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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tech Talk – John Iglar, Director of Educational Technology

Summer Screen-Time Rules: start now

As you look forward to the summer break and the increased down-time and play-time for your children, it's a good idea to think about and plan for managing the use of smartphones, tablets, laptops and other electronic devices. CommonSense Media has a great guide for parents to manage devices with your children. If you set up some realistic goals and rules and give students a balance of electronic entertainment and physical outdoor fun, you'll have a stress-free family experience this summer.

Read the article here: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/start-your-summer-screen-time-rules-now

 

 

Tech Talk

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Director of Educational Technology, John Iglar

Girls CAN: design, make, program

On Saturday, a group of girls from grades 6-12 came to the Makerspace/Robotics Lab to create things, program things and learn about technology tools. We had a special visitor, Gillian Brewin, a former parent who talked about her own work in technology and that of her daughter (ICS graduate), Danielle. It was a busy day, with lots of 3D printing, robots being built, laser cutting designs, and more. The girls all expressed a hope that we would have more such events …and we are planning to! Technology is primarily a male-dominated field and ICS is determined to do its small part to change that and give our girls the skills and opportunities to explore and learn in technology. Read more about it here. I’ve posted some photos and information from the day.

Parenting in the Digital Age

Wednesday morning, Alicia Brown (grade 9-10 counselor) and John Iglar (educational technology director) gave a presentation to parents about “Parenting in the Digital Age.” We looked at various social media in use by students, some issues affecting students regarding the use of the internet and social media, and explored some scenarios and shared some resources. There were good discussions amongst parents and sharing of issues and different strategies parents take. It was a productive and valuable informal coffee morning.

See the presentation here, with some links to resources for parents to help work your way through the issues of parenting in this digital age.

 

Tech Talk

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

TECH TALK, John Iglar, Director of Educational Technology

Girls CAN: getting girls involved in technology

In the interest in getting more girls at ICS involved in technology and robotics, we’re holding a special girls-only technology day on Saturday, 5 November from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the Makerspace/Robotics Lab in the secondary block. The day will start at 9:00 AM with an introduction and motivational talks, and we’ll have multiple workshops on robotics, 3D printing, 2D design & cutting, and computer programming. We’ll have lunch and wrap up the day with some prizes and games. We’re hoping to have a good turnout that we can then turn into an all-girls technology/robotics team!

I’m writing more about the importance of girls’ participation in technology on my ICS blog. Please have a look!

Tech Talk

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

John Iglar, Director of Educational Technology

 

Girls CAN: getting girls involved in technology

In the interest in getting more girls at ICS involved in technology and robotics, we’re holding a special girls-only technology day on Saturday, 5 November from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the Makerspace/Robotics Lab in the secondary block. The day will start at 9:00 AM with an introduction and motivational talks, and we’ll have multiple workshops on robotics, 3D printing, 2D design & cutting, and computer programming. We’ll have lunch and wrap up the day with some prizes and games. We’re hoping to have a good turnout that we can then turn into an all-girls technology/robotics team!

I’m writing more about the importance of girls’ participation in technology on my ICS blog. Please have a look!

News of the Week

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Tech Talk, John Iglar, Director of Educational Technology

Parenting in the Digital Age – Wednesday, 9 November - 8:15-9:15 AM (Upper Commons)

John Iglar and Alicia Brown are hosting a High School Parent Technology Coffee for parents of students in grades 9-12.

This is an opportunity for parents to:

  • Learn about the most frequently used social media applications by HS students
  • Talk with other parents about parenting in the digital age on topics including
    • Social media use
    • Study habits
    • Managing technology in the home
    • Gain new information about the best practices regarding parenting in the digital age from Common Sense Media and other sources.

We invite you to join this important conversation about parenting in the digital age.

Technology

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

TECH TALK,   John Iglar,Director of Educational Technology

Grade 10 STEAM Projects

This week, Grade 10 students spent two days participating in “Week Within Walls” activities. These days are designed to focus on problem-based and project-based learning, crossing between disciplines and giving the students learning experiences which are different from their traditional class activities.

Grade 10 students got to work on integrated STEAM activities, combining Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. The students worked in small groups on a project of their choosing, going through the Engineering Design process to investigate and plan a solution to a problem or challenge. Projects crossed borders between subjects: combining Biology and Visual Art to represent environmental adaptation of a cuttlefish, combining Mathematics and Geography to collaborate with students in Ghana to measure the circumference of the Earth, and many more.

I’m writing more about the students’ projects and posting some photos and videos in my ICS blog.

Please have a look!

Tech Talk

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Director of Technology, John Iglar

my ICS blog.

Open House: Makerspace and Robotics Lab

Thanks to the success of last year’s Annual Fund, we are delighted to have transformed our old secondary school Computer Lab into a Makerspace and Robotics Lab! S021 will be a hub for students and teachers to create awesome projects using technology. We’re going to have an Open House for all ICS community members this Saturday, 3 September, from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (noon). Come see what’s going on in the space.

Robotics

We have expanded our equipment that can be used in all grade levels. We have robots designed for young children, kits for middle school students to build and program, and equipment for high school students to work on. We’re running ASAs for both middle and high school students, letting students design, build and program robots and training our students to compete at the ISSEA STEM competition to be held in Mozambique next April. We’re going to be scheduling time for elementary school students to use robots to play and learn design, engineering and programming skills in the Robotics Lab as well as in their own classrooms.

Read more about our robotics equipment and see some photographs on my school blog.

3D Printing

We’ve purchased and set up a Makerbot Replicator 3D printer as well as a Digitizer 3D scanner. With this equipment, students and teachers can fabricate 3D models that they create themselves, scans of real-life objects, or models downloaded from the web. There are many learning opportunities that come from holding and manipulating real objects rather than digital models on a computer screen. Read about some of our first printing tests on my school blog.

Laser Cutting

With a top-notch laser cutter as well as a physical-blade vinyl cutter, students and teachers can create designs using graphic software and then make these a reality by cutting into vinyl, or cutting or engraving wood, plastic or even metal. Read about some of our first cutting tests on my school blog.

Imagine. Design. Create.

The purpose of the Makerspace/Robotics Lab is to provide tools, space and opportunity for students and teachers to be creative and bring the products of their imagination to life. The only limit is our imagination!

ICS STEM Team earns Silver medals at ISSEA Tournament!

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

The ICS STEM team traveled to Lusaka, Zambia, last week to compete in the ISSEA STEM Tournament. It was an intense week, with individual and group competitions in Mathematics, Science and Robotics. Amanuel Amogne, Daniel Hodeta, Fiker Negash, Gebrella Dagne, Huqi Liu, Kidus Amare, Mohamed Baobeid, Myles De Jong, Nathenael Gemechu, Nobel Manaye, Phuc Bui, Runze Ma, Sarra El-Hamzaoui, and Yongle (Jack) Yuan all worked together well and represented ICS with energy and good sportsperson ship.

The team all worked hard, but some of the individual or group achievements deserve special commendations:

  • Nati, Sarra, Huqi, and Kidus all were excellent communicators, appearing on stage and delivering inspiring STEM Talks to all the teams and coaches
  • Fiker, Sarra, Daniel and Nati were risk-takers and participated in the Science Jeopardy! contest, competing in front of all the teams
  • Yongle (Jack) showed how knowledgeable he was by taking 1st place in the individual Mathematics event. Nati, Daniel and Amanuel all placed in the top 10!
  • Yongle and Nati also earned 1st place in the Mathematics pairs event, while Fiker & Gebrella and Nati & Amanuel also placed in the top 10.
  • Runze & Kidus, Aman & Nati, Huqi & Mohamed, and Sarra & Gabi were all excellent inquirers, earning ICS 1st place in their Science events. Phuc & Fiker & Nobel, Aman & Nati, and Gabi & Sarra also earned 2nd place showings for ICS in their Science events.
  • Mohamed & Myles represented the Robotics team on stage for a nail-biting head-to-head competition! They beat the undefeated ISK in an exciting final round of the double-elimination tournament, forcing a second final round which they then lost by only 3 points!

In the end, ICS came in 2nd in both Science and Mathematics, and 3rd in Robotics, earning the school a silver medal for 2nd place overall. Congratulations to the team and to coaches Mr Maddock, Mr Gunther and Mr. Iglar!

More information, photos and videos of the STEM Talks are on the tournament's Facebook page.