At IICS, we have been looking into avenues that allow students to personalize their learning experiences. As a result, MYP students have begun to participate in Exploratory groups where they delve into subjects that they are interested in within a structured environment.
One such group is our student coders. These brave computer scientists are led by Grade 10 student Philipp, and Primary Technology Integration Specialist, Claire Wachowiak. These students have begun learning about Java as well as the reasoning behind coding with some unplugged lessons.
Although this time is set aside for MYP students, two fifth grade students, Hanako and Joey, have expressed an interest in coding and have begun to join this group to learn more about Java.
The other day, however, Hanako, Joey, and Ms. Wachowiak decided it might be interesting to demonstrate Makey Makeys for the older students in the group. So last Tuesday, Hanako and Joey took the lead to teach these eighth and tenth grade students a lesson in Makeys; Joey even used his own game he created in Scratch to show what these invention kits can do. Please check out the video here to see these Grade 5 leaders in action.