ACS Athens Owlcast

The official ACS Athens podcast, telling the story of the American Community Schools of Athens. ... more

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June 17, 2022 00:22:03
Owlcast 31 - Class of 2022 • Part A (Student Edition)

Owlcast 31 - Class of 2022 • Part A (Student Edition)

The one with Daphne and Yi-Rui The Graduating Class of 2022 is by now a part of the ACS Athens annals, an integral page of the school's 77 year-long proud history in American and international education. Each year, students and their teachers, parents and extended family, along with the entire community of ACS Athens celebrate not just the completion of a circle that for some is as long as 14 years, for others maybe one or two years, but also to signify the landmark in the life of so many adolescents breaking through to adulthood as they enter college life, and are able for the first time to provide advice to their younger peers, as until today they were on the receiving end of that advice. In a 3-part series about the Class of 2022, we are talking to 7 unique individuals, 7 graduates with remarkably different backgrounds, different school experiences and plans for the future. Unique personalities and approaches to life are evident through this candid, unscripted discussion. In part 1 of the series, here's Daphne and Yi-Rui, who joined the school at different ages and with different expectations. ...

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June 17, 2022 00:25:32
Owlcast 32 - Class of 2022 • Part B (Student Edition)

Owlcast 32 - Class of 2022 • Part B (Student Edition)

The one with Emilynn and Ali The Graduating Class of 2022 is by now a part of the ACS Athens annals, an integral page of the school's 77 year-long proud history in American and international education. Each year, students and their teachers, parents and extended family, along with the entire community of ACS Athens celebrate not just the completion of a circle that for some is as long as 14 years, for others maybe one or two years, but also to signify the landmark in the life of so many adolescents breaking through to adulthood as they enter college life, and are able for the first time to provide advice to their younger peers, as until today they were on the receiving end of that advice. In a 3-part series about the Class of 2022, we are talking to 7 unique individuals, 7 graduates with remarkably different backgrounds, different school experiences and plans for the future. Unique personalities and approaches to life are evident through this candid, unscripted discussion. This is the 2nd part of a 3-part series about the Class of 2022, as we are talking to 7 recent graduates of ACS Athens, who through their different backgrounds, and experiences reveal their unique perspective to their life as they join the Alumni community of the school. In part 2 of the series, we welcome Emilynn and Ali. ...

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June 17, 2022 00:34:05
Owlcast 33 - Class of 2022 • Part C (Student Edition)

Owlcast 33 - Class of 2022 • Part C (Student Edition)

The one with Ann-Marie, Tomasso and William The Graduating Class of 2022 is by now a part of the ACS Athens annals, an integral page of the school's 77 year-long proud history in American and international education. Each year, students and their teachers, parents and extended family, along with the entire community of ACS Athens celebrate not just the completion of a circle that for some is as long as 14 years, for others maybe one or two years, but also to signify the landmark in the life of so many adolescents breaking through to adulthood as they enter college life, and are able for the first time to provide advice to their younger peers, as until today they were on the receiving end of that advice. In a 3-part series about the Class of 2022, we are talking to 7 unique individuals, 7 graduates with remarkably different backgrounds, different school experiences and plans for the future. Unique personalities and approaches to life are evident through this candid, unscripted discussion. This is the 3rd and final part of our series on the Class of 2022, as we are talking to 7 recent graduates of ACS Athens. All graduates represent the power of ethnic and cultural diversity that is evident throughout the school, and how, through their different backgrounds, and experiences, these ACS Athens graduates have developed a a unique perspective and way of thinking as the move towards College life.   In part 3 of the series, we have with us Ann-Marie, Tomasso and William ...

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June 10, 2022 00:43:16
Owlcast 30 - IB TOK Exhibition (Student Edition)

Owlcast 30 - IB TOK Exhibition (Student Edition)

With the overabundance of information available at our fingertips, or through our Augmented Reality glasses or via the Metaverse, it's becoming more and more critical that we know what information is knowledge and what knowledge can be useful and for what purpose. Students of international schools, are being asked to make this distinction. How do we know that we know? What do we know? What is the extent of our knowledge? How are we to decide, in any particular case, whether we know? and, What are the criteria of knowing? These are some of the questions that are at the heart of the Theory of Knowledge course. TOK students of the International Baccalaureate Diploma program must consider them and attempt to answer through their work. These are questions that philosophers are pondering for centuries, with every era giving different answers. We are talking about higher level thinking. And what a better way to learn than to understand and create knowledge from thinking about what is knowledge. IB students of ACS Athens gathered this year to present their TOK question and their findings at their annual exhibition of Theory of Knowledge that was held at the Theatre lobby. We were there to see and hear from some of them. ...

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June 03, 2022 00:13:36
Owlcast 29 - with James Lane (Student Edition

Owlcast 29 - with James Lane (Student Edition

It’s not every day that artists exhibit their art to the public. Sometimes artists go through their entire life before they get the inner strength to expose their work to the critique of others. The fact that a 16-year-old student artist gets this opportunity, is by itself remarkable. 11th grader James Lane is our guest today. With James today we discuss: What happens when Art runs in the family; Expressing the metamorphosis from destruction to resurrection; Making art while being a full-time student; From coolness to an existential need; Being bestowed or endowed with a talent for art; Getting opportunities to explore Art through the school art program. ...

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May 27, 2022 00:24:14
Owlcast 28 - with David Nelson

Owlcast 28 - with David Nelson

The end of another Academic Year is very close, but this year it has a special meaning for everyone. After 2 years in the Covid pandemic, with its lockdowns, restrictions and virtual classes, the 2021-22 was the first academic year that resembled to a normal school experience. As the Class of 2022 is getting ready to bid farewell to the school, the Academy Principal is preparing to offer his own reflection. David Nelson has been the Principal of the Academy since 2019, but has been an educator at ACS Athens for 22 years. Today with Mr. Nelson we discuss: Academy Prom 2022 - Seeing students with their masks off for the first time in 2 years Creating engagement by Creating experiences for students Creating a community by connecting students to their own community More important than grades: finding a way to make a difference The need for teachers to constantly reinvent themselves and innovate within The case of the Combo Class as team taught course When the learning lingers What is The Truman Trial Collaborative Learning Communities and Professional Development AND The final advice of the Principal to the Class of 2022 ...

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