The technology program at Pulaski is designed for student to learn how to use a variety of computer software programs essential for schoolwork as they progress into high school. Students will learn to communicate, research and collaborate using technology.  Assignments will integrate with core subjects such as math, reading, science and social studies and the MYP design cycle. 

PYP Program

In the primary grades, we will be learning a visually coding language based on Javascript. Javascript is used to develop many of the website features you use every day. The students are excited to learn what programmers do and how many of the online games they play are developed. They are especially excited because the characters we will be programming are from the games Angry Birds and Monsters vs. Zombies. So, if your students tell you we are playing Angry Birds, now you know what we are doing!

Programming fits nicely into our IB curriculum as it involves the action cycle: Choose -> Act -> Reflect. The students will create the code, the characters “act” out the code, and the students reflect on different combinations of code they can use to improve their characters’ actions.  This is also a good opportunity for the students to become engineers who “never give up,” a job they learn at the beginning of first grade.

If you would like to learn more about teaching young children to code, here is an article from the Telegraph discussing how and why the UK is making programming compulsory for young students. In Chicago, CPS announced computer science will soon become part of the core curriculum for high school students.

Fourth grade students work on a trans-disciplinary unit called “How we express ourselves.” In technology, we focus on how the internet and social media influence people’s opinions and how technology is used for self-expression. We look at how Facebook, Twitter, and blogs allow us to express ourselves but also how people need to be critical consumers of online media. We also look at Wikipedia and the positive and negative characteristics of crowd-sourced information. To learn more about digital literacy skills for students, read about it here or watch the YouTube video here. Remember, to read/view them both with a critical lens!