We had a wonderful celebration of the mid-autumn moon festival this week. It was great to see so many students and staff dressed in ao dai and hanbok to commemorate this festival of thanks, family and prayer. The theme of the celebration this year was on reflection - thinking back to past events, learning from them and trying to improve as a result of that. It was so lovely to see some of our Korean students performing in Vietnamese and some of our Vietnamese students performing Korean dances - it was a true celebration of the meaning of the autumn festival. My thanks to Mr Nghia Doan, and all of our Vietnamese teachers and students who took part.
The moon festival once again left a real impression on me. It made me think about how important it is not to let go of our traditions. That these are the things that bind us together and enables us to celebrate our commonality. It is more important in this day and age where we are so consumed and led by technology.
Not that technology need be bad. I have seen some wonderful lessons this week, many of which have been using learning technology to enhance and complement the learning of the students. One lesson saw an English class using Nearpod. This tool allowed the students to collaborate and contribute to the lesson, through their iPad, but it also enabled the students to have their own version of the lesson plan, at their fingertips, so that they could refer to it as they were undertaking their tasks.
In another lesson I saw a very creative use of google docs to, not only collaborate in small groups, but also to see, and comment, on the work of all the other groups within that class.
The result of both of the lessons was that the students were able to show great progress, but also be at the centre of the learning process. The use of technology had helped enhance their learning experience.
This week I wrote to all parents about our roll out of an app called Nishint. This app, once installed, allows parents and teachers to have a greater management of an individual or a class’s device. In this way we are able to help guide the students in a sensible use of their iPads so that they can be used within school, to engage in the lessons and really help develop their 21st century learning skills.
I hope that you are all able to celebrate the moon festival this week, and I hope you have a great week ahead.