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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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When a Debate Is an Opportunity for Improving Collegiality

Recently, the Lower School faculty devoted a faculty meeting to debating whether or not teaching cursive was worth the time it takes in the program. Teachers were divided into four teams and sent out to research the role and place … 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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Action-Based Education: solving a real problem

Teacher Chris Benbow, Upper School Principal, wrote this piece in his November 12, 2015 edition of Just The Facts: “In what was perhaps a Westtown first, an Advanced Computer Science class announcement brought the house down in Joint Collection on … Continue reading

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