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13 David Penberg, Head of School, Innovate Manhattan Charter School, NYC


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David Penberg hasĀ been involved in international teaching for many, many years. It was during one of his many stops that he and I coincided, and became good friends. Together, he as the Head of School and I as the Technology Director, transformed life at Benjamin Franklin International School in Barcelona a few years ago. Now he is the Head of School of a different kind of school; a charter school in the heart of New York City.

Innovate Manhattan is a middle school like none I’ve seen before. The entirety of their curriculum is web-based, and a student’s normal day is not your usual type of school day. Have a listen and David breaks it down in a very interesting way for us all to learn.

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12 Tony Deprado, IT Director – YK Pao School, Shanghai, China


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Tony Deprado is as thorough and professional as they come. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to speak with him about all things IT Director-related. From breaking down what it has looked like to have been the IT Director for the past year, to offering great insights into how to approach and deploy a BYOD program, to how his IT Director position is evaluated at his current school, Tony offers up great input into what it means to drive IT in a student-centered school such as YK Pao. This is one of the lengthiest conversations to date, and I bet you will come back feeling like it was not long enough for you.

You can visit Tony’s website (www.tonydeprado.com) to get your copy of the BYOD guide he has published and is currently updating.

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11 Sean Moroney @seantm – International School of Vienna, Austria


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Sean Moroney (@seantm on Twittr) is well known throughout k12 independent international schools for his work with people, his relationships and his professionalism. I am fortunate that he took some of his summer time off to speak with me and allow me to record the conversation.

Sean is currently leading the efforts at the Vienna International School in Austria. During the conversation we touch on his approach at team-building and partnership fostering as he continues to push forward efforts to bring the school into a new way of using and exploiting technology for all it’s worth. Take a listen and learn new insights into tech integration and the planning that goes along in such a diverse and complex institution.

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10 Andrew Taylor – Humanities Faculty Coordinator, Los Angeles, CA


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Andrew Taylor is part of the Humanities faculty at Vistamar School where I currently work.

I reached out to him because of the way he implements technology in the classroom. He does great work with students, and uses a lot of tools to keep them enganged and to ease his own workload, and is constantly talking to the IT team to find new ways of implementing technology in the classroom. I also wanted to know how an IT department can best support this type of teacher.

Andrew marks episode number 10, something of a landmark for me since starting this podcast.

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