The Farmington School District has banned an app from students’ iPads for the first time since putting the devices in the hands of every student earlier this year.
The app Snapchat now tops the list of programs students are restricted from using on their school-issued iPads.
Having a good story to tell is one thing. Being able to tell that story on paper, to other people, is something entirely different.
Learning how to tell a story to others was part of the motivation behind last week’s Young Authors Workshop for Farmington middle school students.
It’s hard to get away from iPads at Farmington High School. Walk into a classroom and they’re propped up on nearly every desk. Stand in the hallway, and you can watch students walk from class to class with their eyes fixed on the glowing screen.
The Farmington School District will send its first team to the Future Problem Solving state competition next month, which is pretty impressive. What’s more impressive, though, is that this is Farmington’s first year participating in the Future Problems Solvers program.
A few Dodge Middle School students went dumpster diving for a good cause a couple of weeks ago.
Yep, that’s right. They went into the school’s dumpsters. They dug around. They even made a video about it. That’s one of the fun and unique things the DMS Green Team is doing to promote the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” theme around the school.
Some Boeckman Middle School students had an exciting first day back to school after the holiday break. The school bus they were riding to school Wednesday morning was broadsided by another vehicle just a block from the school.
With a fire truck, a police car, an ambulance and one of the Dakota County Mutual Aid Assistance Group armored trucks out front, it’s little wonder a few parents called Boeckman Middle School to make sure everything was all right Thursday afternoon.
But it was. In fact, all of those emergency vehicles were out front for a good purpose – to get eighth grade students thinking about their futures.
And really, who wouldn’t think to make art out of a banana?
Truth be told, most of us wouldn’t. Most of us would look at a bumped and bruised banana and think about making banana bread. But that’s not how artist Phil Hansen thinks, and that’s not how he’s teaching students to think, either.
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