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?



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:

Teaching with iPads- our 3rd year

As we began, our 3rd year of 1:1 Learning with iPads at CIS, Shwa and I, with complete support of the administration structure, created this document as a guideline for documenting iPad use, as a reflection tool, and as a Rubric for refining the way iPads are being used in our secondary school.

Three Steps are outlined.
Add iPad integration to all Course Outlines.
Collaborating and presenting SAMR as a department.
Create a SAMR video reflection of teaching with iPads in your classroom.

All steps will be completed by the end of the month. I can’t wait to see the amazing videos that CIS teachers create. How do you monitor, reflect, and assess 1:1 effectiveness at your school?

Tech Gurus at CISB- next step, get students involved…

Tech Gurus is a club or an extra-curricular time, called ECA at Canadian International SchoolBangalore.
A student group that meets for 45 minutes per week.  Students sign up once per term and must attend for 11 weeks, and hopefully the entire year.

Five brave and adventurous high school students signed up for this club.  They didn’t really know what it was for or about. Two hope to get CAS (community, action, service) time for these sessions to aid them in completing their IB diploma.

My goal for this group:  I would like these students to facilitate the “out of the box” sessions for students next year.  I would like them to be able to help teachers connect their iPads to their projectors and to help them send a print job to the c

ECA- first day with ipad -excitement!!

orrect printer.  I would like this group or some of its members to attend or become involved in the Flatclassroom project.

Our first meetings:  We talked about my big ideas for the club and what they saw as important for this club.  Excitement built when I told them that they would be using my iPad to learn and to guide others with.  They agreed to start a wiki.  Two students started a tumblr and a wikispace.  Both are shell pages only at the moment, but I do hope to see it used a  place to share ideas and to document their experiences.

A great suggestions was made at this first meeting.  Could a Payment plan for iPad Purchase start soon, so that students and their family could start paying for the iPad now in installments?

In the past 5 weeks, we have attended one teaching teachers session- the “out of the box” session for teachers, they have interviewed two different campus visitors. They have documented Club time using video and pictures using the iPad.  They have been exploring Comiclife and creating Tech Guru advertisements.  They have been rallying and recruiting members for this club.

Tech Gurus- 1st day with an iPad

Jaideep has decided to document all CIS events and create a term summary video for each term this year.

Next steps: Create a student survey for iPad use. Develop our wiki. Look into virtual participation at ASB Unplugged 2012!

The iPad Plan-first post since August! UGH!

iPad photos- Day 1

The Plan

  • Give teachers and CIS infrastructure a one year headstart in learning and planning, so that in August 2012, approximately 150 students will arrive with their iPads in hand, ready to learn.
  • Order 40 iPads and Smart Covers, add wifi structure to the entire secondary school. Make sure bandwidth is enough to support this learning environment.
  • Have teacher’s personalize their iPads and be in charge of their care and updating. Have teacher’s sign a iPad contract. Have our IT department help with registering, updating, and facilitating purchasing from Bangalore-based Apple product distributors.
  • Our goal is to have at least 10 hours of iPad PD in this year, to help teachers gain confidence in using this tool in their classroom.
  •  iPads do not require a lot of cords and wires and servers. iPads charged the night before will last throughout a whole day of learning. Many iPad features work without internet connection required. At CIS, electrical outages and Airtel network downs occur regularly. iPads may be personalized, they are portable, they are fun.
  • Engaged and excited teachers create enthusiastic learners. Each teacher will sign up for their own Apple ID and decide on once place to sync their device. The choice is theirs:- a home computer with iTunes installed or a school computer (in the staffroom). Teachers will be responsible for the loading and installation of apps and updates. They will be encouraged to personalize their iPads.
  • The teachers are modelling what we will expect from the students next year. They will feel the energy and the frustration of learning a new skill. CIS will learn and troubleshoot along the way, creating a strong student rollout plan for August 2012.