iPads-Back to the Future

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CIS is beginning its 7th school year of learning with iPads. Only this year, did we realize that we didn’t have a technology vision.  We have been evolving constantly- moving from DropBox to Google Drive to iTunes U.  We have been tethered to our projector and then India got Apple TVs.  We were assured that certain online service would come onto iPads sooner than they did.  We have had 2 years of MAP testing on iPads. We are beginning our 4th year of all grade 6-12 teachers building iTunes U courses for all subjects. iTunes U replaces our plan books and unit plans.

We even got rid of all the Windows desktops from all teachers’ classrooms and replaced them with Mac Minis.  We kept learning and kept adapting.  We created an iPad User Agreement.  We host iPad Bootcamps. We studied the SAMR model, then TPACK, and then the decided to concentrate on “The 4Cs”.

This year we begin with a re-boot.  We are going to make sure that all the students that have jumped on the CIS iPad train are ready to create efficiently, to annotate work appropriately, to enhance the teaching and learning experience, and most of all, to be excited by the easy use of the iPad in helping our students learn. We have decided that the best way to do this is to differentiate our Technology Workshops to allow experienced iPad users to develop ideas differently than those who have used them for teaching for a shorter period of time.

CIS’s Technology Vision 

Canadian International School strives to prepare students to act with INTEGRITY, CARE, and RESPECT in an increasingly digital world. Our students will be able to use technology to INSPIRE  others and to create a JOY of learning and sharing with our community.

Our technology vision support CIS’s vision and mission. It incorporates our core values of Joy, (Joy of connecting with our school, our community and the world around us) and Inspiration (Inspiring to be the change),  Integrity (Integrity in academics, relationships, and in decision making), Caring (Act with empathy and kindness towards each other and the changing World around us), and Respect (Respect for individuality, community, diversity, and for our environment).

Our Digital Citizenship Vision

Canadian International School strives to prepare students for an ever-changing global community by developing lifelong skills including digital citizenship. At CIS we encourage our students from K-12 to safely, ethically and consciously explore, create and communicate in a 1:1 environment so that every student at CIS will become good decision makers and consider their digital footprint from a personal and community perspective.  As knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens our students will be able to harness the learning potential of an increasingly connected world and lead happy and successful lives.

Many CIS teachers are Common Sense Media Educators and PK-12 students do experience the complete curriculum throughout their learning experience at CIS.

These vision statements drive decision making at CIS.  

We are lucky. Our students are lucky.

Please check out this video created last year during Contextual Learning on Technology Day.

I can’t wait to see the students back at Day 1 on Friday.

 

What does the future look like?

On September 23rd, I was invited to speak to about 200 Educational Leaders by Edutech Review at their one day conference in Bangalore.  It was a great please to share my ideas with so many passionate school leaders from across India.

Please take a a look at the slides below.  By reviewing a lot of  Future Work/Job Skills research, I tried to connect education with preparation for the future.  I do believe that Problem Based Learning, when done well is absolutely the strongest learning experience that can prepare students can have as they move from school to working in the “real” world.

Do you agree with this look at the future?

TechConX

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Canadian International School(CIS) teachers are getting ready to host classroom visits and to lead workshops on Feb 15th.  CIS boasts 3 Apple Distinguished Educators and all 3 will be leading workshops.  We have a day planned that includes something for everyone.  We are even adding an implementation and leadership strand lead by CIS administrators.  While this TechConx will focus on iPads in the classroom, there will also be many web-based technology ideas shared.
 

There will be two hours of classroom visits, 3 workshops, and a keynote to end the day.

Here is the link to our workshop:

 

http://www.canadianinternationalschool.com/techconx/

Connecting Families- Parent Workshop at CIS

Parents chatting about their biggest distractions.

Parents chatting about their biggest distractions.

On September 30, a group of interested parents joined us at CIS for a “Connecting Families” discussion and Coffee with the counsellor.  We introduced ourselves and then identified our own personal distractions.  Most of us answered with “my phone”.

We used the Common Sense Media’s distractions and multitasking video to  guide our discussion.   We shared what methods we were using at  home  to help our children learn life balance.   We had a variety of strategies which included locking it up, turning wifi up, requiring “outside” time, and we brainstormed more.  The sharing of ideas was helpful to all.

Another thought, are students using thier online time to create , not consume?  We recognized that creating is different than consuming.

At the end a few parents asked some direct questions about homework and texts.  Parents left knowing the CIS does have physical text books and that all students have access to them.  Parents left knowing that they are not the only parents feeling the way they are feeling.  Parents left knowing how to set restrictions on the iPad.

We will host another Connecting Families session soon. The resources used in our discussion sre linked below.

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https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/connecting-families/distraction-and-multitasking