KLO Students Become Lesley University Professors—For A Day

KLO Students Become Lesley University Professors—For A Day
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What happens when a group of K-Lo students take over a large classroom at Lesley University? The students become the teachers! On Friday, March 28, 2014, twenty JK-5th graders joined the Lesley Community of Scholar's Day. Seven technology stations were set up, each with unique tools to related to computer programming. Last year, a group of KLO students presented their Scratch projects in front of a packed auditorium. This year, the idea was to engage the Lesley Community with hands-on tutorials and let them try their hand at coding. Coding is writing the computer language that makes up software, controls the computer, or designs things like video games…just about everything on the computer! The seven stations offered were: Scratch programming, MaKey MaKey, Lego WeDo robotics kits, littleBits circuit kits, BeeBot robots, Python programming/Minecraft and the iPad apps Daisy the Dinosaur and Kodable .

Again the room was packed, but this time both students and community members were abuzz with energetic laughter and curiosity. KLO principal, Mrs. Gerber, made a littleBits "tickle machine", while the CPS Superintendent, Dr. Jeffrey Young, controlled a shark "sprite" in Scratch using a Leap Motion hand controller. Junior K students led participants how to program the BeeBot robots to move in sequences while practicing number and letter recognition. At the MaKey MaKey table, a 5th grade student challenged folks to figure out what materials were conductive, with the end result being controlling a character's key moves in Scratch with tin foil, water, and even through another person!

LittleBits.pngA second grade student exclaimed, "This one person said they were trying to learn Scratch for two years, and then she was able to figure it out because of the way I explained it to her today!" The event really exemplified the idea of learning through teaching. The students had to communicate with a diverse range of learners and participants and it was amazing to see their explanations develop and sharpen over the course of the hour. Thank you to the Lesley and CPS communities for stopping in to learn coding from these exceptional young teachers.

Photography by: Mark Teiwes

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