Saturday, January 26, 2008

Accepted Job as Tech Facilitator at the American International School of Chennai

On Friday I accepted the position of Elementary Technology Integration Facilitator at the American International School of Chennai.

This is a new position, initiated with the goal of helping teachers to become more comfortable/competent in technology and integrate it within the curriculum. According to those I spoke with (Director and the IT coordinator, via Skype), the teachers see the importance of technology, but need guidance and support in using technology. This is particularly true of the Indian teachers who don’t often get computer training in their education. I had the opportunity to speak with the IT coordinator via Skype, which helped me get a better idea of the school’s technology initiatives, setup, etc. I look forward to working with him.

Since I have already paid for the recruitment fair and flight, I will go to New York, meet the school Director, and then hit some museums, some sightseeing, and shopping – just enjoy myself!

Some information about the school:
  • Student enrollment: 579 PK-12 (a 49% increase since 2006)
  • Student makeup: 28 nationalities. Major groups: 37% Korean, 23% N. American. Many others are from France, UK, Japan, Malaysia, Denmark, and Sweden.
  • Founded: 1995
  • Curriculum: American, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program
  • Campus: 10 acres, purpose-built facility
  • Faculty: 83 (50/50 foreign/local hire
  • Technology: 400 computers, including 3 laptop carts, mounted projectors in an increasing number of rooms
AISC also employs a full-time "India Studies" teacher, who arranges a variety of cultural experiences for the school, including guest performers and field experiences ranging from a few hours to several day trips. This will help expose the school community to the richness that this culturally rich and geographically diverse country has to offer.

1 comment:

tombetz said...

That's wonderful news, Melissa. You'll love South India. I'm excited for you. Congrats!