Participant-led workshops are an integral part of any Learning2 conference. These hour-long workshops are submitted and approved in advance and special consideration is given to those that support the conference theme.
The exciting Workshops @ Learning2 Asia will include:
(Click the title to get the description).
Digital Portfolios with Seesaw-Edwin Lagos from the Canadian International School- Singapore
We will be looking at how Seesaw can help teachers and students easily developed and curate digital portfolios. Get ready to create and populate your own digital portfolio while learning how to use Seesaw on the device of your choice!
Reimagining Storytelling with Collaborative Teams-Gary Johnston from the Korea International School
Imagine what happens when we empower students to tell stories.
With so much work done merely for purposes for assessment we forget that learning can be purposeful and authentic and give students an opportunity to be digitally creative and share their work with a larger audience.
In this workshop we’ll share how a sixth grade team used meeting time to creative a digital story across multiple disciplines. Entitled: “Myths and Legends” students learned about myths in Social Studies, wrote fictional essays in English, connected their stories to Science concepts, and used “Imovie” to create digital stories complete with sound effects and narration.
You’ll hear interviews from teachers and administrators about the process and enduring outcomes from students. If you’re interested in creative collaborative projects in teams or departments, or want to “fine tune” work that you currently do in teams, this session is for you! To see an example of student work, visit:
Passion Projects 2.0 (Hacking Genius Hour)-Carlos Galvez from the Shekou International School
Want to know how I discovered, fostered but most importantly inspired a group of students to form their own dance crew? What started as a fun project ended up changing 7 students’ lives and mine forever. The crazy part is, they still don’t know I was involved in it! Oh yeah, and I don’t know anything about dancing…. Come for a share out of this project and together we can dissect and create ways that you yourself can take home ideas that will leave no passion undiscovered.
Admin, WTF? (Where's the fun?)-Liz Cho from the Gyunggi Suwon International School (GSIS)
“Don’t do as I do; do as I say.” I used to say this to my students when I goofed up during coaching or even giving a speech in debate and would do the exact same thing that I tell them NOT to do. As coaches we expect our students to run faster, climb higher, keep up stamina far better than we do with the proper techniques; as educators, we do our best to teach our students to not bore he audience, share engagingly, ask the “”So What?”” in everything that they do. Let’s pause and reflect: do we do that as leaders? What do we do with inspired and excited teachers when the come back from empowering conferences with big ideas? What can we do to keep that momentum strong despite the requirements of rigorous curriculum demands by programs that sound super intimidating with myriad acronyms? What are we afraid of? Come explore ways to find a balance between what we know is awesome and what we feel we must do in the current structure of education that places emphasis on the prestige of traditional programs. Let’s try to do what makes sense, empowering our teachers to run faster, climb higher and not lose steam… and do it with them.
Coding is Scary . . . (But It Doesn’t Have To Be!) -Janice Dwyer from the Chinese International School (Hong Kong)
Coding is all the rage these days. Your students love it and you’re supposed to teach it. You have no background in Computer Science. Where do you start? How can you fit it into an already full curriculum? This workshop will introduce some coding basics to help novices get started and share how we (Chinese International School (HK) are currently integrating it throughout our primary school.
You Got Game? Exploring Digital Games Based Learning-Matt Ives from the Suzhou Singapore International School
The rapid expansion of game types, platforms, experiences, media-convergence, and growth of game popularity in our society increasingly requires educators to address the challenges, opportunities, and potential of game-based learning.
Participants in this workshop will:
– Critically examine digital games as transmedia constructions
– Analyse literacies and competencies, both traditional and emerging, developed during gaming experiences and their related online ecosystems
– Examine how digital games might assist the exploration of perspective, causation and responsibility, cultural preservation, history, and economics
– Consider the role of the teacher and practical ideas for succesful implementation
The Why and How of Standards Based Grading (SBG)-Evan Weinberg from the Saigon South International School
Interactive Instructional Videos (with Flubaroo & Google forms)-Scott Garbus from the Australian International School
Interactive instructional videos allow teachers to “flip” the classroom without burying the student in homework. They also allow for quick informal assessment and feedback. Best of all, it is quick and easy, without the need for technical skills or spending a long time marking papers. Students get quick feedback, and teachers can easily identify students who are struggling, or concepts that need reinforcement.
This will be a hands-on session, so participants should bring a laptop or tablet, a gmail account, and bookmark a short video- either from an online source like YouTube, or bring one of their own making. Teachers will leave the session with an online interactive video relevant to their own classroom.
Breakout EDU.-Geoffrey Derry from the IGB International School
Breakout.edu is an engaging learning game for students, teachers and families.
Do you love escape rooms? Ever dreamt of being stuck in a room and having to use your wits, knowledge and puzzle solving skills to break out? Come and try the educational equivalent, Breakout.edu. A new concept / learning game to get kids thinking, engaged and collaborating. Suitable for any subject and age level. Participants will need to use critical thinking, teamwork and complex problem solving to Breakout.
Breakout is also great for teacher PD sessions
Using Seesaw to its full potential to motivate and engage students in a 21st century classroom.-Nathan Pither from the Renaissance College
Renaissance College in Hong Kong has successfully integrated Seesaw into our 1:1 resourced school environment. This initiative was led by Nathan and James along with their Year 2 team in 2015 and now Seesaw is used college wide up to Year 9, as well as in other ESF schools.
Seesaw is a purpose-built app for the digital recording of learning over time. We are using this app for digital portfolios, video blogging, audio and text reflections, commenting and giving feedback on student learning tasks, and Seesaw powerfully and easily allows students to instantly share their work with their classmates and parents.
You will be shown how we incorporate anchor charts and recognition documents to help students build their commenting, reflecting, writing and speaking skills. We will share which apps we utilize in collaboration with Seesaw and how we use the blogging feature to connect with our classrooms with other classrooms around the world.
Finally, we will also share samples of student work, and how we use Seesaw to show learning growth over time. Our Seesaw journey has been such a positive experience for us teachers, our students, their families and the wider school community and we want to share this with you.
20% Time: An Action Research Analysis-Reid Wilson from the NIST International School
Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, I conducted action research on the effects of 20% time with my students. In this workshop, we’ll examine the data that came out of that action research and explore some possibilities for how to move forward with personalized learning.
The power of connections to support emergent bilinguals: SPELTAC (Social Platform for English Language Teaching Across the Curriculum)-Marcelle Houterman from the International School Phnom Penh
Supporting emergent bilinguals and English language learning is one of the most important constants of our work as international educators. ‘We are all language teachers’ will sound familiar to many. Yet, how do we sustain and differentiate professional development for English language teaching across the curriculum in international schools? How can we continue the conversation about how to support all learners who are learning on a bilingual continuum? Do traditional ‘sit-and-get’ models of professional development really serve this part of our work or should this be an ongoing part of educators’ learning, one that is constantly explored, revisited and strengthened?
For the 2016/2017 school year the International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP) has opted for an in-house training model that leverages social media and documentation for learning as professional development for language teaching across the curriculum. SPELTAC, Social Platform for English Language Teaching Across the Curriculum, is an innovative model of professional learning that extends cross-curricular English language teaching practices in the context of 21st century learning. This session will explain how SPELTAC has the potential to facilitate collaborative learning, model and enthuse teachers to implement 21st century literacy practices, make visible what is needed in a school, celebrate growth and achievement and create institutional memory.
Think, Reflect, Change, Create-Mary Rivers from the Taylor's International School Puchong
How to use De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats and Tony Ryan’s Thinkers Keys to help students think critically and problem solve effectively. Both tools will be introduced and participants will collaborate, create and share ideas on how these can be used purposefully inn the classroom. Participants will be given a range of practical ideas to take away and use in the classroom as both ‘one off’ fun activities to engage their learners, as well as to build into a range of curriculum experiences.
Guided inquiry as a means of exploring with technology-Lissa Layman from the AISQ8
Using direct instruction to teach students how to use technology apps and programs is often seen as unavoidable. I wondered if we could change this narrative. Could we create a lesson plan that could be adapted by teachers/instructional coaches for any creation app or program? Could we ensure that it would not be boring or repetitive for students? In this workshop, I’ll share my strategy. Come experience a guided inquiry lesson that you will be able to adapt for your classroom/school.
Making Authentic Global Connections through an Inquiry Lens-Jason Graham from the Jakarta Intercultural School
This workshop will look at how to start a global connection with your classroom through an inquiry lens. We will examine the pedagogy of making authentic connections between classrooms (and educators) and examine a variety of engagements to enhance learning. We will also be introduced to various technologies that can assist in creating global connections and also strategies to get you started.
Developing a Great MakerSpace: Choosing the Fast Path!-Dan Keller from the Saigon South International School
Much that has been written about the advantages of MakerSpaces within schools. Unfortunately, the common advice tends to encourage a path to development that uses phrases like “grassroots movement,” “growing over time,” and “slow and steady.” With Papert’s Theory of Constructionism (1980) approaching its 40th anniversary, haven’t we (educators, students, and parents) waited long enough? In this workshop, participants will learn the story of how one school went from initial discussion to full implementation of a MakerSpace within 8 months. Participants will learn strategies for: starting discussions, building enthusiasm, developing vision, reaching (enough) consensus, designing a space, equipping a MakerSpace, designing curriculum, and addressing logistical implications.
From Traditional Research Paper to Documentary Film-Tara Ronzetti from the Saigon South International School
We live in a world saturated with multi-modal text forms. The recent technological revolutions in video recording, editing, and distribution have signaled the greatest evolution in literacy in 500 years. And yet we are not totally conversant with the media forms of the day. So we must ask ourselves: Are we as literate as the world demands?
In this presentation Literacy Coach Tara Lee Ronzetti and English As an Additional Language Specialist, Jason Stevens will share how one fourth grade transformed the traditional research paper into a multi-sensory and multi-modal presentation: documentary video.
Participants will watch our story from start to finish and have the opportunity to learn from our mistakes. We will share the teaching points that created the core of the unit, the pace, and surprises we ran into along the way. Teachers will practice some of the skills their students will learn in a unit like this.
Experiencing the potential of BreakoutEDU-Clara Ngo from the ISHCMC
Have you ever been to an escape room? What if we had escape rooms in our class? Come and experience how you can work with others to solve puzzles, learn about different technology tools, virtual reality, and how to gamify learning in your classroom.
Macgyver Google Apps and Chrome-Amalia Kingsbury from the Korea International School
Google Apps and Chrome in the classroom can do so much more than just create documents and search for information. Come and learn about add-ons, extensions, and clever uses of Google Apps to “macgyver” Google workflow and make you a power user. For this session you will need a computer with Chrome installed.
Easy Classroom Blogging-Phillip Cowell from the Western Academy of Beijing
Do you struggle to find time in the school week for regular student blogging or giving your students enough feedback?
Would you like to know how digital portfolios and blogs can work together seamlessly, or how to provide your class parents with a daily visual update in less than 2 minutes?
Would you like to know how a class blog can be so much more than just a blog? Then come along:)
Information Overload: Using online curation tools to make sense of and leverage the power of your social media network.-Jeff Dungan from the Shanghai American School-Puxi
The abundance of information available through your online PLN can be overwhelming. Curating content allows users to make sense of the links and resources you may come across via your PLN. Researchers studying curation of digital content have noted that being able to make sense of the vast information online for students and adults alike is a new literacy that needs to be taught in schools. Shirky (2010) states, “the job of curation is to synchronize a community so that when they’re all talking about the same thing at the same time, they can have a richer conversation than if everybody reads everything they like in a completely unsynchronized or uncoordinated way.