Dear Kent families,
Seeing the world via Google Expeditions
Last month, students at Stanton Middle School and Holden Elementary got a first look at a new product from Google called Google Expeditions. Described as a virtual reality viewer, it is made almost entirely of cardboard and uses a large smartphone. Looking through the viewfinder, one can see 360-degree panoramas of the National Parks, Mount Everest, the moon, rain forest and many others. Remember the old plastic View-Masters of our childhood—or our children’s childhood? This is the 21st century version.
Stanton and Holden were part of a beta-test of this experimental program that brings virtual field trips into the classroom. Teachers can choose from more than 150 “expeditions” available on a tablet and then guide their students through the experience. The Google version is not yet on the market, but judging from the enthusiasm of our teachers and students, it will be a big hit.
Informing students and families of academic options
Students and families have a number of options to learn about their scheduling choices and academic options. On Thursday, February 4, eighth graders and their families are invited to an Eighth Grade Orientation Open House at Roosevelt at 7 p.m. After a short program in the auditorium, tours of the school will be available. Students and families can meet with departmental faculty to talk about scheduling. Representatives of clubs and co-curricular activities will have tables in the gymnasium. Coaches from different sports will also be on hand to answer questions.
On Wednesday, February 10, sophomores and their parents interested in seeing College Tech Prep Initiatives offered at Roosevelt will have that chance at 6:30 p.m. Because Kent is part of the Six District Educational Compact, our students can choose from 26 Career Tech programs. Eleven of these College Tech Prep Initiatives are located at Roosevelt. Roosevelt’s CTE programs have produced some terrific quick videos. Find them at YouTube: Kent Roosevelt CTE Programs or http://goo.gl/amBC1X
George J. Joseph
Kent City Schools