INNOVATION AND MEDIA SERVICES DEPARTMENT
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Girls Go CyberStart National Championship Qualifier
Merion Mercy was one of the qualifying schools for the National Championship for Girls Go CyberStart 2020. This program encourages high school girls from across the US to explore their skills in cybersecurity and keep our country safe on the Internet.
National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspirations in Computing Awards
Emma Carter ‘20 and Lauren Zarro ‘20 received the Philadelphia Area National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing awards at a ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania. Emma received the Philadelphia Affiliate 2019 Rising Star Award at the ceremony; Lauren received the Philadelphia Area Affiliate Honorable Mention Award. Emma was recognized with the 2018 National Award Certificate of Distinction.
College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award
For three consecutive years, Merion Mercy Academy has earned the College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP Computer Science courses. For the 2019-2020 school year, Merion Mercy was one of 831 schools recognized in the category of AP Computer Science Principles.
“Merion Mercy’s students need the power to shape technology, not just cope with it,” says Stefanie Sanford, College Board chief of global policy and external relations. “Young women deserve an equal opportunity to become the next generation of entrepreneurs, engineers and tech leaders. Closing the gap in computer science education empowers young women to build the future they want.”
Providing female students with access to computer science courses is critical to ensuring gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and to drive innovation, creativity, and representation.
The creation and communication of new knowledge through technology is not only integral to how today’s students learn, but also in preparing students for the careers of tomorrow. For education to keep pace with the rapid advances in our society, we must continually develop, evaluate, and refine approaches to education that support inquiry, collaboration, feedback, citizenship, local and global connections, and curricular personalization.
Merion Mercy Academy has developed a culture of intentional and thoughtful use of technology to support transformative teaching and learning. Google Apps for Education is used to accelerate collaboration, reflection, and continual cycles of revision and refinement. Additionally, teachers and students use a rich array of digital resources to support learners’ capacity for evaluating and selecting tools that are effective for their task, goal, and role.
The Innovation and Media Services Department prepares students to be skillful and responsible users of technology, to utilize software and web applications to solve specific problems, to use technology seamlessly in all areas of the curriculum, to understand the social, ethical, and cultural issues related to emerging technologies, and to critically and methodically find and evaluate information. Students are encouraged to investigate innovation, understand its impact on our world and become active creators of technology.
- Understand the skills necessary to actively participate in the online global community in which they live.
- Develop competencies for Digital Citizenship and Literacy, including cultivating a responsible digital presence, evaluating information, critical research skills, and remaining secure online.
- Creation and Collaboration, including proficiency with media production tools and an understanding of intellectual property.
- Design and Computational Thinking, including algorithmic thinking, automation, and the role of big data and artificial intelligence.