Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SVS - Robotics with Year Six

Year 6 worked with a partner to make a remote controlled robot from a Hummingbird board, Bluetooth adapter and a power pack. In addition to these components they added 2 motors with wheels and LED’s.

They followed instructions to build the robot from images and then used the Birdblox app to program it to move. 

The iPad’s accelerometer enabled the robot to be controlled by tilting the iPad in different ways. This meant that when the iPad was tilted forward the motors would start to move in the direction programmed. Similarly, when the iPad was tilted sideways the robot would turn by one motor being programmed to move forwards and one motor programmed to move backwards.


The programming blocks were added to allow the iPad to act as a remote control for the robot. They also added LED’s to their robot.

Finally they were asked to ‘dress’ their robots. They had great fun doing this bit!

They delivered a short presentation to each class around the school, to share their creation and tell us a bit about their learning throughout the process.

We think they are AMAZING...do you?

Monday, May 22, 2017

Saudi Arabian Student Film Festival

On May 19, 2017, many hours of work by aspiring student film makers in Saudi Arabia came together for the Saudi Arabian Student Film Festival (SASFF). The culminating event screening four student films was attended by approximately 40 people in the theater at the Dhahran campus. Student humor, creativity, ingenuity and passion was showcased in the films which were required to use the following six elements:

  1. Line: "Let's run around the moon"
  2. Line: "That breaks the fourth wall"
  3. Character: Jock
  4. Prop: Boomerang
  5. Prop: Minion
  6. Prop: Fire extinguisher 
DHS Teacher and Club Advisor Jonathan Montgomery said, "I was thoroughly impressed by the organizational skills and dedication shown by Brooke Schumacher and Emily Harden, DHS students,  who lead the project from inception to fruition. Without them, the project would not have happened. It turns out, they created a delightful evening showcasing student creativity. They even provided popcorn!" 

Bittersweet won the awards for Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography. The complex story was revealed through the use of sophisticated camera angles that invited the audience to participate in the story of a brother and sister growing up but not growing apart.

Milk - A Story of Drinks won the awards for Best Film and Best Editing. Judges were amazed that one student was able to produce the film in its entirety. The editing showcased great technical prowess.
Strawberry Milk Enthusiast fights Chocolate Milk Enthusiast, both played by Jonah Kelly. Filmed by Jonah Kelly.
A Day in the Life of SpiderMan won the award for Most Creative Use of Elements. The audience was dazzled by the unexpected way the film used the required elements. 


Spider Man Ammar Ad-Dabbagh's amazing costume wowed the audience.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

"How to Ride A Scooter" Information Book by Dammam Kg2 Writer

"This Is How We Write"

We are proud of our writers at Dammam ISG and this is just one example of why. No one can inspire writers better than other writers! Listen as one of our youngest authors tells what she knows about writing "How To" books. Prepare to be WOW'd by what she knows writers do! Teachers have done an amazing job of getting writers to talk about writing and empowering them to take ownership of their writing pieces...watch as this writer goes into "teacher mode" while talking with me about her book, "Scooter". 
😊 📝

Monday, May 1, 2017

#nesachat Tuesday, May 2

Tuesday, May 2 10:00 – 11:00 AM AST (GMT+3)

Greetings NESA Wider Circle and Collaboratives!

This week's chat will focus on the work of Dr. Brene Brown around perfectionism. It will be moderated by Alexis Wiggins @alexiswiggins and Tracy Hill @tracyhillriyadh from Ais-R.  Please alert your colleagues and join us if you can. Link to the doc and questions: #nesachatPerfectionism - The 20-ton Shield

This will be the final #nesachat of the year. A big thanks to Alexis for her work in organizing this year's Twitter Chats. She leaves us to return to the US and will be greatly missed. If you would like to host a chat in the coming year, please let me know! We'd love to share this platform.

Thanks for getting the word out. Hope to 'see' you on Tuesday!

PS - View #nesachat archive on Storify

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Upcoming PL in Cairo

Please see the below message from CAC regarding upcoming Professional Learning. If you are interested, please contact your site administration.

Dear Colleagues,

Cairo American College (CAC) teachers would like to share their insights and teaching models with other international school teachers in the region in order to better support teacher understanding and student learning.

Join other educators from Paris, Doha and Chennai!

We are hosting a professional learning weekend from March 25 - 27, 2017. Teachers have an opportunity to participate in a Lab Site process to learn about one of these three teaching models used at CAC:

  1. Reading and writing:  Reading and Writing Workshops in the Elementary School
  2. Mathematics:  Challenge by Choice curriculum in the Middle School
  3. Multiple subjects:  Harkness-style student-centered discussions in the High School

Alternatively, administrators may attend the MAP Testing Workshop, in which participants learn how best to generate annual reports, graphs, and conduct international comparisons of their testing data. Be sure to bring your own data to the workshop!

And, when not on campus you will have an opportunity to visit the Pyramids, float on Falucca on the Nile and enjoy Egyptian Cuisine!  All included in the registration fee.

Please find attached a document that includes the full weekend schedule, information about lodging and activities in Cairo, and detailed descriptions of the professional learning sessions. Please also note the following:

  • Eligibility: Educators from regional international schools outside of Egypt.
  • Cost: $250 payable by US or Egypt bank check or bank transfer. Payment must be made by March 1, 2017.

Click here to register today! We look forward to partnering with you in this exciting learning experience.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dammam Publishes Vignettes via eBooks

Written by Humaira Khan, ISG Dammam
Over the course of the past month, the Dammam students of Grade 9 have dedicated their time and effort towards writing vignettes. These vignettes were later compiled into a book to represent each Grade 9 class. The inspiration for this semester project was a novel by Sandra Cisneros called The House on Mango Street. Since my students had previously analyzed and interpreted the novel, they already knew how to write vignettes. One of the objectives of giving this project was to allow students to elaborate on a specific topic and present their outlook. Another goal was to delve into this particular style of writing. Cooperation was enhanced by collaborating with other students. A unique blend of perspectives was also exhibited in the vignettes. While writing their vignettes, my students used the Common Core Standards as a guideline to achieve the final product. This enabled the students to bring forth exceptional vignettes. Concrete details and examples were used to appeal to the audience. Technology was seamlessly integrated into the project. The students were aided in compiling the individual vignettes into a collection through technological means.  The vignettes offer a unique insight into the daily escapades of the Grade 9 pupils. Through resilience and determination, they were successful in savouring the sweet fruits of labour. The final outcome felt very rewarding to the students. Furthermore, I did not opt for the traditional teaching routine. Instead, I applied more efficient and creative teaching methods that have been highlighted by the Common Core Standards. This gave my students an initiative to showcase their potential without being restricted by any boundaries.
Please view their wonderful work here: Grade 9

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Creativity and Collaboration

The Dhahran campus LRC is shifting towards a flexible model of working with students and teachers. Please check out the latest from the LRC blog: Creativity & Collaboration in Grade 5.  Find out what wonderful learning they've been up to!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Future Learn

Check our Future Learn, a site that offers free courses in a variety of areas, in addition to certificates and programs (for a fee).  Courses are offered from various universities.

You may be interested in the following courses or programs:

STEM Teaching
Designing Assessments to Measure Student Outcomes 
Youth Football Coaching
Teaching Literacy through Film
Teaching Programming in Primary Schools

These are just a few of the options on offer.  Enjoy!