The Taft Information Technology High School has started a new after-school program for its students focused on Web Development.
Under the supervision and direction of school teacher Ms. C. Beamon and Mr. Michael Beck, a project coordinator of an Open Source project XOOPS (www.xoops.org), the students will be introduced to the design, creation, and maintenance of web pages and websites. Students will learn how to critically evaluate website quality, learn how to create and maintain quality web pages, learn about web design standards and why they're important, and learn to create and manipulate images.
With this knowledge students will gain the skills and project-based experience needed for entry into web design and development careers, as well as generate some income while still in school.
Meet Destiny and other students from Hays Porter Elementary, a Cincinnati Public School, learning computing.
While most students in this after-school program are in 5th grade, Destiny is in the 2nd grade. She came two weeks ago accidentally to the class, because something else was canceled and she needed a place to stay while waiting for her parents. I've asked her if she would like to learn how to design a video game instead of playing one, and she was interested. We've used the curriculum from www.code.org, as we do with other students, to introduce her to some basic computing concepts.
Last week she came back! This time she was able to follow some basic instructions and design her very first video game.
We don't know if Destiny will stick to this and if she will develop strong enough interest in computing to pursue a career in this field. But at least she is exposed to the possibilities and is learning how to solve problems and be creative! She doesn't have a computer at home, so this after-school program is helping her to get her first "contact" with computers and immerse herself in "digital literacy"
This week, several students of Hays Porter Elementary School, incl. Destiny, have shared what they are learning and what they are working on, and these are their stories in this video:
Destiny and her friends are the future of West End, and by helping them to discover the world of technology so early in their lives, we are making an important step toward transforming West End from a high poverty neighborhood to a high-tech powerhouse of Cincinnati, centered around Taft High School, the designated "Information Technology" High School, adopted and mentored so wonderfully by Cincinnati Bell!
We are looking for a corporation to adopt "Hays Porter Elementary School", and help us to make it a "technology school", similar to what Cincinnati Bell did with Taft High School (see: http://goo.gl/96RWZ5 and http://goo.gl/cpuoVY).
Channel 5 TV visited our After-school Computer Class @ Hays-Porter Elementary School to learn more about West End community's initiative "Code for Kids" to build a pipeline of IT students in West End.
This initiative is sponsored by SHPE, BDPA, and WIT & XOOPS Project, and supported by 7 Hills Neighborhood Houses, Taft Information Technology High School, FamiliesFORWARD, and UC School of Information Technology
The kids, most of them in 5th grade, are exploring the limitless world of computing - they learn computer programming as well as game design.
More pictures are in our Photo Gallery
Hays-Porter Elementary School started its first After-School Computer Program!
Students, mostly from the 5th Grade, will learn basic computer skills based on the K-5 curriculum developed by Code.org
This elementary school curriculum allows even the youngest students to explore the limitless world of computing. The courses blend online, self-guided and self-paced tutorials with “unplugged” activities that require no computer at all. Each course consists of about 20 lessons, and by the end of it, students can create interactive games or stories that they can share with anyone.
The students will be also exposed to various ways of using computers in their area of interest. For example, those interested in art could learn how to create a painting using a computer drawing program, or how to compose a song, or even how to create a video commercial.
Today we had "Hour of Code" training session @ Hays Porter Elementary School!
The "Hour of Code" is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.
Visit http://hourofcode.com/us to learn more about it.
We were very proud that several kids from West End participated in this worldwide event, incl. students of Taft Information Technology High School, which hosted on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, the Cincinnati Kick-off for "Hour of Code"
More pictures are in our Photo Gallery
We appreciate very much the help from the Principal of the Hays Porter Elementary School, Ms. Nedria McClain and the school's Resource Coordinator, Ms. Richara Richardson
In January 2015, Hays Porter will be offering "After-School Computer Programming Course" based on the curriculum from www.code.org. It will be a part of the "Code for Kids" initiative organized by SHPE, BDPA, and WIT, and supported by XOOPS Project
We just had a wonderful Cincinnati Kick-off at the Taft Information Technology High School as part of the worldwide "Hour of Code" initiative happening right now Dec. 8-14, 2014
More pictures are in our Photo Gallery
To learn more about "Hour of Code" and to participate, please visit www.code.org
Join the Hour of Code December 8 - 14, 2014
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.
Last year hundreds of organizations joined together to create fun introductions to programming for all to learn. This year the goal is to get 100 million participants from all across the globe.
Let's make sure that ALL West End children have the opportunity to have their "Hour of Code"
Change of Date: The event has been postponed till probably April
At that time there will be a public viewing of the new documentary called "WEB" at the Taft Information Technology High School.
The movie follows Peruvian families living in remote villages in the Amazon Jungle and Andes Mountains as their children experience the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program, gaining access to the Internet for the first time. The preview of the movie is here:
There is also an article from NYT giving some background info:
The goal is to to bring together organizations, companies, teachers, as well as children from local schools and their parent, to make them aware of IT opportunities in the global world, and to promote IT Education.
The Cincinnati Kick-off to the worldwide "Hour of Code" Initiative will take place as planned, on Monday, Dec. 8th, 6-8 PM
Code.org has developed an elementary school curriculum that allows even the youngest students to explore the limitless world of computing- at no cost for schools. The courses blend online, self-guided and self-paced tutorials with “unplugged”activities that require no computer at all. Each course consists of about 20 lessons that may be implemented as one unit or over the course of a semester. Even kindergarten-aged pre-readers can participate.
On Saturday, Nov. 1st, Taft Information Technology High School hosted a 1-day workshops to prepare educators and content-area teachers (librarians, tech-ed specialists, etc.) to introduce computer science basics in a format that's fun and accessible to the youngest learners (grades K-5). The workshop covered content for all three courses and teachers received the supplies they need to teach the course- at no cost.
For more information, please visit http://code.org/educate/k5
At the September meeting of West End Community Council, we had the opportunity to see an excellent presentation by the "Community/Citizen Youth Scientists" from Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses (see below).
It was truly inspiring to watch this engaged and motivated group of young local students, mostly from the Taft Information Technology High School, who took the time to come up with ideas and their perspective on how to "create a clean neighborhood where families can feel comfortable, safe, and civil".
We welcome elementary school teachers to sign up for a free, high-quality professional development workshop led by Code.org K-5 Facilitators, who are experienced computer science educators.
Workshops last 6-7 hours and will prepare you to teach the Code Studio courses for grades K-5. Attendees will also receive free classroom supplies to teach the course.
Register here: http://code.org/professional-development-workshops/2325791
Photo credit: VSWC Architects
As #4 they listed the Taft Information Technology High School:
It would be wrong for this list to not include a LEED-certified school, as an incredible part of this movement is the public sector recognizing that where kids learn matters. The leader in green schools is the state of Ohio, clocking in at 158 LEED-certified public schools. For an example of the amazing work being done in that state, check out the LEED Platinum Taft Information Technology High School in Cincinnati, which is sporting one of the region’s largest green vegetated roofs. Cincinnati also runs a tax abatement program for LEED homes that has been hugely successful. Props!