Technology

RM B28
Mr. Endriss
pendriss@philasd.org

Penn Alexander Computer Lab with apple computers

At Penn Alexander School, we recognize the need to prepare our students for life in a digital, global community.  We are committed to providing access to the latest technology across all grade levels, and our staff are encouraged to integrate technology with our curriculum to enhance instruction.

Students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade visit the computer lab for one class period each week, and small groups of Middle school students are offered additional technology classes during enrichment periods twice a week. Students learn computer basics, internet safety, video editing, as well as basic computer programming and introductory app design.

In grades 4 through 8, students use Google Classroom to collaborate with teachers and classmates, and our PAS Robotics team uses Lego MindStorms software to program their robots.

MIDDLE SCHOOL Computer Science Discoveries Curriculum

This year 6th, 7th and 8th grade students participated in the code.org CSD courses for Web Page Design, Javascript, and App Design.

6th Graders considered real world problems and created paper prototypes of apps that they developed and tested. Their final step was to create a digital version of their app and present it to their classmates. App concepts included scheduling solutions, nutritional planners, music composition, and even a friend finder for your pet!

7th Graders learned to create simple webpages using HTML and CSS, and their final projects were websites that taught the pros and cons of various energy sources.

8th Graders explored game design using the Javascript language, and incorporated keyboard and mouse inputs to create movement on their screens and how to plot sprites, and use randomization in their designs.

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At each grade level, students are introduced to new technology in a meaningful context. Lower school students are working in Apple software such as iMovie and Keynote, and learning to navigate Google apps like Docs and Slides.  Middle School students are participating in semester long courses at code.org where they are learning the basics of javascript and HTML.

In grades 1 through 8, students are expected to create a project that demonstrates grade appropriate understanding of Internet Safety. Highlights include posters, slideshows, websites, and animated shorts created with the online tool GoAnimate.

HARDWARE HIGHLIGHTS

LOWER SCHOOL
Smartboards or Interactive Flat Panels in every classroom and instructional space
iPads for use in 2nd & 3rd Grade classrooms
Dell Chromebook carts in each classroom, grades 3, 4 & 5
26 Apple iMac Computers for student use in IMC
Apple iMac computer lab for whole class use – RM B28

MIDDLE SCHOOL
SmartPanel displays in all classrooms & Shared SmartBoard in Literacy Pod
Class sets of Chromebook laptops in Literacy, Math and Social Studies classrooms
Class set of Apple MacBook Pro laptops in Science Room
WHYY Learning Lab for video editing, RM 320

In recent years, students at Penn Alexander have received instruction on how to use “drag and drop” computer code in an application called “Scratch” to create their own video games with a variety of student-made game controllers.

You can find out more about Scratch at scratch.mit.edu

Scratch coursework was introduced to Penn Alexander by professors and students from the Graduate School of Education at University of Pennsylvania, and has become part of regular classroom instruction during Technology classes.

Introductory computer programming for our lower grades continues as part of the Hour of Code program at PAS.

Learn more about the Hour of Code at code.org

Middle School Computer Fair

Each year, Penn Alexander Middle School students create projects for a regional Computer Fair held during the spring.

Students compete in 6 categories – Digital Video, Logo Design, Web Page Design, Programming, Graphic Design, and Animation. First place winners at the regional fair are eligible to compete at the PA State Middle School Computer Fair.

Check out some past Digital Video projects !