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.
April 25, 2017 - In the the 2016–2017 academic year, the Lower Division curriculum formally introduced coding and programming as a “fourth” language, in addition to English and Spanish or Mandarin in the dual-immersion program. The goal of this new initiative is for Avenues students to be able to “speak” code and understand why coding is an important 21st-century skill. More...
March 27, 2017 - Toca Nature is an imaginative app that allows kids to create rivers or lakes, build mountains, plant a wide variety of trees and quickly see what type of wildlife appears from their effort. More...
March 20, 2017 - Space by Tinybop is the eighth app in Tinybop’s Explorer’s Library, a series of STEM sandbox apps for kids that are designed to inspire curiosity and foster lifelong learning. The app lets kids explore the solar system through interactive games. More...