Summer programs in the news: “keeping the learning going” in Sudbury

Students engaged with the latest in technology to enhance their learning at the Sudbury Catholic District School Board’s recent summer learning program, including basic robotics, coding activities, and a computer-based reading program called Lexia that helps develop literacy skills. The group also took part in a new Lego challenge design activity. According to The Sudbury […]

“We’re preparing students for jobs that haven’t been invented yet” — news reports gather STEAM in Simcoe County

CBC Radio One recently spoke with James Dobson, principal of the Simcoe County District School Board’s summer learning program, about the STEAM camp at Hillcrest Public School in Barrie. Mr. Dobson described the program, which involves 150 grade 2 and 3 students from 32 different schools in the board, as “fourteen days of fun learning […]

News item: “Kids learn computer coding as part of robotics program at summer camps”

“By using robotics and computer coding to promote stronger numeracy skills in this year’s Summer Learning Program, students are tapping into the digital world they already inhabit,” reports the Windsor Star. With the aim of “the promotion of important mathematical, literacy and social skills,” students work in pairs or teams to enhance collaboration and observe […]

CTV and CBC report on summer learning in Simcoe County

Both CTV News and CBC radio have been reporting on summer learning programs provided by Simcoe County District School Board, where students are improving their math skills by building robots — and learning literacy from a pirate! The CTV News video notes that once the summer program is completed, kids are more prepared for the […]

Summer Learning Robotics forum

Welcome to the summer learning Robotics forum, created by the Council of Ontario Directors of Education for the sharing of ideas, stories, and comments by teachers and board leads participating in the 2015 summer learning robotics project. Join the discussion here. (Please note: this forum is only available to teachers and board leaders involved in […]

Windsor Star: “Public school board introduces robotics pilot program to boost numeracy”

“Creativity, engagement, and innovative, inquiry-based learning are the current buzzwords in education,” notes Windsor Star reporter Dave Waddell in his recent article on “a pilot program that uses robotics to integrate the concepts of science, technology, engineering and math into Greater Essex County District School Board’s summer numeracy program for students in Grades 1 through […]