Southwest (SXSW®) family of conferences and festivals that … Continue reading

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PROBLEM-SOLVING, ADVOCACY, PERSISTENCE, AND CONNECTIONS: A STORY FROM MIDDLE SCHOOL

By Nancy van Arkel While working on a project for 6th grade history, a student was frustrated that the Explain Everything app wouldn’t let him re-arrange his slides the way he wanted them. Instead of giving up, he found the … Continue reading

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Be a Code Creator Not Just a Content Consumer

Computers permeate our lives. Westtown faculty are developing a Prek-12 computational thinking thread in our program. Students should learn to be creators of the programs that we depend upon. They should learn to manipulate or “speak” the coding languages that enable … Continue reading

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NSTA — WT Science Teachers Connect in Philadelphia

Philadelphia has a long history of being a center for scientific research from the days of Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush and the founding of the American Philosophical Society through to the city’s hosting of important conferences on science and … Continue reading

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