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

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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.

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

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

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

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Physics and culture in the sunshine.

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

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

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Multiage learning in video production.

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Game design.

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3D printers set up. By kids for kids.

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Even when the tech team lead is not quite 8.

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Marble mazes challenge ideas of friction.

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Tech choice is everywhere.

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And so are opportunities to build thinking skills.

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

  • Ira Socol

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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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