The nascent field of digital humanities is bringing the computational power of data analytics to the human world of history and literature. And with new tools, even high school students can perform complex analyses with simple, single line commands. In short, coding doesn’t look much like coding any more. This webinar describes a digital humanities course now underway and includes live coding to demonstrate how easily students can apply computational principles to history and literature. Teacher Peter Nilsson of Deerfield Academy (MA) explains the purposes and the process of this ground-breaking course.
Many independent schools are considering replacing Advanced Placement-designated courses with high-level coursework of their own design. Other schools have done this years ago. What are some prerequisites and best practices for making this move, and how can schools be assured that moving "beyond AP" will truly benefit their students and their institutions? Peter Gow, executive director of the Independent Curriculum Group and long-time participant in the "beyond AP" movement, shares experience, ideas, and resources.
We are all born with curiosity, a sense of wonder, and a sense of expansive possibility. Yet, as we move through school, topics tend to separate into distinct subjects, assessment strategies become more limiting, and possibilities are stifled. This webinar encourages you to blur the lines between disciplines in your classroom and challenges you to collaborate and innovate new ways to engage students with your subject material. Beaver Country Day School’s Anatomy and Physiology course pushes past the traditional expectations of scientific content by integrating art, design, engineering, and theater into the classroom. Learn how Beaver’s New Basics allow teachers to create projects that develop 21st century skills.
As a school that has crafted, implemented, and continuously revised a progressive, skills-based, integrated curriculum for all types of students, Christchurch has learned a lot about developing new curricula, implementing change, working with parents, faculty members and boards, and about the power of hiring to move school culture forward. This webinar provides an overview of the school's curriculum and the change process it has undergone, and then allows for Q & A about specific topics of interest to attendees.
Ever since Homer’s Odysseus took his epic journey, we have come to know the word “odyssey” to mean “an intellectual or spiritual wandering or quest.” At Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, we perceive education in much the same way. It truly can be a quest in which a student finds and follows a passion for a particular area of study. We are creating a new program to allow students to do just that. Combining elements of Independent Study, Senior Experience, and on-going research, a student who desires in-depth study in a particular area–biology, computer science, literature, mathematics, history, or the visual or performing arts–can apply to be a part of the Odyssey Scholars Program at the end of their Sophomore year.