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Podcast: Physics First – Why Oak Knoll Students Learn Physics in 9th Grade

Posted by Chris Starr on Jan 18, 2023 2:15:07 PM
It seems that school’s have been teaching the sciences in a certain order dating back to the launching of Sputnik and the cold war period, but Oak Knoll has decided to re-order that sequence in a way that makes more sense for students of today. We sat down with Upper School science teacher Jeff Yuhas to learn the rationale behind this decision. Mr. Yuhas also explains the benefits of teaching science in an all-girls school.
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Topics: teaching, education, all-girls, STEM, science, building confidence, academics, podcast

How to Celebrate and Reinforce Computer Science Education Week at Home

Posted by Kimberly Connolly on Dec 5, 2022 11:00:00 AM

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, NJ, will be actively participating in Computer Science Education Week from December 5-11, 2022, with daily coding and computing activities across all grade levels. Parents and caregivers can reinforce these in-school activities with assignments at home. Here are some suggestions and some helpful web resources.

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Topics: technology, robots, engineering, education, computer science, STEM, Math, elementary school, project-based learning, activities with kids, steam, family

2022 Tech Gift Guide for Kids

Posted by Chris Starr on Nov 21, 2022 3:00:00 PM

It’s time to give our loyal blog readers the edge on locating the best education technology gifts for their budding Scientists, Technologists, Engineers, Artists, and Mathematicians.

Every year, Santa’s Chief Technology Elf Bernard creates a list of recommendations for Santa. Miraculously, that list has somehow fallen into our hands every year for the past seven years. 

This year, Santa’s North Pole Server (the one Santa uses to store and manage all the millions of Christmas lists he’s sent) was attacked. About two weeks ago, an unidentified elf opened a malicious email causing all the data on this precious server to be encrypted. 

This ransomware attack put the whole Christmas operation in peril with The Clause Family and all the elves rendered incapable of checking any lists, checking them twice, and finding out who's been naughty or nice. CTE Bernard reached out to the expert tech team at Oak Knoll who were able to track down the malicious code and decrypt the data without the need for a single bitcoin in payment. As a thank you, Bernard voluntarily shared his tech recommendations (which are normally for Santa’s eyes only) with the Oak Knoll community with the caveat that we use it responsibly.

When asked if Bernard would also share the list of who’s been naughty or nice, he flatly refused. We’ll just have to assume everyone in the Oak Knoll community has been nice this year (which we think is a pretty safe bet.)

Here’s Bernard the Elf’s suggestions for best tech-related education gifts this Christmas Season across a variety of price ranges.

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Topics: technology, robots, christmas, STEM, activities with kids, steam, executive functioning, Community

3 Cool Ways Our Pre-K Class Learns by Doing

Posted by Chris Starr on Nov 10, 2022 3:42:39 PM

Pre-kindergarten students at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, New Jersey, are immersed in hands-on learning. Through our method of teaching, students actively engage in real-world projects, which leads to competent thinking, better management skills and understanding of complex problems.

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Topics: engineering, teaching, education, STEM, classroom, elementary school, coeducation, kindergarten ready, growth mindset, pre-K, academics

Three Ways to Participate in Global Maker Day

Posted by Chris Starr on Oct 17, 2022 11:00:00 AM

Global Maker Day will be celebrated on October 18, 2022. Founded by a group of volunteer educators, the day brings together “makers” from around the world to participate in local maker space events and share ideas and projects globally. Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child Lower School students will be participating in the detailed series of challenges that will be released prior to the event and making good use of our IDEAS Lab, but anyone can participate from anywhere in the world.

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Topics: robots, education, STEM, science, lower school, project-based learning, the arts, steam, academics

Girls in STEM: A Superhero Origin Story

Posted by Alex Podchaski on Dec 5, 2018 8:32:38 PM

As I write this blog, we are midway through celebrating 2018 Computer Science Education Week. Nationally there are workshops, webinars, coding challenges, and all kinds of events geared at getting kids interested in computer science and computational thinking. Many articles have been written about the need to get the next generation of students interested in computer science as they will be competing with robots and artificial intelligence for jobs, and that without understanding computing this next generation will fall behind. We are all searching for that one activity that will set off the light bulb for our students, granting them access to a new world of understanding.

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Topics: technology, education, STEM, Math, science, steam

Full STEAM Ahead: How the Arts Enhance STEM Learning

Posted by James McEvoy on Feb 20, 2018 10:43:36 AM

The resurgence of the sciences in curriculum, particularly at the elementary school level, has occurred under the banner of STEM – science, technology, engineering and math. Like nearly every other aspect of education, this is ever-evolving and, in recent years, has grown into STEAM by incorporating the arts.

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Topics: technology, STEM, science, lower school, steam

5 Questions with Cynthea Traverso

Posted by James McEvoy on Nov 28, 2017 2:30:35 PM
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 Cynthea Traverso, Upper School Math Teacher at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child:
 
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Topics: technology, education, STEM, educational forum

Why We're Excited About Makerspaces

Posted by James McEvoy on Sep 14, 2017 2:10:57 PM

Last year, we unveiled our I.D.E.A.S. lab, the inaugural makerspace in Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child’s coed elementary school, which underwent a thorough and complete transformation this summer to further allow our students to focus on innovation, design, engineering, art and science.

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Topics: technology, STEM, elementary school

3 Reasons Computer Science Is Important at An All-Girls High School

Posted by Camille Burke on Dec 21, 2016 12:00:00 AM

(Updated in January 2023)

With a generation of learners who grew up in an age of the Internet, smartphones and 3-D printers, robotics, artificial intelligence, and computer programming are playing a more important role in educational curricula than ever before.

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Topics: technology, engineering, education, computer science, all-girls, high school, STEM, Math, science

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