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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

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iPads for Teachers? What's Next?

Just before spring break, members of the Sewickley Academy faculty were each issued a brand new iPad Air thanks to an incredibly generous grant from the Home & School Association.  The iPad itself was selected for this program because the machines are light and portable, and most importantly, provide access to the largest array of educational tools of any mobile device currently on the market.  While the iPads, themselves, are cool (there is no denying that), the major thrust of this initiative is to create a “mobile mindset” among our teachers. 

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Topics: Technology, Head of School

Don't Just Buy a New Video Game - Make One!

"Don't just buy a new video game - make one. Don't just download the latest app - help design it. Don't just play on your phone - program it!" 

This was President Obama's call to young people as he kicked off National Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15.  According to the non-profit Code.org, 90% of schools nationwide do not teach computer science at all, and Sewickley Academy is among just 5% that offer Advanced Placement CS.  To raise awareness about the divide between the small number of Americans studying computer science and the growing workplace demand for those skills, this week Code.org launched the “Hour of Code” initiative, offering free tutorials created in collaboration with engineers from Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Facebook with the goal of introducing 10 million students to computer science.

Fifth graders enjoyed trying the Hour of Code tutorials.  Many commented on the similarity between the tutorials and the programming they have already done in class.  They noticed how easily they were able to solve the puzzles!  How does the Lower School provide students with a strong foundation in computer science concepts?

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Topics: Technology

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