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By Patrice Apodaca | September 15, 2012
In my previous two columns I wrote about the halting journey toward infusing technology in education, and promising projects underway at some schools. Yet, for all its potential, technology will be wasted without a concurrent overhaul in teaching methods. It's no good having 21st-century machines if they're plugged into an old, creaky system. Which brings us to one of the hottest topics in education today: the flipped classroom. Flipping turns the timeworn routine of classroom lectures followed by at-home work on its head.
By Patrice Apodaca | September 8, 2012
Many parents who once chided their kids to turn off their cell phones during family meals and other once-sacrosanct occasions have officially conceded defeat. More than that, they've become converts to the idea that constant access to mobile technology isn't always a bad thing, and can often be turned to their advantage. And so it's starting to go, slowly and haltingly, in the world of education. Across the country, school districts are increasingly experimenting with programs that strive to incorporate mobile devices into projects and assignments both inside and outside the classroom.
By Britney Barnes | December 17, 2011
COSTA MESA — There were cheers of delight Thursday when about a dozen high school boys walked into a fourth-grade classroom after school towing a wagon stacked with pink, purple and blue pencil boxes and other school supplies. "Yes!" yelled Edgar Castillo, 10, as the supplies came into view. The excitement continued as the boxes were passed out. Michelle Villa, 9, opened hers with a little gasp — her mouth making a perfect O — as she pulled out pencils, a sharpener, pencil eraser toppers, crayons, scissors and colored pencils.
By Britney Barnes | November 5, 2011
COSTA MESA — California Elementary School recognized three students Friday for selling the most raffle tickets, in an effort to raise enough money for every student to go to sixth-grade science camp. Sixth-graders Lexi Osso, Lelani Acuna and Matthew Sullivan were given gift bags and honored in front of the whole school in the multi-purpose room for a rainy day flag deck. "These kids went over and above," said parent Maureen Sullivan, who organized the raffle with her husband, Bob Sullivan.
By Britney Barnes | October 27, 2011
COSTA MESA — Anyone walking around Sonora Elementary School this year would notice the changes. University flags hang outside classrooms. Teachers and students wear different college T-shirts. Words like graduate, dormitory and dean's list have entered the student lexicon. College is everywhere. Sonora was recently accepted into the No Excuses University, a network of elementary, middle and high schools across the U.S. dedicated to exposing students to collegiate symbolism and preparing them for college.
From staff reports | September 22, 2011
COSTA MESA — The Waldorf School of Orange County plans to dedicate environmentally friendly classrooms crafted from recycled shipping containers Friday evening. Waldorf, a nonprofit private school that includes environmental consciousness in its curriculum, used the containers to expand its 2350 Canyon Drive campus near Fairview Park. The additional space, according to a news release, will allow the school to serve pupils from pre-K to 12th grade. "We may have to remind people that these classrooms were once shipping containers," Denise Ogawa, development director for the school, said in a news release.
By Joseph Serna | September 14, 2011
COSTA MESA — Standing before the Costa Mesa Planning Commission, Ellen Kawata thanked the city and the Waldorf School of Orange County for helping her business. As owner of S3 Advisors LLC, a sustainable housing technology company, Kawata was looking for customers to recycle shipping containers into space for people to work. Along came the Waldorf School, which received the commission's approval last year to expand its campus with more than 30 of the containers. "If not for the Waldorf School and their system of developing entire beings and instilling social and environmental responsibility in those beings, we wouldn't have this chance," Kawata told the commissioners at Tuesday's meeting.
By Britney Barnes, | June 23, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Friday will be Bob Kelly's final day of school after 41 years of teaching at Newport Heights Elementary School. "That term 'surreal' is overused, but it feels a little bit like that, you know," he said during a visit to his classroom. "It's like, jeez, this is really the end? It doesn't really feel like it. " Kelly, who has educated second-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students, started and ran Newport Heights' first computer lab in the 1980s and served as the district's science coordinator, is retiring at 66. The long-time Costa Mesa resident and Chicago-area native started at Newport Heights fresh out of college in 1970.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza, | May 27, 2011
When Spencer Haly arrived at Corona del Mar High four years ago, he planned to play three sports. His parents got involved with athletics during their high school years and he followed their footsteps. Haly's father, Gregg, was a three-sport athlete at Foothill. His mom, Mary Ann, played volleyball at CdM. It made sense for Haly to participate in two of dad's sports, football and basketball, and mom's favorite. The one sport Gregg competed in high school that Haly did not have an interest in at CdM was baseball.
By Britney Barnes, | April 27, 2011
COSTA MESA — The school board on Tuesday night recognized the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Teachers of the Year. Costa Mesa High School's Dana Kahawai, 30, and Newport Elementary School's Terri Clarke, 31, were given flowers and congratulations for being honored and representing the district at the county level. "We have so many great teachers in this district," said Trustee Dana Black. "This is the best of the best. " The two were chosen for the distinction by their peers for being effective teachers, being involved outside the classroom and being teacher leaders, said John Caldecott, the district's executive director of human resources.
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