In 2007 I received the Microsoft Scholars Award as part of the DET and the Minister's Award for Excellence in the Intergration of Information Technology into classroom practice.
Although very humbled by the award it allowed me to conduct a study tour of the US and Canada. As part of the tour I visited many schools, universities and departments of education.
The trip allowed me to visit MIT's famous media lab from where LegoMindstorms were conceived as well as the OLPC initiative. It allowed me to visit the Alameda Community Learning centre where student centred learning has taken new meaning. The trip allowed me to visit Maine where a forward thinking governor has put laptops in the hands of every middle school student. And that is just the tip of the iceburg.
The focus question started out as 'improving learning outcomes for students from disadvantaged communities using ICTs' as the tour progressed it became apparent that to remain at this level of questioning was too simplistic. There was a bigger question out there!!
The report of my findings can be found by clicking on the links below. This is a culmination of the learning done whilst on the tour but also a lot of the learning done online with educator colleagues around the globe - living proof that the world is definitely flat.
Click on the links below to view the report.Report part 1Report part 2Report part 3
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