Afzal Shaikh

TECH­NOL­OGY & LEARN­ING CO­OR­DI­NA­TOR

The Kids Post - - Private Education Guide 2014 -

A fzal Shaikh has a teach­ing ac­cred­i­ta­tion that very few of his col­leagues can lay claim to. In fact Shaikh, the Tech­nol­ogy & Learn­ing Co­or­di­na­tor at The York School, is one of just 20 Google-cer­ti­fied teach­ers in the coun­try. That puts him at the cut­ting edge of tech­nol­ogy in­te­gra­tion in the school sys­tem.

“My unique role at The York School al­lows me to em­power stu­dents to lever­age iPads, Google Chrome­books and lap­tops within our class­rooms,” he says. “A trans­for­ma­tion takes place in the class­room when in­te­gra­tion aligns per­fectly with learn­ing out­comes.”

In ad­di­tion to sup­port­ing stu­dents, Shaikh also meets with fac­ulty and staff to men­tor, guide, and plan along­side them to as­sure that tech­nol­ogy is be­ing used in tan­dem with good ped­a­gogy to drive learn­ing. “Class­room in­no­va­tion takes place when we pro­vide ed­u­ca­tors with the right tools and train­ing to in­te­grate ef­fec­tively.”

“By us­ing techono­log­i­cal re­sources to es­tab­lish au­then­tic au­di­ences for stu­dent work, we con­vey to stu­dents that their work is worth do­ing, worth see­ing, and worth sharing,” he says, “Break­ing through th­ese tra­di­tional class­room bound­aries al­lows stu­dents to see the wider im­pact of their ideas.”

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