Smart is pleased to be offering the Davenport Digital Innovators (DDI) course second semester for 8th grade students. Davenport Digital Innovators is an opportunity for students to learn in a completely different way. The class is an online/F2F (face-to-face) hybrid. Instruction is provided through Google Classroom, where assignments and discussions will be posted, and through regularly scheduled in-person teacher visits. Mentors from business and industry, local colleges, and the community will also mentor students. The objective of the class is to have students work independently, with adult guidance and supervision, to solve a real-world problem using technology, then present their end-product to a panel of community experts for evaluation.
Students also learn project management, collaboration and presentation skills through the “Code Ambassadors” component. Code Ambassadors plan and present an “Hour of Code” to elementary school students in the Davenport district.
DDI Students will also travel to several off-campus locations, including Hamilton Tech, ATEEC (Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center), the City of Davenport City Hall and other, locations to learn about future jobs, educational requirements, and practical applications of what they are learning in the DDI class.
Enrollment in DDI is competitive. Students must complete an application, essay, and request teacher recommendations. Read more