As part of the eVermont’s School Modernization Initiative led by Digital Wish, students participated in a mentorship program to tutor elementary students in game building in Microsoft’s Kodu Game Lab. From the mentorship program students who stood out and expressed a deep interest in game production were awarded a stipend to build games that teach some aspect of digital literacy. These games are now available to download from the following link:
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From the Nashua Telegraph:
NASHUA – Wanting to liven up a class project on verbs with a picture of a Christmas tree, fifth-grader Kourtnie Hamel did a quick Google image search. She found a colorfully decorated evergreen in a matter of minutes and dropped it into a word document.
Kourtnie, a student in Tanya Ackerman’s class at Bicentennial Elementary School, didn’t have to go to the front of the room for this; she did it from her desk…
Mentorship Program Pairs Elementary Students with High School Mentors for Game Development and Website Building– Sign Up Now!
December 19, 2011, Manchester Center, VT – Digital Wish has partnered with Microsoft to bring two different after-school programs to Vermont towns participating in the e-Vermont project. There’s one program for Microsoft Kodu game development and another for Microsoft Expression web design. These after-school programs will be coordinated by Digital Wish staff and run by local high school mentors in the 24 e-Vermont elementary schools. High schools and tech centers located near any of these towns are invited to sign up a team of student mentors. Each participant will be awarded admission to a full day training symposia where they will be trained on either game development or web development, taught by Microsoft professionals and Digital Wish training specialists. Microsoft has graciously donated $1.9 million dollars in Dreamspark license codes which will be granted to all 1,500 participating mentors, students, and teachers, allowing access to an incredible suite of educational software including Microsoft Kodu and Expression.
To kick off the spring after-school cycle, Microsoft trainers are coming to Vermont to run one-day training symposiums on Microsoft Kodu and Microsoft Expression. These symposiums will be attended by selected high school students who will become after-school program mentors, and selected elementary students who want to become peer leaders in their school.
- Northern symposium, Vermont Technical College: Randolph Campus, January 11th – Kodu and January 12th – Expression (snow day January 13th).
- Southern symposium, Southwest Vermont Center for Career Development, Bennington, VT, January 17th – Kodu and January 18th – Expression (snow day January 19th).
Each student that takes part in this program will receive a code that allows them free access to over twenty Microsoft software programs geared toward education worth $1,325 and training in two of the most sought-after programs for web design and game development on the market. Schools are already lining up to take part in these programs, but there’s room for more. If you know of a high school or technical center that may want to participate, please have them contact Digital Wish, right away.
Southern Mentorship Coordinator Celia Olson explains that, “We’ve designed a technology-based after-school program where each of the e-Vermont elementary schools can forge stronger connections to their neighboring high schools. It’s a great opportunity for students to develop leadership skills in preparation for college and the eventual workforce.”
The after-school programs are organized by Digital Wish staff, but the high school students will be the experts mentoring the elementary school children, making for a more community-driven learning environment. The after school programs run anywhere from 4-8 weeks in each town, during each school’s regular club schedule. The high school mentors commit to attending the 1-day symposium in January, and then volunteering for 2 hours, 1-2 days per week, for the 4-8 week term of the local school’s club. Each team of mentors is organizing transportation, and Digital Wish has 1-2 computers available to each mentor team so that they can practice their skills. Program sponsors include Microsoft – donating software and training; Dell – contributing matching funds for the computers; VITA-Learn – donating 19 computers in support of participating high need schools; and VCRD – with staff and equipment funding through e-Vermont: The Community Broadband Project.
Behind the scenes, Digital Wish is planning an exciting “surprise” contest component to wrap up the program at the end of the school year. Participating students will submit their projects into a statewide online competition. All schools in Vermont state are invited to participate, and there will be motivating students technology prizes for the winners. The deadline for submissions will be May 31st, 2012 – so watch for the contest here:
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If you know of a high school or tech center interested in participating, please have them sign up right away. Here’s the information link: http://www.digitalwish.com/Tech-Club/html/home.html
About Digital Wish
Digital Wish is a non-profit on a mission to solve technology shortfalls in K-12 classrooms. Atwww.digitalwish.org teachers can make technology wish lists… and supporters make those wishes come true. PTA’s and PTO’s can start online fundraisers for new classroom technology in just a few mouse clicks, complete with credit card processing. Digital Wish also runs the School Modernization Initiative, bringing one-computer-per-child programs to 28 local schools. Over 26,000 classroom technology wishes have been granted!
Learn about Digital Wish’s School Modernization Initiative and the e-Vermont Project at: https://schoolmodernizationinitiative.wordpress.com/
Digital Wish Southern Mentorship Coordinator
P: (866) 344-7758 ext. 213
Digital Wish Northern Mentorship Coordinator
P: (860) 460-7671
Vermont students are using storytelling technology to create their own documentaries about the flooding from Hurricane Irene.
We asked our round one schools to design posters that described how to be a good digital citizen on the internet and the winner would win a Flip UltraHD camera! We are very pleased to announce we have a winner: Julia from Cambridge Elementary. Check out her poster below!
Check out all the finalists, runners up and the winner on Digital Wish’s poster contest gallery page!
Entries were judged based on this criteria:
* Demonstrate any aspect of what it means to be a good digital citizen
* Show a lot of creativity
Each school could submit only one poster to be judged. All the schools selected their best candidate and gave the poster to their Digital Wish trainer. Digital Wish’s panel of judges selected the winner and the decision is final.
Great job to all of our entrants, finalists, runners up and our winner!