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Physically Distant, Virtually Connected with Amanda Varano

2020-06-02T13:37:22+03:00June 2nd, 2020|Updates|

Amanda is an Aircraft Designer for Bombardier Aerospace for the past 5 years. She started her business degree but quickly realized that she couldn’t ignore her creativity and her heart in design. Amanda decided to leave her program to build a portfolio to apply to one of the competitive programs. She studied environmental design while also getting various certifications to refine her skills in project management, digital design,and graphics. After working in design and project management for luxury retail, she came across a very interesting opportunity to become an aircraft designer. Proof that when you put your mind to it, hard [...]

This Week Physically Distant Virtually Connected with Didem Kanca Ustay

2020-05-29T09:36:30+03:00May 26th, 2020|Updates|

This week, our guest is Didem Kanca Ustay who is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She got her master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition at New York University. She became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the United States. Upon returning to Istanbul in 2004, she opened a health center called “SAYASA” - The Art of Healthy Living. She is an author, a speaker, and a regular guest to TV programs. She taught at Yeditepe University for seven years. She is specialized in pediatric nutrition and obesity. We will be discussing how to maintain a healthy diet on Wednesday at 19 pm. We look [...]

Perfection is our mission: Online Education at Keystone Schools

2020-05-26T19:12:27+03:00May 15th, 2020|Blog|

Schools across the world have closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Since then, teachers have been working vigorously around the clock by touching base, through the internet, with their preschoolers. In our school, we have children as young as two and a half enjoying online lessons with their teachers. How incredible is that? Children, that young, having Zoom video sessions? AWESOME... AMAZING... We started off not knowing much about online education, and now, we have become the best! The process has not been easy.  When we started, we were like fish out of water.  Right now, we have accomplished [...]


2020-05-29T09:55:13+03:00May 15th, 2020|Updates|

Dear Parents, As you know, reading at Keystone Schools is one of the most important skills. In order to reinforce our students & reading habits, encourage reading and set an example for them, we organize many activities such as guided reading activities, free reading, and the monthly Drop Everything And Read activity. While our students' reading habits are developing and in addition to mechanical reading, we use techniques such as rhythm reading, follow-up reading, focus on tone to express emotions and body language to express comprehension. We are organizing a project called "STORYTELLERS" in order to turn all of our [...]

This Week Physically Distant, Virtually Connected with Mr.Salgado

2020-05-11T18:07:57+03:00May 11th, 2020|Updates|

Teo Salgado is a founder and principal consultant at VerveSmith Independent Educational Consultants. He has more than 20 years of experience working in international student recruitment, admissions counseling and alumni relations at the University of Toronto and Western University. Teo’s commitment to education goes beyond his professional practice. He volunteers with the McGill and University of Toronto alumni associations, advises recipients of the Loran Scholarship, and was recently elected as a director of the Higher Education Consultants Association. This week, Teo will be joining us to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 for students around the world and how to manage it in [...]

A Good School Trip is…

2020-05-26T18:52:27+03:00May 3rd, 2020|Blog|

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” -Confucius According to Krepell and Diwall (1981), field trip as a trip arranged by the school and undertaken for educational purpose in which the students go to places where materials for instruction may be observed and studied directly in their functional setting. Kellington (2010) says, “teachers and students advocate — and studies indicate — that field trips are a key component of school instruction; they broaden the educational experience and make a subject more relevant. Students might be good at reciting and remembering things, but [...]

Creative English Language Arts Teaching

2020-05-26T18:56:35+03:00April 30th, 2020|Blog|

What do you first think of when you hear the word English Language Arts? What is that even supposed to mean? Is language a type of art? Well, Wikipedia says it is the study and improvement of the arts of language. It is the combination of these four skills we always hear of: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Literature can also be included. OK, great, now that we know about the art of English Language, how can we actually make it a creative experience for learners? One of my teaching philosophies is that the children should feel comfortable and have fun [...]

A brief overview of the past, present and future of Information Computer Technology

2020-05-26T18:58:45+03:00April 30th, 2020|Blog|

Before the 1980s distance learning was restricted by the limited technological affordances of the time. The interaction between students and teachers could be characterized as ‘singular’. Students received the learning materials from their tutors, and in return tutors would send the feedback back to the students. The introduction of internet in the 1990s changed the scene. It allowed teachers to introduce teaching methods that were previously impossible. Internet, offered connectivity, synchronous and asynchronous communication and a vast potential for educational growth and realignment. The theoretical models that were used in ICT’s infancy (1960s-70s) were informed by a behaviouristic view of [...]

Online Education

2020-05-26T19:08:41+03:00April 30th, 2020|Blog|

The disease called Covid-19, which first appeared in the city of Wuhan in China, has spread to all continents except Antarctica as of today.  We would like to share with you how we quickly moved to digital education following the closing of schools. As you know, all schools in our country went on holiday on Friday evening, March 17. We spent our first week with adapting to this suddenly evolving situation and preparing for online training, which would start 1 week later. Our greatest chance was that our Keystone high school started an online education program last year. With the experience [...]