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Library and STEM

Our library not only serves as a hub of great reading, but as the place where we are building an exciting STEM program as well. As a school with 1:1 devices, we have the unique opportunity to immerse students in great tools for learning how to code and design. While younger students focus on pre-coding concepts using tools like Code.org, Bloxels and BeeBots, the older students are transitioned into real text-based coding with Bitsbox where they learn the importance of syntax and accuracy. We spend a lot of time talking about design, and we apply those principles to the building of applications and devices using tools like littleBits and are starting to get our heads around 3D printing. Kullerstrand is also very proud to host a competitive after-school robotics club for grades 3-5 using VEX IQ robots. Collage of images of students using tech

 

 

A 1:1 Device School

Kullerstrand has been a 1:1 device school for a few years now. Currently all K-2 students have iPads while 3-5 have Chromebooks. In classrooms we use a variety of digital tools.  On the Chromebooks, we primarily use Google Apps, while on the iPads the younger students use IXL Math, Explain Everything, Epic, MyOn, Starfall and Prodigy.  We are building a system of student digital portfolios, mainly with Seesaw, but experimenting with Google Sites for the upper grades. In the library we are using various apps for STEM activities such as Bloxels, Bitsbox, Code.org, SketchUp and Tinkercad.

Students using Chromebooks

About Our Librarian Mr. Walker

Mr. WalkerMr. Walker has been a librarian since 2003, and before that taught 5th grade for five years. He loves to kayak and read good books (He's even written a few). In his free time, he composes and performs music and works on his next novel.








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