1:1 Learning – ASB Unplugged Mumbai 2010

1:1 Learning Conference

ASB unplugged” at the American School of Bombay  released a flow of inspiration to embrace the now unavoidable shift of control towards seamless integration of project-based learning in global communities.

One-to-One is not a passive ”laptop program” but a meaningful learning opportunity where students teachers, parents, and Tech-teams are engaged together in a step by step implementation process with a shared vision: Pedagogy, Pedagogy, Pedagogy.

  • How does the technology transform the teaching?
  • How do STUDENTS benefit from the technology?
  • How is student learning enhanced with the technology?
  • Is the technology student-centric or teacher-centric?

The As ASB’s IT Director, Shabbi Luthra points out:

One of the essential conditions for a successful 1:1 program is to build tech leadership across all stakeholder groups. Without the leadership focus, there is always the danger of the involvement becoming superficial. Providing meaningful opportunities for leadership will help build ownership of the program within all stakeholder groups as well as embed tech integration. This becomes especially important in the transient population of our international schools. Too many good programs, initiatives, and ideas have short lives in our schools because of our moving populations. So the more one can do to move leadership out of the hands of the technology departments into the hands of stakeholders, the higher the chances of success of a 1:1 program.

21st century learning became reality while visiting ASB’s classrooms. Teachers really had the knack of harnessing students’ knowledge of merging social networking and user-generated-content into collaborative educational environnements with timely feedback and assessment at the top end of digital taxonomy. “From Lower Order Thinking Skills (LOTS) to Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS)” by Andrew Churches

Scott McLeod, (“Did you know” video) also contributed greatly to go beyond “dangerously irrelevant” learning and urged teachers to become risk takers. See video below:Mastering Low-Level Content from Vimeo.

It was truly inspiring to experience the fluidity of project-based learning  during The Flat Classroom Workshop. Students were engaged in exchanging resources with remote online participants through a range of already familiar web2.0 tools:  chatzycolloborative wikisreal-time collaborative text editingvideo conferencingbrainstorming,newsmappingmindmapping. They were seamlessly juggling feedback from teachertube, youtube, facebook, Myspace, integrating online clips,Google docsvoicethreadvokiwordle, text msg, mobile phones, withtweetdeck to collect simultaneous flow of hashtags and short exchanges.

The message is clear: 1:1 = Leadership and shared vision across all stakeholders.

If you wait too long to makes changes to a school culture, you have already sanctioned mediocrity.” #edchat

Thank you to Dr Paul M. FochtmanShabbi Luthra, and all the Mumbai hosting team for an amazing conference, Julie Linsay Bernajean PorterVicki DavisScott Klososky,  Scott McleodDoug Johnson Andrew Churches, and Kim Cofino

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