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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/

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2012 in review- Thanks, WordPress! Most impressively, viewed in 67 countries in 2012!

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Teachers & Students- We all have iPads!

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Finally we have 185 students and 40 teachers learning with iPads in our school’s first one to one learning endeavor. The year long planning process was over three weeks ago. The last student got his iPad on Friday, three weeks late, but every student in grade 8-11 has an iPad to enhance their learning experience.

Are the students happy? YES!
Are the teachers happy? YES!

Teaching has been transformed. Teachers are moving around the classroom. Students are regularly taking photos of schedules, notes, or of each other. Most are using Edmodo, Dropbox, and email to transfer and share information. Socrative has become a popular app, as has Poplet, Pages, iMovie, and Keynote.

Paper is being used less…. Creativity in teaching and in recording the learning process is increased….

Balance is being sought, as we install filters to slow gaming and to preserve bandwidth. Balance is sought by teachers not wanting the tech to deter from the curricular objectives. Balance for our tech team, that has increased its workload phenomenally without increases in manpower. Balance for print or post.

Three weeks have passed. Engaged, and a little frustrated as we are maxing out our bandwidth most of the time…..but we (sort of) knew this might happen…… Next….more bandwidth, please…

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ASB Unplugged: FACE 2 FACE for Flatclassroom

Attending the Flat Classroom and working with 6 others to create an elevator pitch for an innovative transforming educational idea in 4 hours was a fantastic effort of teamwork, tech skills, and talk skills. We were really proud of our product, our clever integration of social media as an important and useful tool for all classrooms. We knew students would approve, we were sure that school administration and parents might resist. We wanted all audiences to be convinced that social media should be taught and should be integrated into our schools. We represented schools from Oman, Myanmar, Egypt, and India. Each of us battling to have responsible use accepted and promoted at our schools. The time spent brainstorming helped us create such clever statements as:
Tweet 1: Going to watch football?
Tweet 2: Raiders or Man U?

As demonstrations of cultural awareness that grows with the use of social media.

Facebook status: Can’t make the Skype call on Sunday (church).
Response comment: Can’t make Friday (mosque), how about Saturday?

We knew our idea was great.

How did the pitch go? We were so absorbed in the details that we forgot simplicity and a clear solution. We equally presented, our keynote was made with skill and expertise, but most of the feedback was giving us mediocre results.

Did we care? Not really? We adjusted our pitch with each suggestion, but at the end of the day, our passion for the idea was clouding our judgement and we didn’t really care, because we had a good idea, we liked our idea, and we didn’t really care what everyone else thought?

hmmmmm… Do our students ever feel like that?

This posted was started in February, forgotten, finished, and then posted in May. Thanks Flatclassroom for a wonderful day! We had a wonderful day learning together.