Oklahoma City Public Schools ConnectED Newsletter

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December 20, 2015

AT&T Aspire Grant

We are excited to announce that Arthur Elementary has been selected as the first AT&T Aspire Grant recipient. The three year grant will enable each our iPad's to use the cellar capability to access the internet from home. This is a critical element to our success as a 1:1 school as we push to close the digital divide by providing each child with 24/7 access to educational resources and information. AT&T officially announced the award in a press release last week. We expect for the devices to be activated with AT&T service by the end of January.

Hour of Code

Hour of Code is a global movement which takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. Computer Science Education Week was December 7-13, 2015, but organizations can host an Hour of Code all year round. The 5th and 6th grade students at Arthur Elementary eagerly participated! The hour of code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. The goal of the Hour of Code is not to teach anybody to become an expert computer scientist in one hour. One hour is only enough to learn that computer science is fun and creative, that it is accessible at all ages, for all students, regardless of background. The measure of success of this campaign is not in how much CS students learn - the success is reflected in broad participation across gender and ethnic and socioeconomic groups, and the resulting increase in enrollment and participation we see in CS courses at all grade levels. Millions of the participating teachers and students have decided to go beyond one hour - to learn for a whole day or a whole week or longer, and many students have decided to enroll in a whole course (or even a college major) as a result.

Besides the students, another "learner" is the educator who gains the confidence after one hour that they can teach computer science even though they may not have a college degree as a computer scientist. Tens of thousands of teachers decide to pursue computer science further, either attending PD or offering follow-on online courses, or both. And this applies to school administrators too, who realize that computer science is something their students want and their teachers are capable of.

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Santa Selfies

Santa Selfies were the talk of the town on December 11th. As students celebrated and received their new hoodies, they were thrilled by the surprise visit from Santa who wanted to take Santa Selfies with our students and staff. Santa further surprised our students by his tech-savvy ways of keeping his naughty and nice list on his iPad, and of course his collection of Christmas books stored in iBooks. He selected Twas the Night Before Christmas from his collection to read to Pre-K and Kindergarten students during their lunch! A great time was had by all!

iArthur ConnectED Showcase

Friday, Feb. 19th 2016 at 8:30-11:30am

5100 South Independence Avenue

Oklahoma City, OK

Please join us for our first ConnectED Showcase! This is a come and go open-house opportunity for teachers, principals, district administrators to walkthrough and experience the transformational learning happening in our classrooms.

Please kindly RSVP so we know to expect your attendance.

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