This morning, the students of A21 Academy were invited to join Windsor Mayor, Drew Dilkens and Swimming Champion, Kylie Masse to an exciting media release at the WFCU Centre. Kylie Masse will the Ambassador for the Fina Games in Windsor set to take place December 1-6 at the WFCU.
The students were excited to meet a true Olympian, see a bronze medal up close and ask fantastic questions about perseverance and training. Stay tuned to the media this evening as I am certain our students will be making an appearance.
It was truly a fantastic way to end our ISUs on the Rio Olympics!
In order to be more environmentally conscious, we are asking that all students have a proper, reusable, and washable water bottle for school. We usually have paper cups beside our water machine but it is creating much waste and water mess. Therefore, we will no longer provide the paper cups. In lieu of the cups, students will bring in their own water bottles and fill them with fresh cold water when needed.
If they happen to forget their water bottle, students will be able to use the drinking fountain in the hallway of the WFCU. Thank your on-going support and keeping our world a little cleaner.
A21 Academy Staff
Ms. Alyshia leads our students in professional dance. Ms. Alyshia has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She attended York University where she obtained her B.F.A. in Dance. She has her level 5 Cecchetti Ballet certification but knows how to groove with instruction in hip hop, jazz and other forms of dance as well. Way to go Ms. Alyshia and our A21 students!
Your NOSE knows best. Had to pick cotton balls with only their nose ( and Vaseline we put on the end to make the stick!
Challenges...a house of cards...Road block challenge...suck it up...find $2 of gold in a bowl of pasta?
Collaboration is key in each of the different challenges. It's all a part of our amazing race!
At A21 Academy, students learn the art of conducting proper board room meetings. Today, Zayn chaired the meeting while Sehjal was the recording secretary. The meeting was called to order at 1 p.m. There was a review of the minutes, business arising from the minutes, new business which is typically suggestions made by staff of students, and questions.
During this meeting, the staff and students spoke to the suggestion of adding ballet and gymnastics to our program. We also introduced the "Committees Sign Up Form" to students where each student is asked to sign up for at least one of the following committees: uniforms, birthdays, sports teams, hot lunches, year books, charity giving, and marketing. Students are also able to offer other committee suggestions based on need or interest. The meeting adjourned at 1:20 p.m.
WHAT'S YOUR YELLOW? In today's leadership session, Ms. Kristi spoke to students about "their yellow". At A21 Academy, yellow signifies the inner passion, the fire and the driving force that brings students joy. For some students, hockey was their passion, while for others, it was building and playing chess. As students grow and mature, their passion may change. However, we want students to recognize the importance of looking inside to discover what makes them happy. This in turn will lead to creating a successful future built on their passion; THEIR YELLOW.
D. Frank Smith Frank is a social media journalist for the CDW family of technology magazine websites. (http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2015/12/5-tech-trends-could-supercharge-education-2016)
The technologies of tomorrow are already making headway into education, and others are poised for mass distribution in 2016. The technologies of tomorrow are already being tested in select classrooms today, laying the seeds for the future of how students could learn. A few of these technologies have already made headway into education, and others are poised for mass distribution, with the promise of ground-shaking change in their wake.
Virtual Reality (VR) Adds New Dimension to Learning
VR is shaping up to be one of the largest technology turf wars of 2016. The immersive power of this technology has also caught the eye of Jon Phillips, managing director of strategy for worldwide education at Dell. Phillips tells EdTech that experiential learning can teach complex problems in a different way than traditional education methods of today.
3D Printing’s Audience on Track for Growth3D printers have already broken through in education, helping students bring their ideas to life or put their hands on concepts that previously lived only in textbooks. But 2016 could prove to be a transformative year for the technology as the devices become more affordable and the barrier to entry continues to drop.
A community of tinkerers, programmers and students are fostering makerspaces — local labs armed with 3D printers and fabrication tools — across the country. Spaces like these are urging learners to develop new engineering skills that could become the bedrock for an industry that’s still being pioneered.
Internet of Things Finds Its Place (IoT)
The number of connected technologies we use each day continues to multiply, and unless Moore’s Law is disproved, they will continue to shrink, unlocking new uses for connectivity, changing how our lives are networked with technology.
For a glimpse at the future, look no further than how companies are gearing up to invest in the IoT. International Data Corp. projects that IoT spending will leap from the $655.8 billion seen in 2014 to $1.7 trillion in 2020, the same year that Gartner Inc. predicts 26 billion devices will be connected to the Internet.
Today, the IoT applications for education are still being explored, with some classrooms dabbling in gesture-based controls feeding data to Internet-connected devices. But the potential for the technology looms across a variety of applications.
Wearables Court Mainstream Status
The current star of the Internet of Things concept, wearable technology, still has a lot to prove to educators. Analysts at New Media Consortium (NMC) predict it will be widespread in classrooms in about four years, but there are already examples of the technology making waves in education.
In 2015, UNICEF launched Kid Power, a fitness program that tracked the steps of about 10,000 students while they wore fitness bands. Participants accrued points for walking, which were then converted into monetary donations to purchase food packets for malnourished children.
“Wearables not only assist students, but also offer many benefits to educators. From pinging students’ GPS locations during a field trip to recording point-of-view lessons, teachers have more options to monitor and engage with students. And this engagement can also translate to communication between educators, giving them more options for collaboration,” according to the K-12 Tech Decisions blog.
Tech Gets Smarter, Becomes More Interactive
Analysts see robotics serving a more hands-on role in the classroom. Constance Smith of Frog, a design firm, says robotic toys are capable of changing how special-education students learn in the classroom.
“In the future, we’ll see a rise in robotic toys that serve counselors and playmates to children with various learning disabilities like Autism. Studies have shown that AI toys are extremely effective in getting withdrawn ASD kids in engaging in personal, playful interactions. Special Education departments will soon have whole classrooms of intelligent toys to play with,” Smith writes.
Meanwhile, connected devices like the programmable robot Sphero are already working well in the classroom, reports K-12 educator Sam Patterson. It just takes the right lesson plan to unlock their potential, he says.
“There are hundreds of other great ways to use these robots to support student learning. My advice is get one and put it into the hands of students — see what they can do. Build challenges and celebrate failure. Learning can be hard but fun, and these robots make integration easy,” Patterson writes in an EdTech blog.