Congratulations to Dr. Joshua Andy, Upper School history teacher, who is the 2017-2018 recipient of the Mary Houston Griffin Award for Teaching Excellence. Andy received this award for his proposal to create a technologically advanced classroom that will promote global engagement at Winchester Thurston School. This globally oriented learning space will facilitate collaborative discussions among students and teachers, and will give students valuable access to critical global issues and events. Andy previously earned this award in 2014, through which he organized a cultural immersion experience in Amman, Jordan.
Andy's proposal focuses on the significance of global perspective in the classroom, and emphasizes how working in a global context enriches students' learning experiences. "By supporting global citizenship through technology and pedagogical innovations, WT will enable our students to interact with the wider world from within our own classrooms," noted Andy.
The classroom will feature Logitech group videoconferencing technology that cultivates globally integrated learning by stimulating communication with experts around the world. The Promethean ActivPanel, which shares multiple screens simultaneously, will facilitate the videoconferencing technology and allow students to view footage from live web cams in historical sites around the world. The ActivPanel enables lessons to be recorded and viewed again later. This technology will bring international affairs to the forefront of class discussions and eliminate boundaries that limit education in the classroom.
Andy is already planning to incorporate these technologies into his curriculum and lesson plans for the upcoming school year, and he is hopeful that this classroom will be an asset to the wider WT community.The Mary Houston Griffin Award is presented to an esteemed faculty member who pursues an opportunity that will enrich students' educational experience and sustain the Mission of the school. Mary Houston Griffin W'21, an alumna and former faculty member whose contributions to the Winchester Thurston community sustained long after her departure from WT, provided the funding for this annual award.