Tip of the Hat




Math students are still bound to their trusty graphics calculator. Teachers need to teach students how to use these calculators. The problem is that those devices are tiny and it's difficult to show specific steps to your students. It is much easier to project the steps you take on your calculator for all to see. This is the ultimate guide on how to run a graphics calculator on your computer, and display it on your projector.

Display a Graphing Calculator on your Computer





Flag for the Republic of Karelia
To get a lesson on how to to create human-centered designs, look no further than G10 Claire. She gets the tip of the hat this week for leveraging social media in order to establish global connections. Her assignment was to create a flag for a chosen place or territory. Claire picked The Republic of Karelia, a little known former USSR state. This task was realized in the context of her MYP Design class. With her work, she exemplifies the concept of empathy at the core of design thinking. In order to determine how best to design her flag, she wanted the input of people from the Republic of Karelia to better capture the feelings of the population. To reach out to them, she used Reddit.

Student Demonstrates Empathy in Design




KAS Google Reference School 2
The first tip of the hat for this academic year 2016-2017 goes off to all of you teachers at Kaohsiung American School. Your efforts to model digital age work and learning have been recognized today by Google. Thanks to you, Kaohsiung American School has been granted the status of Google Reference School! This is a close circle of institutions which include some of the most innovative schools in the world.

Google Reference School in Taiwan


The Digital Media Making student-lead club creates regular video reports of life at Kaohsiung American School. These young video producers fully deserve the tip of the hat this week. Their creativity and editing skills need to be recognized. For example, you may notice the great way they use our green screen, do also pay attention to the fancy titles and the great use of timelapses on their DMM YouTube channel.

Digital Media Making Club Video Reports



How do you pronounce GIF
Allison and Emmie, writers for KAS' school paper KASPER, much deserve the tip of the hat this week for their super nerdy article on how to pronounce the acronym GIF. If you have not yet watched their masterpiece of a video interview, queue those 2:07 minutes up right now.

How Do You Pronounce GIF?


Video Book Reports
It is well worth watching the video book report below to understand why Grade 3 Margo Carnahan is fully deserving the tip of the hat this week. Her students first wrote their own books on paper, before scanning them onto their computers. They designed their digital books layout online with Google Slides. Next they used screencasting to turn their presentations into videos.

Digital Books by Students on YouTube