The real challenge will be mastering the design process. This is where the real learning takes place. The Roughneck Tech Club will use design software like TinkerCad and SketchUp to bring our students’ ideas to life. Whether our students are printing prototypes, artifacts or scale models, the goal is for them to be creators and not merely consumers in the education process. We would like to expressly thank the White Oak Education Foundation for always supporting the students of White Oak ISD.
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The Roughneck Tech Club used Bloxels to create original video games this week. The Bloxels app and game board allows students to use their creativity and problem-solving skills to create complex video games. Using design logic and computer science, students can demonstrate knowledge in a variety of subject areas including mathematics, history, science and more.
Starting with the game board, Bloxels are then added to create a picture in the app. Students can create their own original characters and avatars. One hundred and sixty-nine different rooms can be designed to add complexity to the game.
Narrative stories can easily be added to compliment problem-based learning. Every virtual world is unique to each student.
Bloxels provides tutorial support as well as lesson plans and activities on their website. Check out Bloxels Across the Globe to find classrooms around the world that participate in video game design.
Once all the tech club members have finalized their video games, a game day will be held to share the creations!
The Roughneck Tech Club spent time this week coding with Santa at Google’s Santa Tracker Village. The students coded reindeer at play, dancing elves and snowflakes. They even learned how to say Santa Claus in a variety of languages at the Santa Learning Center. Catch up on all the fun by viewing the video below.
Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship
Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized White Oak Middle School as a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship.
White Oak Middle School has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.
“We applaud the faculty and staff of White Oak Middle School for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” said Jessica Lindl, Head of Common Sense Education. “White Oak Middle School deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large.”
White Oak Middle School has been using Common Sense Education’s innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 90,000 classrooms nationwide.
Help! Steve Minecraft has been reported missing from the White Oak Middle School Media Canter. Mrs. Cooper cannot find him anywhere. We need your help! Please examine the crime scene and video evidence below for clues. Please report any findings to Mrs. Cooper as soon as possible.
On Monday, October 31st, Steve jumped into the tent to camp out with a good book in the library. He stayed all day and read a mystery book by the fire. He even roasted some marshmallows and made s’mores. He seemed happy and content as Mrs. Cooper locked the library for the night.
On Tuesday, November 1st at 7:45 am, Mrs. Cooper opened up the library for a new day. As she was tidying the library, she noticed Steve was gone. Where could Steve be? She checked in the fiction section, but Steve was not there. She checked in the nonfiction section to see if he was reading a book about gaming. Steve was not there. Then, Mrs. Cooper thought maybe he could be in the green screen room making a video! Nope, no Steve. What if he went to the think lab to share his great ideas? Nope, no Steve. Where can Steve be? He loved the library, and Mrs. Cooper knew he would never leave.
Mrs. Cooper decided to call the White Oak Police Department at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 1st and report Steve missing. The police have examined the library and searched for clues. Can you help Mrs. Cooper find Steve?
Global Maker Day is a twenty-four hour event to celebrate makers around the world. Jamie Donally is the brains and inspiration behind #GlobalMakerDay. She invites students and classes across the globe to share their inventions and creations. The White Oak Middle School Tech Club was honored to participate this year. In the video below, you can view our #GlobalMakerDay activities.
This past week, I had the honor of attending the National Center for Families Learning Summit in Detroit, Michigan. As a Wonder Lead Ambassador for Wonderopolis, I have the opportunity to participate in amazing events, but this was by far one of the best. The National Center for Families Learningfocuses on programs to encourage families learning together. Today, learning is not confined to the classroom, but can happen anywhere. Starting in the home, parents are the first and most important teachers a child will ever have. NCFL emphasizes a two-generation approach to family learning that centers on the whole family.
NCFL’s longest and most dedicated partner is Toyota Family Learning.Toyota has made a 46 million dollar investment in families across the United States. Focusing on a multi-generational solution to educational challenges which emphasize families learning and achieving together, Toyota has and continues to make a visible impact on family literacy.