King's Academy and the Global Classroom


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ArabNet Digital Summit 2012, March 27 - 31. Industry Day, March 28, Education Track Presentation by Dr. John Austin, Headmaster, King's Academy, Jordan

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King's Academy and the Global Classroom

  1. 1. Arabnet Digital Summit 2012 King’s Academy and the Global Classroom King’s Academy Headmaster Dr. John Austin March 28, © Copyright KING’S ACADEMY. All rights reserved. No part of this presentation in all its intellectual property may be used without permission.
  2. 2. New learning “This is not a conversation about technology, but about a new-generation learning structure” Mark Milliron, former deputy director of post-secondary education, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and GOA Board member
  3. 3. How to use technology in • Technology is not a end unto itself – it is a means to enhanced student learning , creativity and engagement. • Too often we get it backwards. We talk about how to “integrate technology in the classroom.” Wrong question. • Right Question: How can we use technology to deepen inquiry, engagement, and student creativity.
  4. 4. Independent, creative, “…Our students will learn to be independent, creative and responsible thinkers within an ethical community” – from the Mission Statement of King’s Academy King’s Academy technology plan • Rubicon Media Lab – arts and technology • Online Learning (Global Online Academy)
  5. 5. Global Online • Founded in 2011 • Ten Founding Schools • Albuquerque Academy | Albuquerque, NM • Catlin Gabel School | Portland, OR • Cranbrook Schools | Bloomfield Hills, MI • The Dalton School | New York, NY • Germantown Friends School | Philadelphia, PA • Head-Royce School | Oakland, CA • Kings Academy | Madaba - Manja, Jordan • Lakeside School | Seattle, WA • Punahou School | Honolulu, HI • Sidwell Friends School | Washington, D.C. • Schools – Expanding to 30-40 in 2012-2013
  6. 6. GOA
  7. 7. GOA The GOA mission is to replicate in online classrooms the intellectually rigorous programs and excellent teaching that are hallmarks of its member schools; to foster new and effective ways, through best practices in online education, for students to learn; and to promote students’ global awareness and understanding by creating truly diverse, worldwide, online schoolroom communities Using technology to humanize learning and education
  8. 8. GOA and King’s: Why? • King’s Academy involvement in the GOA – Why? • Consistent with our mission – we are a fully wireless school, a one-to-one laptop school in which teachers are encouraged to use technology to provide new content that enhances student engagement, discussion, and inquiry
  9. 9. Combined Combined resources – network of schools/teachers committed to educational excellence and academic rigor •Global network of master teachers dedicated to best practices in online education •Shared expertise •Professional learning – deepens faculty conversations
  10. 10. Enhanced Enhanced student learning and love of learning: “Teaching is not about access to knowledge. Teaching is about engagement, making subjects relevant and interesting.” – Bill Gates on the GOA
  11. 11. Click To Edit date GOA Course Offerings at King’ • An Introduction to Bioethics • Comparative Government: Campaigns and Elections • Declaring Our Humanity: Applying Philosophy to Modern Global Issues • Digital Photography: Global Perspectives Through the Lens • Grassroots History of China • The Hispanic Experience • Japanese Language Through Culture • Medical Problem Solving • Multivariable Calculus
  12. 12. Click To Edit date GOA Course Offerings (cont.) • Using Geographic Information Systems to Solve Global Issues • 9/11 • Environmental Economics • French Hip-Hop • Global Health • iPhone/iPad App Development • Media Studies • Modern Ethical Dilemmas • Urban Studies • Playwriting 2.0
  13. 13. Scheduled Independence, responsibility and flexibility: strengthens students’ ability to manage time; students work closely with teacher and fellow classmates but with greater flexibility. •School’s greatest challenge? Time. Online classes create time, because students can work on their own time at their own pace – “scheduled flexibility” •Online summer courses
  14. 14. Preparation for the Preparation for university and work: an approach to learning and communicating they will need in post-secondary education – our goal is to have every student at the school take at least one on- line class. •45,000 in 2000; 3,000,000 in 2009, 6.1 million in 2010 •One in three students in higher education now take an online course
  15. 15. Global Global citizenship and the global classroom: a digital classroom is intrinsically more powerful than a brick-and-mortar classroom •Diversityof perspective and outlook •A new kind of seminar based on new technologies •“Imagine students from Jakarta, New York and Jordan studying the media’s response to 9/11” – Bill Gates, NAIS, Seattle 2012
  16. 16. Civic Our civic life has moved online •Need to teach digital citizenship •Skills of respectful discussion, attentive listening •“Kids participating in a respectful learning process with other students under the guidance of a master teacher is the gold standard of education” – Bill Gates