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September 14
Spotlight on digital portfolios

Over the past two+ years, several faculty members and students have experimented with digital portfolios as a way of grounding rigorous academic work in a reflective process that encourages students to bring more transparency and self-awareness to their work. As part of a digital portfolio, students can define goals, periodically reflect on progress, document learning process and products, make connections between what and how they are learning, and identify and articulate dimensions of their own growth as scholars and learners.  Including new projects for the 2017-18 year, these experiments have taken shape in courses from the sciences, English, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Mathematics, as well as independent projects in a variety of subject areas. If you would like to learn more, please be in touch. We can share examples, help you develop a plan, advise on choice of tool or platform, and/or provide technical training. ​

August 24
Welcome Back 2017!

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February 13
Pop Art at the PLC!

​Thanks to Community Engagement and

the creative faculty & staff children, 

Sunday Funday was a huge success!



January 25
Winter Workshops at the PLC


November 14
November 14th Faculty Meeting Resources
November 11
Need a Holiday Gift Idea?


November 03
Sunday Funday this coming weekend at the PLC

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October 07
Free software for your editing projects...


Davinci Resolve is a great, free video editing program available from BlackMagic for both Mac and PC. The power-to-price ratio (it’s free!) in terms of what the software provides users simply can’t be beat in today’s market. 

September 30
Adobe Creative Cloud - significant discount!

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Phillips Academy faculty and staff may purchase Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Lightroom, Acrobat Pro, InDesign, Premiere, and more, for $9.75 per year, plus tax:

  • Go to
  • You will be brought into the site as a “student”. Click the “Faculty/Staff tab to get the discounted rate.

September 19
​PACC updates

Over the summer, we renewed seminar and lobby computers in the Phillips Academy Computer Center. Both the lobby and Seminar 1 have brand new machines that run Windows 10, and the PACC lobby also has eight new iMacs. All of the new machines are running new software, including Adobe Creative Cloud, SolidWorks, Blender, and Maya. 

Please be in touch with questions or ideas about anything teaching-, learning-, or technology-related.

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