Silicon Valley Education Tour

May 9 – May 16, 2020

A unique opportunity to learn and be inspired by the most innovative schools and companies, sharing this one of a type experience with colleagues, including pre and post trip online interactions, an exclusive online platform and the opportunity to continue the sharing and exchange of ideas within a learning community.

Our Silicon Valley Education Innovation Tour includes:

    • – Tours of some of the leading schools in the area
    • – Visits to the most innovative technology companies, featuring personal interviews with leaders
    • – A one day Education Technology Summit, where participants will be given the opportunity to present and exchange with technology leaders in a forum.
    • – Tourist visits, sightseeing and even test driving a Tesla!

The Trip.

    • – Saturday, May 9.
      Participants arrive in San Francisco.
      Airfare is not included so as to provide maximum flexibility for each person to utilize frequent flyer miles and/or manage their dates accordingly. Sightseeing, group dinner.

 

    • – Sunday, May 10
      Tourist and cultural activities around the San Francisco area, one of the most vibrant and culturally diverse cities in the US.

 

    • – Monday, May 11 through Friday, May 15
      Early morning wake up, breakfast, and visits to schools and technology companies. Evening time for sightseeing options and a group dinner at some attractive venue.
      Facilitated optional study group, discussion and reflections post dinner.

 

  • – Saturday, May 16
    Morning wrap up session – Participants free to make their travel arrangements as from midday.

 

Costs include accommodation, breakfasts, visits, and transportation from the moment each participant arrives at the airport. We will be staying at the Home2 Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport North. The hotel is in an ideal setting between San Francisco and San Jose, close to both the technology hub of Silicon Valley as well as the vibrant life of San Francisco.

Experienced facilitators from The Learnerspace will be guiding the trip and providing educational background and complete information on all the schools visited, as well as facilitating group discussions, analyses and study sessions on lessons learned during the trip.

The Learning Community.

The proposed experience far transcends the trip, in that we will be fostering and implementing online and face-to-face interactions to develop a true community of learners, creating links that will precede the trip and will later allow participants to remain connected and exchange projects, ideas, and learning in general.

We will be hosting an online platform, to be exclusively accessed by participants, where we will not only post all resources, materials, photographs, tourist and technical information, but will also serve as a forum for participants to engage in thoughtful dialogue regarding the learning experience itself.

Prior to the trip, there will be two Zoom meetings, during which the group will be learning more about the visits, the summit, and begin a process of shared learning to build up the learning community. After the trip, we will be hosting several live Zoom interactions, to debrief on lessons learned as well as continue linking the learning community.

Visits

The following is a list of some of the schools and technology firms, which, schedule allowing, we will visit during the trip:

San Francisco Brightworks

Leadership High School

Khan Lab School (KLS)

Challenger School

Stratford School

Pacific Rim International School

The Nueva School

La Scuola International School

The Primary School

Henry M. Gunn High School

Alt School San Francisco

Capital Innovations Academy

San Francisco University High School

Homestead High School

Universities to be visited include Stanford, Berkeley, Singularity and Santa Clara.

Technology companies that we will visit and interact with at the Educational Technology Summit include:

Apple / Google / YouTube / LinkedIn / Twitter / Uber / Netflix / HP / Pinterest / Dropbox / Intel / eBay / PayPal / Airbnb / Amazon / Nvidia / Salesforce / Lyft

Closer to the date, we will be polling participants as to their preference regarding technology firms to be visited.

Formal activities conclude with lunch on Saturday, May 16, and each participant will then proceed with their own travel arrangements.

And as one of the fun activities, all participants will have the opportunity to drive a Tesla model!

Post Trip Interactions

Learning activities do not conclude with the trip itself. After the trip, as previously mentioned, we will be hosting Zoom sessions and also facilitating discussions and continuing the learning community interactions through the online platform, which will remain for exclusive access to participants, containing only photographs and all the learning materials from both technology firms in schools, as well as providing a space for subsequent development of the learning community.

Costs

Total cost per participant is of usd 3,440. Includes:

  • – 7 nights accomodation / double room at the Home2 Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport North. Participants can choose who to share with. Options for single room also available at an extra cost.
  • – Breakfast
  • – Transport to all visits and group activities.
  • – Visits to schools and technology companies.
  • – Registration and participation at the Education Technology Summit.
  • – Learning materials, group interactions, pre and post trip Zoom meetings, access to online platform.
  • – Experienced facilitators to coordinate all trip logistics issues as well as educational contents and guidance during visits.

References

 

To register and for further information please contact us at gabriel.rshaid@thelearnerspace.org 

 

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