The Westfield Friends Technology curriculum prepares students for their future by covering the latest trends in Computer Science education. Students develop strong skills they can transfer beyond the classroom and learn to be lifelong learners. The focus is on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) computer-related activities and projects. Relevant Digital Citizenship topics will also be discussed.
Our new makerspace and design lab, the OWLS Lab, is ready for action. Housing technology classes for students in grades Pre-K through 4th grade, this space is intended to use design thinking to boost creativity in problem solving.
OWLS is an acronym for Observe, Wonder, Learn, and Share--the learning actions we strive to foster while problem solving and brainstorming in the makerspace. Our students are encouraged to observe the world around them, wonder how they can make a difference, learn about various ways to solve any problems they see, then share their solutions with their peers, the community, or the broader world!
Technology Director, Molly Cope, has been busy planning creative opportunities for her classes and fellow colleagues. She has passed on a wish list of items for the Lab that you may already have lying around at home. If you have any of these items you're willing to part with, please send them to the Main Office labeled for the OWLS Lab.
Depending on the grade, the following skills are taught to grades 4th to 8th:
- Read/write (code) basic computer programs on various platforms
- Debug a program
- Identifying and fixing errors in computer code
- Manipulate and enhance images via photography applications
- Create their own music/mashups through music applications
- Program a robot to complete a certain task
- Design and print various 3D models using TinkerCad
- Make their own professional portfolio using Google Sites
- Develop better teamwork skills
- Develop robust Digital Citizenship skills
- Identifying credible/non-credible sources, how to use Google Scholar/databases to find information, etc.
- What does it mean to be part of a digital community? How do you respect/represent yourself professionally in an online space?
- Internet Safety
- Digital Footprint
- Strategies to Address Cyberbullying
- Plagiarism/Copyright Law
- Information Literacy
Every middle schooler is assigned a Chromebook for use throughout the year. Additionally, there are several Chromebook carts located throughout the building which are available for use by students in all grades.