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Wednesday, July 27 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
More is Less: A 3:1 Program Demonstrates That More Technology is Paradoxically Less Disruptive Than a Little Technology

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THINK Global School (TGS) is the world's first global, mobile high school. We have no building we can call home. Instead we take students and faculty from 12 countries to live, study and explore in three different international cities each year--Stockholm, Sydney and Beijing in year one, for example. In place of of bricks and mortar, we have iPhones, iPads and Macbook Pros--every  student and faculty member works with all three devices--and a custom-made ELGG-based web platform to hold them all together. After a year of running a 3:1 program we'd love to share our experience: More is less--making the technology ubiquitous paradoxically makes it less visible (pens and pencils are everywhere but we do not notice them) and the less visible the technology, the less disruptive it is; for similar reasons, ubiquitous connectivity is important; apps do not matter but the the idea "there's an app for that" does, which means users can choose apps based on personal preferences; finally while there is overlap in their capabilities, each device is best suited to different purposes (iPhones are superb data capturing tools, laptops better data processing and production tools) But if we could only have just one tool it would be the iPhone--not an iPad or Laptop.


In this session we will present a brief summary of the TGS 3:1 program and follow with a discussion. We will demonstrate workflow across all three devices so bring iPhones, iPads and laptops. 



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Brad Ovenell-Carter

Director of Educational Technology, Mulgrave School
Brad Ovenell-Carter is the Director of Educational Technology at Mulgrave School, a co-ed K-12 IB school in Vancouver, Canada. Brad is fascinated with the way technology is reshaping education. As an Apple Distinguished Educator he has consulted at individual schools and been asked... Read More →

Wednesday July 27, 2011 2:15pm - 3:30pm EDT
Imperial Ballroom - 2nd Floor

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