ASB Unplugged – Mumbai, India – Day 1

| February 23, 2012 | 0 Comments 

“If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.” Romain Rolland

The official opening day of #ASBUnPlugged 2012, at The American School of Bombay, in Mumbai, India, started with a huge introductory session lead by students from the school, with all of the delegates and speakers gathering together in the school sports hall, before we all set of on a tour around the school, experiencng lessons in progress.

#ASBUnPlugged a biennial international one-to-one learning conference organized and hosted by the American School of Bombay. The school is recognized as a leader in technology integration and the use of innovative technologies to enhance and enrich student learning.

The organisation of this event has involved a huge team of people. Thanks, particularly,go to Shabbi Luthra the Director of Technology at the American School of Bombay, and  director of ASB Un-Plugged, and also to Craig Johnson, Superintendent of ASB

ASB have recently published a book called Evolutions, Tech Integration Stories from The American School of Bombay.

The American School of Bombay, is a PreK to Grade 12. While ASB is a U.S. style school, the Indian setting and the multi-national community, representing over 51 countries, brings together children who have varied experiences to learn in a rich and unique environment.

As an International Baccalaureate World School, the PYP, Middle School, Pre-IB, and IB Diploma program complement the American Curriculum. The school is twenty nine years old.

The School has been considered a leader in the use of innovative technologies in education since 2001. It is the only overseas American School that has a PreK-12 Laptop/Tablet program since 2003. In 2008, in response to requests from international schools around the world, the American School of Bombay created ASB Un-Plugged, a biennial international 1-to-1 learning collaboration.

The event has evolved and grown over the last four years and now includes both pre and post institute sessions. The list of participating schools has grown from 25 schools in 2008 to 75+ schools and universities from all over the world including the US. Delegates include school administrators, teachers, and technology directors and coordinators, and tech support team members.

Today, we were given the chance to get a glimpse into the American School of Bombay’s world of learning with laptops and tablets. The classrooms were open, giving us a chance to experience 1-to-1 classroom teaching and learning. Teachers and students shared their best practices, strategies and techniques that have proven to be successful. It was fascinating to see how 1-to-1 functions during a school day.We saw the crucial role that tech support plays in the success of this learning culture. Subject areas included Science, English, Theatre, Math, PE, Art, Music, Social Studies.

Flat Classroom Conference and Live Events Inc. have joined with ASB Unplugged to host the Flat Classroom Workshop. This is a unique, project based learning approach allowing participants to use cutting edge technology tools AND interactions with educators on the leadership strand to redefine learning while involving students in the process.

Co-founders of the Flat Classroom Project, Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay, have joined forces with colleagues and supporters from around the world to provide another opportunity for a face-to-face, real-time gathering that also includes a virtual element.

The aim of getting together in the one place is to fully extend and foster connections and collaborations that will ultimately improve classroom practice and pedagogical approach using technology as part of a global flat classroom.

In an ever-changing world the impact of the Internet, in particular Web 2.0 tools, has been so significant it has changed the way students and teachers can interact and learn. There are opportunities for different learning relationships and for multi-modal outcomes using multimedia and online tools. The conference will provide opportunities for leaders in education, classroom teachers and administrators as well as students to learn with and from each other in a flat classroom model. It is envisaged the workshop experience will culminate in actions that are then shared around the world and sustained by continued projects based on community and curriculum needs.

Flat classroom is a series of workshops. Everything is collaborative where schools around the world work together digitally, and now get the chance to meet each other physically. This Flat Classroom is three day process and is a challenge based project, including virtual team members in other parts of the globe.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together geographically dispersed participants with a view to sharing ideas, while using mobile computing, learning about Web 2.0 communication and collaboration tools in a flattened world, and working on a project theme that can be transplanted back into their home school. The selected theme will inspire unity and action as well as fostering continued connections after the event in Mumbai. It is envisaged this will improve global understanding and cement friendships for ongoing collaborations. It is also envisaged that this will provide an opportunity for students and teachers together to ‘create the future’ through exploration of a global or social issue and developing an ‘action’ plan to work globally to overcome this.

The project was co-founded by Vicki Davis  (Westwood Schools, USA) and Julie Lindsay  (Beijing BISS International School) in 2006 when they were located literally around the world from one another. This project uses a wide variety of Web 2.0 tools including wikis, educational (social) networks, cross-timezone calendaring, collaborative digital storytelling and publishing to “flatten” or lower the classroom walls to join two or more classes virtually to become one large classroom.

This week Julie was joined by Kim Cofino, Educational Technology Facilitator working in international schools around the world, to bring the even more energy to the sessions. Currently, Kim is the Technology and Learning Coach at Yokohama International School in Japan.

The flat classroom concept is based on ‘The World is Flat‘ by Thomas Friedman. Students collaborate on a wiki then produce an individual multimedia piece in response to their topic.

A great day full of real, full n learning. Well done all at ASB

We are looking forward to the next few days too.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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