PYP Exhibition Full Steam Ahead


Grade 6 students, along with their mentors and teachers, are breaking new creative and intellectual ground with their PYP Exhibition projects. A walk through the 8th floor, and pretty much any other corner of the school, will treat the viewer to evidence of each groups hard work and vision.

How is 2014 PYP Exhibition different from previous years?

This year students may choose a medium to showcase their learning. So in their preparations, and polished for the Exhibition on 9 April, you will enjoy photography, dance, plays, paintings, movies, animations, and more. While students are beholden to the same academic standards, they have much more freedom – and with it, responsibility – to explore and succeed.


Update from Use of Learning Technologies in the Classroom

  1. Exploring Algebra with Grade 6 students

    Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 7.59.32 AMSpreadsheets can be used to broaden mathematical experiences beyond traditional worksheets. The value of Spreadsheets to support computational thinking through inquiry is always worthwhile.

  2. Grade 7 Movie Making Project

    photo1As part of a Humanities + Design project all students created a short movie on Saving The School. Kudos to the development team and in particular David Larson. What was particularly interesting in this project was the students’ use of their mobile phones to take the shots. In a 1:1 laptop school they incorporated their personal mobile devices to good ends.

  3. Grade 8 Science + Design iBook Project

    photo3Finally, a project where all Grade 8 students working in teams of four are creating chapters on particular diseases for a Class iBook. The students deconstructed, peer supported, problem-solved and manged themselves as an effective publishing unit. The teacher’s role was to help them set design specifications and introduce the iBook mechanics, bring to their attention other resources that were useful, such as Bookry and, provide milestone discussions (ie Project Management modelling) and support the subject teacher .

Overall, these are but three examples, but highlight the  constant evolution of ideas, the importance of teacher modelling, curriculum linkage, and appreciation of student Digital Age potential.

As Rebecca Alber recently pointed out when writing about 21stC Literacy: “be prepared to continue to redefine quality learning”

LTT Curriculum Update

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Dig Age Research + #NPDL Thinking + #createthefuture Curriculum at #CDNISHK (1)

Posted by jturner56 on February 23, 2014

This week I had the opportunity to experience up close how recent conference and research readings can support curriculum development and initiative.

    • Screen Shot 2014-02-23 at 7.46.15 AMThe Learning and The BrainConference (No 37) presented latest neuropsychology insights. While the starting position was that neuroscience was confirming what has always been contended to be seen as good pedagogy (developing relationships, setting relevant goals, setting boundaries etc), exposure to the digital age is leading to new needs and challenges. These range from Focus to Creativity. Jay Giedd’sThe Digital Revolution and Adolescent Bain Evolution provides a good examination of areas such as multitasking, plasticity, information processing, and the social brain.
    • The latest New Pedagogies thinking – A Rich Seam: How new pedagogies find deep learning by Michael Fullan and Maria Langworthy – points to the possibilities of convergence between new pedagogies, new change leadership and new system economics. Deep learning is defined as developing “learning, creating and doing dispositions that young people need to thrive now and in their futures. Premised on the unique powers of human inquiry, creativity and purpose.” They go on to highlight the importance of the teacher taking a proactive role in driving the learning process forward. Digital technologies are seen as a driving mechanism for achieving progress.
    • Screen Shot 2014-02-23 at 8.47.01 AMFinally, I had the opportunity to be part of the Grade 8 Science+Design Project Team (kudos to the great work of David Larson, Aaron Metz and Saeed Rahman) which commenced an iBook Project where every Grade 8 student, as part of a team of three, is researching, constructing and publishing an iBook on Diseases and possible treatments.

The project highlights curriculum leadership at the teacher level, and demonstrates what neuroscience research and new pedagogies thinking is contending. This is but one project in a series of interlocking webs that includes subject projects across the middle school, Grade 4-12 iFolios, Teacher Digital Literacy Certification and many more initiatives. New ideas continue to be supported and connected across the school community. For example, in this coming week Design Thinking will be used in support of the Grade 6 PYP Exhibitions, and the school’s Social Media Education plan will be discussed with parents and educators.

In school Digital Learning Infusion