This blog is intended as a reflective narrative of learning experiences from delegates who have attended the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA) ICT Study Tour. The tour was developed for Principals and ICT leaders of AISWA member schools wishing to further their personal and professional awareness of current best practice in international ICT education programs.
The tour is run on a biennial basis with the next planned for 20 -30 June 2016 in San Francisco and Denver to coincide with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference. In 2014 delegates traveled to San Francisco and Atlanta and in 2016. Throughout, AISWA staff and delegates contributed their reflections, insights and media via this blog.
The ICT Study Tour provides an insight into the impact of digital technology on the evolving nature of schooling and teaching. In particular, current research is explored to address the profound impact of developments such as schools’ normalised use of the digital, BYOT, the move to a more collaborative mode of teaching and the shift to a networked operational paradigm.
Throughout the tour, delegates engage with schools that demonstrate exemplary use of technology. Furthermore, the study tour includes a showcase of innovative and ICT leading schools together with insights to the future of technology in education when visiting industry leaders such as Google, Adobe, BrightBytes, Apple and Microsoft to undertake various professional learning opportunities.
AISWA is a non-profit organisation established to support, represent and promote the interests of Independent Schools.