Designing algorithms to develop apps that can solve real-world problems in K-12
Colegio Atid’s mission is to provide our Jewish-Mexican community of 1050 students with a personalized, trilingual international education of excellence in accordance with Jewish identity and values in partnership with parents. We are enthusiastic about enhancing our students’ education through the use of technology. Colegio Atid includes in its mission the will to provide personalized education through an international view that leads to academic and personal excellence. As our curriculum is enhanced by our technology program, our students acquire the skills to become ethical leaders that are capable of responding to the challenges of an ever-changing world.

Colegio Atid is an International Baccalaureate one-to-one school, which uses technology as a tool to improve education. We have ten technology teachers, tutors and coaches who help both faculty and students integrate technology into their daily activities.
Our plan came into action after observing how quickly our students develop technology skills we decided to provide all our students with a robust plan to teach them algorithms and computational thinking. Our solution will increase the use of programming languages and the development of STEAM projects with the use of the engineering design cycle. Doing so, will raise students’ awareness that they can come up with solutions to real problems by developing apps. As an Apple Distinguished Program school, we are using the Swift programming language to teach students how to develop mobile applications. Nevertheless, that is not our only platform; as our students are working in different programming languages to build apps and to program robots they learn logical thinking through experience.

K to12 principals, technology and math teachers, edtech coaches are using Apple for Education iTunes University materials to collaborate, design and develop a school-wide plan to teach programming. 
Our goal is to give children the opportunity to think creatively, be critical about their findings, work collaboratively, design systematic reasoning, find efficient processes, and make their thinking visible by creating solution-based apps.

By working through programming lessons at different grade levels, children in early grades are developing logical thinking and problem-solving skills through block-based coding and simple sequential algorithms.

In higher elementary grades, more complex programming students are being introduced to structures and concepts such as conditions, cycles, events and functions. Students are using all of these concepts in interdisciplinary projects. Students will be able to use what they learn in science and math and apply their algorithm-building skills to represent abstract concepts in a visual form. 
"By the time students enter Middle and High School they will have the abilities and knowledge to detect opportunities in fields of interest and develop fully functional applications that fill those needs.

A differentiated proposal comes into play at the 7th grade level and allows for an external track for advanced students in which a specific tutor works with them individually or in small groups through a blended learning initiative that brings university-level MOOCs to their reach. As they progress in Middle and High School, students become more independent in their learning and are encouraged to develop the apps to solve problems they have identified in their surroundings, whether local, national or global."
Colegio Atid is an International Baccalaureate one-to-one school, which uses technology as a tool to improve education. We have ten technology teachers, tutors and coaches who help both faculty and students integrate technology into their daily activities.  We follow ISTE standards and promote STEAM skills.  When we began to implement technology in 2010, we found that students are already self-starting learners.  

Our plan came into action after observing how quickly our students develop technology skills we decided to provide all our students with a robust plan to teach them algorithms and computational thinking. Our solution will increase the use of programming languages and the development of STEAM projects with the use of the engineering design cycle. Doing so, will raise students’ awareness that they can come up with solutions to real problems by developing apps.

 

Our vision is that students will become innovative designers, computational thinkers, global collaborators and ethical digital citizens based on the following plan:

- Student-centered pedagogy: the individual track for ambitious and talented learners outside of class in LMHS takes differentiated education to a higher level, given that these students’ readiness is more advanced than their peers in class. Within general classes, students are given space to pursue their individual proposals about different ways to solve the same problem. We encourage innovation and invention by constantly motivating students to seek their surroundings for elements they can fix, improve or transform.

- Educator knowledge: as students advance in their knowledge and skills development, teachers must be in constant training to keep up with them. Educators must be knowledgeable about new software and pedagogical methods to include in their lesson planning and implementation. Given the scope of this challenge, our educators must model being self-driven individuals with high abilities for independent learning and research. They also need significant pedagogical training to be able to transfer these habits, attitudes and behaviors to their classrooms.

- Leadership skills: Within their teaching teams, educators become empowered to lead academic initiatives by integrating technology, and providing innovative means to further learning in all subjects. When students are able to solve real-world problems that impact their peers, they are motivated to seek out more areas where they can help, and their friends and classmates turn towards them for leadership.

Since this is a goal-oriented project, our students in Middle and High School are already developing apps as a result of this plan. They will be able to showcase their results at the end of the school year through a poster and a live presentation. Their apps will be made available in the App Store.

Our students are eager to participate in these project and we have already started having results we would like to demo in an ISTE Poster session, so they can actively show their abilities and solutions to a problem they found. So far we have three project presentations in the works and expect four more to be presentation-ready in time for the ISTE conference in San Antonio:


School Hero
Developer:  Daniel Darwich
Status: In the App Store
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