Mr. D. Sheehan
Pens scribbling ferociously, students with their eyes glued to the teacher desperately trying to absorb every final drop of information they are willing to share.
Sound like a typical lecture room? However, if you have ever entered the World History class on the third floor, you would immediately be met with pleasant atmosphere from the mix up of both digital and non-digital classwork.
Our respected teacher, Mr. Sheehan, has successfully implemented the use of digital mediums in our classrooms. For example, a typical lecture involves him presenting his information digitally (usually in the form of a Power Point or a video) and encourages his students to take down notes either by a laptop or by the classic pen and paper allowing for efficiency when taking notes.
In addition, there are constant websites and other sources which he uploads onto ‘Haiku’ (the alternative of Edline, where the teachers and the students can share information privately), which greatly aids in our learning.
The implementation of various forms of digital media in a classroom allows for a more interactive environment in which the students are genuinely interested. Every day, excitement runs through the classroom as they anxiously wait for the next interactive lesson.
Further on, Haiku is also used as a method of catching up for students who have missed that lesson or have simply failed to comprehend it all. Mr. Sheehan uploads his entire Power Point’s, assignments, classwork and extra sources from his lessons and it helps tremendously to help catch up missed lessons. Although digital medium is often encouraged, it does not mean analogue work is discouraged. If the student wishes to, they may complete assignments and notes by hand, and on certain occasions handouts which require completion by hand are distributed to the class.
Currently Mr. Sheehan is creating a 5 month long in-dept study project on only Haiku as a platform for students to create different types of content in any format and bring them all in together in one place.
By creating a hybrid of digital and analogue working environment, Mr. Sheehan has successfully created an intuitive and interactive class which is truly a joy to be working in.
By: Chris Kim
Mrs. F. Craig
For a period of time inside the math department there seem to not be an alternative to graphing on a graphing calculator for the first time in the classroom environment. Until very recently, in Mrs. Craig’s IGCSE Mathematics, a change in that trend has changed completely.
Usually when analyzing complex equations and functions we would normally rely on the traditional graphing calculator that we had used for such a long time. However, to many of us students, it was a pain. The resolution on the displays were too to read clearly and the buttons are too complex to use.
With Mrs. Craig’s newly implementing the use of Autograph for every student, each and every student were introduced to a whole new dimension to graphing itself. For the very first time we can observe the graph with clarity never before seen, and with an interface that is easy to use.
It is without a doubt a sign of great things to come from within the Maths Department. I believe that if we continue on this path of using more newer technologies in substitute of older ones, the student’s learning experience will continue to improve, and tech integration will become more seamless and transformational
By: Dhira Web Khewsubtrakool