I have to say: building resources for Oklahoma youth is the BEST job out there!!! I had a great time dropping by a 3rd-6th grade special education class today at Kendell Whittier Elementary School to talk about career paths in technology. After my presentation, we all spent time learning the Cherokee language together via BLOOM + ended with a group activity where students had a chance to imagine, draw, and share what a technological future in Tulsa would look like to them. The children’s vision for the future deeply inspired me. BLOOM has brought me to Tedx stages, across the region for pitch competitions, and to New York University. But it's in classrooms where I feel transformative change is closer than ever. All of thes children are the future. Their minds + their educational opportunities + their perspectives matter to me. BLOOM, above all, is an ode to them. [pictured: me and a Chickasaw child talking about the future of Tulsa, OK].
I had an amazing time sharing BLOOM's technology at St. Philip Neri's 3rd grade class in Midwest City. The kiddos were SO eager to learn Cherokee in a classroom setting + play with our technology - which to them felt like a game (OUR GOAL HAS BEEN MET!). Children have such open minds and they pick up on language so quickly. Today's biggest takeaways: (1) I'm now really adamant about BLOOM being used in Oklahoma K-12 school systems and (2) BLOOM's curriculum will soon offer audio-based instructions, so that young children who are not of reading age can still play with our tool. I learned so much today and I am thankful. Wado to these influential young people! Let's continue learning together.