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:

This Week in ES Tech – Special “Are We There Yet?” Edition

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

  • Collaboration

    • All KG is live streaming from the incubators and brooders to the classroom blogs as they study ‘Chicks’ for the Animals science unit:

    • KG C is Skyping with a ‘Chicken’ expert (works at the Soil Association, organic farm, UK) to ask questions about chicks and how they grow

    • KG C is working with their 6th grade buddies to research information online for the integrated TPACK ‘Chicks’ unit

  • Critical Thinking

    • Students in 3W and 3D have re-built the Mohenjo Daro civilization using Minecraftedu. They are now dealing with issues like floods and earthquakes and teaming up to find solutions so their civilization survives and thrives.

*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 next week.

Apps for next year on the student iPads – If there are apps you would like to be included on the initial build of the grade level student iPads for next fall please make sure they are included on this document by May 15 at the latest. Any apps wanted after that will be added at the end of Q1.

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.

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 ASAP.

Tech and Learning Tip of the Week –  With Summer just around the corner students will be doing all sorts of learning through their own interests and play. One compelling question for teachers is, ”How can we value the learning from outside of the classroom in the classroom?” PBS has created a thought provoking documentary built around that question and others entitled “Is School Enough?”  While in India you can view the movie here. Well worth the time to watch!

It’s That Time of The Year:

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…

It’s That Time of The Year:

This Week in ES Tech – Special 5 Weeks to Go But Who’s Counting Edition

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

  • Creativity

    • 5th grade students are publishing and printing fantasy writing and binding them into books in art class

    • 4th grade students in 4TP and 4AP created short videos using the 4 Essential Video Shots

  • Collaboration

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

  • Communication

    • All second graders are posting the persuasive reviews to this site created by Anshu. Check out the growing comments section on each review!

  • Critical Thinking

    • KG S is applying coding skills to draw Shapes (square, rectangle) using Move the Turtle app

*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.

Veracross  – Report cards are now open and ready for your input. FYI – There seems to be an issue with semester two comments causing spill over onto a third page of the card. Veracross is aware of the issue and working to resolve it. You may continue to enter comments. If you need a refresher on how to please contact anyone on the ES Tech Team or check out this screencast.

Tech and Learning Tip of the Week –  We have heard a lot recently about the importance of allowing students to embrace their mistakes in the quest for developing a growth mindset. Gitanee Reveilleau (AES MS EAL Teacher) has created an outstanding video on the importance of leaders and by extension teachers embracing the same. Well worth the six minutes to watch. Hat tip to Ben for passing along!

 

Worth a Download ?- Bloom* – Although there is no educational value in this app, with all that is going on with wrapping up this year and planning for next year it is awfully easy to get stressed out and Bloom* may be a digital part of the solution. Basically, this app allows you to create and schedule reminders on any number of things throughout the day: a reminder to drink water, or to do a breathing exercise, or to take a one minute vacation using your own photos. In addition you can send blooms to others to help inspire or relax them. Here is a short video overview. Give it a shot, it’s free.

Tech and Learning Related PD – check out these offerings…

It’s That Time of The Year: From a friend’s Facebook status-

“The thing about Internet quotes is that you cannot confirm their validity.”

– Abraham Lincoln

This Week in ES Tech – April 21 – Special Reader’s Digest Condensed Edition

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

  • MAP Testing and make-ups took places in grades 2-5 last week.

*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.

Now Open – Report cards are now open and ready for your input. If you need a refresher on how to please contact anyone on the ES Tech Team or check out this screencast.

Tech and Learning Tip of the Week –  MindShift – this blog from NPR affiliate KQED in San Francisco is a wealth of thought provoking writing on educational reform. Topics are generally centered on innovative ideas, projects, processes, and curricula that are transforming how we teach and learn. If you need a break from the end of the year nuttiness stop by and read a thought provoking article or two.

Tech and Learning Related PD – check out these offerings…

 

This Week in ES Tech – Special Son of MAP Edition (Longer, tougher, MORE standardized!)

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

  • Creativity

    • Grade 3 Spanish students are creating popplets to show their learning of classroom objects, colors, numbers and food. Sample

    • Grade 4 Spanish students are creating movies using Explain Everything to talk about seasons, clothes and colors in Spanish. Sample 1,  Sample 2

    • 3Team students are using Drawing Pad for fractions work during mini lessons – similar to a white board.

    • Students in 3N are creating books about courageous people using Book Creator.

  • Collaboration

    • Students in grade 1C are using Soundcloud to record opinions about the dog puppets.

    • Second graders are publishing their ‘Persuasive Reviews’ to a shared blog.

    • Students in 2W are starting with blog commenting for the persuasive reviews.

  • Critical Thinking

    • KG S, KG T and KG LT students are exploring coding using the Kodable app.

    • Students in 1K are using Evernote to record observations as they study life cycle of a silkworm

    • 3W invited parents into the room to participate in a design challenge with the students.

    • Students in 5VD are documenting the design process of designing and building solar ovens.

*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.

MAP Testing Returns This Monday – Thursday

  • There will be a significant interruption this week in Windows laptop access on April 14-17 when we will be shuffling carts of Windows laptops around the school to facilitate the taking of MAP tests per this schedule. During these days you will not have access to the ES Windows laptops as you normally would. Please check the above schedule for specific details on which carts are involved.

  • Please also realize that the entire ES Tech Team is involved in this testing effort. As a result we will try to be as responsive as we can to your other tech needs, but our priority this week is ensuring the success of the MAP testing program.

NO Classroom Photo CD Reminder– Please remember the ES tech department will NOT be burning CDs of classroom photos at the end of the year. If you have classroom photos from the year that you would like to share with parents contact us and we can show you several ways to share them electronically.

ES Faculty and ES Student Shared Drives – The ES Faculty and ES Student shared drives are beginning to be phased out. This process will take a couple years to complete. To begin the process, please do the following.

1. Delete any unnecessary files/folders that you have in either of these drives (they are VERY full).

2. Please do not save any new files into the ES Faculty and ES Student shared drives. Instead please use Google Drive or Dropbox and share items as needed (Ask anyone on the ES Tech Team for help if needed).

3. Existing materials that are in these drives at the end of this year will remain there through next year. At that point we will develop a transition strategy for moving any remaining items in these drives to Google Drive.

File Under Fun – When you need a break this week check out this video.  Hat tip to Tami R!

Tech and Learning Tip of the Week –  We have our students taking photos all of the time, but what do we do with them to promote, inquiry, deep thinking or conversations in the classroom? In this excellent blog post, Evan Scherr offers an amazing variety of tips for using photography for meaningful learning in a variety of content areas. I especially likes how he defines the role of technology as a partner in the learning process. Hat tip to Phil for this one!

Tech and Learning Related PD – check out these offerings…

 

 

This Week in ES Tech – Special “Who Turned on the Heat?” Edition

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

  • Creativity

    • KG T is using Explain Everything to create “All About Me”  movies for the SST Identity unit

    • 5Team students will be creating videos to share a scene from their fantasy story using the 4 essential shots in moving making.

  • Collaboration

    • KG T is blogging about their favorite storybook character for the opinion writing literacy unit.

    • 2T students are publishing their persuasive reviews to blogs. They are also commenting on other student’s reviews

  • Communication

    • 4Team students are using Socrative to complete math quizes for Justin to review while he is in London.

    • Aaron and Tabitha have used Google Hangouts to check in and “see” how their students are doing.

  • Critical Thinking

    • Students in 1 C and 1K are using Evernote for recording observations as they study about lifecycle of a silkworm for science.

    • Students in KG G  is exploring coding using the Kodable app.

    • 4TP and 4AP students are using Google Earth and web browsers to support developing their atlas skills

*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.

MAP Testing Returns – This external assessment which is given twice a year is computer based. As part of the preparation there may be some disruption in your access to the Windows laptops over the next two weeks as Yogesh and Phillip update the testing client on 150 of our ES laptops. Our goal is that prior to the actual testing days to keep these disruptions to a minimum.

The significant interruption in our Windows laptop access will occur on April 14,15,16 and 17 when we will be shuffling carts of computers around the school to facilitate the taking of the tests. Please see the schedule here. During these days you may not have access to the ES Windows laptops as you normally would.  This will NOT affect the Mac Airs during those dates.

NO Classroom Photo CD Reminder- Please remember the ES tech department will NOT be burning CDs of classroom photos at the end of the year. If you have classroom photos from the year that you would like to share with parents contact us and we can show you several ways to share them electronically.

ES Faculty and ES Student Shared Drives – The ES Faculty and ES Student shared drives are beginning to be phased out. This process will take a couple years to complete. To begin the process, please do the following.

1. Delete any unnecessary files/folders that you have in either of these drives (they are VERY full).

2. Please do not save any new files into the ES Faculty and ES Student shared drives. Instead please use Google Drive or Dropbox and share items as needed (Ask anyone on the ES Tech Team for help if needed).

3. Existing materials that are in these drives at the end of this year will remain there through next year. At that point we will develop a transition strategy for moving any remaining items in these drives to Google Drive.

Tech and Learning Tip of the Week –  The iPin theme in your blog settings is a great new feature that allows for all of your posts to be laid out on the front page of the blog. Teachers have used it to display student work, Feature Articles and India Week books. One nice feature is the ability to filter posts by their categories and tags and it also randomizes the order each time the blog is loaded. Hat tip to Phil and Anshu for this!

 

This Week in ES Tech – Special Out Like a Lamb Edition

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

  • Creativity

    • Students in 5Team used the educational version of the game Minecraft to experience push and pull factors related to migration.

    • Grade 5 Indian Studies students created videos showcasing their Ranthambore experience using iMovie. Sample 1 Sample 2

  • Communication

    • KGLT  this week worked on their Easy Blog Jr. to share their adventures over spring break. Student Sample

    • 3Team students are using Evernote to share their work with Mary Miller via distance.

    • Justin is using the Socrative app to check his 4Team students understanding of math concepts while he is gone.

  • Critical Thinking

    • As part of their unit on migration, students in 5Team used design thinking to create prototypes of things that could help new students to AES adjust easier to the school.

*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.

Two Minute Film Festival– Thanks for your support of the second design challenge! If you have any additional students working on movies please have them bring them to ES134 when finished. The final videos can be found on this playlist on the ES YouTube channel. Stay tuned for design challenge three starting soon!

MAP Testing Returns – This external assessment which is given twice a year is computer based. As part of the preparation there may be some disruption in your access to the Windows laptops over the next two weeks as Yogesh and Phillip update the testing client on 150 of our ES laptops. Our goal is that prior to the actual testing days to keep these disruptions to a minimum.

The ES Mac Airs will be being borrowed by the high school for MAP testing this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (April 1-3) and not be available.

The significant interruption in our Windows laptop access will occur on April 14,15,16 and 17 when we will be shuffling carts of computers around the school to facilitate the taking of the tests. During these days you may not have access to the ES Windows laptops as you normally would.  This will NOT affect the Mac Airs during those dates.

Tech and Learning Tip of the Week –  If you have been in ES134 recently you probably noticed the interesting shade of green one of the walls in the recording studio is painted. While not aesthetically pleasing this wall now serves as a green screen that when coupled with the Green Screen app from DoInk allows students and teachers to create videos with almost any image as the background. Sam Glicksman (one of the keynote speakers at our iPad Summit last fall) has written a terrific piece with ideas on how to use a green screen to promote student learning and creativity. If you would like to chat about a video project using the green screen please contact any member of the ES Tech Team.

This Week in ES Tech – Special Back From the Beach Edition

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

  • The ES staff enjoyed some well deserved time off

*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.

ES Design Challenge #2 Underway!-  Please take a few minutes today to remind your students about the 2 Minute Film Festival (Details Here). It would be great if you could show one (or more) of the below videos to pump up participation. Video submissions are due THIS Thursday or Friday. Stay tuned for submission details coming later this week.

Hardayal Out Indefinitely – Many of you already know Hardayal was out for a few days before break after having surgery on his right thumb. Unfortunately he fractured his left elbow over break and will have two screws inserted today at Primus to repair it. Please send positive energy his way! Until he returns please call x3446 for any urgent tech support needs.

Think Twice Before You Print– With Earth Day on the horizon it is a good time to recommit to being green. At AES in our school values we state, “We are committed to reducing our school’s environmental footprint.” One way we can live this is to be conscientious of our printing. Please keep the following in mind.

  1. Ask yourself if you REALLY need a paper copy, we have many digital solutions for reading e-documents and displaying student work.

  2. Know where you are printing, check the destination before you press print.

  3. Give it time. Image heavy items or large jobs may take a while to move over the wireless network. Please wait before hitting print again.

  4. Pick up your printing (Reams of printing go unclaimed every week in the ES).

  5. NEVER print class sets of materials on the school printers, please use the photocopier.

With your support we can make a difference!

Please Spread the Word to Your Students– Future techies are invited to the AES High School Computer Honor Society (CHS) Tech Night on Thursday, March 27, 5-6pm in the HOP.

Tech and Learning Tip of the Week – Whether you call it 20% Time, Choice Time, or a Passion Project, fostering student agency is a topic many of us are interested in developing in our classrooms. In this short piece, Nine Do’s and Don’ts for Cultivating Student Autonomy, Sandy Merz offers some solid advice for getting started. Though created for an engineering based “Build Your Own Unit” these tips are applicable to almost any situation that encourages student choice.

This Week in ES Tech – Special Getting Ready to Hit the Beach Edition

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

  • Creativity

    • Indian Studies students in grade 5 are creating movies about their wonderful learning experience about the village activities and flora fauna in Ranthambhore using iMovie and Garageband.

    • Students in 1P, 1R and 1D are using Explain Everything to create eJournals as they study mealworms in science Click here for a sample.

  • Communication

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  • Collaboration

    • Last week students from UNIA school visited Kindergarten as part of our service learning exchange program.  One opportunity the local students had was to use our iPads. Were those children in awe or what! It was such a wonderful, and perhaps very first experience for them to see an iPad. The students were mesmerized with the drawing app. and that they could use their finger to create a piece of art. In turn our AES students were fantastic and supportive guides.

  • Critical Thinking

    • Students in KG S are building their student blogs as a representation of personalities. This is in connection with the SST Identity unit. Click here and here

    • Students in 1L are working on developing photography skills. They looked at Flower portraits by Irving Penn to understand some basic photography tricks – zoom, light, backdrop and angle. Students then took photos of flowers in the ES greens. – Click here to see their work.

*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.

ES Design Challenge #2 Breaking News!-  Details and promotional video for the next design and build challenge “The Two Minute Film Festival” are coming out later this week! In the meantime check out the playlist of videos from the Creative Vibrations – Musical Instrument Challenge.

Please Spread the Word – Future techies are invited to the AES High School Computer Honor Society (CHS) Tech Night on March 27, from 5-6pm in the HOP.

Tech and Learning Tip of the Week – Anshu, our in-house WordPress developer extraordinaire, in conjunction with Phil have created a new format to showcase digital student products (In this case feature articles, but could be movies, ebooks or audio recordings). Please take a minute and check out this blog, 4Team Feature Articles, like a regular blog this can be linked to your classroom blog or emailed out to parents.

However, beyond the regular blog features what makes this unique is the design and that there is a filter feature that can be activated that would allow specific categories, such as social issues, sports, outdoors, animals to be filtered. This allows the readers to bring up all the articles that fall in that category. Imagine how powerful this could be as a warehouse for demonstrating growth over a year, or for having one place for students to visit to provide feedback to their classmates, or as a class project showcase to a wider audience. Let us know if you are interested in having something like this created for your classroom.