WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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On the Cutting Edge Even elementary-aged pupils have benefitted from the technology in the high school's science wing. "A second-grade class visited the GEC to engage in a videoconference with a mariner's museum in Virginia," says McCanne. "The topic was the shipping trade in the 1800s, to support lessons about the development and growth of the United States at that time." Another novel way the school is leveraging the power of technology is through the "flipped classroom model," as McCanne calls it. "The teacher provides introduction to a lesson for the kids to view before coming to class, so when they arrive, they can get right down to the activity," he explains. "The lecture portion of an instructional unit is viewed as homework, so students can be more engaged in the active part of the lesson during classroom time. It's a very powerful notion." Technology isn't limited to the science wing, however. According to McCanne, the wing features integrated video aspects that benefit the entire school. "We introduced the idea of video signage via 55-inch flatscreen LCD TVs in the science wing, and we've added seven more throughout campus," McCanne says. "They're mounted at entryways in strategic locations including the cafeteria and auditorium, where we push content like schedule announcements and changes, and students' short video work." Thanks to the anonymous donor, there is also a video storage and distribution system. Lectures and interactive videoconferences can be recorded and stored for future use on a private, YouTube-like site for WHS students and faculty. "The student feedback we've heard is so positive – they really love the new wing," Parker We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 enthuses. "And our science faculty is in heaven." WESTON HIGH SCHOOL 444 Wellesley Street Weston, MA 02493 www.westonschools.org 136

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