Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル

March 12, 2019 Harvest Season

It is that time of the year when all students all over Japan are busy taking exams and tests of all kinds. Taking tests is not a fun experience to go through for anyone. Especially when the results of what people do on a test paper for only 50 or 90 minutes can affect their future in a good or bad way. It is a dramatic life turning point. Results of tests should be seen only as one of many signs of skill and knowledge mastery. Passing or getting good scores in tests should not be a goal or the sole way of judging achievements. I believe that tests can be used as a learning experience not a goal to aim for on its own.

Different from most of the schools, the ICT educational program is not test-centered. Besides exams, there are many other ways that we use here to measure learning progress and skills development. I had a lot of fun last week watching students` various presentations either in Biology or Engineering Design courses. In Biology, students researched new or studied topics on their own. Seeing many of them confidently presenting gave me an impression on how much they enjoyed the researching experience. The amount of knowledge they found out and were excited to share cannot be measured on a piece of paper.  The Engineering Design products that students made grew and improved from their original ideas. The students' understanding also grew and improved. The amount of skills gained from those kind of experience is unmeasurable.

In Chemistry, the course that I teach, students were busy mastering that interesting yet challenging knowledge and content through group discussions, experiments, projects, notetaking and problem solving. While deepening their understanding of basic chemistry concepts, students improved learning skills that will stay with them for their life time. They are getting better in lots of learning skills as taking effective notes, or accessing the chemistry textbook, the English language of the book is college level and can be tough even for native English speakers. Besides books, tests and projects, students were also required to build up a chemistry portfolio that shows learning evidence and their reflection and comments on their own learning process. I was so happy to read their comments and reflections, it helped me also to know their interests better. They seem to recognize their strength and weaknesses, which will help them improve even more over next school year. The effort that they made was helping their learning skills ripen as a fruit on a tree that is getting ready for a harvest. Reaching aimed goals is a great pleasure. Seeing results of your efforts relieves all the stress and pressure the person has gone through time. 

Pictures down here show students enjoying presenting and trying the card or board games they created to participate in the “The Element Game Innovators” competition. The best three games will be available in the Learning Commons for the future students to enjoy playing.

 Nagwa Fekri Rashed

2019年3月12日 収穫期






March 4, 2019 Engineering Design Final Presentation

Hello, it's Jonathan the camera man. In today's journal, I would like to share the first-year students' final presentation for Engineering Design. Engineering Design is a project-based course in which students learn various engineering skills using design thinking. In this semester's Engineering Design, students were divided into teams of three and given the task of creating a toy that surprises adults using biomimicry. Biomimicry is a method of innovation by taking inspiration from nature. Earlier this semester, students visited Ishikawa Insect Museum to get ideas for their projects. Since then, students worked on their projects for several months. In addition to actually making and refining the actual product, students created a timetable and management sheet, planned and designed their concept, budgeted and purchased the material, and created a presentation poster and PowerPoint. The Engineering Design course is the "real meat" of ICT, and students put many hours in working on their project.

On, February 21, students, teachers and staff gathered to watch the teams' final presentation. Each group explained which insect they took inspiration from, told their story of development, and demonstrated their final product. Please check out their presentations if you are interested in the video's below.

I had the several chances to watch the students work on their projects over the course of the months leading up to this presentation. Therefore, I know the effort they put into them, the difficulties they encountered, and how far they improved since their first prototype. The students came a long way and the audience applauded their success. However, as you can see in the videos, they are not perfect. I cannot help but relate to some of the teachers unable to not think they could have done better. This is probably how parents feel about their kids sometime. You know they are capable and the projects were great, so you wish they were even better. The students seemed satisfied and proud of their projects and I am happy they feel a sense of achievement. I also hope that they gained many experience points from this project to grow and learn from. You will cease to grow the moment you are satisfied. I also would like to implement this lesson into my life and always ask myself if I can do better.


2019年3月4日 エンジニアリングデザイン1B 最終発表





February 22, 2019

Hello everyone! I am Steven, a mathematics professor at ICT Hakusanroku Campus. I came to ICT and Hakusanroku in October of 2018. So, it has only been a few month since I have been here. Throughout my time here, I am always amazed at the resources ICT Hakusanroku campus offers the students, staff and the professors. I really wish I had these resources when I was a student and an educator at my previous institutions. So, in this journal, I want to introduce some amazing resources ICT Hakusanroku offers.

First, I want to introduce the 3D printers and the LEGO models the students and professors use to help them in their classes. Before coming to ICT Hakusanroku, I had never used a 3D printer nor had I ever seen LEGO models that could be easily used to teach students about basic programming. Throughout the short couple months I have been here, I have learned how to use the 3D printers and I have printed some models that I hope to use next year to aid in my classroom. As for the LEGO models, I have had a blast seeing the students make their robots and program them to do simple tasks and even to sumo! I have even heard they will teach students how to program next year with programmable drones! I am still wondering how I can incorporate a LEGO model into one of my math classes! If you have any suggestions, let me know!

Second, I want to introduce the Maker Studio on the first floor of our campus. This studio has some amazing machinery that the students and professors can use to create anything they can imagine. Some of the machinery (to name a few) include a band-saw, a laser-cutter and some drill presses. I even learned how to solder a basic circuit board thanks to a colleague. Usually, the students use this area for their engineering classes, but I have seen some students just using the machines for their own ideas! I look forward to using this area more in the future!

Finally, I want to introduce the library! I often visit the library on the first floor of the student commons area. Although the library is still lacking some books, it is rapidly increasing the amount of books available to both students and teachers. I visit the library at least once a week to learn a little bit about other topics and also to get some ideas. Further, I like to check many math books in order to get a lot of interesting problems to show the students or challenge the students. I think libraries are crucial to the foundation and the acceleration of knowledge. It is no wonder why the The Royal Library of Alexandria in ancient Egypt, the Library of Pergamum in ancient Turkey and the Academy of Gondishapur in ancient Iran were all centers of knowledge back in antiquity.

That will be it for now. I hope to introduce more amazing resources Hakusanroku Campus.

Steven Carrera








February 21, 2019 Biology Presentations by first-year students


On February 21, the first-year students at Hakusanroku campus gave their final presentation in the biology class. For the past several weeks, students have worked in pairs on topics of their choice in the realm of biology. Each pair did research and prepared their presentation in English, a second language to most of them. Many teachers gathered in the Science Lab to listen to their presentations and ask questions. Here is a short video of what their final product was like!


221日、白山麓キャンパスの1年生が生物の最終発表会を行いました。この発表は、学生が2人ずつのペアを作り、数週にわたって生物にまつわる自由なテーマのもと、リサーチとプレゼン準備をしてきました。当日はScience Labに各学科の先生も多数集まりました。ほとんどの学生にとっては第二言語となる英語のプレゼンの様子を短いビデオにまとめましたので、ぜひご覧ください。


February 19, 2019

Hello, it's Kihara, the first-year homeroom teacher. Time flies and the school year is nearing its end. During the upcoming couple of weeks, students must finish their homework, reports, presentations, and final exams. It is sure to be a busy time and I wish them the best of luck.

In today's journal, I would like to talk about a course we have at ICT called "Career Design." In this course, students first set goals they want to achieve during the year. Later, they reevaluate their progress, and make the necessary adjustments to fulfill their goals. We visited the Kaga-Yuzen Kobo Hisatsune and experienced Kaga-Yuzen in this course as well. In today's Career Design class, we looked back on this year and asked the questions "What goals did I actually achieve?", "What goals did I not?", "Why?", and "How did I grow and what skills or knowledge did I acquire?" The aim of this class is for students to understand their current state and implement it into new goals for their second year. I heard some students mumbling to themselves "Did I grow at all this year?" and "I can't remember doing any extracurricular activities."

It seems recalling activities and recognizing ones growth is not easy sometimes. However, there was another phrase I heard constantly. That phrase was "What's wrong with this English?" Apparently, they were reading the goals they wrote at the beginning of the school year in April and the reflecting sheet they wrote in October. The students wrote both in English and seemingly noticed flaws in them. These were followed by phrases such as "Why isn't there a period here?", "I don't understand this sentence.", and "I can't believe how bad this English is." Watching my homeroom students mutter complaints to their own sentences, I thought to myself "We did a lot of different things this year, but maybe English is where we progressed the most after all."

Students' remaining time living together here at Hakusanroku campus is little over a year. Until that time, study well, play well and make the best memories you possibly can.

Hitoshi Kihara






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