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.
December 13, 2017
Our final project for the "Dating and Meeting People" unit was to recreate a Chinese dating show in a comedic and non-gendered way. Each student had to create several videos describing varying facets of themselves and interview before the panel of possible matches—the other students.
December 8, 2017
Yayoi Kusama Festival of Life show was such a special experience for our pre-K students as they wandered through her “infinity rooms.” The first room in the show is an immersive experience for everyone who visits, and our 4 and 5-year-olds really seemed to connect with it.
December 5, 2017
Last week, having almost completed all high school math curriculum, a group of 12th graders set foot to find beauty outside the classroom. This time, they looked for patterns not in a sequence of math problems, but ones hidden in the works of artists. As a prelude to their yearlong math-art project, students visited galleries in Chelsea. One of the stops was home to works by artist Ruth Asawa.
December 1, 2017
In 5th grade, students take a weekly one-hour class called Fab Five. The Fab Five classes consist of Drama, Journalism, Public Speaking, Creative Computing and Wellness. In the Creative Computation class, students learned to build a computer from scratch.
November 29, 2017
We asked the kids to share what they know about emotions, and then generated a list of all the feelings we know. One child made a quick connection and said, “Hey! Emojis, emotions. They’re like the same thing!” We used this observation to help us draw facial expressions for our own class emojis and then thought about how and why we feel the ways we do.