21st Century Learning in Alameda County

We're sharing a few highlights of the districts and schools that are bringing the tools of tomorrow into schools and into students' hands

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District

Livermore students using MakeyMakey From kindergartners learning the fundamentals of a Chromebook, to second graders writing code for Dash robots, to third graders creating online presentations using Adobe Spark and Animoto, elementary students in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District are building an invaluable technological foundation to build on as they progress through their education.

The development of these young learners’ understanding of technology is supported by the Utilizing New and Innovative Technologies in Education (UNITE) team, comprised of Teachers on Special Assignment. The team coaches elementary teachers on integrating appropriate and innovative technology tools to support curriculum, assists with the planning of STEAM labs and makerspaces, and models how to educate students on the importance of responsible digital citizenship.

Read more and see photos of this event.

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Hayward Unified School District

Student at Hayward Flipping the Switch launch event  Last month Hayward Unified commemorated the completion of construction and implementation of a district-wide energy program. All 33 sites within the district are in the process of going through infrastructure improvements, with solar shade structures, roofs, and ground mount arrays sized for all schools and administrative facilities. 

The district’s energy program is expected to save $65 million in the general fund over the life of the program, with the new solar installations generating 90% of district’s energy needs. The program is also projected to provide environmental benefits equivalent to removing 1,153 cars from the road annually. 

[Read more about this effort.]

Fremont Unified School District

Fremont students holding certificates Since its creation in elementary school, the award-winning "We Love Pi" robotics team has competed nationally and internationally. Now in high school, team members are passing their love of robotics and STEM subjects to the next generation by developing a robotics curriculum for elementary schools.

Along the way, team members have taught robotics classes in Nepal, met with State Superintendent of Instruction Tony Thurmond and worked with LEGO Education on curriculum. 

[Watch an interview with founding members.]