The Avenues technology program was built from the bottom up, starting with two Apple Distinguished Educators, innovators from an Apple Exemplary Program school and years of experience in successful technology integration from a number of top schools.
Students in the Early Learning Center enjoy age-appropriate activities on iPads, and Early Learning Center faculty have access to hands-on classroom technology to support their curriculum. Lower Division students have classroom access to both iPads and MacBook Airs as part of their learning experience. Finally, both Upper Division students are part of our leading 1 + 1 MacBook Air/iPad initiative. Technology integrators support classroom teachers and students in all grade levels.
We are delighted and honored to announce that Avenues has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2015–2017. This is our second consecutive term as an Apple Distinguished School; Avenues had also been recognized for 2013–2015. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence, as well as demonstrating a clear vision of exemplary learning environments. For more information, please see our press release.
All faculty and key staff members are trained in how to utilize technology as a transformative tool in a challenged-based learning environment. The technology integration department provides initial and ongoing training in MacBooks and iPads, covering both the hardware and the variety of tools at users’ disposal. Technology professional development continues throughout the year, with one-to-one personal training where members of the technology integration team work with individual faculty members to augment their technology integration on a daily basis.
An infrastructure with a robust wireless network and bandwidth supports all our cloud-hosted systems. Teachers and students have access to classroom technology that includes wireless access to interactive SMART projectors, wireless screen sharing, IP cameras and unique academic tools that allow classes to collaborate not only in the classroom but beyond the classroom walls.
The entire campus is a showcase for student creative work and supports platforms for collaboration. Students have the ability to showcase their multimedia projects or e-portfolios via interactive displays and even on our multimedia video wall.
The Avenues mission statement concludes, “We will advance education by setting an example as an effective, diverse and accountable school; by continuously investing in ways to become better at what we do; and by making available our discoveries, large and small, to colleagues in the cause of education.” Avenues hosts events for educators throughout the year to share what we are doing, as well as hosting and collaborating with other schools on technology. We also open our doors to visitors wanting to see our technology program in action and continue to share our vision and discoveries on OPEN.
Alan Kay, a technology visionary said, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Avenues: The World School is inventing the future of technology in education.
October 17, 2017
During the first few weeks of Gender, Sexuality, and Race, 11th and 12th grade students examined their own identity and how it may affect the way the learn, think, and speak about gender, sexuality, race and socioeconomic class
October 12, 2017
“I can’t do this...yet!” and “My math brain just grew!” were just a few comments made during our math mindset activities in 4th grade. All students in the Lower Division spent the first two weeks of school building and strengthening their math mindsets. The purpose behind this important work was to establish a supportive math community that encourages all learners and to build upon the belief that everyone can do math at a high level.
October 10, 2017
Empathy—putting oneself in the shoes of another—is the ability that allows us to really get in touch with other people. The good news is that this important ability can be developed from an early age. In the Early Learning Center at Avenues, nursery and pre-K teachers are working with children to help them get in touch with their feelings and the feelings of others.
October 6, 2017
A temperature-changing jacket? A backpack that transforms into a hammock? These are just a couple of the inventions that 6th graders created as part of a math unit on statistics.
October 3, 2017
This past year's Global Journeys Taiwan program was focused on culture and climate change.