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Twenty-First Century Learning
Watson Technology Center for Math and Science is all about twenty-first century skills; collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking, problem-solving, digital citizenship, real world connection, producing, synthesizing, and evaluating information from a variety of subjects is what takes place on a typical day at Watson.
Some of the ways we demonstrate our commitment to twenty-first century learning is by having our students participate in STEAM Challenges, PBLs, Flip Learning, Google Applications, Google Classrooms, Live Media Productions, Guest Speakers and Field Trips.
If you are wondering how we accomplish this task, we invite you to click on the links below.
Watson Clubs are starting
Starting Friday, March 20, Watson Students will be taking part in clubs at school. Students chose from a group of clubs and will attend on most Fridays until the end of the school year. You can see the list of clubs here.
The clubs cover almost every topic you can imagine, including Math, Science, and Technology. Here are a few of the clubs that focus on those topics.
- Club Code- Students will explore and experiment with basic coding. This learning will culminate with the students creating their own, original project.
- Tech Know Kids- Students will use technology to promote literary works and the library.
- Lego We Do- Students will use Lego blocks to build incredible moving structures while using their problem solving skills in Math, Engineering, and Technology.
- Mystery Skype- Students will Skype classrooms and individuals located around the world. They will use their questioning skills to find out where the person is located.
We will turn the spotlight on other clubs in the coming weeks.
Watson Teachers visit The Ron Clark Academy
Four fortunate teachers had the opportunity of a lifetime! During spring break, four members of our Watson staff visited The Ron Clark Academy. Our educators came back inspired, energized, rejuvenated, and most importantly full of new and ground breaking ideas to implement in the classrooms. "Visiting RCA was the most incredible staff development experience of my entire career. We witnessed classroom instruction at is very BEST!", said one enthusiastic teacher. "This is the most excited I have ever been," said another eager teacher. To learn more about The Ron Clark Academy visit here.
Dont miss out, order your yearbook now
Watson MST Yearbooks for 2014-2015 are currently on sale. Hardcovers are $23.00 and softcovers are $20.00. Don't miss this opportunity to get a copy of the best way to remember your school with. The final day to order is April 1st.
Watson's new media studio
Recently Watson MST installed a new media studio in an underused conference room. The studio includes walls painted in chroma key green, cameras, an audio system, and live production system. This new equipment will allow Watson to produce morning announcements with cutting edge production values. It is open to any classroom to film and produce almost anything they can imagine. Watson's morning announcements crew has hit the ground running in the new studio and we invite you to see behind the scenes of the new morning announcements here.
Watson Teachers learn to code
On February 25, Watson Teachers spent their professional development engaged in coding. The Teachers learned why learning to code is important and how they can integrate it into their classroom. They used several different apps and websites to experience how fun it can be.
The next day Ms. Tinney shared her new knowledge with her classroom and let them experiences coding for themselves. Ms. Tinney said that her class, "Loved it! I told them ahead of time that this is problem solving so they need to think out the problem. No one asked for help or gave up trying!" Watson Teachers are excited about sharing this with their students.
Watson's students and staff celebrate College Day
As part of our commitment to ignite our students’ passion for college, our students and staff celebrate College Days! During these designated days, students are encouraged to wear a college t-shirt with jeans. There are plenty of activities focused on setting their goals for higher education. For instance, students in Mrs. Chavez class did a research project about the university that they would like to attend. Students then used this information to create a digital presentations using iMovie, Keynote, Educreations, Tellagami, Powtoon and Animoto, to share with students and parents.
The remaining college days for the 2014-2015 school year are March 25th, April 29th, and May 27th. We look forward to seeing our Wildcats rocking their college t-shirts. Watch here.
Watson's first boosterthon was a total success! We would like to thank our dedicated students and teachers for their support. Also, a very special thanks to our PTA members and our wonderful volunteers for their tireless efforts. Watson MST Rocks!!! Watch here
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