A comprehensive technology audit report developed by Dr. Shabbi Luthra in 2016 has served as the foundation for the prodigious growth and development of our technology programs at I Shou International School.
Thereafter, in partnership with Dr. Luthra and her team at Consilience, our programs have been transformed through a series of on-site workshops and beneficial collaborative activities with faculty, administrators, parents, students, and staff.
Our school community has become energized by technology integration, maker education, and innovative approaches to teaching and learning gleaned through our partnership with Consilience.
Dr. Peter Nanos
I Shou International School, Taiwan
LEARNING ANALYTICS COLLABORATIVE – LAChttp://analyticscollaborative.org/
UNIS Hanoi has now been a member of the LAC for two years and in that time, it has enabled us to significantly enhance our meaningful use of data to impact student learning. Through the efforts and good thinking of our faculty led by our ES Principal, Ms. Megan Brazil, we have made use of the wonderful services provided by the LAC in visualizing the data in such a way so as to make it user friendly for faculty, parents and students. I encourage all schools to consider joining the LAC.
Dr. Chip Barder
Consilience has been a perfect partner in guiding and supporting us as we’ve begun to consolidate, leverage and turn our data into actionable intelligence. Kevin and Sujoy continually demonstrate the highest levels of professional competence and commitment to service. Their clear and helpful online tutorials, professional personalized support, quick turnaround on questions and connections to experienced users enabled our learning analytics program to begin without a hitch, ahead of schedule.
Director of Technology
Nishimachi International School
ASL’s participation in the Learning Analytics Collaborative makes it possible for us to rethink how, where, and why we use student data. It allows us to significantly improve access to numerous data points and provides us with powerful visualization tools to generate data-driven questions and discussions. Our relationship with the LAC team has been one of real partnership and excellent support, they are responsive, easy to reach, and very open to our feedback.
Director of Technology
American School of London
Having our school’s academic and learning data was only step one. Where the LAC excels and continues to shine is through consolidating all our data and then comparing and visualizing it to establish the narrative of “why” things happened. We’re now looking forward to taking the “why” and with the LAC, developing testable strategies to further enhance learning.
Director of Digital Learning and IT
International School of Basel
Schools are busy places, so we really appreciate the support from the Learning Analytics Collaborative team. It is like having your own data scientist, programmer, and data interpreter on your staff just when you need them. We are most helped when we interact with people in similar roles at other schools.
Director of IT
TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP ACADEMYhttps://www.tl-academy.org
Dr. Shabbi Luthra was instrumental in helping the American International School Chennai become a school engaged by relevant 21st century practices and trends in technology and learning. Dr. Luthra conducted a complete technology audit for AISC in 2011-2012. She and her team visited the school twice, analyzed all aspects of our technology infrastructure, funding, and programs, recommended next steps consistent with best practice and provided on-going consultation as we moved to transform our approach to technologies and pedagogy. Her work resulted in the school’s move into 1:1 learning environments, online/blended learning, a focus on digital citizenship, and communications systems suited to the digital age. Dr. Luthra is professional, thorough, and inspirational. I could not recommend her and her team more highly.
Head of School
Comprehensive, clear, innovative, and range of implementation aims are all uniques aspects to an technology audit done by Consilience. Consilience bring the sound technology integration strategies along with infrastructure expertise, then through a through assessment of where your school is, they make sound recommendations on moving you forward. The audit is provides leaders with roadmap for making decisions based on best practice inclusive of the input from the faculty and leadership at the school. Consilience is one of a kind and will both inspire and nudge towards innovation and excellence.
Dr. Paul M. Fochtman
Head of School
Canadian Academy was fortunate that Shabbi Luthra agreed to lend her professional knowledge and expertise to conduct a school-wide technology audit. She was charged with assessing and giving feedback of our school’s educational technology
program and infrastructure. I was impressed with the outcome of the audit as well as the process undertaken.
I was pleased with Shabbi’s visit to Canadian Academy and her positive interactions with students, faculty and parents. Her questions were direct and thoughtful and she was able to respond with a strong, evidenced-based rationale when answering questions. Shabbi proved that she was able to navigate difficult social interactions in a professional manner.
The technology audit document received a short time after the visit is well written and extremely detailed. The information provided is priceless. It will serve as a road map to bring technology at Canadian Academy to the next level.
I have no reservations in recommending Consilience to conduct a technology audit at any educational institution.
Canadian Academy, Kobe
During early 2016 AGRICOLLEGES international identified the need for Agricultural training in Africa, at below graduate level. After a comprehensive needs analysis, it was decided to walk away from physical bricks and mortar institutions
and follow the route of online learning.
Many hours was spent on identifying the perfect Learning Management System for the rural African environment. Through the issuing of a comprehensive Request for Proposal (RFP), D2L’s Brightspace was awarded the contract. The next phase was to identify the suitable Instructional Designers that could convert the written word into the correct format for Brightspace and ensure that it remains relevant to the African market.
Consilience Learning was identified as a world leader in the field of Instructional Design. To date Consilience has completed the Instructional Design work for a number of short skills courses as well as a 1 year certificate. Agricolleges and Consilience have signed a long term agreement and the project continues without any problems.
The quality of work done by Consilience and the support given to Agricolleges, has been outstanding.
Agricolleges looks forward to building on the relationship into the future.
Without hesitation, I would recommend Consilience Online for schools and individuals looking for online learning opportunities. They provide a quality learning experience for teachers and staff to further their professional development and job skills.
American School of Dubai
Thank you very much for all your help. This is the best $500 we’ve ever spent. You’ve made it possible for us to go from 0 to a full blown online program with almost no effort and skipping all the lessons that you’ve already taken care of for us.
International School of Kenya
We feel that equipping our students for lifelong learning and providing opportunities to master effective online learning skills before leaving school is important. Joining the Consilience Online Institutional Enrollment Program gave us immediate access to multiple providers, including those we had used previously, which was a great benefit. It’s a great experience, very professional. It provides lots of options. It’s a pleasure working with the team and we look forward to many years together
American School of Amman, Jordan
“I enjoyed it and valued that it introduced making as integratable in many subject areas. I can see that kids would value it strongly as a way to take charge in a whole new way to inquire about the world and demonstrate their learning.”
“I valued the points of view that the instructor shared with us and the exposure to new ideas. I plan to take all of the learning that I have done back to my classroom and have my students do more prototyping. I was impressed with the focus on language that Linus pointed out to us. I believe that it helps create a mindset and a way of thinking that Linus communicates effectively. He pointed out the need for empathy. I will take that back to my class. I also plan to incorporate technology as a material into some of the designs that I have my students do.”
“The actual hands on experiences that mimicked the experiences our students, have opened up not only an understanding of what the successes feel like, but allowed for a better understanding of the possible challenges that will be faced and what we can do to limit those.”
“I appreciate that the instructors from Consilience Learning have offered me lots of Maker ideas for future implementation. Many thanks, especially for Linus. He is very kind and patient instructor and he is very energetic “Maker” with enthusiasm. “
“The hands on aspect of the program made it very easy to both learn, understand and envision how the resources could be used in my own classroom. Due to this understanding, I can easily see these learning activities being use much sooner rather than later. I’ve wanted to challenge my students to investigate more methods of making than simple hands on construction. The second half of the workshop, focusing on digital making, has provided several options for doing this very thing. I have many students who shy away from more traditional construction methods and this will hopefully be a great way to give them the opportunity to build with their passions.”
“I valued the opportunity to explore resources and activities, to have time to think about how to use these tools, and to share ideas across the school. It is useful to see how the thinking process can be utilised at all levels and subject areas. Each of the activities have interesting ways to think and interact with materials and thinking. “
– Teachers of I-Shou International School
“It was a whole new arena of learning for me. The Maker Learning programme has helped me shed my usual inhibitions against all things ‘Science’! It has been an amazing experience learning from Mr. Linus. I look forward to more integration of the Maker Learning approach in my teaching career.”
“I was amazed at the things learnt and the things I could do in a span of 4 days. The knowledge grasped and the hands on activities done was terrific. Hope to continue receiving a repeated guidance as we start the maker journey. Kudos!!”
“Every time I attend your workshops I become a more confident MAKER!”
“I plan to use some of the things I learnt to make my Subject more interesting and explore some more to move to the next level. I would also like to give my students the same feeling of empowerment that I felt while doing this workshop.”
“Makers programme has provided with the knowledge of integrating your curriculum to more of activity based learning empowering students to explore and innovate.”
“I valued being a special part of the bigger picture (Maker Culture). I hope to empower students to explore their potential of creativity with this unique opportunity. Consilience has helped me take learning to a whole new different level irrespective of age/grade of students. Every activity was super stimulating. THANK YOU!”
– Teachers of Mayoor Private School
“The resources and information provided was extremely useful and engaging. Keep up the outstanding work!”
“I valued the intro to coding and using Arduino. I liked the examples and resources provided. I intend to use Arduino in my curriculum and plan to merge design and coding into a unified program.”
“I learned so much as a result of how hands on it was. These different activities need to be done rather than just ‘taught’ and that was done during these classes. I also appreciated how we were given different ideas on how to use these in the classroom. Being taught the basics will make it much easier to teach to younger kids. Thank you so much!”
“Linus is fantastic. I really enjoyed his ability to work with all ability levels. I am definitely implementing these ideas into my classroom.”
“I loved that I was able to get hands on experience about how to teach hands-on in different ways that can all be done effectively and that allow students to learn with limited direct instruction. I hope to start turning my math and science classes into more of a making class.”
“I valued being able to construct something that came through a lot of success and failure. I valued the time that was given, and how I was to put myself in my students’ position to understand their frustrations and happiness.”
– Teachers of Manor Hall International School
“The workshop was fantastic! I was able to realise the potential making has for students and educators, the mindset it builds, and the pedagogy. I feel more assertive of the fact that failing in a task is more importantly a feedback to revisit and restart. The process of learning is not less important than the product.””
“I valued the collaboration and the variation in materials and activities presented. Thank you for the consistency in the delivery of pedagogy and real world applications!””
“I plan to make a framework for my school and incorporate making to unleash the potential of all students and develop a maker mindset for educators and students.”
“This workshop really boosted my confidence and also taught me how to use Making effectively with the students. It was a wonderful workshop. Very well organized, very interactive, engaging and interesting! Thank you for being patient with us and helping us.”
“Wonderful Workshop! Thank you Linus!! It felt great! I never wanted the workshop to end!”
– Teachers of Sreenidhi International School
“Very practical, well organized and fun workshop. This is the future of education and Im grateful to be part of this. Every person can be creative. There is no such thing as failing as the process is the most important aspect. Learning can be made the most fun, practical, shareable and memorable experience through making. Most important skills developed within a student are : critical thinking, teamwork, efficient resource usage, planning and being organized. Every form of making can be applied in all contexts.”
“I value using my creative & critical thinking skills by trying out new ideas and discovered that I am a Maker! As an educator …I’ll use these teaching strategies to develop the same skills in my students and as a parent I am sharing Making with my kids.”
“Everything! The confidence, new learning, new experiences, and the HARD FUN! It was fantastic experience. Things that seemed complicated to me were taught in a very simple and logical way. I just loved the way it was planned and executed. I plan to start with small assignments in PYP but will be immediately integrating this into my upcoming PYP exhibition.”
“By the end of four days’ workshop, I learned so much that I never thought that I will ever be possible do (like coding). I feel knowledgeable to some extent and would like to go deeper as a Maker. I would like every student to be a “Maker””
– Teachers of Eastern Public School
“It was the most engaging workshop that i ever did. i was able to learn so much in 4 days starting from first activity on making to the last one on Arduino.”
“I realised Making can be a real enabler in all spheres of life. It imparts life long learning and the skills imparted are much more important than some of the other seemingly important ones.”
“More than anything else, your pedagogy was excellent and everyone was engaged . You made it a great learning experience for us.”
“From the cardboard activity to the Arduino; EVERYTHING…. Just everything made me think how much i can explore with my students to increase engagement, not just with the curriculum but otherwise too. I’ll definitely be using these techniques with students to give them yet more ways to express themselves as well as their learnings.”
“The very fact that one doesn’t need a science background to be a Maker is awesome. Also the pedagogy followed in the workshop was very engaging.”
– Teachers of Heritage Xperiential Learning School