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Animation Assembly: Animation and the Importance of Drawing and Painting by Hand

The New York Children’s International Film Festival begins in just one week on February 26! Set sail on an incredible journey. Befriend a monster. Uncover a mystery. Visit a foreign country — or a foreign planet. For four weekends, New … Continue reading

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Beyond the Hour of Code

In September, Mayor DeBlasio gave New York City public schools a deadline for offering computer science to all students. With great fanfare, the December “hour of code” came and went. Then in January, President Obama announced in his state of the union address that a … Continue reading

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Fourth Grade Explores Data

In Tech class, fourth graders explored data about all the third and fourth graders at Friends this year. They learned about browsing, searching, sorting, and graphing with information that was interesting. Favorite ice creams, colors, movies, tv shows, books, board games, … Continue reading

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Animate, Tinker, Collaborate, Repeat!

Friends Lower School Teachers participated in a week of June Professional Development Workshops again this year. In Making and Tinkering, teachers explored KIBO robots, paper circuits, and Makey Makey, which turns ordinary objects into input devices for Scratch programming. On the Stop-Motion animation … Continue reading

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Time Lapse Photography Captures Chicks as they Hatch

This was an exciting week in Linda’s class. From May 12th to May 13th, ten chicks hatched. At first we set the app iStopMotion to take a picture of the action every 99 seconds.  Once the chicks started coming out of … Continue reading

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Swimming Sea Life helps Connect Coding with Curriculum

At Friends, third graders study the layers of the ocean and the creatures that inhabit each one. In Tech, students learn about the different types of commands in MIT’s programming language Scratch. Using Scratch, they start creating backgrounds, sprites, and code … Continue reading

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Animation Assembly puts Stop Motion in Focus

What is animation? What type of animation does each of these pictures represent? Do you think that when we use new technology, it still takes a long time to create a stop motion animation? These are some of the questions … Continue reading

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In the chill of winter, innovative interdisciplinary collaborations sprout!

Working with creative colleagues to try new interdisciplinary curriculum is a delight. This past month I’ve been excited to be involved with two innovations. In a second grade Science class, Ben Horner and I are piloting a unit that combines K’NEX, WeDo Sensors and the Scratch programming … Continue reading

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More than an Hour of Code in Friends Lower School

For Computer Science Education Week, all divisions of Friends Seminary organized special coding and programming activities.  During the December 11th Buddy Time, Third and Fourth graders explored the logic of programming with their Kindergarten and First Grade friends. The Third … Continue reading

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Plans for Computer Science Education Week

Third and Fourth Graders will be their buddies’ teachers. On Thursday, December 11th, the older Lower School students plan to introduce their kindergarten and first grade friends to BeeBot floor robots, and ScratchJr, a new programming language for young children. … Continue reading

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