December 11, 2015
World Language Music Videos:
December 4, 2015
New! Are you interested in being a mentor to girls
in STEM? Come to the Technovation kickoff event on Thursday, December 3, at
6:30 p.m. in Pearson C. We will be sharing information about
the Technovation challenge,
an international team competition that encourages girls to develop mobile apps
to solve a problem in their community. Last year’s participants will
share their work, and we will show clips from CodeGirl, a
documentary about last year’s challenge, featuring several PA student
participants. Mentors may be needed for this year’s
teams — women with any kind of experience in developing business
plans, product development, marketing/branding, design, or computer science
could serve as mentors.
New! Canvas lunches: Announcing
a new series of Canvas Lunches during the week of December 7th! Based on the
most frequently asked questions about Canvas during the fall term, David
Mallick will be highlighting some quick tips and tricks you can implement in
just a few minutes. Want to add other teachers to your course as
observers or allow them to copy your materials? Want to hide or rearrange the
items in your left-hand navigation bar? Do you wish your students could
contribute their own original thoughts to a discussion before seeing what
others have said? Drop in with your lunch to hear about these tips and more:
December 8th, 6th period, Mural Room
December 11th, 4th period, Ada’s Room
December 11th, 5th period, Ada’s Room
New! Multimedia project primer: Are you
interested in assigning a media-based project to your students this term, but
not sure how to get started? We can help! Erin can help you think through,
plan, and scaffold the assignment, and then Mike Ebner can help your class get
started in iMovie, a relatively simple editing tool that can accommodate
various types of media presentations - slideshows, videos, demonstrations, and
more. Contact Erin directly to get started: x4603 / firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, check
out the Examples section
of the Educational
Initiatives website for some ideas.
New! Photoshop Wednesdays: Learn the
basics of Photoshop with our resident Photoshop guru Paula Driscoll. Photoshop
is a fun and flexible tool for retouching or restoring images, creating
posters, and more. The first session, Photoshop 101, will be held on Wednesday,
January 6, from 1:30-2:00 p.m. in the Polk-Lillard Center lab. All
are welcome and no experience is necessary, but space is limited. Please
email Paula (email@example.com) to sign
Are your students doing interesting projects with
technology? If so, we would love to feature them here on
Initiatives website. The website already includes examples of P.A.
students’ projects such as original websites, narrated slide shows, student
films, and other uses of technology to communicate in digital form. Please let
me know directly if you have something to share for the benefit of the
November 4, 2015
This week we feature a new cloud-based tool
called RawShorts (http://www.rawshorts.com), which allows for quick creation of tutorials and demo
presentations. With drag-and-drop graphics and easy-to-add transitions/audio,
Rawshorts offers a simpler version of iMovie for less sophisticated projects.
Check out this example – a fun “PSA” for the Language Learning Center (LLC),
created by Loreen Sullivan, our new staff member in the LLC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct5ha8g6TZ0.
Video from Erin McCloskey’s Tang Institute talk
on October 20, 2015 is available at https://coggle.it/diagram/Vjj_yW_Q0gtu8ILE. Click on the segments in numbered order to watch the full talk,
or simply visit the topics of most interest.
The companion resources for the talk remain available at http://tinyurl.com/EIatAndover.
October 21, 2015
On Tuesday, Erin McCloskey spoke at the Tang
Institute Lunch and Discussion series, highlighting upcoming initiatives in the
DELTA group (Digital Era Learning and Teaching @ Andover), ePortfolios, and
multimedia projects. She also reflected on core principles that guide her
thinking about learning in a digital era. We will post the video of this talk next week, but until then you can
see her presentational aid below. It combines two tools that support processes
of thinking and knowledge consolidation.
First, Coggle was used to create a mindmap of ideas (https://coggle.it). Then, Thinglink (https://www.thinglink.com) was used to add interactivity to the mindmap image, such as
links to websites, videos, and images that reference and further expand on the
ideas shared during the presentation. If you are curious about using these
tools in your classes, let Erin know (firstname.lastname@example.org / x4603) – she is happy to brainstorm and support your efforts.
October 9, 2015
New Strategic Plan Group: DELTA
This fall a new strategic plan group was formed
in support of the Creativity and Innovation strategic priority. The Digital Era Learning & Teaching at
Andover group, DELTA for short, is charged with considering emerging
knowledge about learning in an information-, media- and technology-rich world;
determining desirable skills, understandings, and habits of minds for students
to develop in light of this context, identifying areas of opportunity at
Andover to weave in these desired outcomes; and supporting faculty through a
variety of mechanisms in doing this work. We are at the very beginning of our
process, so stay tuned for forthcoming information about ways to engage with DELTA
throughout the year. In the meantime, you can see all the groups and their
membership at: http://sp2014.andover.edu/implementation/
Video in World Language Learning
We are excited to share two examples of students
using video to practice and demonstrate learning.
From the Spanish-speaking world, check out the oral
history videos (with subtitles!) that
students produced as a culminating project in Spanish 511, Community Engagement
in the City of Lawrence: We the People.
And for the Francophones out there, check out
page for two creative videos about the Camus novel The Stranger. In these French 420 final projects, the
students chose an element of the novel to explore in depth. One takes an
historical angle, and one explores character development in the form of a
tabloid news report.
Canvas 1-on-1 appointments
David Mallick is offering 15-minute, 1-on-1 appointments to address your questions about Canvas on Wednesday, October 14, from 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. In order to sign up for one of these sessions, log in to Canvas and click the Calendar link at the top, in the blue navigation bar. Just below and to the right of that you will see a row of buttons for Week, Month, Agenda, and Scheduler. Select the Scheduler button and look for the appointment group labeled Canvas Office Hours. At the top right of this box, you will see a yellow box labeled “You can sign up for this”. Click that link and you will see a series of 15-minute appointments for Wednesday, October 14. Choose an appointment, and if it is still open, click the Reserve link at the bottom left. You’re signed up!
September 25, 2015
At the last Eight
Schools Association meeting, Erin McCloskey and Mike Barker gave a keynote
address entitled Imagining the Power of
Interoperable Systems. In this
future-oriented, what-if presentation, they consider questions such as: What
data collection opportunities are presented by a Learning Management System?
What would it mean if systems across the Academy could share data with each
other? How might our work change and improve in a world of interoperability?
Check out the video below.
The MS Office download for personally-owned Mac or PC computers is now
available for purchase ($9.95 plus tax) to any faculty or staff members that
need to use MS Office for Academy-related work at home:
· Access the download at http://www.microsofthup.com/hupus/home.aspx?culture=en-US
Use your andover.edu email
address to register for the download.
When prompted, enter this
Adobe Creative Cloud
Phillips Academy faculty
and staff may also now purchase Adobe
Creative Cloud, which includes Photoshop, Dreamweaver,
Lightroom, Acrobat Pro, InDesign, Premiere, and more, for $9.75 per year, plus tax:
Go to https://andover.onthehub.com.
You will be brought into
the site as a “student”. Click the “Faculty/Staff tab to get the discounted
experience with MediaSpace has been positive, but glitches can happen. If your
students report that video playback on MediaSpace is slow to load or low
quality, here are some tips to share with them:
· Refresh the page
· View the video in a different browser
· If possible, watch on a different device, in a different part of
your dorm or campus, or during a different time of day
· If possible, plug into the network (requires an Ethernet/network
cable); much more bandwidth is available through the wired network than through
· If plugging in is not possible, bring headphones and watch on the
computers in the Polk Center or the PACC lobby.
· Finally, for persistent problems, complete this form (link) so
that we can address the problem.
This week, we feature
one use of technology to model a learning process and make students’ thinking
more visible. Padlet (https://padlet.com/)
is a web-based bulletin board tool that can be edited by anyone with the link.
In other words, students do not need to create a Padlet account in order to
participate. Adrian Khactu used Padlet in English 300 to introduce and practice
annotation and close reading. Adrian describes his rationale:
It can be challenging to demonstrate
close reading and annotation to students. Traditionally I just talk about the
process in class, but showing it is harder. I chose to use Padlet to introduce
annotation because the tool actually demonstrates it – it shows the process as
it is happening. Also, using Padlet lets the students do their first annotation
collaboratively, and they can see each other working and react to each other’s annotations
in real time. Being able to demonstrate and model in real time the process from
start to finish was a huge benefit of using this tool. And as a result the
students now have a fully annotated poem that they can refer to throughout the
year, when working individually on essays, or when studying for a test. I
definitely plan to teach annotation in this way again, and I’m now thinking
about I can incorporate this tool into teaching other forms of close reading.
To see what
Padlet annotation looks like, check out this 25-second video that captured the
process as it was happening: https://vimeo.com/139495963
You can also see
the finished annotations from Adrian’s two sections of English 300 at:
out more examples from around the web of how teachers are using Padlet for brainstorming, sharing final projects with
each other, sharing reflections on
learning, doing a Venn diagram type of exercise, and sending a collective message
to the world. Also check out this very short blog post, which
includes ideas for using this tool and a video tutorial on how to set up a