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?


Contextual Learning- The third year

Week 2: May 7-11, 2016
Grade 6 Students are learning about cultural and self awareness this week. They created this video in about 2 hours.
15 of their peers are on site contextual learning on the roads of South India this week.

Watch and Enjoy!

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?

The day before Winter break!

The annual talent show stepped it up this year. Ballet, Jazz, Songs, Bands. It was great. Middle School began the day with an “Hour of Code”. Students and teachers participated and had a great time during the Hour of Code. For more information, check out this great website.
Approximately 500 students at CIS completed this Hour of Code during December. All had a great time completing these tasks.
This video was filmed on an iPhone and edited in iMovie on the iPhone. Enjoy.

The CIS Student News

   Students at CIS celebrated an Hour of Code with Hopscotch. There were impromptu carollers strolling the campus.  High school students shared their talents.  Watch this to see more about “The day before Winter Break”.


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Grade 7 Ipads

I believe that grade 7 should get Ipads. We would be able to learn better, it would be easier for ythe teachers, and easier for the students.

Ipads would enable the 7th grades to learn faster because we could easily switch from one app to another to help make research faster. It would be easier because no one would have to bring so many books to class. The 7th grade would also get a wider range of learning. There are many different apps that we could learn from.

It would be easier for the teachers because there wouldn’t be any lost or crumbled paper handed in because it would all be on the Ipads. The teachers would also be able to read papers very easily because no one would have sloppy hand writing. Also everything would easily be handed in on time through the Ipads and internet.

It would be much easier for the students as well. We would no longer have to drag all of our heavy books to every class, we would instead have them on the Ipad. With the Ipad it would take us less time to do homework with its new fast technology. So we can do other things. Also we would have much more fun in class with them, so we would always want to go to class!

If you gave us Ipads we would be forever grateful. The Ipads would really help us learn better, help the teachers, and help the students.

Amanda Aldrow