APP OF THE WEEK – PUPPET PALS HD DIRECTOR’S PASS

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Puppet Pals HD Director's Pass is a digital storytelling app that encourages users to create and publish their own personalized puppet shows. Users create their own stories, act them out, narrate, and record them. This app provides opportunities for young users to improve their story telling skills, while having fun at the same time. More...

Why We Still Make Volcanoes

Different types of volcanos

How do we teach volcanoes in a more fruitful way at Avenues? This question arose multiple times at our Lower School science team meetings as we approached our third grade “natural disasters” unit. We needed to find a lens through which to make the experience more meaningful so students gained a real experience learning about volcanoes.  More...

A SHORT INTERVIEW WITH CARRIE POLLACK

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Carrie Pollack joined Avenues in the fall of 2013 as an art teacher in the Middle School. In this short interview, Carrie talks about her role as an art educator and about helping students transform themselves into artists in a studio setting. More...

CATEGORY: School 2.0

Wonderstruck

Wonderstruck, by Brian Selznick

I work with fifth grade English teachers Erin Finn-Welch and Elizabeth Brus, and we write and teach cross-curricular units of study as often as possible. At the forefront of all our planning are habits of heart and mind we want our students to embrace. For fifth grade, these habits are empathy and self-awareness.  More...

APP OF THE WEEK – KIDS DISCOVER

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Kids Discover has a collection of apps that focus on a single nonfiction subject in either the natural or social sciences. Geography, Ancient Egypt, the Constitution, and Space are just a few of the topics featured. Topics are brought to life using HD video, 360º virtual tours, animations, and audio narration. These apps provide an interactive reading experience that students of all ages will enjoy. More...

CATEGORY: School 2.0