NewTechKids is collaborating with the American School of the Hague (ASH) to introduce computer science, technological literacy and computational thinking to students in its primary school division.
Working closely with a team of ASH teachers, NewTechKids will help the school map key learning objectives and provide teacher training focused on computer science theory, pedagogy, teaching approaches, classroom management and educational tool selection. We will also assist teachers with the development of new lessons, some focused exclusively on computer science and others which combine computer science with other subjects.
“The American School of the Hague represents a school which is actively renewing its curriculum to meet the needs of students in the 21st century”, says Deborah Carter, NewTechKids’ Co-founder and Business Director. “This collaboration positions NewTechKids to be a catalyst and source of expertise to introduce and expand computer science education while providing important support to primary school teachers.”
Aaron Ciuffo, ASH’s IT Curriculum Coordinator, says “We are excited to have this opportunity to bring NewTechKids’ expertise and knowledge into our classrooms. While we already integrate technology usage into our learning environment, we wanted to also provide our students with an understanding of how and why technology works, how to think in order to develop technology, and hands-on design and programming experience.
According to Dr. Marja-Ilona Koski, NewTechKids’ Co-founder and Lead Teacher Trainer, “The teachers at ASH reflect a new breed who are developing their own computer science strategy, curriculum, and lessons. We are pleased to assist them with subject expertise and a teaching framework which will help them to develop new curriculum and lessons. We need more of these kinds of teachers to make computer science and computational thinking core subjects in primary school on par with reading, writing and math.”
ASH offers a learner-centered, American curriculum modified for the needs of its international student and parent population. The School is comprised of 3 divisions – Elementary School (from Preschool through Grade 4), Middle School (Grades 5-8), and High School (Grades 9-12). ASH’s curriculum includes Advanced Placement courses and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Its student body is approximately 25% US and 14% Dutch, with the remaining 61% coming from 73 other nationalities.