The newest addition to Level Up Village’s network of Global Partners in Central America is Fabretto Center, an organization that works to improve access to economic opportunities through education and nutrition. Fabrett works with more 18,000 underserved students and their families at seven centers and more than 300 local public schools in Nicaragua.
Last week in the Middle School, Chapin’s Class 4 science minds explored the water issues facing our world and prepared to work towards creative solutions to solve them. With the guidance of Spanish teacher Ana Agón, the Class 4 students were paired with students in Argentina, Honduras or Nicaragua to learn about the water issues facing these countries before designing their own water-cleaning tools. These unique pairings were the result of the ongoing Science and Spanish STEAM (STEM + Arts) program that is coordinated by Level Up Village and facilitates collaboration between students from around the world.
…Too often, we just give kids what we think they need. We give them phones and technology, worksheets, lectures, projects, and plenty of content and standards. I’m convinced, though, that what kids really need is someone who will inspire them. How often do we give an equal dose of “inspiration” with our “instruction”?
School children all over the world are participating in Hour of Code this week, the phenomenally successful program spearheaded by Code.org. This event is a key element of Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), an annual program designed to inspire interest in computer science among K-12 children worldwide.
With all eyes on Computer Science this week, be sure to take a look at Level Up Village’s globally collaborative coding courses. Our 8-10 week coding programs prepare students to join the global workforce by combining cutting-edge STEM with meaningful global collaboration.
You would think as we have grown from just a few US schools to over 150 US schools that finding Global Partners would have gotten harder, but it hasn’t. It’s gotten easier. Why? Because word is spreading.
A great example is our Level Up Village network in Ghana. In November of 2015, we ran just one course with one school in Ghana. In 2016, we will run more than 40 courses with four partners at ten schools in Ghana, as well as in one of the country’s first Makerspaces. Here is how we got there.
…I’ve already decided. I’m adding STEM to my classroom everyday and encouraging other teachers to do the same. I’m beginning to add more PBL into my regular instruction, not just as end of chapter “dessert” projects. And there are lots of ways to add STEM simply and effectively, whether you’re a geek or not, that will engage and inspire your students. Here are a few.
…The opportunity gave our students a chance to learn about another culture, and gave them an experience that taught them empathy for others, as well as an understanding of the design loop. Students were able to work through failure, and see things through a different perspective, unlike anything they had ever experienced before.
All Saints Episcopal School in Arizona invites viewers to step inside today’s Global Classroom and see the amazing work taking place in collaboration with partners students across the world. Third grade students are learning the engineering design process, computer aided design and 3D printing in Level Up Village’s Global Inventors course. Watch this incredible video to learn more.
This Summer, New Canaan Country School was a hub of activity with students in K-8 engaged in variety of hands-on projects that combined technology skills with global awareness. The school’s summer enrichment program included opportunities for students to code video games, create animations and build websites – all in collaboration with students from across the globe as part of the school’s ongoing partnership with Level Up Village.