Did you know? February 27th is Digital Learning Day! All month long, we’re celebrating innovative technology practices in education and raising awareness about how we can intentionally bring digital tools into tutoring sessions.
Our students overwhelmingly lack access to the tech devices and education they need to succeed in school and beyond. As a tutor, you can bridge the digital divide for your student by thoughtfully using technology to fill educational gaps.
In celebration of Digital Learning Day, we want to see your students use Scratch – a program we love that teaches kids creative coding. All participating students will be entered to win a $25 gift card for Target.
Creativity is encouraged! Instead of a name, your student can animate “School on Wheels,” or an inspirational word like “Learn,” “Grow,” or “Think.” Or they can animate their own name (first names only please). Sample project here.
Enter the contest below by sharing your project file or the link to your project!
To download the project, click File – Save to your computer.
To find the link to your project, click ‘Share,’ then ‘Copy Link’.
In 2019, we introduced Virtual Field Trips to eight tutoring locations. These sessions expose students to places and ideas that they otherwise may have never encountered, allowing us to expand their worldview despite geographic and financial barriers. We are utilizing two types of Virtual Field Trips – PORTS and Peace Corps Global Connections.
The PORTS program from California State Parks connects park rangers to students via video chat. Rangers in parks all over the state give students a virtual tour of their park, explain how State Parks protect important ecology, and even show students wildlife in real-time. So far, we’ve taken elementary students in Anaheim on a tour of Hearst Castle, learned about paleontology in the Anza-Borrego Desert with students at a South LA shelter, and strolled through the sequoias in Northern California with students at the Orange County Rescue Mission.
The Peace Corps Global Connections program connects Peace Corps volunteers around the world with students in the US via video chat or other methods. These volunteers are able to impart cultural knowledge and inform students about what the Peace Corps does. At the end of 2019, a volunteer in Guatemala spoke to high school students at a youth shelter in Glendora about how she’s improving sanitation policy at a local Guatemalan school. Shortly after, a volunteer in Cambodia spoke to students at a shelter in Long Beach about teaching Cambodian students and handling cultural differences.
Seeing our students’ minds open to all the world’s possibilities is truly a joy. We look forward to connecting more of our students to Virtual Field Trips in 2020!
This June the Caleb and Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation hosted a backpack stuffing event at this year’s Promax Conference, where attendees stuffed 2,500 backpacks full of school supplies for our students. The event was organized by the Sydney Paige Foundation, who sourced the backpacks and supplies and set up the event. A huge thank you to everyone involved, especially the School on Wheels volunteers and staff who helped unpack, unload, and reload the thousands of backpacks and school supplies – no easy task.
A special shout out to US Storage Centers – they reached out to us around community partnerships they wanted to build in anticipation of the opening of their new Compton location and the timing couldn’t have been better. The storage units they provided at their La Crescenta location for these backpacks was offered just in the nick of time. We are so happy to partner with an organization that supports our mission to provide children the educational support they need!
We can’t wait to start distributing these awesome backpacks full of supplies to our students for the start of a new school year!
As promised HomeWalk 2019 was the best ever! Team School on Wheels turned up in force to walk and run to raise awareness about child homelessness. Over 200 donors, volunteers, staff, family, and friends donned purple shirts and joined the 15,000 strong HomeWalk march in downtown Los Angeles. Thank you to our kind sponsors for supporting this event and for our booth volunteers and cheerleaders. Thank you for representing the most forgotten and vulnerable members of our society. You did our kids proud.
Last week The Long Beach Symphony brought the Instrument Petting Zoo to our tutoring site at Century Villages at Cabrillo. Their volunteers explained how the instruments of the orchestra work, how they make different sounds, and how they fit into the orchestra as a whole. We are excited to continue in this partnership and expose more of our students to the potential of music!