DKJA students took part in "An Hour Of Code" - 2014    

Grade 1-5 students  joined 16 million students worldwide during Computer Science Week. In its first three days, more students used the Hour of Code than Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram combined in their first three months. And it’s not a photo-sharing app or a game; it’s learning computer science. Last week, our students wrote 8,000 lines of code! Congratulations to Mr. Michael Luetjen for exposing our 21st Century Learners to this wonderful opportunity! 
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How many lines of code?

Students of the tutorials have written 558,933,935 lines of code. Is this a lot? By comparison, the Microsoft Windows operating system has roughly 50 million lines of code.

Of course, every engineer knows that "lines of code" is a silly measure, and besides, the lines of code we are counting here are much less complex than the code written by professional software engineers. No software engineer measures the value or their work in lines of code. In fact, the best-designed programs often have the simplest designs and the fewest lines of code.

However, we count this as an important measure of total usage of our tutorials. Not everybody finishes an Hour of Code tutorial. Some students spend one hour. Some spend 10 minutes. Some spend days. Instead of counting how many students "finish one hour" or how much time they spent, this is our simplest measure of progress.

Note: this is not counting all participants in the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code movement consists of dozens of tutorial partners, and this metric is only counting usage of the tutorials , where each block/command dragged onto the screen counts as one line of code.

In total, 16,922,028 students have participated in the Hour of Code. Of this group, 7,524,915 of them used the tutorials by, and within the tutorial, they've written 558,933,935 lines of code.

Highlights from DKJA's Digital Learning Day 2014    
Geometry Goes Digital!    

Geometry Students used "Geogebra" to draw angle bisectors and calculate coordinates of incenters, lengths of triangle sides, and measures of angles and half angles. Students learned how to draw a triangle using this tool, use Geogebra tools to create angle bisectors, measure the angle measures, and locate the incenter (intersection). Students used Geogebra, to try to create a triangle and angle bisectors, and to locate the incenter. This task was used in conjunction with their current lesson on special segments in triangles.
High School Science Uses Popplet    
High school science students utilized the website Popplet to make a concept map for Cellular Respiration.  The students were introduced to the site and invited to use their own devices to make the concept map as we made a collaborative one on the smart board and shared our products.  It was educational on two levels as students refined their knowledge of Cellular Respiration and learned the use of the Popplet web site for concept mapping. 
Digital Learning Day - 2013    Read More
While technology is regularly integrated throughout the K-12 curriculum, February 6th 2013 proved to be an extra fun-filled and exciting day at DKJA as faculty and students participated in the second annual National Digital Learning Day. (Click header above to Read More!)
Third Graders Use iPads in Math Lesson    
Mrs Sefton's 3rd Grade class used the "Nearpod" app on the iPad, to review Geometry vocabulary and concepts that her students had recently learned.  After reviewing the presentation slides, each student had an opportunity to interact using their iPads, by drawing various geometric shapes &  lines, and taking an assessment.
Mrs Sefton was immediately able see their results and check for understanding, while the students were completely engaged and loving the use of technology in learning new concepts.
Faculty start 2013-14 with an Innovative Day of Learning    


During teacher work-week, amidst the chaos of setting up for the opening of the new school year, the entire DKJA faculty was fortunate enough to attend four Technology Integration workshops, conducted by world renowned Technology consultant, TONY VINCENT*. Each workshop targeted a different division of faculty, focusing on innovative and interactive mobile technologies and collaborative tools. Many new resources, tips and tricks were shared, and the faculty left each workshop inspired and energized to start the 2013-14 school year on a “Forward and Innovative”note. 

*Fifteen years ago, Tony Vincent, started out as a 5thGrade Science teacher in Nebraska. In 2004 he became a Technology Integration specialist, where he developed Radio WillowWeb in 2005, making it the first podcast from an American elementary school. In 2006, Tony left regular teaching to become an independent consultant. Currently based in Phoenix, Arizona, Tony has worked with teachers and students from around the world. Tony co-wrote Handhelds for Teachers & Administrators, a book about handheld computers, iPods, and podcasting. He leads Arizona K12 Center's annual Tech Camp and has served on the teams that organize premiere mobile learning conferences Mobile Learning Experience, Slide to Learn, and Handheld LearningTony delivers webinars, presents at educational conferences and travels to schools to deliver workshops to teachers and students.
Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day 2014    

For Grandparents’ and Special Friends' Day, Grade 1 students and their loved ones used the iPad pic-collage app. The students explained to their special guests what they were doing and how they used the Ipad to create a digital collage. They took pictures of themselves and also found pictures on the web of things that they like to do together. They were totally engrossed in the activity and they all were able to go home with a copy of the pic-collage, to commemorate the special day they had spent together.

Grade 10 World Literature Students Visit China    

World Literature Honors Grade 10 students used GoogleDocs to conduct a Webquest on China. They collaborated in pairs, finding the answers to leading questions, and sharing them with each other, to learn about China's geography, politics and culture.
Grade 7 Students Build A "Mishkan"    

Seventh grade students used Popplet to compliment a hands on learning activity to recreate a "mishkan" (the traveling synagogue in the desert, built from art supplies and/or food).  Students were encouraged to read comments and questions, and watch some video links online. They were also encouraged to add their answers and/or comments, interspersed with working on this project.

Grade 6 Geography Goes Google    
6thgrade students learned how to make videos in Geography using Google Earth. 
They were able to record their movements on Google Earth, go to 3-D buildings, and explore city streets, as well as other urban landscapes.
Grades 3 & 4 Become Budding Composers    

Third and Fourth grade music classes played an online game of composing music, called, “Musical Mingles.” Students created their own compositions using a choice of 3 styles of music (Orchestra, Jazz/Blues, or Wacky) and gave it a title and expression:  happy, sad, crazy, eerie, etc.  To create the sounds, they moved icons around on the “board.”  Colorful, creative shapes, movement, etc.  The students loved it!

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