Matt Murray

TechGirlz @ TPS

By Matt Murray, Tech Integrator

TechGirlz, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing the gender gap in technology occupations, is teaming up with the TPS Technology Department.  On February 28th, from 3:30-6:00 in the MPR, a female professional in the field of STEM will volunteer to lead a TechShop called Designing Mobile Apps.  Attendees will form a team, select an app idea, develop a prototype, and present their final product to the other members participating in the workshop. No technical expertise or prior experience is necessary!

TechGirlz develops fun and educational hands-on workshops, enables girls to interact with professionals who have carved out successful careers in technology fields, and empowers them to be future technology leaders.

Any 5th, 6th, or 7th grade girl interested in designing a mobile app for a smartphone or tablet should register for a free ticket at the official Eventbrite page (linked here). The password to access the site and claim a spot is “TechGirlz” (no quotation marks).

At this moment, workshop enrollment is open only to the TPS community, but registration will open to the public after Monday. Spots are limited (capped at 20 seats); once all seats are filled, please email Matt Murray at [email protected] to be placed on the waitlist. If you are worried about missing out on this opportunity due to another scheduling conflict (such as the 8th Grade trip to Washington, D.C.), head to the Tech Girlz Events page to see if there are other chances to geek out and have fun at one of the many TechShopz.

Hour of Code

This year TPS once again celebrated the Hour of Code but in a bigger way than ever before.  From kindergarten to 8th grade, classrooms were buzzing with the sounds of keyboards clicking as the highest ever number of Tigers participated in the worldwide event hosted annually during Computer Science Education Week.

Nearly 350 students (and some awesome teachers!) endeavored to learn coding basics in a variety of programming languages such as JavaScript, Python, HTML, CSS, and SQL. 

Edcamp at TPS

On Thursday, August 11, The Philadelphia School played host to Edcamp Delaware Valley Independent Schools (DVIS) . Edcamp is an increasingly popular "unconference" model that promotes educator exchanges of school-related ideas and issues by way of attendee-led debates, presentations, and discussions. 

The free event, sponsored primarily by The Philadelphia School, Edu-Tech Academic Solutions, and Air Squirrels, started with a complimentary breakfast and networking hour during which participants proposed breakout session topics.  A wide variety of concepts found there way on the "Big Board" (a makeshift matrix of session times and rooms made of painter's tape and large sticky notes as seen both on the wall in MPR and on this Google Doc). They included "Pokémon Go in the Classroom?! Augmented Reality's Impact on Lesson Planning," "Technology & Mindfulness: When to Plug In and When to Unplug," and "Integrating Design Thinking into Your Classroom."

Edcamp at TPS

The Philadelphia School is hosting Edcamp Delaware Valley Independent Schools  on Thursday, August 11. The day's events will start at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast, registration, and a virtual suggestion wall (using Padlet) for three rotations of crowd-sourced breakout sessions.

Topics of discussion/exploration will range from pedagogical innovations, growth mindset in the classroom, how to get the most out of iPads in the classroom, converting libraries into maker spaces... the list is endless and will be determined by attendeees.  

The unconference-style event is free of charge for educators and administrators, and we are expecting between 80-100 attendees. Click here if you'd like more specific information about this event or click here if you'd like to understand the Edcamp idea in general. 

Penn Relays 2016

A hearty congratulations to the TPS Girls' 4x100 Relay Team who placed 4th in the Private/Charter Middle School Division Penn Relay Finals on Friday, April 29.

Bella Robinson, Sydney Bendesky, Jillian Yum, and Maya Garrett posted a stellar time of 56.40, a 2-second drop from their qualifying time and the second-fastest time in school history.

The track team and coach Matt Murray are thankful to Coach Meg Waldron, the founder of the TPS track program, who came back to coach the girls for this special event. 

Here are some photographs by Victoria Bastian Photography.
Victoria Bastian Photography