This Week in ES Tech – Special Over the Waterfall Edition

What’s Happening: (Below is a sampling of activities from around the ES)

  • Creativity

    • 1K is using the Green Screen app to make Book review movies Click here and here

    • 5th grade students – 5 Team, 5Standish and 5VDyke are publishing and printing fantasy writing and binding them into books in art class

  • Collaboration

    • Students in 3W and 3D are teaming in groups to re-build the Mohenjo Daro civilization using Minecraftedu

  • Critical Thinking

    • KG S used the Design Thinking Process to figure out a way “to take care of the newly born chicks” . The kids built a prototype of what a Chick house/ shelter might look like.

*If you have something going on in your classroom that you would like to share with others in the tech note please drop us an e-mail.

Departing teachers:  The HS Tech has created this document to help you migrate your digital resources when you leave AES.  External hard drives are available on Flipkart and they will even deliver to Gate 2.  Just let ES Tech know how we can help with your transition. Stay tuned for a couple of after school drop in dates for hands-on help sessions.

Survey Reminder – Thanks to those that have completed our annual ES Tech Survey If you have a few spare minutes we would appreciate the feedback so we can refine it and improve our program for everyone.

Tech Showcase – The ES Tech Team is hosting our last parent coffee on May 15 and as part of it would like to showcase some of the amazing work that has happened this year regarding teaching and learning with technology. If you have something that you would like to showcase please drop me a note and I will follow up with the specifics.

Veracross  – Report cards are now open and ready for your input. If you need a refresher on how-to use Veracross please contact anyone on the ES Tech Team or check out this screencast.  Also be sure to check this document for important reminders about ES report cards in general.

Tech and Learning Tip of the Week –  Another popular topic of interest in education right now is gamifying education. We know that for most students games are high interest and high engagement activities that could have a powerful role in the classroom.  Gamification could be using video games to promote learning in the classroom (think Angry Birds to teach angles) or simply adding game style elements to class procedures, projects or processes to increase motivation. For a good intro to gaming in education check out this well written post. One of the most popular games with students right now is Minecraft. The ES has purchased the educational version and the ES Student Tech squad has designed and helped pilot a pair of learning experiences using the game. If you are curious as to what Minecraft could look like in the classroom check out this excellent piece or chat with Melissa, Kendra, Nancy or Kara who have experienced it first hand.

Tech and Learning Related PD – check out these offerings…

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