The Ardsley School District was fortunate to devote their first Superintendent's Conference Day to technology. Will Richardson's was the keynote speaker, he had a strong message about how teaching and learning must change due to the fact that schools are different now! Technology allows us to connect to people and communities that we wouldn't have been able to to do years ago, this allows us to create our own personal learning networks. Since the world is decidedly different from the one we are comfortable with, how do we move practice? We must start changing what we do as learners. Twitter is a good starting point for teachers to start building a network. Teachers need to think of how they would use a new tech tool for personal ways before they can begin to implement it with students.
Members of the Technology Committee and the students from the Innovate Club worked with the staff in exploring new instructional tools and applications. Student facilitators showed teachers how using iPads (technology) can amplify the ability to learn. Teachers were encouraged to explore educational apps in the "iPad Playgrounds". The slideshow below highlights what a great day it was!