Berkeley International School

Transforming Your Classroom

Teaching internationally can be a real adventure. The excitement, enthusiasm and challenge that comes with our everyday experiences are what makes teaching internationally so rewarding. You’re already a risk taker! One of the most exciting ways to take risks in your classroom is to use technology to redefine the way we teach and learn.

The SAMR model of curriculum development highlights 4 phases of growth (between enhancement and transformation): substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition. Together with the workshop participants we will explore new ways to move towards transformation in your classroom. From new pedagogical approaches, to effective technology tools, to transferrable skills, we will use this workshop as another exciting opportunity to take a risk and try something new!

Essential Questions:

  • What does transformative learning look like?
  • How can we transform learning for all students?
  • How can we use technology tools and skills to redefine the way that students and teachers learn?

Participants will:

  • Explore emerging pedagogical approaches, including game based learning, global collaboration, and the flipped classroom.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the SAMR and TPACK models for curriculum development.
  • Share and review examples of transformative learning in schools around the world.
  • Apply workshop learning to collaboratively create a unit of work that transforms their classroom.


Part 1: Pedagogy

SAMR & TPACK Resources

Part 2: Exploring Examples

Activity: SAMR Evaluation / Reflection

Lower Elementary:

Upper Elementary:

Middle School:

High School:

Whole School

  • Dave Beaty – Social Media Education for the School Community
  • Shary – Professional Learning for a whole School Community

More Transformative Project Examples

Activity: Visible Thinking Routine: See, Think, Wonder

Part 3: Getting Started

Other PD Opportunities