The Intelligent Community Forum is a think tank that studies the economic and social development of the 21st Century community. School District 8 and Island View School hosted ICF C0-founder Louis Zacharilla and members of the Saint John contingent today at IVS. Louis told reporter April Cunningham of the TJ that “Saint John’s reliance on innovation will create a culture of knowledge that lasts long term, which is why it was chosen as one of this year’s top seven most intelligent communities.”
Our tour this morning began with a brilliant video presentation showcasing the innovation and technology integration at IVS. The video was produced by one of my District 8 Technology Mentors, Phil Sweezey in conjunction with IVS students. We followed this up with a brief Prezi outlining examples of District Innovation and partnerships. The highlight of the tour included classroom visits where Louis interacted with students in classrooms demonstrating student blogging, skyping, and a computer skills boot camp.
District 8 Innovation and Technology Integration Prezi
Mr. Carr’s Class Blog’s ICF visit to IVS
Early this year, one of my colleagues and close friends, Melinda Sheehan engaged her visual arts students at St. Malachy’s Memorial High School to produced a video entilted,” From the hands of Teens.” Originally, students created a series of inspirational messages painted as temporary tattoos on the hands of classmates. Photographs of the teenagers’ hands were then completed. The subjects are like “street philosophers”, everyone contributing and collaborating by presenting their temporary tattoos, as they reflect on what they wish to articulate to the global world.
For my 40th birthday, I was given a copy of the installation and it currently hangs in my office at School District 8.
NB-TAP is an industry-driven private/public partnership dedicated to the career development of New Brunswick’s youth. This program brings together industry, educators, government, communities and students. Through participating in NB-TAP, students graduate high school having already completed their first year of apprenticeship.
The program is being launched during 2011-2012 in Saint John, New Brunswick as a pilot program at Simonds High School, in partnership with Irving Oil, Jacobs Industrial, and School District 8. The pilot program is available to Simonds High School Grade 10 students only. Simonds High School Grade 10 Students who are interested in the program should register for the course Introduction to Applied Technology and provide their names to their homeroom teachers.