Top-10 Most Popular Videos of the 2021-22 School Year
Each summer we look back at the most popular videos from the past school year. Today we explore the #2 and #3 most viewed videos from last year!
Top-10 Countdown 2021-22: (#2 & #3)
#3 VR Mars Colonies 2022 (723 views)
The opportunity to use Virtual Reality (VR) overlaps with almost every content area in the Upper School. Our Innovation & Technology teacher pushes into classrooms to create engaging VR content within existing topics in various content areas. This seventh grade science activity is the perfect example of the collaboration involved in integrating technology into the existing curriculum. Students used co-spaces web technology and Oculus Quest Virtual Reality (VR) goggles to design and explore a realistic Mars colony in this outstanding cross-curricular learning experience.
#2 Survival Trip (812 views)
The Survival Trip is a highlight of the Upper School experience. Over the past two years we have continued to find ways to keep as many of these unique learning experiences in the curriculum as possible. The way the faculty adapted this activity to meet the COVID guidelines was a testament to both innovative thinking and a strong desire to keep these types of experiential learning experiences on the schedule. This field trip itself is based on the book Hatchet by author Gary Paulsen. It is the first book students read in Mrs. Jaffe’s sixth grade English class. It chronicles the path back to civilization by Brian, the main character of the book, after he survives a plane crash in the wilderness. Brian’s ability to make fire is a pivotal part of the book and the students learn how to make fire using items found in nature. While Brian remained alone in nature for 54 days, our students spend two beautiful days kayaking, canoeing, making arrowheads and blow darts, and practicing archery.
The school YouTube page has more than 630,000 total views. In the time period from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, we created a total of 33 videos ranging from experiences in pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. Of note, the Top-10 is focused on projects/trips/classroom experiences and is ranked solely on the number of views each video received. The more views a video received, the higher the ranking in the countdown.
Each day this week we will release videos on our countdown. Check back each morning to see the latest videos!