Symposium Keynote

ITIP Ohio Microsoft 365 Symposium Keynote: 
Robert Baker
Director of Technology, Cincinnati Country Day School
December 12, 2014

In 1996 Cincinnati Country Day School was the first school in the United States to go 1:1 in grades 5-12. Robert Baker, the school's Director of Technology and popular speaker-host on Tablet Conferences, will share his insight, experience and implementation strategy including his specialty, stylus/pen-based learning with tablets. This will not be a “Visionary, pie in the sky what could possibly happen” session, it will be a history lesson. Country Day acts as a lab for the world in terms of what is possible when you deploy the right kind of hardware that removes all constraints and allows teachers to focus on pedagogy, not technology. Tablet PCs with Digital INK and touchscreens are (unfortunately) the best kept secret in educational technology and the teaching and learning process. Hardware and software have finally caught up with what CCDS does with technology, making it easier and more affordable to empower every student with a device that can “Do it all”. Find out why educators flock to Country Day from all over the world in the pursuit of capturing the educational power of CCDS' benchmark one-to-one tablet PC program.

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Mr. Baker's Bio

Robert Baker has been instrumental in developing technology programs both locally and internationally with a focus on the use of tablet PCs. At Cincinnati Country Day School, Rob is dedicated to creating the most powerful teaching and learning environment anywhere. CCDS is a Microsoft World Tour School, which is a group of the top 30 Schools in the World in terms of technology integration. Rob is an educator first, and this allows him to look at everything through the eyes of pedagogy, not technology. Four times a year, he hosts very popular Tablet Conferences, where educators flock to Country Day from places as far away as Thailand and Australia, California and Texas, all in the pursuit of capturing the educational power of CCDS’ benchmark one-to-one tablet PC program. He was the recipient of the international Leadership & Vision Award sponsored by CRSTE and AALF. The award is an international recognition of leaders in the field of education who have implemented programs that promote the effective infusion of technology into instruction that reflects the skills, knowledge and experience that are essential for success in the 21st century global economy. He has consulted for Fujitsu in product development and had input on the design of the first Hybrid tablet PC, the Q702. Country Day is also an early adopter of the Surface Pro 3 and Rob serves on the Surface Customer Advisory Council. Rob also works with Microsoft and Intel to develop relevant technologies that enhance the teaching and learning process. He has been working with Microsoft on replicating Country Day's shared OneNote environment and the fruit of that labor, the Class Notebook Creator App for O365(Sharepoint Online) has just been released. He has developed an Education APP for the Windows store named Ultimate INK Flashcards and is also a regular contributor for Ed Tech magazines.