Reading through Scott McLeod’s article on supporting effective technology integration has been a refreshing exercise as I prepare for my new role at the American School of Bombay (ASB), as the EdTech Coordinator. Scott is a frequent visitor to Mumbai, India, where the school is located and has delivered multiple Keynotes over the years at the technology conference hosted there, ASB Un-Plugged. With that being said, I am sure he would agree that in several of the areas discussed (he mentions fourteen) the school can improve.
Despite my official start date being a month and a half away, I already know a great deal about the institution, and want to talk about how we can work to further develop technology integration, specifically in two areas:
Engaged Communities: Over the past year, the school’s social media presence has grown and engaged a more significant number of educators around the world. However, next year we will look to leverage virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree cameras to enable parents, teachers, students, and our global peers to step into the school and experience life as an ASB student. This push into immersive media is an exciting prospect, as we work to develop plans to implement Google Tours created by the community, as well as prototype VR student projects.
Skilled Personnel: While the average teacher at ASB is exceptionally tech-savvy, the responsibility of discovering new and more effective ways to integrate technology fall on me and my department. One of the first pieces of insight I received during the interview process was that the teachers feel they have been missing out on that critical support component, and look forward to professional development sessions, sharing of exemplars, and coaching opportunities to remain abreast with emerging technology.
My first year will be exciting, and I look forward to the challenges ahead. It is a unique opportunity to be working in an already highly sophisticated tech school, with the intention of making everything that we do that much better.