We are aware that for a few years and increasingly, there has been a boom in the world of education to do educational activities related to programming and robotics.
We are convinced that sooner or later there will be a revision of our educational law to accommodate the learning of these subjects. In our case, since 5 years we have been betting on these subjects because we are convinced of the potential they have in the integral development of our students, and especially in terms of thinking skills and stimulating their creativity.
In this way we designed a vertical curriculum for programming and robotics teaching from Infantile to Baccalaureate with two main objectives:
- Cover all stages of our school: from Infant to Baccalaureate.
- Include educational robotics, as a natural evolution of our project, since it allows us to continue consolidating the concepts learned in programming and encourage the “maker” culture among our students, so that they can feel that with programming they can create ” things”.
In this way, we make sure that in all the educational stages of our school they have the opportunity to learn to program, gradually acquiring a level of knowledge that will give them the opportunity to be creators.
At Juan de Lanuza School, we understand new technologies as another tool in the teaching-learning process of our students.
For this we rely on three fundamental pillars: the computer resources we offer to the educational community, the different technologies used and how could it be otherwise, a structured plan for teacher training in new technologies.
- 3rd and 4th ESO are 1 to 1 projects, where each student has their own device to be used when teachers deem appropriate
- 1st and 2nd Baccalaureate are BYOD projects (Bring your own device) where each student can bring their own device. In this way they are familiarised to the way of work they will have in the University
- 2 mobile classrooms that can be reserved in full or partially to work on projects when teachers so decide
- 2 computer rooms
- 1 MakerSpace for the realization of multimedia projects, programming and robotics
All this would not be possible without a stable plan, continued and offered by the own teachers specialized in new technologies of our school
Unlike other more standard proposals, where you usually bet on a single technology from the same brand, at the Juan de Lanuza School we offer our students all kinds of different devices and operating systems:
- Desktop computers with Linux and Windows
- Rapsberry Pi and Arduino
- GSuite for Education
There are no more available technologies, we are using them all and for two main reasons:
- That our students are able to create and produce digital content in different ways and possibilities.
- When our students leave our school, they will have a mastery of any platform regardless of where they go to courses their university studies and the technologies they use there.
School of Young thinkers
The Young Thinkers project has life in the classrooms from 1st Primary (1 period / week) to 4th ESO; it is a transversal project that continues in the Baccalaureate. This project integrates transversally and throughout the primary and ESO the following aspects:
School of Values: where the training in values, skills such as autonomy, empathy or the expression of emotions in an assertive way, including a cognitive approach that helps students to develop their self-control, to learn to make responsible decisions, to value and take care of their health, to live and coexist with the rest of the world and to awaken a sensitivity and social and critical conscience. It is sought that students, maintaining this wonderful ability to be amazed and prying, maintain honesty in their approaches and actions. The School of Values begins to work in the classrooms from the first courses in primary to secondary where it concludes with a volunteer program. We work both inside and outside the classroom collaborating by participating as volunteers with different associations to promote social awareness.
School of Philosophers: where students are guided so that, through philosophy and dialogue, promoting a climate of respect for others and difference, we help them to become original and respectful citizens, who know how to form their thinking in a critical and structured way recognizing in the difference wealth and inspiration. From the “philosophy for children” in primary school to a more explicit study in secondary school, philosophical thinking is one of the pillars of the project.
Debate School: students generally like to talk and argue then any age is ideal to teach them the practice of debate and active and critical listening. The debate creates the basic structure to develop listening skills, thus providing a basis for their development in the future. The debate is an active learning process, since the student is listening and simultaneously taking notes, reflecting critically on what he / she is listening so that he / she must be focused, listening and evaluating at the same time. With emphasis on critical thinking, respect, effective verbal and nonverbal communication, research, and teamwork, students develop skills that will be useful in their professional, academic, and life as a responsible citizens who live in a democratic and plural society.