In the afternoon of our retreat, participants summarized and discussed key takeaways relating to computer science, STEM/STEAM education, and Maker Education and organized these ideas within five different categories. Participants then partnered up and summarized these five categories of ideas in a fifteen minute audio podcast, which is available both on YouTube and on our "Casady Voices" podcast channel.
More Students Involved in Computer Science & STEM
- Design Thinking and Design Flow
- Follow Through (listen to and act on suggested student ideas from design thinking activities)
- Incentivize CS + X courses for students (offer multi-disciplinary credit: for graduation, with colleges, and free up time for CS courses)
- Make It Lab / MakerSpace Lab: Provide a place for creation
- Utilize Code.org / online programming curriculum
- Offer an "Engineering Design Innovation" Course
- Encourage personalized learning / DIY projects, like Raspberry Pi computer building
More Girls Involved in Computer Science & STEM
- Art and Design
- Minecraft and Programming
- Student Ignite Talks
- Collaboration / Group Projects
- Role Models
- Help Make the World a Better Place
- Pets and People
- GUI (Graphical User Interface) Design and Coding for existing programs
Communicate and Amplify
- Student Ignite Talks
- Sharing Across Divisions
- Career Days
- Student's artifacts: podcasts, screencasts, digital portfolios, Seesaw
Growth and Learning
- Provide PLC (personal learning network) time during the week for faculty professional development
- Host a November "Google Camp OKC" Saturday Conference for Casady faculty and area educators
- Host a Mid-June "STEM Seeds" Camp / Professional Development Institute for Casady faculty and area educators
- Middle Division Students Share Ignite Talks with Lower and Upper Division Students
- Faculty STEM / STEAM Local Field Trips (OU Innovations Lab, Rose State Fab Lab, etc)
- Faculty and Staff Team Attendance at Conferences: Shift-In-EDU, Stanford Design School, Harvard Project Zero
- Faculty sharing Presentations (Ignite) about Summer Conferences / Professional Development
- Computer Aided Design (CAD): Fusion360 (UD), TinkerCAD (MD), TinkerCAD and Robots (LD), Shapes and Position (PD)
- Graphic Design and Digital Media: iMovie, Adobe Dreamweaver (UD), Inkscape, Lucid Press, Google Sites, Wix and Weebly (MD), Animation, Podcasts, Google Docs, MS Office (LD), Printmaking (PD)
- Digital Citizenship: Wellness initiative (UD), speakers, incorporated into civics (MD), Seesaw, Passport, Speakers (LD)
In the morning session, we had an approximately one hour, interactive conversation with Eve Juarez, who is the chair of the Computer Science department at Ursuline Academy in Dallas. According to their website, Ursuline is:
an independent Catholic college preparatory school for young women in grades 9-12. Educating students for 143 years, the Academy is the oldest continuously operating school in Dallas.This is a sketchnote and narrated sketchnote Wes Fryer created during and after the videoconference with Eve, summarizing some of his key takeaways.
This retreat provided good opportunities for members of our faculty and staff to network, connect, and vision together possibilities for computer science and STEM/STEAM learning at our school!
- The audio podcast at the end of our retreat was recorded on an iPhone with the free app Opinion. (In-app purchase of $3 required for recordings longer than 10 minutes)
- The audio podcast was converted to a video using the free iOS app "Voice Record "Pro".
- WordClouds were created with the free iPad app Word Clouds by ABCYa.com
- The sketchnote was created using ProCreate for iPad ($6) on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil.
- The narrated sketchnote was created using an exported video from ProCreate and iMovie for iPad.
- More information about creating radio shows / podcasts, sketchnotes, and narrated sketchnotes is available on ShowWithMedia.com.