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.
January 5, 2018
This year we are introducing a new math tool to be used in our kindergarten and 1st grade curriculum—rekenreks. Rekenreks are used for students to understand numbers in a multi-sensory way.
January 3, 2018
At the end of the school day, I change from my work clothes into stretchy pants and a t-shirt, and make the transformation from Chinese teacher back to the fire-and-brimstone martial arts instructor I once was. Students come into my class with varied motivation; some come to become physically fit, some to learn to defend themselves and some to connect themselves to an unbroken line of an old tradition
December 21, 2017
During a child’s development it is essential to build and maintain routines. Having consistent routines and knowing what to expect creates a predictable and safe environment for children. One of the first goals for children when starting pre-school is to internalize the daily routine.
December 20, 2017
This year, our middle grades students set a new record in our young history. Seventy-four students from grades 6 through 8 participated in one of the most prestigious math contests in the world, American Mathematics Competition 8.
December 18, 2017
This fall, 5th graders from Avenues traveled about two hours out of the city to Black Rock Forest for an educational and recreational day trip. The Black Rock Forest Consortium is a “living laboratory for field-based research and education, encompassing native terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems that are increasingly rare in the region.”