ODS TechXperts - Coming to a Think Tank Near You!
Growing up as digital natives, our students only know a connected world filled with devices, images, and digital media. In mere seconds, they can virtually travel from our classrooms at Oakhill to anywhere in the world. At any given time, they may be climbing to the top of Mt. Everest, swimming underwater at the Great Barrier Reef or walking through German concentration camps. We can instantly connect with text, classrooms, and experts from around the world. Our resources are no longer limited to the contents or people within the brick building where we are physically located.
As students continually explore our digital world, they build vital skills that enable them to weed out irrelevant and non-essential information. We are giving them the tools they need to fully understand the power they hold in their hands as well as the responsibility that comes with this power of being a technology native. With this in mind, next year will be an exciting year for our middle school students. Starting in the fall of 2019, the Oakhill Middle School is giving its students the opportunity to become certified ODS TechXperts; students will transform from explorers and consumers of digital media to certified navigators and creators!
As a resident TechXpert, students will share their expertise with younger classmates, peers, staff, families, and community. This group of industrious students will also play a vital role as our new South Campus Building Think Tank space evolves and develops... stay tuned for more information!
Mark your calendars!
We are excited to announce our lineup of tech nights coming in the 2019-2020 school year.
First Quarter (October 9-10):
#ODSKidsTeach - Commonly Used Apps/Teach the Grandparents
During Grandparent's Day, our student TechXperts are showcasing their expertise as they help grandparents and special friends with their phones and devices. Students will be on-site and ready to help their special guests personalize their settings, use the camera, send photos, as well as install (and use) common apps. Parents are welcome to pop in for a little tech help during this time as well!
Second Quarter (November 12):
Family Code Night
Join us for a fun evening of all things coding! We'll have puzzles and games, online and off to help parents and kids crack the "code" to computer science! Let your student show off their tech-savvy skills as they lead you through activities that highlight coding basics that will help them eventually become the tech leaders of tomorrow! This event is open to students in grades kindergarten through middle school. (Free and Open to the public!)
Not interested in coding? That's okay, our Think Tank will also be available to Oakhill Students during this night. So if your student has a book report or homework assignment to work on and needs access to the broadcast booth, audio recording help, 3D printer access, and more, someone will be on-site to help!
Third Quarter (February 25 - During Science and Art Expo):
Open Tank Time
Let our TechXperts take you on an interactive tour of our Think Tank. Take a few minutes to learn how our 3D printer works, virtually stroll through a place you've always wanted to visit in the VR Room, become an ONN broadcaster, star in your own podcast, and more. The possibilities are endless and limited only by your imagination!
Fourth Quarter (April 2):
Social Security (How Secure are You?)
Join us for an informational evening as our TechXperts host an open and honest panel discussion on social media. Why are they compelled to be on their devices ALL of the time? Who exactly are they chatting with? How are they expressing themselves online? Facilitated by our TechXperts, this evening will include an opening discussion, individual break-out sessions and close with a Q/A session. This event is open to students as young as fourth grade and open to students up to high school. (Free and Open to the public!)
Be sure to save the date for one of these upcoming events. Think your child would be interested in becoming a TechXpert? The process will begin next fall but have your child start thinking about it now!
Contact Sara Verwers for more information or if you have other tech night ideas!