U.S. 1 doesn’t normally pay much attention to snow days and school closings and delayed openings and all that winter drama that makes being a parent more of a challenge than ever.
But this winter, given the numbing reoccurrences of such events, we took special notice of an E-mail that arrived the afternoon of Sunday, March 2, as all the world — or so it seemed — was bracing for yet another winter “event” on Monday. The E-mail was from the Hun School, the private, coeducational, K-12 school in the western section of Princeton, and it showed a creative response to the weather predictions that we thought some businesses also might appreciate.
“While the region prepares for another winter storm and the potential for a snow day on Monday, March 3, Hun School teachers are preparing to hold classes online. Teachers and students will ‘meet’ on Schoology, the Hun School’s internal learning management platform, and implement a variety of innovative technologies to hold discussions, flip classrooms, present materials, and share media.”
According to the press release, “the school’s faculty innovation team met virtually on Sunday to test a myriad of apps that can be employed to facilitate meaningful virtual classes. The following technologies will also be employed on Monday:
“Schoology to post and share an article, image, or video clip and then host an online discussion about it.
“PowerPoint Prezi, and Keynote presentations to ‘flip’ the classroom — a popular new technique where teachers share information and media at night, for the sake of using classroom time for collaborative group work.
“Tech research, trying new apps in order to facilitate learning in a specific subject area.
“Meet as a class using Google Hangouts.”
This all may have been the IT equivalent of taking an umbrella to the lawn party and then not having it rain, since the Monday snowstorm missed most of central New Jersey and Hun students and teachers might have been able to get to school in any case.
But we applaud the school’s initiative and hope to hear a report on how the virtual snow day worked out for students and teachers.
Free Concert, But . . .: This weekend celebrates new music, thanks to arrival of the innovative vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and its Pulitzer Prize-winning member, composer, and Princeton graduate student Caroline Shaw.
In an interview in last week’s U.S. 1, Shaw discussed the group’s Sunday, March 9, concert at 4:30 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall at the Institute for Advanced Study. While the event, which features Shaw’s award winning “Partita for 8 Voices,” is free, we missed noting that reservations are required and that two tickets per household can be reserved by E-mailing name, mailing address, and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that no one under 12 years old will be admitted.