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MS Tech Update Dec 3

posted Dec 7, 2012, 8:21 AM by William Farren   [ updated Dec 7, 2012, 8:22 AM ]
The Middle School Robotics Club returned from Helsinki after three days of robotics competition, camaraderie and learning about Helsinki and Finland. Despite some setbacks on the hardware front, our middle schoolers managed to bring home the Judges' Trophy, awarded to the team that shows great sportsmanship and overall growth during the event. On one round, the sixth grade team managed to get a high score which was one of the highest at the competition and which stands as an AISB Robotics high score for a single round.

Ms. Rantieri's classes were in the lab for a couple days, learning how to use the middle school's e-folio system, putting images and video, along with reflections, into a portfolio page. Last week, these same students were using iPads to capture footage and images of themselves performing various gymnastic and dance routines in order to be able to look at themselves and improve their performance through timely feedback. Students are learning how to use shared Google Drive folders, embed documents, upload images and video from an iPad, and move and share files through the Google system. 

Mr. Calsbeek's students continue to critically think about how we should be measuring progress as determined by a country's economic growth, among other measurements. This will help students later thoughtfully evaluate how it is we measure progress or set standards in a variety of areas such as education, economic growth, and how we can measure important--yet often neglected ideas like well-being and quality of life. At right, you will see a video Mr. Calsbeek has been showing in class to get students to think critically about GDP.

Mr. Matlock's students have been creating electronic surveys which they are sharing with middle school students in order to capture information about ways they may improve our school. Once students have this information, they will be able use it to create proposals for change.

Robert F. Kennedy challenges Gross Domestic Product