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Blending Technology and Curriculum
Posted 6/18/18

Student Using Technology in the Classroom

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is at the forefront of preparing students for a future that involves exciting technological advancements, innovation, and automation. Students and staff in kindergarten through twelfth grade participate in a variety of computer science, robotics, and engineering activities. Project Lead the Way and Computer Science Pathway programs in our middle and high schools, and coding and computer science programs in the elementary grades engage students in exciting technology based learning.

As the California State Board of Education continues to make significant strides in developing and implementing the Computer Science Standards, the momentum in teaching computer science in schools has never been stronger. NMUSD has introduced structured coding and computer science curriculum at many of our elementary schools, with the goal of aligning them to our new English Language Arts and Math curriculums in the fall of 2018.

One of this year’s newest district initiatives is the Elementary Vex IQ Scrimmage League. The Education Technology Department created and coordinated an intra-district robotics league for several elementary schools - Andersen, Davis, Kaiser, Newport Heights, Rea, Eastbluff, and Harbor View. Elementary robotics teachers at these sites coordinated efforts for students to compete in driver skill and teamwork challenges in this year’s Vex IQ Scrimmage League - Ringmaster. The league supported students and staff in their rigorous work aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, computer science, and engineering standards. It also allowed students to persevere in their engineering research, collaborate with teams to redesign robots, and work together to win the scrimmages and become league champions.

Our district also is hosting the 3rd Annual NMUSD District Robotics Competition, which is on Saturday, June 9th at Estancia High School. Teams from Corona del Mar Middle School, Costa Mesa Middle School, Ensign Intermediate, Tewinkle Middle School, and Estancia High School will participate in this year’s Vex EDR Challenge - In the Zone. Students will bring their creatively designed robots and competitive spirits to showcase their engineering and robotics skills as they battle for the coveted Tournament Champion award for their school.

As a district we are excited to recognize and share the amazing work of our students and staff in their computer science, engineering, and robotics efforts. We look forward to the expansion of our computer science programs and what our students will create in the near future.

Please take a moment to watch our Technology in the Classroom video as we share some of the advantages, opportunities, and the technology that we provide our students in classrooms throughout Newport-Mesa Unified School District.