Parenting in a Digital World

One of my roles as Consultant-in-Residence at NIST is to offer workshops for parents about technology and learning. Having done the same thing at both ISB and YIS for the last eight years, this is something I know parents appreciate, and really helps support the type of teaching and learning we want to happen at…

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Journaling Toward Balance

Yesterday a parent at a workshop expressed concern about the amount of time his grade 9 daughter was spending online – between school, homework and free time online, he felt like she is spending her whole day looking at screens. This is not the first time I’ve heard a parent share these kinds of concerns and I…

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The Evolution of a Connected Learning Community: Parent Edition

Note: this is the third post in a series about our 2:1 (iPad Mini + MacBook Air 11″) trial at YIS. Check out the first and second posts for some background. One of the things that made the implementation of our Connected Learning Community (1:1 program) so successful four years ago was the input and collaboration between all stakeholders…

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Student Tech Team: Student Leadership in Action

One of my goals for this year is provide more opportunities for authentic student leadership, specifically in the tech support and training that we do with students and teachers. We have a very engaged and supportive learning community here at YIS, and in addition to our fantastic student councils at each division, we have a…

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Digital Citizenship Week

Last week was our first Digital Citizenship Week at YIS, and it was fantastic! We focused primarily on the Middle School to get an idea of how an event like this would work for our students, teachers and parents. Here’s what we did: Learning objective: A renewed focus on the choices we make and how they…

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