The Presenter: John D'Arcy (Canadian International School)
- Learning and teaching technology department - 5 full-time member team teaching 130 teachers how to use technology in the classrooms (1750 students). They do NOT fix computers (there is a 5 person team of technicians), they do NOT teach kids
- Trying to create a learning community in the school
- They offer free basic parent training in day time and at night
- Parents pay for extended training
- Technology vision came out of SARS and a need to be able to support students better in the future. Had no space for labs or room for desktops around the room. Had to go 1:1.
- Year 5 up is 1:1
- Carts in years up to 4
- Laptops owned by students / parents
- Year 5 and 6 laptops stay at school. Students too small / young for responsibility
- 100% Apple, same model to ease management and equity issues
- 7 up take them home all the time, 7s and up have administrator rights.
- Technology at CDNIS - implementation
- "there is no rush"
- pragmatic and compassionate (have expectations of teachers, they have to be on the journey)
- curriculum and pedagogy
- teachers and students first
- www.xtranormal.com example of engaging tool
- LTT Guiding Principles
- Collaboration is a key, if one person wants to get something going, they have to work with their peers in faculty or year level
- Diversity in tools, whatever works
- Try to promote higher order thinking, using Blooms Revised Taxonomy and working towards curriculum outcomes
- Teachers must believe
- Skills - Integration - Infusion. Stages of teacher tech use in schools. When teachers are achieving their curriculum goals using higher order thinking and when tech is no longer even a consideration we are at the infusion stage
- Don't let the people who are negative about it have the biggest voice
- ltt.cdnis.edu.hk repository of student work that teachers want to share
- Students tag their comments with what thinking skills that they are using
- Infobits: 15 min demos, Infobytes: After school or a half day, Infotubes: recorded information, vodcasts
- Google docs for teacher feedback
- Teacher accountability, teachers have a yearly 1:1 meeting with team to talk about what they are doing in class
- If it is infused into the culture it will go beyond sustainability
A Mac is a beautiful thing.
The Canadian School have an absolutely amazing system! Very privileged.