Repost: “Your Digital Departure” (from inTECHgration MS/HS)

Dearly departing AAS faculty and staff, please take a look at this excellent guide to taking it with you: Your Digital Departure, from Paul Carpenter in inTECHgration MS/HS

Here’s a snippet:

Your Digital Departure

Saying “Goodbye” to people and places and packing up to move can be difficult and messy, but hopefully you will have some great celebrations and moments of closure before you leave.

The steps below are meant to help you spend as little time as possible sorting and packing up your AAS digital life so that you can be sure to leave important work here and take it with you as well. If you have files on the AAS server or on the hard drive of a desktop classroom computer, you can attach an external hard drive or upload files to a cloud-based account. Other than the Outlook portion just below, the bulk of this post is aimed at helping those who have principally used Google Drive for storage.

Outlook email

Since many of us use Outlook email regularly to receive and send attachments, you might want to review your message to look for anything you want to keep. The quickest way to review ONLY THOSE MESSAGES WITH ATTACHMENTS is to type HasAttachment:yes into the Search Mail and People field. You can learn more search shortcuts here.

attachment search


Notice that you might want to click Get more results at the bottom of the list to see further into your message history.





You can either forward messages to your personal email account, or if you have one at another school, send it there. Or you could also download the attachments and put them on a portable drive or into cloud storage to keep them.

Organize and sort your Google Drive

Click here to read more…

Hour of Code December 7-11 — Be a part of it!!!

Dear AAS Community,

Hour of Code™ is coming to AAS next week!  We hope you will be a part of it!!

“The ‘Hour of Code™’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week [] and [] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.”

What is the Hour of Code™?

A one-hour activity. Students of all ages can choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials, for kindergarten and up. Tutorials work on any modern browser, tablet, smartphone, or even with no computer at all.

Why computer science?

Every 21st-century student should have the opportunity to take part in creating technology that’s changing our world. The basics help nurture creativity and problem-solving skills, and prepare students for any future career.

What can you do to support Hour of Code™?

Watch this video intro & share it with your children!

Take a look at How to Teach an Hour of Code and schedule an hour at home for your kids!  Encourage your students to attend one of our Coding Events next week!

Coding Events (Learn an Hour of Code)

Monday, Dec. 7 (Hour of Code™ promos)

Tuesday, Dec. 8 (ES Hour of Code™ event)

Wednesday, Dec. 09 (Community Hour of Code™ Event –  all ages)

  • BYOD “Sit Down & Code” in Student Lounge (before school 8:00-9:00)
    • Unstructured coding—just find some coders and code away!

Thursday, Dec. 10 (MS/HS Hour of Code™ Event–upper ES students welcome… BYOD)

  • MS/HS Coding Zone in Hall of Flags (all day)

All Week Hour of Code™ (Dec. 7-11)

  • Classroom-based Hour of Code™ events in various classes–contact class teachers for info!

We hope you and your children enjoy our 2015 edition of Hour of Code™ here at AAS!

inTECHgration blog MS/HS – PDFs in Windows 8

We would like to welcome our latest AAS Blog:

inTECHgration MS/HS

inTECHgration MS/HS

Here’s a super tip from our MS/HS ICT integrationists (Paul Carpenter & Devin Cushman) in their blog post PDFs in Windows 8:

Recently, a number of people have asked for help with opening, viewing, and editing .pdf documents, so here is your solution. [Click here to read more…]

Be sure to subscribe to inTECHgration MS/HS for more tech tips!

Digital Citizenship Advice – “Manners Matter”

Dear AAS Community,

Digital Citizenship is a critical part of our lives in the 21st Century. What we do and how we represent ourselves in digital interactions is as important as our face-to-face interactions (sometimes more important).

Please take a look at this excellent infographic from Knowthenet–“ is an impartial website that helps individuals, families and businesses get the most out of the internet.”

Manners Matter infographic courtesy of Knowthenet

AAS Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Guide 2015-­2016

Image courtesy of

Dear AAS community,

Please see our updated AAS Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Guide 2015-­2016.

AAS Moscow empowers students and inspires student learning “using current, relevant technologies”(AAS Mission & Vision​). Our Bring Your Own Device program (BYOD) ​is implemented annually as a key component of our commitment to Personalized Learning​and Blended Learning​. BYOD provides students with immediate 1-­to­-1 device access which is an essential part of empowering students to use technology responsibly and effectively as they personalize their learning. It is our recognition of ubiquitous technology as a part of students’ lives… (continue reading).

If you have any questions, please contact: or



Google Apps for Education – Google Drive resources

At AAS Moscow, we implement Google Apps for Education, and students begin using Google Drive as early as Grade 1!


Here are some tutorials and resources for Google Drive for students, staff, and families.  We will continue to share more Google Apps information and resources throughout the year.  Enjoy!

How To: Quick Tutorial for the New Google Drive (2015)

Google Drive Tutorial 2015 – Quick Start

How To Use Google Drive To Share Files and Folders?

Moving content from shared folders

Managing Shared Folders in Google Drive

7 Really Simple Tips To Manage Your Files And Folders On Google Drive

Google Drive – 6 Features than Make it Awesome

Best practices for managing your files and folders in Google Drive

Google Apps – Creating a Folder Structure

Google Drive Workflows to Use with Students

Director’s Forum – Learning & Living with Ubiquitous Tech

On March 25th, Mr. Zurfluh held a Director’s Forum for AAS parents entitled “Learning and Living with Ubiquitous Technology”.  Members of the Quad Core teamed with Administrators, ICT Integrationists and Library staff to present information and lead discussions about important 21st Century learning topics that focused upon the ideas of ubiquitous technology, digital citizenship, and balance.  Please take a look at the presentation, and see the notes from our forum sessions.

We would like to thank all those parents who attended.  We are using this as a focal point for planning future Parent Partnership events for the coming school year. 

Quad Core ICT Information for AAS Community

Dear AAS Community,

Quad Core would like to extend our warmest welcome to you as you join AAS for the 2015-16 school year!

Quad Core is The Anglo-American School’s ICT leadership team charged with the responsibility of coordinating the School’s ICT resources to meet the AAS Mission & Vision.

Quad Core members are:

John Bishop (Head Librarian, AV/ICT Equipment Circulation)


Devin Cushman (MS/HS ICT Integrationist, Learning Systems Coordinator)


Ilya Pekshev (IT Systems & Network Operations Manager)

Jim Stratton (ES ICT Integrationist, ICT Curriculum & Integration Coordinator).


Quad Core believes in:

  1. Connectivity (seamless access, multipurpose, interactive, interoperable systems)
  2. Mobility (wireless, flexible, proximity-based, dynamic learning environments)
  3. Diversity (platforms/ecosystems, devices, interfaces–touch, gesture, voice, wearable, traditional)
  4. Personalization (choice, adaptability, creativity, BYOD)
  5. Ubiquity (pervasive, omnipresent, integrated, empowering)

Here are some important technology information links you may find useful as you settle into the AAS community:

AAS Blogs:

AAS Digital Citizenship Agreements (DCAs):  ES DCA  &  MS/HS DCA

Technology in the ES Classrooms:

BYOD Guide:

BYOD Info: &

BYOD Service Options:

Office 365 Info:

ES 21st Century Resources:

AAS Library:

Again, we welcome you all to AAS, and look forward to serving you.  If you have any questions regarding ICT at AAS, please contact us:


Quad Core

Hour of Code December 8-12


See more at Hour of Code !

Learn to code at !!

Be a part of Hour of Code @ AAS and @ home!

This year, AAS will conduct multiple Hour of Code Events:

  • All week: Classroom-based coding events
    (ES classes, Grade 6 ICT class, MS classes, HS classes)
    *Contact individual teachers and ask what they are doing for Hour of Code!
  • All week: MS & HS Lunchtime Coding! BYOD event
    (AAS Lounge tables)
  • Tuesday, December 9, 15:45-16:45: ES Hour of Code after-school coding session
    (ES 4063 Computer Lab)
  • Wednesday, December 10, 15:45-16:45: Sit Down & Code! BYOD event
    (AAS Lounge tables)
  • Other events To Be Announced for Thursday & Friday, December 11 & 12

Check out last year’s Hour of Code events @ AAS!

Parent Tech Coffee: Raising Children in a World of Ubiquitous Technology

On May 14th, Jim Stratton, Imanni Burg, Mikey McKillip and Chelsea Woods co-hosted a parent coffee in the multipurpose room to discuss the challenges and benefits of raising children in a world of ubiquitous technology. We began with a brief introduction of four general topics (see the slideshow below) and then held small group discussions so we could share our experiences.

We’ve put together a short parent survey at Whether or not you came to the May 14 parent session, please take the survey to help us plan future parent workshops. Thank you very much for your interest.

May 14: Raising Children in a World of Ubiquitous Technology presentation

Participants had children in all three divisions of the school, and the level of love, commitment, and concern for our children was evident. Often the initial focus was on what we are worried about, but our discussions raised ideas about different ways of thinking about what our children are doing, and strategies for supporting their healthy development. Here are some of the key concerns and related ideas:

Our children are online too much and are unable or unwilling to disconnect.

  • We can help them find balance by modeling balance and planning family activities
  • We can look for ways to share their connected experiences. Ask them to share their favorite sites, games, shows, or social media. When they were younger we joined their imaginary tea parties or we played with barbies and lego: the toys have changed, but they are still using their imagination, discovering, problem solving, and creating.
  • This isn’t always a bad thing: being connected with friends and information is important.
  • They are creating as well as consuming content, and they are evaluating content and getting feedback: these can be excellent for personal and academic development.

Our children are doing most of their learning in busy, noisy, environments (with music, around friends, in between online socializing and posting), but their exams will be handwritten in silent rooms.

  • It is important that our children are able to write quickly, copiously, and clearly by hand.
  • It is important that our children be able to concentrate in a distraction free environment.
  • The exams are a test of learning, and if our children learn best socially and collaboratively, that learning will be reflected in their exam results.
  • In the 21st century, people need to learn continuously on the job in order to keep up with a rapidly changing world, and that learning is usually social, collaborative, and partially online. We need to avoid preparing children for the test without preparing them for their professional lives.

Our children are seeing more than we saw, sometimes very graphically and interactively, and we are concerned about how this will affect their world view and relationships.

  • Setting rules and expectations helps to a point, and beyond that we can help our children develop decision making skills and a personal understanding of how their media consumption affects them (this is not only related to online media consumption, but also the books they read and where they spend their time).
  • It is important to have open communication with our children so that they know that they can always come to us when they need help.

Our children don’t have enough quiet time when nothing is happening.

  • They live in a world of constant action.
  • Some schools are introducing meditation or mindfulness, and this is also something we can explore at home (here is a list of resources for reading more about this).
  • Most children report experiencing anxiety and trouble sleeping. We can support them by sharing relaxation techniques and helping to ease their anxiety.

We worry that our children are spending too much time on video games

  • While it is true that there is a great deal of research about addiction to gaming and violent games creating violent behaviors, there is also research on the benefits of gaming. (Here is a draft paper which includes ideas and references on the potential benefits of gaming in education.)
  • Violent behaviors have to do with challenges in dealing with emotions and relationships, and often occur when people experience a high level of frustration and feel powerless. We can support our children by practicing and modeling healthy strategies for collaboration and problem solving.
  • Violent behaviors are often associated with a desire for revenge. Teaching our children that revenge perpetuates a never ending cycle of hurting, and that forgiveness can end that cycle, can help them find more peaceful solutions to conflict. Often the media portrays forgiveness as a sign of weakness and revenge or retaliation as a sign of strength. That portrayal contributes to children’s perceived need to use violence in their interactions.
  • Gaming can involve collaboration, leadership, problem solving, creativity, and managing complexity, all of which are highly relevant skills in the 21st Century.
  • It can be useful to contrast violent games with violent books, movies, fairy tales, and TV series. While in games our children are actors and creators, for the others they are [hopefully thoughtful] consumers. We can talk about content with our children, set guidelines, and create a family climate where it is safe to talk about our experiences so that our children are not isolated.
  • Did you ever get obsessed with a project, so that you would stay up late, wake up early, or think about it all the time? A painting, a design, a puzzle, a book, a sport, a gardening project, something for work, a friendship? This is common in humans and is a sign of engagement, creativity, and passion. While it is important to help our children find balance, they will understand our pressure for balance more clearly if we can show them that we recognize their experience.
  • The Middle School Knowledge Bowl team that won first place at the CEESA tournament this year was made up of three boys who currently play or previously played Minecraft.