Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Making and Tinkering are Powerful and Empowering Ways to Learn

MakerSpaces within schools and school libraries provide powerful contexts and opportunities for students to learn and develop new skills.  As the MakerSpace Movement “draws upon the innately human desire to make things using our hands and our brains”, school MakerSpaces can provide this necessary outlet for students, fueling engagement, creativity and curiosity at the same time (Fleming, 2015, p.2). For example, a research study conducted by Small (2014) found that “students who participated in activities involving innovation were inquisitive, imaginative and motivated. They wanted to solve real problems that could help people” (as cited in Moorefield-Lang, 2015, p. 108).

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

New York State Kids Safe Online Poster Contest

Students are creating posters on Kids Safety Online using Google Drawing.

Selected posters are on display.

Student Poster

Student Poster 

“Students are growing up in a digital, globally-connected world,” said Deborah Snyder, New York State Chief Information Security Officer. “They spend a significant amount of time online each day, and know how technology is being utilized by their peers. It is refreshing to see their perspective and how they portray the importance of being safe online. This program does more than just build awareness. As we teach students cyber skills, we’re also creating future digital leaders and exposing them to STEAM career opportunities.” “The National Kids Safe Online Poster Contest allows our youth to educate their peers on how to stay safe online. The posters share tips for safe web surfing and the responsible use of social media platforms,” said Thomas Duffy, Chair of the MSISAC, and Center for Internet Security (CIS) Senior Vice President of Operations and Services. The winning posters will be announced in early 2019 and will be featured in the 2020 New York State Kids Safe Online Calendar. 

The Hour of Code is here in the Forest!

 Students in grades 3-6 at Forest Road are exploring the world of coding using  theHour of Code
Gr. 3 
Gr. 3
Gr. 5
Gr. 6
Gr. 6
Gr. 6
Gr. 6
Gr. 6

Some students received the certificates after finishing their coding activities.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Gr. 5 Students are learning about the California Gold Rush using Google Expeditions

Students are virtually visiting the sites of the first California gold rush in Coloma, California including American River, Sutter's Mill, a miner's cabin, etc.

Gr. 3 Students visited the Statue of Liberty in Virtual Reality

Third grade students in Ms. Gurnani's class are learning about the symbolism of the Statue of Liberty using Google Expedition Full Screen View on their iPads.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Forest Road Makers - We are all makers!

Gr. 5 students hope to crochet warm scarves for the upcoming cold winter weather 
during Recess Crochet Club.

Gr. 4 students created a character to capture and play in Bloxels Builder game 
during Recess Makers Club.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Gr. 5 Students use VR to virtually experience the California Gold Rush

Gr. 5 students in Ms. Blankshine's class use Virtual Reality (VR) to virtually experience the 1848 California Gold Rush. As they are reading Esperanza Rising in the classroom, this activity provides historical background to help them understand the Gold Rush. VR allows students to observe, ask, and answer questions about this important event in American history

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Virtual Field Trip in Action!

2nd grade students are taking a virtual tour of the White House during Christmas holidays in 2D full screen mode.

The Science of Construction Play

First grade students are building with wooden blocks after they checked out their books in the library.
But whatever form they take, blocks can function as powerful learning tools. Studies suggest that toy blocks can help children develop
  • motor skills and hand-eye coordination,
  • spatial reasoning,
  • cognitive flexibility,
  • language skills,
  • a capacity for creative, divergent thinking,
  • social competence, and
  • engineering skills.
There is also evidence that complex block-play is linked with higher mathematical achievement.
Research suggests that kids benefit when construction play incorporates additional elements, including:
  • building from templates,
  • engaging in cooperative projects, and
  • talking with others about spatial relationships. 

Learning a new language is fun!

4th grade students are learning how to read and write in Korean at the after school Korean Language and Culture Club 

Studies suggest that at a cognitive and academic level, children learning an additional language are more creative, better at solving complex problems and usually score higher on standardised tests. Once children know a second language, it is easier for them to understand further languages structures, which is why experts say that every new language learnt is easier than the one before.

At a personal level, the more languages a person speaks, the better access he or she will have to different people and resources from other countries and cultures. Additionally, it helps children to better understand other cultures, expressions and styles of communication. This can encourage children to appreciate how big the world is and will open their mind greatly - which is always a good thing.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Gr. 3 - Students are using Destiny Library Catalog

Gr. 3 students are using Destiny OPAC(Online Public Access Catalog) to search our school's books.

Spring by Vivaldi (Part 1)

Spring by Vivaldi (Part 2)

Winter by Vivaldi

Autumn by Vivaldi