David G. Behrs, Ph.D. serves as our Head of School. He offers an opening reflection on our recently completed two-day professional development event, iTeach 2012. The June experience brought 150 educators, school leaders, and technologists to San Domenico School for learning about integrated technology and iPads in education:
John Dewey once observed, “We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.” As I visited the more than forty workshops that were offered at iTeach, I was impressed by how far we have come as a community that values learning. As a community, consistent professional development is a logical outgrowth of our Dominican values which value education and reflection. Integrating technology into our classroom experience required growth over time both on school-wide and individual levels. Our faculty members worked really hard to bring the engagement of iPads into our curriculums in a really exciting but demanding year. I'm very grateful for their efforts to educate, engage, and empower our students.
One really interesting moment from iTeach was the opportunity we had, near the end of the conference, to hear from a panel of our students about their experiences with the iPad. One of our students summed up our experience with iPads in her own way: "the iPads didn't teach me.. they just helped me learn!"
Select the Youtube video to the right to view our student panel from iTeach 2012 and to watch the opening address of Dr. Behrs.