Thursday, March 10, 2011

HP Catalyst Conference

Thursday March 10, 2011

We started our day with a quick breakfast and then off to a cultural tour of New Delhi.

We visited our first stop, The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and toured the Lab in a Box concept. This is a self contained computer lab that cab dropped anywhere on Earth!

Next we visited two local school on the same campus. First was the Mother's International school where we heard a moving message about the philosophy of their school, which is rooted in meeting the physical, intellectual and spiritual needs of their students. It is definitely a "making a life rather than making a living" philosophy of education that was delivered beautifully.

We than saw the setting of an experimental elementary school that approaches learning differently and had had much success. It is called an ICIE school.

We then stopped for an authentic Indian lunch.

After that we were off to two famous cultural tourist spots. Humayun's Tomb and the India Gate.

We returned to the hotel at about 6:30 PM and quickly attended a 7 PM meeting to meet our Global Collaboratory peers. We shared the focus of our projects and searched for ways in which they might be interconnected and synergistic. The following organizations are in our sub-group: Cairo University, Coventry University, Del Mar College, Easy Carolina University, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology in Kenya, and (last but not least) the Stamford Public Schools. It was an exciting but challenging conversation that will set the tone for the next three days of work.

We'll keep you posted! Namaste.

Respectfully submitted.

Jim Forde and Bryan Olkowski


  1. It looks and sounds like you are having an amazing time :) What a great concept...Lab in a Box!! It will certainly give students who would otherwise not have the same technological opportunities as students in more developed countries.

  2. Thanks Kris! It was amazing to see it in action!

    jim :-)