February 4, 2016, 8:18am By Amy Bounds, Staff Writer, Times-Call
Five Altona Middle School students who recently developed a concept for a writing and grammar game now will get expert instruction to turn it into an app.
The Longmont team, with computer science teacher Mollie Kelleher serving as the coach, was one of four middle school teams to win Best in Nation in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. Four high school teams also won the award.
It was officially announced today that our students won Best in Nation for the Verizon App Challenge for their app, "Diction Defender." There are a total of four middle school national winners across the country, one for each region. Our region includes:
Parent/Teacher conferences for this semester will be on Tuesday, February 9th and Wednesday February 10th (invite ONLY night, no sign ups) from 4-8:30 pm. You may sign up for a 10 minute time slot with each of your student's teachers by clicking on the link below. Sign ups for Tuesday are first come, first served. If you are having difficulty scheduling a time to meet with one of your student's teachers, please email the teacher directly and ask if they have a time slot available for Wednesday the 10th.
January 19, 2016, 8:43am By Amy Bounds, Staff Writer, Times-Call
Five Altona Middle School students recently won best of state and best in the region for middle schoolers for their idea for a writing skills app.
The students — eighth-grader Carolyn Qiu and seventh-graders Rachel Su, Advika Jayanti, Jeffrey Hew and Sterling Gardner — won the awards in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge for their "Diction Defender" app concept. The challenge is open to middle and high school students.
A group of Altona students were recently awarded Best in State and Best in the Region in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge for their app concept, Diction Defender. Diction Defender is an app designed to help students and adults improve their writing skills while having fun in a game environment. This achievement is a direct result of a new emphasis on computer science that was brought into the school this year.
A team of 7th and 8th graders (see below) from Altona Middle School just won $5,000 in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge for creating the best app concept of all middle schools in the state of Colorado!
In November, our teachers were asked to spend time in each other's classrooms to observe and learn. Each teacher observed multiple teachers from like and unlike disciplines. Some of our teachers even chose to go outside of Altona and learn from educators from other schools. Our staff reflected together and had some amazing takeaways from this opportunity.
I've been reading a book by George Couros called "The Innovator's Mindset." It has really helped stimulate and challenge my thinking on how to move forward with shaping a shared vision for Altona. He discusses 8 Characteristics of the Innovator's Mindset. The first characteristic he discusses is empathy. As educators, we strive to provide the best possible learning experience for our students.
St. Vrain Valley District students today are a tech-savvy generation who know their way around apps and mobile devices. But SVVSD educators are ensuring that students have a strong foundation in computer science beyond the touchscreen, covering areas like innovation, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, and what it means to be a good digital citizen.