Wednesday, February 22, 2017

IT Security in ITGS

The 11th grade ITGS students were learning about security issues this past week as well as how to avoid them and how to deal with them. They were asked to put a short video together to explain these concepts and did so over the course of two lessons.

The first step, after deciding on a focus was for them to identify key terminology and language they planned on using. Next,  they wrote short scripts and began their recordings. It was great to observe the variety of methods and applications they chose to produce their videos.

Here are three out of the many examples, compiled into one video. In these cases the students opted for Powtoon, whiteboards, and drawings, as well as presentation videos, in that order.

Enjoy!


Monday, February 20, 2017

A Better World 2017



Each year our 6th grade students take part in the A Better World Project, an ABCICT global initiative.

During the project, students explore global issues, learn about the UN SDGs and engage in research activities, while fine-tuning their research skills. They learn search strategies, evaluate websites and learn how to take notes.

As the project progresses, the students apply their learning in a variety of creative ways.
They choose one global issue per pair and collaboratively write rap songs. Later, they mix music tracks on the iPads and record themselves singing using Garageband.  They create music videos using singing avatars created in Tellagami, Chatterpix and CrazyTalk,  and also record a few live shots, usually in front of a green screen. All of this footage is finally compiled in student produced, music videos. They use both DoInk's Green Screen App and iMovie on the school iPads to edit and render their videos.

All of this work is uploaded at certain stages,  throughout the process,  to student Google Sites and reflected upon.

The project is now winding down for the year, the plan being to have students finish off their sites and reflect this week.

Here is a preview of two student rap songs that we are quite proud of.

Do check back in a few weeks, to view the final project list for 2017.

Friday, February 3, 2017

STEAMing Along on Our Way to STEAM Fest 2016

This year's STEAM Fest is going to be bigger and better than last year's in a variety of ways. 

The number are in and the response has been overwhelming, from our  6th grade to 12th grade students.  Close to 100 students, from across Secondary have now formed teams and volunteered to plan and develop a STEAM project for this year's event. 

This doesn't take into account teachers, nor does it include the hundreds of  Primary students who will be working diligently in their lessons, on their projects as well. Upper Primary will present one final project per class, as well as several ICT projects, at this year's event.

The Logo Competition

Several students from both Primary and Secondary challenged themselves to design a new logo for this year's STEAM Fest, based on our new Motto which is: MAKEe a Difference, Think Globally, Act Locally!  The Logo Competition winners have been chosen and we have two of them.

The design below was created by combining both winning logos. These were selected from a collection of submissions as the ones that best illustrated our new Motto. 

BTW: You may recognise the last part of that motto. It isn't our own, in fact, we have borrowed it. If you would like to know more about this interesting quote you may want to start with this interesting  Wikipedia article about it.

Here is the winning announcement which will go out to students and staff this today.



The Mini Maker Faire: as mentioned previously, was a great success. 
Here is a short video and the link to our photo gallery on Flickr.



Thursday, January 19, 2017

STEAM Fest Mini Maker Meet-Up

Our second annual STEAM Fest event will take place on March 10th this year. In fact, STEAM Fest will officially kick off Science Week instead of closing it as it did last school year.
This year's motto is: MAKE a Difference-Think Globally, Act Locally

While we have been meeting as a core committee over the last few months, and promoted it in various ways around the school, the real action and visible preparatory activities have just gained momentum.

The kids were introduced to STEAM Fest prior to Christmas Holidays in order to start gathering up their ideas and building their teams. Upon return to school in January, student project sign up began for a spot at the Fair. The deadline to fill in the Google Form  was last Friday, January 13th however, we left the intentionally left the receiving responses option activated on the Google Form and it has paid off.  We have had a continuous flow of submissions over this past week as well.

We are taking things up a notch this Friday. The predominately 10th, 11th and 12th grade STEAM Team leaders who have been actively speaking to students across Secondary in Assemblies, will be running a Mini Maker Meet-Up at the cafeteria during lunch time. As soon as the bell rings they will roll down a mobile maker cart and run 2 different activities of their own choice,each.

These activities are designed to capture student interest, imagination and enable everyone to have a  'taste' of some of our newer Gadgets, and design activities as well as encourage additional groups to sign up a project.


Below are the photos from the event.
If you would like to learn more about STEAM Fest 2017 or STEAM Fest 2016 have a look at our Official Website.



Please click here to view the entire gallery on flickr.

Mini Maker Meet-up STEAM Fest Preparation



Join the STEAM Team student leaders tomorrow (Friday) in the cafeteria, at lunch time.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

LRC Top Reader Awards 2016

En el LRC premiamos a los 10 mejores lectores desde el mes de septiembre hasta diciembre.

"Leer es siempre una buena idea"

Para reconocerles se le envió una invitación por correo electrónico convocando a una pequeña reunión para motivarlos e invitarlos a que continúen leyendo. Se realizó la premiación de los tres primeros lugares.

El primer lugar durante estos cuatro meses prestó 80 libros, el segundo lugar 30 y el tercer lugar 29 libros leídos.
Para nosotros es un placer entregar un incentivo a nuestros lectores.
















Les invitamos a que visiten el álbum LRC Top Reader Awards 2016


HAPPY HOLIDAYS


En el LRC, disfrutamos la época de navidad, hacemos que nuestro alumnos sientan que esta época es especial llena de mucho amor y paz.

Desarollamos diferentes actividades y display que nos permiten dar ese toque mágico.

Primero empezamos con la decoración de nuestra biblioteca para despertar el espiritu navideño. Tomamos inspiración de Pinterest donde pudimos encontrar decoraciones que eran posibles para nosotras realizar.
Luego celebramos la semana del Festival de luces donde incluimos los festivales siguientes:

Yee Peng: se celebra anualmente en la luna llena del duodécimo mes del calendario Lunar tradicional Tailandés y en él se fabrican linternas de papel que se elevan en el cielo como expresion de buenos augurios y liberacion.

Hannukah: Se celebra el 25 de Kislev del calendario Judio,es celebrada por el pueblo judío durante ocho días seguidos. En esta fiesta, familias y amigos se reúnen a compartir tradiciones, juegos, cantos, platos típicos y a encender cada noche una nueva vela en el candelabro de nueve brazos.

La festividad acontece el 25 noviembre y comienzos de diciembre del Kislev del calendario judío, fecha que acaece entre fines deL  calendario gregoriano.

Como parte de las actividades de Makerspace, los estudiantes hicieron estrellas de origami, bolitas de navidad con brillantina, copos de nieve de papel reciclado y vasos con decoraciones navideñas. 
Les invitamos a ver las fotografías

En el álbum de Flickr puede ver todo lo que hacemos en esta época del año.


Feliz Navidad en cada país, en cada corazón, en cada hogar y los mejores deseos para el año 2017.
LRC Team