Monday, November 18, 2013

Minecraft Utopia Projects

In our 6th Grade Humanities classes, Karen Niegelsky had students develop their own utopias. A few groups used Minecraft to create theirs. What transpired was pretty incredible. Check it out:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

BYOD: Achieving Learning Outcomes Across Operating Systems

Below is an infographic that shows how you can achieve learning outcomes regardless of the operating system. This is just a taste of the possibilities. From

Monday, November 11, 2013

NCAIS Innovate: BYOD @ C'Bury

On Friday, November 1, John Schoultz and I presented at the NCAIS Innovate Conference. Many thanks to Laura Blackburn and the NCAIS team for setting up a great conference. Below is our presentation:

Friday, November 8, 2013

Chapel Buddies

Each year our 6th graders are partnered with Kindergartners in a program called Chapel Buddies. We've been doing this since the beginning of the school and it is a fantastic community building opportunity, as well as a leadership opportunity for our 6th grade. Check out some pictures from Kindergarten teacher, Jackie Fuller:

Thursday, November 7, 2013

8th Grade Internships

This year we instituted an 8th grade internship program. 8th graders are working with staff and faculty on meaningful internships throughout the school that help to develop a deeper understanding of the school, provide an opportunity to develop relationships outside of their peer group, and engrain a sense of commitment and dedication to a larger purpose. Check out Caroline Fitzgerald at work with a Kindergartner on Math:

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

STEM Trip: 8th Grade to WFU Biology Lab

Nicole Schutt, one of our Middle School STEM teachers, sent along this report from the 8th grade's visit to Wake Forest yesterday:

8th grade Canterbury students took a trip to Wake Forest University to visit the Biology Lab facilities in Winston Hall.  They met with Dr. Ashley-Ross and her three Graduate students to learn about their current research and how it relates to our science studies of natural selection, adaptations, and evolution.  Students learned about the mangrove rivules fish, which uses a "tail flip" behavior to propel itself onto and across the land; the archer fish, which controls its spit to knock down prey above the water; and how the tarantula uses its legs to flip itself over when placed on its back.  This last project has joined with the Center for Design Innovation in Winston-Salem to apply what is learned to designing robots used in the field of science.  Students were entertained by Ben Perlman (pictured above) showing how the rivules controls its jumping behavior.  They also enjoyed a tour of the facilities and used some very impressive microscopes - one particular laser microscope was said to cost over $750,000!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Help Desk....

When I was at the NCAIS Innovate Conference at Noble Academy last Friday, Michele Gutierez shared these hilarious videos to set a context for her talk on digital literacy. I wanted to pass them along: