On September 19 and 20, I had the great experience of attending Apple Hyatt Regency with 8 other colleagues from all over India. We were invited to attend this workshop by Apple. It was a very hands on and intimate training experience. At the end of this training, we are Apple Professional Development Consultants (or Facilitators). This experience was about leadership and about presenting ideas to colleagues in a workshop setting.Training in Mumbai at the
Dilnaz Bharucha & Amey Mahajan Universal School Tardeo.
Vamshi Krishna Delhi Public School Suret
Lissa Chazot Mahatma Gandhi http://www.mgis.in, Gujarat
And me… Melanie Kells Canadian International School, Bangalore
A. Narasimman (AKA Simman) from Apple India was on hand to help. David Baugh was the workshop leader (see more information below). Manish Goyal and Shaheed Khan were our welcoming hosts and gave us inspiring welcomes.
The training was extensive and exciting. The sharing of ideas and networking in the room was equally helpful and reassuring. We all have the same feelings of excitement and fear as we move down this educational path.
All attendees are moving forward with iPads in schools and we soon realized that we are all at the early stages of introducing these programmes in our schools. We learned to present and educate teachers using the iPad and its tools. We shared app ideas. We generated app resources to be used at various grade levels and in many subject areas. We worked independently to present and share ideas. We also worked collaboratively to pitch a project. This was most exciting and also most stressful. We were kept to required timelines and we soon realized how important research and presentation building time is. All of this was accomplished in a rigorous 2 days.
Most Important Learning at APD: Give our students (in this case, most our students will be our colleagues and our peers) time to use this ideas and resources is the most important thing we can do to help. Also having the expertise to troubleshoot and help them solve their own problems will be an important aspect of leading APD training in our own schools and perhaps even as consultants around India.
Thanks Apple for this wonderful experience!
More about David Baugh
David Baugh (twitter dvineed) is a primary trained teacher with classroom experience or teaching students aged 5 – 18 as a school ICT coordinator and LA Advisor for Denbighshire with responsibility for all aspects of ICT and eLearning in 65 schools. He is now an independent trainer, author and adviser for ICT working for a wide range of organizations. He has been an Apple Distinguished for 9 years and is an Apple Certified Trainer. He was the winner of the Teaching Awards Creative use of ICT in 2000 and BECTa’s ICT in Practice awards in 2001. He has an interest in the development of creativity in education especially with reference to its relevance to the use of digital media in the classroom. Most recently he has authored and developed the Digital Creator Award which a Level 1 and 2 qualification equivalent to the ECDL that allows students and teachers to get accreditation for the creative use of digital media (www.bcs.org/digitalcreator)
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