The 2nd iPad conference took place on September 19th and 20th at ISKL’s Melawati Campus. The conference focused on early education for students, and included keynote speakers, many presentations, and interactive opportunities for teachers. The entry fee was steep; $200USD, but it seemed to result in an overwhelmingly positive experience for educators across South East Asia.
The admin for the conference stated: “iPad use in schools is blossoming. The device is a becoming more and more an essential element of classroom functionality. This device has the potential to significantly enhance the student learning experience. We are hoping this conference will explore the many accessible ways in which the iPad is supporting teaching and learning.” The main goals of the conference were to: Integrate iPads into early years and upper elementary learning programs, teach technological fluency to teachers in terms of applications and teaching methods, engage young students in meaningful learning using the iPad, and to teach educators how to create a “Starter kit” of sorts on how to integrate the new technology into different aspects of school. The speakers included: John Burns, who is the Director of Creativity and Innovation at International School Services, Robyn Treyvaud, an internationally recognized expert in online safety and digital citizenship, also the founder of Cyber Safe Kids and other Apple educators from around the region took part in the conference.
As the Melawati conference room filled with excited teachers and notable speakers, it brings rise to the question: What can technology teach children that our extremely qualified teachers at ISKL can’t? ASCD, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development believe that “Technological tools can foster students’ abilities, revolutionize the way they work and think, and give them new access to the world.” If this is true, then ISKL is paving the way for technological immersion in the educational world. It’s 1:1 computer program in the middle school, combined with the ‘SmartBoard’ in every classroom on campus, it’s easy to see how heavily we as a community rely on technology. Whether you personally take advantage of the integration at school for educational purposes or not, it’s great to see ISKL taking a leadership position on this topic.