5 Questions with Kim Connolly

Posted by James McEvoy on Dec 5, 2017 10:01:25 AM
The Educational Forum for Families with Intellectually Curious Students on Saturday, December 9, 2017 is a day of fun and learning for families with students in grades 4-12 and open to all on the campus of Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, New Jersey. Presentations for parents include sessions on technology in education, emotional intelligence, the relevance of learning history, gifted and talented advocacy, and much more. Interactive workshops for students include 3-D printing, public speaking, the magic of modern tinkering, creating a virtual world and more. Click here for more information and to register.
 
Ahead of the Forum, we are interviewing some of the presenters who will inspire our parent and student attendees.
 
Here, we caught up with Kim Connolly, Lower School Technology Integrator at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, who will lead an interactive student session at the Forum, called "The Magic of Modern Tinkering."
 
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1. What will attendees learn during your session?

Attendees will learn to code using various robotics in the lab. They will also explore virtual and 3-D design elements.


2. Why should someone attend your session?

Coding is a basic literacy in the digital age, and it’s important for kids to understand and be able to innovate with  the technology around them. Career Preparation: There’s a high demand for workers in the tech industry; mastering coding at a young age allows kids to excel in any field they choose!


3. Who is your session geared toward?
All students in grades 4-12!

 

4. What book are you reading now?

"The Launch Cycle" and "Empower" by AJ Juliana and John Spencer

 

5. How can people follow you online?

You can follow me on twitter @KClevering

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Kim Connolly is a graduate of Rowan University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications: radio, TV and film, with a minor in theater. Connolly has overseen the dramatic rebirth and evolution of Oak Knoll’s I.D.E.A.S. Lab makerspace. Connolly also earned a master’s degree in educational technology at Jersey City University. Prior to Oak Knoll, Connolly taught for seven years at the Thelma L. Sandmeier Elementary School in Springfield.

Topics: technology, education, elementary school, educational forum