Tag Archives: Technology

High School Girl Scout Honored with National Computing Award

Rose Coughlin, a sophomore at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, was recently honored with the Aspirations Award in Computing from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) for her aptitude and interest in technology and computer, her solid leadership ability, her academic history and plans for post-secondary education. She was one of two area girl scouts honored with the award.

To learn more about Rose’s contributions as a girl scout, check out this article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Old Bonhomme Hosts Fifth Annual Spring Interactive Digital Art Show

On April 25, 2017, Old Bonhomme Elementary School students displayed their artwork with a twist. Using modern technology, visitors were able to learn about any particular art piece via QR Codes. Before the show, visitors downloaded a free QR reader on their smart device (mobile phone, iPad, etc.). Then, they scanned the barcodes on the artwork to hear a familiar voice sharing information about the art piece. New this year was the Eagle Innovator Student Technology group’s special showcase of STEM projects in the gym. Check out the video below to see how the event went!

Conway Elementary Parent Teaches Students How to Code

Conway parent Suparba Panda decided to leave her full-time job as vice president of technology at Equifax to teach young students how to work with innovative technology. Suparba created TymeMachine, a nonprofit designed to introduce students to evolving technologies such as robotics, biometrics, 3-D printing and more!

Suparba recently spent several weeks working with students at Conway Elementary, where her son attends school. She led an afterschool workshop teaching students an introductory coding class. To learn more, check out this article published by Ladue News!

High School Students Receive 2017 Aspirations Award for Computing

Several young women Ladue Horton Watkins High School have recently received the 2017 St. Louis & Southern Illinois Aspirations Award for their accomplishments in computing! Award recipients are selected for their aptitude and interest in IT and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

Congratulations to our winners!

2017 Winners:
Amanda Steiner (12)
Julia Wang (11)

National Honorable Mention:
Rose Coughlin (10)

2017 Honorable Mentions:
Leda Liang (11)
Nikol Nikolova (10)

The 2017 Aspirations Award ceremony will be held 0n Sunday, March 26 at Saint Louis University.

LEGOs: Linking Learning, Creativity and Fun

This year for the first time, all four Ladue Schools elementary schools participated in FIRSTLEGO® League, a worldwide competition where teams of students ages 9 to 14 are challenged to research real-world problems and devise a workable solution over the course of eight weeks. The groups must also design, build and program a LEGO robot to complete a mission through an obstacle course, all while learning how to work together and draw from one another’s strengths.

The purpose behind FIRSTLEGO is to actively engage student creativity while they apply Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) concepts. The “FIRST” in FIRSTLEGO represents: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

This year’s competition theme was “Animal Allies” with each team being given the tasks of identifying a way in which the lives of animals and humans intersect, researching a common issue and then brainstorming about how animals and people can help one another.

Superintendent Discusses Digital Citizenship on METC Conference Panel

Ladue Schools Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke discussed the importance the district places on digital citizenship while participating in an “Issues in Education” live broadcast that was part of METC’s 2017 conference (Midwest Education Technology Community). The event was held on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at St. Charles Convention Center.

Joining Donna on the panel were Orlando Sharpe, STEM Program Director at YMCA Community Development & STEMpact Facilitator; Julie Smith, Adjunct Professor at Southern Illinois at Edwardsville and Webster University; and a student from Ritenour School District.

These conversations are aired live on The Big 550 KTRS Radio, streamed nationally, and then videotaped for later access on YouTube and on www.issuesineducation.net.

LHWHS Senior Selected as Siemens Semifinalist

Ladue Horton Watkins High School senior Jeffrey Wang is among six semifinalists named across Missouri in this year’s prestigious Siemens Competition, the nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology for high school students.

Jeffrey was selected from more than 1,600 students who submitted innovative individual and team research projects across the U.S. He was mentored by Professor Dirk Englund and Dr. Gabriele Grosso of MIT.

“These semi-finalists should be extremely proud of this high-level academic accomplishment,” Siemens Foundation CEO David Etzwiler said. “Their projects represent some of the most noteworthy and exceptional of those submitted and reflected an advanced level of STEM research.”

Congratulations, Jeffrey!

LMS’ Computer Technology Teacher Kelly Arl Chosen for Google Innovator Academy

Congratulations to Ladue Middle School’s Computer Technology Teacher Kelly Arl, who has been chosen to attend the Google Certified Innovator Academy, which will be held at Google’s headquarters in Toronto, Canada in October.

The program includes three days of hands-on experience with Google’s products and technologies, learning about innovative instructional strategies and receiving resources to share with colleagues.

Arl is one of 30 participants chosen worldwide for their innovative and exciting things in their classrooms with technology. She’s excited to go represent Ladue Schools, share ideas with fellow educators and bring back resources for the classroom.

“At the Google for Education Innovation Academy, you will discover how to unlock creativity, translate insights into solutions, experiment rapidly, and build an effective innovation culture in their own schools and organizations,” according to its website. “The Innovation Academy is just the beginning of a journey with peers—and Google—to impact education in their communities.”

With the completion of the program, the participants will become Google Certified Innovators.

Reed Technology Integration Coach Recognized with Innovator Award

Congratulations to Reed’s Technology Integration Coach Jill Badalamenti who has been recognized as one of 10 educators nationwide who won a first place Henry Ford Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Award in June.

This award recognizes educators who use the classroom to inspire innovation, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking among its students. The winners were chosen by a team of judges and Discovery Hug, a team specifically focused on innovation at Shell.

Jill will receive a week-long “Innovation Immersion Experience” at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, from July 31 to Aug. 4. This includes behind-the-scenes tours with curators and archivists, a teaching innovation workshop and a special recognition ceremony.

The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation is a half-hour program on CBS that tells the stories behind historic innovators of the past and today’s visionaries.

St. Louis 2016 Day of Discovery Tour Comes to LMS May 14

The 2016 Day of Discovery will be hosted at Ladue Middle School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 14. The event is a free professional learning experience and is focused on three important goals: to learn, share and connect!

These learning events help teachers and administrators learn more about integrating digital content into their curriculum, provide opportunities for participants to share strategies that are working and connect attendees.

LMS seventh grade Social Studies teacher Quentin Alimayu will give a presentation on Universal Design for Learning that helps make curriculum more accessible. He will highlight 27 particular apps and will also show staff how to access a blog with more than 200 apps that can be used in the classroom!

The video below is just a taste of what Quentin will bring to the event! Parodying Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”, this video will have you dancing along and wanting to learn more!