Kwaku Aning – Storytelling, Media Creation
Hi, my name is Kwaku and I am a storyteller. It took two decades in education for me to figure this out but after having a variety of roles in the education world (teacher, consultant,
administrator) in public, private and charter schools I have one common factor, storytelling. Whether it is helping students to share their stories through performing music or helping teachers to help students to share their perspectives through technology I have consistently found that storytelling is the best way to learn and share content.
I am the Director of Learning Innovation and Technology at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, TN. In my career, I have been engaged in story-telling and technology as long as I can remember. I produced and co-directed a series of 360 Degree videos on Climate Change in Fiji for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); designed Virtual Reality presentation of 360 Degree Videos at 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23); facilitated strategic partnerships for UNDP with HTC Vive, Oculus, and YouTube; and now I assist and support K-12 teachers to plan and implement technology-infused units of study consistent with student needs, instructional goals and aligned with school standards (examples include: Project Based Learning, Design Thinking, International Baccalaureate, and Common Core); I also collaborate on the implementation of large scale media projects for Esquire magazine and other clients.
I currently support and inspire faculty as they implement higher level STEAM and engineering courses in 5th through 12th grade. I am also deeply involved in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Technology, its use in the classroom, and its potential impact on education. As another step in the educational technology journey, I think it offers some interesting benefits as well as challenges.
I love to empower kids to demonstrate their learning through what they build. I love to empower teachers to be comfortable with the unknown and to develop the capacity to create structures for student creativity. I support teachers through technical understandings and imaginative leaps within their own curriculum demands.
When not at work, I spend most of my time with my wife and two young children or teaching myself how to record music. I have taught music for ten years and continue to be creative in this way.
If you would like to engage Kwaku, please fill in the form below or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Kwaku’s contact information is below if you would like to talk to him directly.
As a Lausanne Learning Consultant, Kwaku exemplifies the LL Five Consulting Characteristics:
- Student-Centered Character: LL Consultants always keep each student at the center of the conversation in imagining what “could be” from “what is”
- Sustaining Character: LL Consultants are focused on working with the school to implement practices that can be sustained over the long term to support the school’s mission
- Imaginative Character: LL Consultants are expert and thus can imagine different answers as you interrogate the key question or questions that you are being asked
- Independent Character: LL Consultants ensure that their clients become independent of them over time, not co-dependent
- Fearless Character: LL Consultants won’t tell their clients what they want to hear but what, in their professional opinion, should be said
Director of Learning Innovation and Instructional Design
Lausanne Collegiate School
1381 West Massey Road
Memphis, TN 38120
Kathy Schrock provides an excellent overview of the SAMR model along with other insights gleaned from leaders in the field – it includes links to those leaders which is helpful.
Fractus is a useful site identifying the “best” books on education and technology which is updated regularly.
An excellent article about teaching and storytelling. It includes a list of the benefits of storytelling that include its connection to writing and improving listening skills. Caveat: the writer says its good through elementary – reality is that storytelling is enjoyed and even coveted by all age groups!
Achievement First Charter Schools
Collegiate Charter High School of Los Angeles
New York City Department of Education
Mosa Mack Science
United Nations Development Programme