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"Scratch" Workshop at the Walden Library

The GATE students attended a workshop at the Bayview branch library that was lead by staff members from the Exploratorium. The learned a computer programming language that allows them to design games and tell stories. The students are continuing to use the program in our computer lab. "Scratch" software is available for free at www.scratch.mit.edu.

GATE

Carver Gate Description

All elementary schools in the San Francisco Unified School District have Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Programs. A school site-based Identification Team starts identifying third grade students who will be in the GATE program.  Once students are identified as GATE they remain GATE through twelfth grade.

In elementary school GATE and High Potential students are clustered within general education classrooms where they receive differentiated instruction and curriculum.  There are no isolated or separate GATE classes.  GATE students must master the core curriculum before they can receive differentiated instruction.

At Dr. George Washington Carver School, GATE students in the third, fourth, and fifth grades receive differentiated instruction during Language Arts. Mr. Chaires instructs the GATE students using reading materials that are suitable for the students’ advanced reading level.

Students also have programs in the computer lab to provide differentiated instruction. Carver school has subscriptions online education including EPGY Mathematics (Educational Program for Gifted Youth), which is a math program, developed by Stanford University. Renzulli Learning is another web-based tool that teachers use to assign enrichment projects. The students are also learning a computer programming language called “Scratch” which was developed by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share projects on the web. Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create and share Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

The GATE students are encouraged to participate in the After School Computer Club, which is supervised three days per week for one hour after school. The students work on EPGY Mathematics and independent study projects.

The GATE student will be participating in field trips to learn about radio and television. They will have a back stage tour of KQED to see how radio and television programs are produce. Then, they will attend three consecutive workshops at Zeum, a museum that provides hands-on art and technology education, to do script writing, editing, directing and performing their own news show. The videos that they produce will be displayed on Carver’s Schoolloop website. After the students have learned to make videos, the GATE students will continue to produce videos to inform students, parents, and the community about our school.


 

 

Field Trip to KQED

The GATE students toured KQED's television and radio broadcasting studios on January 22nd. They were learning how professionals produce news programs to prepare for their Newscasting workshops at Zeum. Here are some of the comments from the GATE students:

"At the KQED TV station, we saw the control room. It was filled with lots of colorful buttons and three flat screenTV's to watch the actors and see what is going on in the casting room. The casting room is filled with lots of cameras. It also had really bright lights. We saw the tv room, too. It showed Elmo, Lazy Town, and other shows."
- Kandace
 
"We had fun at KQED. We saw many rooms. We saw the Green Room where the television guests can sit down and relax while they are waiting to go on air. We saw the stage with a set with a desk, many cameras, and teleprompters. In the radio room, the announcer showed us how the desk can move up and down. The desk moves because some announcer like to stand and others like to sit down. She said the most important thing about radio is the time to go on air. There were lots of clocks in her room. In another room, we saw a man watching all the shows on KQED like Elmo, Lazy Town, and Martha Speaks, and Clifford."
- Chy'na

"On our field trip to KQED we saw the green room , and the green room is were the actors get ready before the show. Also we went to the caller room when people makes donations to the studio.Then we went to the studio where they shoot the show, 'This Week in Northern California' and our guide told us that they were shooting a new show.We also saw the radio station. When we were there, the announcer showed us some cool things. She had a moving desk that goes up in down.
That was the greatest TV studio I went to. That was my day at KQED."
- Makayla

"The KQED field trip was very fun and interesting. I had never ever seen a television station like that before. The control room has many things and even has telephones and three huge flat screen televisions.The room that they talk on the radio about KQED was the most interesting, but only one person works in there."
- Nicholas