Teachers from some selected schools (Indus International School, Bangalore; Indus International School, Hyderabad; Indus International School, Pune; Delhi Public School-East, Bangalore; Inventure Academy, Bangalore and Indus International Community School (IICS), Bangalore) attended a 2-day workshop on Transforming Learning with one to one, at Indus School, Bangalore
This workshop was designed with the objective of inspiring educators to leverage one to one computing to explore new models for teaching and learning, to build and assess the skills that students will need to thrive in the digital age and to connect their students to the world beyond the classroom.
About the Workshop
On the first day of the workshop, teachers self administered a survey in order to better understand their current
“Daily Professional Practice, Teaching and Learning, Assessment Practices, and Range of Technology Use”.
Post this, they documented and discussed their existing teaching, learning, and professional practices and explored current technology usage in schools in order to understand how a one to one environment can benefit the teaching learning process. Teachers extensively explored the various classroom scenarios and the usage of the various one to one learning technology tools and shared these in small groups as well as in a large group discussion. They worked on their own curriculum map and thought through how they could supplement this with various one to one learning technology tools. Post this, 5 groups worked on 5 different technology tools and prepared presentations using the tool they had selected.
On the second day, each group shared their presentation with the help of their selected technology tool and they shared not only the content but also discussed in detail the pros and cons of their respective tools and reviewed these for the benefit of the larger group. Many participants also shared details of other tools they had used and found productive. After the presentations, participants were introduced to the Intel K-12 teaching tools such as the
Visual Ranking Tool
Seeing Reason Tool
Showing Evidence Tool
. The facilitator also shared some more technology tools and participants discussed how best these could be integrated into the classroom teaching learning process. Post this, participants worked on their own curriculum maps and introduced various technology tools where they thought these would be most effective. Many participants then shared their revised plans with the larger group. The session ended with an introduction to Module 4 and how teachers could continue their learning by considering new tools for use within their curriculum as well as by other means. At the end of the workshop the participants posted their reflections on the workshop on the “Wallwisher” technology tool.
Learning from the Workshop
All teachers found the technology tools extremely useful and were very keen to use these in their own classrooms.
Teachers already on one to one learning found that these tools added new dimensions to the manner in which they could teach a specific content.
According to some teachers, some of the tools not only made the delivery or presentation of content more interesting but provided an opportunity to collaborate at every stage which was very useful.
Most participants felt that these tools simplified many tasks and also bettered the quality of teaching learning.
According to many teachers, one major concern not just with this usage of one to one learning technology tools but with one to one learning per se is the close monitoring required when each child has internet access. The teacher has to constantly monitor all students to make sure that students are concentrating on the work at hand and not surfing the net, chatting etc.
Snapshots of Workshop in Progress:
Feedback on the training, posted by participating teachers on the “Wallwisher”: