Apr 14 2012
The Learning Journey Continues. . .
It’s been a very busy few months since I last wrote a post. During this time I’ve visited several schools to either observe their innovative programs or support schools interested in 1-to-1 learning, attended a couple of conferences, and participated in our school’s biennial 1-to-1 learning international conference, ASB Un-Plugged. As I get back to posting more regularly, I want to share some of the amazing work being done by our school’s faculty and staff.
- Earlier this year we started a blog called Findings that is a collection of musings and reflections by members of ASB’s R&D Team members on practices that are relevant to emerging new paradigms of teaching and learning in the 21st century. The posts are thought-provoking. Take some time to read, reflect, and respond.
- ASB also published the first volume of Evolutions: Tech Integration Stories. “For over a decade, ASB has been studying, implementing, refining, and effectively integrating technology to enrich and extend the curriculum, to enhance and accelerate the types of learning that support the development of our students’ proficiency in 21st century skills of creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration, leadership, and communication. Just as a person matures from childhood to adolescence and into adulthood, ASB’s approach to, and integration of, technology has matured, growing in depth and complexity. Evolutions is a direct manifestation of our maturity vis-a-vis technology integration and our vision. In this volume you will encounter a collection of experiences, reflections, and practices for the integration of technology as we have lived them at ASB.” The book serves as a guide for others while providing documentation of some of our practices in a transient international school. Volume 2 of Evolutions will be published in Spring 2013.
- Next week we will launch the International Research Collaborative, a research partnership among international schools, researchers, and universities. The Collaborative will be made up of international schools seeking to more closely examine and evaluate a range of educational technology access, practices, beliefs and outcomes related to teaching and learning. ASB has been working with a researcher to study various elements of our 1-to-1 program and its impact on student learning and achievement. Through this Collaborative, each participating school will be given full access, instructions and support to customized research and measurement tools to systematically collect, quantify, and interpret the perspectives of students, teaching staff, and parents through a series of fully customizable state-of-the-art surveys. For participating schools, such results will provide a general audit of teacher and student access, beliefs, and practices (with and without technology) that support learning. To provide a broader perspective and lens, schools will also be able to compare their own results to other international schools in the Collaborative. Look out for more information about the Collaborative in the coming week.
- We’ve evolved our vision for ASB Un-Plugged. This spring we announced the inauguration of our ASB Un-Plugged Impact series. The Impact series will take place in years when the ASB Un-Plugged 1-to-1 Learning Conference is not held. These conferences will focus on topics, instructional practices, and bodies of research that are forcing paradigm shifts in education. Impact 2013 will focus on the impact of the growing body of neuroscience research on our understanding of how we teach and learn.
Look forward to sharing more as it develops. . .