We are excited to announce that WVCS received our largest donation in our 40 year history. At an upcoming all-school vision meeting, we will recognize the foundation who made the donation and share our Technology Plan and future facility capital campaign.
First, we want to inform you about how foundation funds will be used towards our Technology Plan. Please take some time to read the articles and watch the videos that explain the importance of "computer science" in the classroom.
Also, this email lists how we can use your help finding best prices for IT equipment/software and how you can help us find an electrician to wire new infrastructure.
Why should we teach Computer Science at WVCS? It is not about learning how to use the keyboard and mouse, except for the purpose of moving instruction blocks around to form an algorithm. And it is not just about advocating for safe digital literacy practices, like visiting certain approved websites, unless the website happens to be a coding environment or community where students can share their work. The most important part of the Computer Science experience is its ability to encourage and support creative expression and problem solving. Computer Science is about giving kids the opportunity to engage with powerful ideas. The computer just happens to be our era's best and most accessible tool for this purpose. Coding puzzles, tutorial progressions and unplugged activities (learning computing concepts without a computer) are all onramps to a world where students can be passionate and powerful enough to express their imaginations. Creativity, collaboration, persistence and abstraction are all thinking skills that coding builds.
WVCS will provide students and teachers access to computers or tablets in classroom and the library. Technology will be strategically placed throughout campus, so that Computer Science can be accessed from TK through 8th grade in almost all subject areas.
During the month of April, our Technology Committee will be researching and piloting the following resources:
1. computers and tablets
2. cross-curricular content for all subjects
3. touch screen white boards
4. professional development support
5. robots to support programming for all ages
6. Virtual Reality goggles
7. E-books for reading TK-5th grade
8. and more... (seeking WVCS student proposals)
2019/2020 SCHEDULING PLANS
We will begin to incorporate Computer Science into a variety of daily scheduling formats:
Math, Science, Language Arts and History lesson plans can integrate cross curricular content where Computer Science standards can be taught simultaneously.
Within existing enrichment schedule students can visit Library / Computer Lab with upgraded computers and new Computer Science software.
New scheduled access to Computer Lab based on teacher request.
New Middle School students will have optional Computer Science electives and required Computer Science electives.
After-school Computer Science clubs can be offered for all ages for several sessions per year.
Homeschooling Computer Science classes can be offered from 1-3pm
Summer Camp Computer Science classes can be offered this summer as an additional workshop for campers.
Summer Camp Computer Science session can be added as an Academic Camp (two weeks @ 3 hours per day).
Isn't this exciting! After we finalize our Technology Plan, we look forward to sharing with you the details of how we will integrate Computer Science into your child's Christian education. In the meantime, we thank God for His goodness and will continue to diligently pursue best practices of Computer Science so that WVCS can truly carry the banner of Christian education into the 21 Century and beyond!
Shouldn't our WVCS kids learn how to manipulate bits and digitize problems so they add computing processes to their problem-solving toolbox? Why not! And isn't this important enough to start teaching Computer Science from Preschool through 8th grade? We think so!
Again, we will be sure to thank the foundation for their generous gift, and we ultimately thank God for this provision, but we also want to be good stewards in the use of these funds and, therefore, seek your input.
Here is how you can help:
1. If you have a strategic relationship with educational computer science curriculum or STEM resources... we are seeking the best educational software!
2. If your child has a Computer Science program proposal, please have your child submit idea to Mr. Swales by April 1st. We may have your child serve on our Technology Committee!
3. If you can provide discounted prices towards computers, tablets and IT networking solutions... we are seeking equipment that will best serve our technology plan.
4. If you know an electrician who can help us upgrade school wiring infrastructure... we will need to collect bids for upgrading our bandwidth.