Keynote #3: Abdul Chohan (Director the Development The Olive Tree)
What does the 'plumbing' look like in my school?
-What does the teaching look like?
-What does the learning look like?
All the teachers at his school are trained to use twitter to tweet what they are doing in the classroom using specific hashtags. Mostly because it is a simple, short and quick thing that teachers are able to do on the fly. Teachers are also required to become Apple Certified and Swift Coding.
Students in this school are learning how to write actual lines of code starting at age 5. They do not use the more basic block coding and they are seeing young year 1-2 students able to figure out why a line of code is not working.
The school’s motto is Believe You Can which means ”anything is achievable with perseverance and a belief that no task is too big.”
The biggest thing they have changed in their school is not the behaviour…They focus on making change based on belief. There are two ingredients to make this happen. Keep things “Simple & Reliable.”
The six most expensive words in education are “We’ve always done it that way.” This is because the intellectual development of people does not happen.
The Age of Change
“The Age of Change has already happened….it is in the past.”
If we are going to put technology in education, what should we expect? What will be our return to our investment? What is it allowing us to do now that we couldn’t do before?
What are the ingredients for good teaching and learning?
(Not very surprised to hear as he described this ‘Model of Teaching and Learning’ it was basically Learn, Create, Share)
Building Consistency within the School
(teachers and students)
It is important that when you are changing things you need to measure impact. Using a university researcher to measure allows them to use a specific framework to measure student voice to complete assignments using an ipad.