Technology, Media, Coding/Computer Science, Robotics, Design and Technology, Young Engineers
At Wishing Well Schools, we believe that education should be exciting, hands on, experiential, and continually evolving in order to provide our students with transferable skills needed in this rapidly changing world. Technology integration is more than just exposing students to varied pieces of technology or replacing books with an iPad. Its heart is in the educational experience itself; cross-curricular units of study, project based and problem-based lessons, real world connections, and carefully written and executed units of work that link to all areas of the curriculum are crucial for a holistic and organic educational experience.
Our STEAM and Design and Technology lessons are carefully planned to ensure that technology integration is used as a means to enrich the learning experience. We teach coding starting in 3rd year Casa and believe it is a fundamental skill; as crucial as reading and math in today’s world. Although coding has just become a part of the Ontario Curriculum, we have taught it as part of our curriculum since 2015 and our students are far ahead of their peers in this area of learning.
We have a variety of materials and resources to use for seamless and meaningful technology integration into our program of study and are always finding new and innovative tools to introduce to our students. Project-based learning using the LAUNCH and Design Thinking pedagogies help students to further delve into a problem and develop their problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
Filming and editing are also an important area of our curriculum and students are frequently asked to film and edit work across all subject areas. Film studies, which includes learning film techniques as well as the analysis of these techniques is a dedicated course in Grade 8.
In 2022 we partnered with Young Engineers and have exclusive rights in Markham to teach the program to our students at Wishing Well Schools. Students start with an introduction to mechanical and physical principles, and advance into coding and robotics. The programs offered by Young Engineers teach children how to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical implementation; while utilizing problem-solving, organizational skills, and teamwork, to accomplish the goals of the lesson.
Wishing WEll Schools 30-455 Cochrane Drive markham, ontario