This Week in ES Tech – Special “Light at the End of the Tunnel” Edition

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

  • Creativity

  • Communication

    • Students in 3W and 3D are recording screencasts of their experiences in Minecraft to document their learning about the Indus Valley to share with a wider audience.

    • Student Council Reps are using the green screen in ES134 to display pictures and record their speeches of departing teachers for the End of the Year assembly.

*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. If you would like hands-on assistance in migrating your data please feel free to drop in to ES134 today or Wednesday until 4:30 for some help.

Summer Check Out – Good News – All ES teachers WILL be getting new Macbook Airs in July! Bad News – they will not be delivered and imaged in time for returning teachers to take home over summer. However if you would like, you can take home either your iPad or Dell laptop (or both) for the summer. Returning TAs you are welcome to check out your iPads for the summer also. As such, we are ready to start summer checkout for returning teachers and TAs.  Stop up to ES134 any time with your equipment and sign the waiver. If you are not returning or turning equipment in for the summer please hold on to it for now and watch for the end of year tech note for return details.

Mark your calendars – AES will again be hosting the iPad summit on November 21, 22 and 23, 2014.  Plans are starting to come together.  With all of the amazing learning students are doing with technology you should think about presenting!

Tech and Learning Tip of the Week –  One of the new ideas we cultivated this year is the role design thinking and the maker movement may play in the ES. As a faculty we explored design thinking at the January faculty meeting, many teachers tried using design thinking with their students during the spring, and we had two school wide design challenges for students. As we move forward you may want to read this excellent post on how to take some next steps with making and design thinking in your classroom.

It’s That Time of The Year: