A Futurist Report By Director of Technology Bob Derby
Happy Spring! I consider myself a futurist with a passion for learning how technology will impact society in the next 25-50 years. I admittedly spend a great deal of time on the internet reading and watching copious amounts of news on technology. Here are a few technology and futurism updates to share.
A Time For Reflection By Head of Lower School Marna Weiss As the 2016–2017 school year comes to a close and retirement looms large, I find myself reflecting back on my career in education and trying to figure out exactly what it is I have learned. From my first teaching job in a suburb of Chicago with a master’s degree in hand at the ripe old age of 22, and 36 kindergarteners in my morning session and 36 more in the afternoon with no assistant, I was convinced I could conquer the world. Or, at least be able to teach 72 five-year-olds.
During spring break several students from band, choir and orchestra traveled to Japan on the annual performing arts international trip. Students attended music performances, viewed cherry blossoms, played traditional Japanese instruments, bonded with the locals, and toured Tokyo, Kamakura and Kyoto. Students Rachel Mow ’17 and Armando Gray ’19 share reflections from their experience.
Using CSI: Forensic Science to Solve the Case of the Third-Floor Thief
Although glamorized on TV, crime scene investigations are complicated scientific endeavors. Forensics experts are faced with daunting tasks to analyze crime scene evidence and unravel murder mysteries. With this in mind, students in the Grades 7–8 forensic science elective enthusiastically took on a multitude of responsibilities to identify the culprit in a campus-related mock crime.