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Effective Learning VIA Technology

The American International Accreditation Association was pleased to host educators from a wide variety of schools to attend a workshop titled "Effective Learning via Technology".

The workshop has been presented by Dr. Drew Hinds and Mr. John Guttmann who led participants to set goals towards technology integration in their classrooms and schools. Nine themes of digital citizenship were presented to support practical application to integrating technology in meaningful ways with students. The main focus of the workshop was to apply technology in teaching and learning in a context of a fast moving and engaging action.

Over 60 participants including teachers, school principals and owners have shared and communicated innovative strategies to foster a more productive digital learning climate.

AIAA School Visits - 2016

The American International Accreditation Association has conducted a variety of full scale visits to schools adopting international programs.

The purpose is to advance quality education at schools and provide schools with global venues for better education. Schools are located at different Egyptian governorates including Giza, Kattameya, New Cairo, and many others.

During the visits, AIAA team members have discussed quality standards with school leadership and community. Meetings with teachers and visiting classrooms were part of the agenda. Moreover, steps and phases for school self-assessment and improvement were discussed and shared with school members for sustainability.

Finally, recommendations are provided to schools to facilitate decision making process and pave the way for continuous development.

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AIC 9th Cohort Graduation Ceremony - 2016

American International College celebrated the success of a new cohort of the Master degree program in International Education. Graduation ceremony took place at the Edu Systems International main Hall on July, 15th 2016.

AIC Faculty members, friends and families were gathered to share the graduates; the beginning of their scholar practitioner journey. The ceremony commenced by welcoming speech from the AIC dean, who expressed his gratitude for the graduation of another master degree class able to utilize knowledge and skills and impact students learning.

Moreover, the CEO for Edu Systems International motivated the graduates by discussing their roles as change agents who will have a significant positive impact on social change.

In addition, student's speeches were made on behalf of the graduates conveying their learning journey toward the completion of the master degree program. Finally faculty members have conferred degrees to graduates in a festive cordial atmosphere.

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New Year's Good Luck Traditions Around the World

Within every country there are different traditions and rituals passed down from generation to generation, which are believed to bring good fortune and happiness in the year to come. A compiled short list of interesting cultural traditions form all over you probably didn't know about.

England: The first guest to arrive at their home is believed to hold their good fortune. They believe it should be a man bearing gifts, such as coal for the fire or a loaf of bread for the table. The guest will enter through the front door and exit out the back. Any guest who shows up empty handed or unwanted will not be allowed to enter the home first.

Spain and Peru: These countries have similar traditions, in that they eat 12 grapes to bring good luck in the 12 months ahead. However, in Peru they eat a 13thgrape to insure their good luck.

Japan: In Japan they decorate their homes for the New Year with pine branches symbolizing longevity, a bamboo stalk symbolizing prosperity, and a plum blossom showing nobility.

Greece and Norway: Also having similar traditions, in Greece they bake bread with a coin inside, and if the third slice has the coin, it is said that spring will be early that year. Similarly, Norwegians make rice pudding with one whole almond, and whoever's serving holds the almond is guaranteed wealth that year.

Sicily: Lasagna is served on New Year's Day, because any other noodle served is said to bring bad luck.

China: As most people already know, the Chinese New Year is not on January 1, but they still celebrate old traditions to ring in their new start. Every front door is painted with a fresh coat of red paint, symbolizing good luck and happiness. Also, families prepare feasts without using knives. All knives are put away for 24 hours to keep anyone form cutting themselves, because it is thought to cut the families' good luck for the year.

Egypt: The Coptic Church is an Orthodox Church and in the Coptic Church Christmas is celebrated on the 7th January. Advent is observed for forty days and during this period people are expected to fast eating no meat, poultry or dairy products. Some people only do this during the last week of Advent. On the Eve of Christmas everyone goes to church wearing a completely new outfit. The Christmas service ends at midnight with the ringing of church bells, and then people go home to eat a special Christmas meal known as fata, which consists of bread, rice, garlic and boiled meat. On Christmas morning people in Egypt visit friends and neighbors. They take with them kaik which is a type of shortbread, which they take with them to give to the people they visit and eaten with a drink known as shortbat. Christmas Day is a public holiday for Christians.

America: In America the traditional Christmas dinner is roast turkey with vegetables and sauces. For dessert it is rich, fruity Christmas pudding with brandy sauce. Mince pies, pastry cases filled with a mixture of chopped dried fruit. The majority of Americans celebrate Christmas with the exchange of gifts and greetings and with family visits. For many, the day begins on Christmas Eve with the Midnight Mass. At Christmas it snows in many states, so dinner is usually eaten indoors. Dinner usually is roast turkey, goose, duck or ham served with cranberry sauce, then plum pudding or pumpkin pie followed by nuts and fruit.

Russia: Babushka is a traditional Christmas figure who distributes presents to children. Her name means grandmother and the legend is told that she declined to go with the wise men to see Jesus because of the cold weather. However, she regretted not going and set off to try and catch up, filling her basket with presents. She never found Jesus, and that is why she visits each house, leaving toys for good children.

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"Egypt, the chair project"

In a festive event titled "Egypt, the chair project" held at ESI, students, teachers and directors gathered to show their exceptional talents.

Students of Futures Educational Systems revealed their creativity in designing and dressing up the iconic Egyptian café wooden chair from different materials presenting one of the cities of Egypt using an obvious theme. Other students participated by performing a dance to illustrate the city chosen.

Mr. Essam Youssef, novelist and the presenter of Al Abaqera TV show, Mr. Mohamed Kassem, creative director at Alkahera Wel Nas TV channel, and Mrs. Mervat Badr, former Head of Music Department at BBC International School have attended the event and expressed their support for the new strategies that Futures community implemented to enhance students' knowledge via Project-Based Learning.

The six participating schools exhibited extraordinary talents during their performance. Indeed, each school was a unique by itself and all were winners in ideas and performance. However, Judges announced FES Al-Mokattam Branch, FES Al-Fostat Branch and FES Al-Maadi Branch as the top three winners.

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