10th GRADE TECHNOLOGY CLASS INSPIRES INNOVATION

Ms. Emily Gilbert is teaching a one semester course this year built on an approach of experiential hands-on learning through which students are creating and displaying their original ideas. Students will gain an understanding of 21st century computer skills including an understanding of basic computer structure through project-based learning.

The goal of this class is to lay a foundation in the use of digital software to create art, resources, and demonstrations that will give students new tools to better present and expand their learning through creative problem solving and presentation of original ideas.

The students are taking part in a semester-long app development project. So far, the students have learned the fundamentals of computing and user-centered design.  Using their knowledge of computing and the design process, students were tasked with coming up with an original app idea that they would want to create. They then learned about rapid prototyping and created a physical prototype of their app idea. Coming up, students will learn about front-end web development and useful coding languages that they will put to use to create a digital prototype of their apps.

These are physical prototypes. The arrows indicate the app’s inputs and outputs. In our next unit, the students will work together to code these apps to create a digital prototype.

PAID (Plan an Incredible Day): Esthy Wolfson, Li’elle Chaykin, Lila Gisser. Tired of being indecisive/ running out of things to do, students created an app that would take into account your mood and interests to generate plans for you, eliminating the tedious decision process.

Snap Pea: Em Wolff, Arianna Eskin, Ruby Emory: Love nature but scared of the unknown? Fear not. Students created an app that would help wanderers identify unknown or suspicious looking plants with just your phone camera.

Currently, students are stepping away from their app projects to learn about Photoshop through hands-on activities. Each day, students learn about new photoshop tools and their functions and complete a task to demonstrate their understanding of the tool. After students complete the daily task, they are given time to unleash their creativity and work on their own digital art using the tools they have learned.

The B is by sophomore Bina Neuman. She created the image on Photoshop using three layers and the clipping mask tool.