School need not be “school”: a picture story of this week in ACPS Schools

High School baking class. We see huge interests in culinary arts in our middle and high schools, and these classes really support math learning and communication skills. I wish Food Network would help us build a few Kitchen Stadia.

Imagine, design, build, in one order or another, lies at the heart of Mechatronics in our middle and high schools.

Hands on and messy isn’t an add on. It’s the best way to create learning that stays with us.

In the Albemarle County Public Schools we’re determined that digital devices are tools of creation and creativity.

Physics and culture in the sunshine.

A fun bit of recognition as NBC Nightly News and Rehema Ellis visit to discuss student centered libraries, and, of course, treehouses.

And our middle school news team interviews Ms. Ellis, with her wonderful coaching.

Multiage learning in video production.

Game design.

3D printers set up. By kids for kids.

Even when the tech team lead is not quite 8.

Marble mazes challenge ideas of friction.

Tech choice is everywhere.

And so are opportunities to build thinking skills.

Every week I am thrilled to see what our kids are doing. Every week I wish I’d visited more schools.

  • Ira Socol

Author, Dreamer, Educator: A life in service - NYPD, EMS, disabilities/UDL specialist, tech and innovation leader for education. Co-author of Timeless Learning

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