Interview Questions for Schools going 1:1

It’s that time of year again. Contracts are due in the international teaching world and recruiting fairs are just around the corner. I have solicited the help of my friend, and Deputy Superintendent of Shanghai American School, Andy Torris to help me craft a set of interview questions that administrators can use as they go recruiting this season. There are many international schools in the Asia region, and I would guess around the world, that are 1:1 (One computer per student) or are headed there in the next two to three years. At the EARCOS Administrators Conference earlier this year, all 26 business managers that I talked to were working at schools that were 1:1 already or would be 1:1 in the next one to two years. Yes…change is happening in our international schools and it’s a great time to be an international school educator. With all this change happening, and Shanghai American School itself looking to go 1:1 in the near future, Andy and I worked to put together a list of questions similar to the list that I created last year. Our aim is to help administrators as they start recruiting with some questions they can ask during the interview process. Of course these are just technology/learning focused questions and we understand that there are many more questions that should be asked during an interview. Our hope is that an administrator might be able to take a few questions from this list based on their school’s individual needs and use them to find teachers who would be successful in a 1:1 school. We have arranged the questions in order, with the first 5 questions we feel being the most important, and getting into deep understanding of changed teaching practices as the questions progress. It’s my experience that many of the teachers out there will struggle with the first five questions…which gives those that don’t, a real leg up. So…here are our questions! You can download the PDF at the bottom of the page. Questions for teachers entering a 1:1 school What computer platform are you most comfortable with, Mac, PC or Tablet? I think this is an important question as schools become focused on a platform. It’s not an indication of whether or not you are going to hire the person, but their answer to this question based on what your school is (Mac, PC, or Tablet)...

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