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iLearning in Our Gardens

Student learning focus: how innovation can help us meet our needs while reducing our eco-footprint at the same time.

What role does technology play?

Capturing learning anywhere, anytime is essential in today’s world. The iPad is a device that through its mobility, flexibility and easy access for all allows our learners from Kindergarten through 12th grade to become creators of their knowledge. The iPad helps our learners make meaning of their world, anywhere, anytime. Our gardens, located across our campus, are collaborative, hands-on learning spaces. Our Middle School Gardens in particular have grown into true agricultural learning spaces where our curriculum includes renewable energy, ecological systems, food systems, eco-footprints and sustainable agriculture to name just a few!

 

How does our garden grow?

Using the iPad Pro and the Notability app, teacher Dawn Card provides her students with a garden journal template where they can record their data collection, garden photos, research links and scientific discoveries.


 

Farm to Table

Our Middle School students have forged a strong collaboration with our Flik dining service! Our students harvest food from our gardens and Flik incorporates these beautiful, organic foods into our school menu.

 

Farmer Jay

Recently, Farmer Jay, a local sustainable farmer and educator, came to work with our Middle School students.  Based out of Delray Beach, Farmer Jay has been working in the area educating families, students and community members about growing food! He is passionate about reconnecting communities to their food supply and he encourages everyone to grow and buy local. 

 


 

History of our Garden Project:

For the last three years, the middle school garden has been an integral part of the 6th and 7th grade middle school science curriculum. Students have been the drivers of this project every step of the way, from the design and planting of the garden to maintenance and harvesting. In 6th grade, students learn the responsibilities of weekly maintenance activities such as fertilizing, pruning, and water and pest management. These lessons fit into the hydrology curriculum and study of runoff and farming practices.  In 7th grade the garden serves as a stage for many life science studies including plant anatomy, photosynthesis, and symbiotic relationships. All students enjoy the fruits of their labor during harvest times with regular tastings and cooking opportunities. Some of the produce even makes it to our own cafeteria salad bar! Students have gained firsthand knowledge about where their food comes from, how it is grown, and ultimately how to be smarter and healthier consumers.

The middle school garden sustainability and expansion project helps us take this student experience to the next level. With an additional focus on environmental sustainability, students learn to address the many issues of limited resources currently faced by our rapidly growing human population. By expanding the physical space of the garden we created an outdoor classroom in which students can use their iPads to analyze data, collaborate with their peers, and take part in labs using garden resources. They will witness how innovation can help us meet our needs while lightening our eco-footprint at the same time. In our sustainable garden we plan to add solar panels to power our towers, rain catchment barrels to harvest water for our plants, and additional vertical wall gardens to increase harvest with limited space. These experiences also serve as a stepping stone to explore issues including food security, renewable energy, and water conservation on a global scale and as they pertain to the UN Development Goals.

Our Middle School Tower Garden:    

Watch Hope Kennedy explain our Tower Garden and how our students use technology in the garden:

Curriculum Integration for 6th, 7th, 8th grade students

  • Solar panels to power the towers

    • curriculum integrations:

      • Physical Science:  Renewable energy resources

      • Life Science: Ecological systems, food systems and eco footprints

      • Earth Science:  Air quality and power needs

  • Rainwater catchment to conserve and supply the towers

    • curriculum integrations:

      • Physical Science:  Chemistry

      • Life Science:  Water quality & conservation

      • Earth Science:  Water quality & conservation

  • Garden Beautification and usability  (Sustainability mural, pergola/shade sails, butterfly plants, classroom furniture)

    • curriculum integrations:

      • Life Science: Classification/ life cycles/ pollination

      • Earth Science: Renewable resources, reusing, recycling

  • Local farmer and expert

    • curriculum integrations:

      • Life Science: Ecological systems, food systems, sustainable agriculture

      • Earth Science:  Sustainable agriculture, garden maintenance and management

 

 
 

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