The 21st Century Learning Conference is an annual event in Hong Kong where teachers, staff, and school leaders come together to learn, share and discuss current & emerging topics in education with thought leaders, technology, and learning experts, and their peers. With over 650 attendees from 33 countries, it is the event of choice for a diverse international audience. The event blends together inspirational keynotes, practitioner-led workshop sessions, and fun networking opportunities.

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Friday, March 8

11:15am +07

Planning from MYP LL to DP Language A with coverage of IGCSE 0509
Multi-curriculum pathway is a typical situation in many schools. The transition from  MYP to IB and from IGCSE to IB becomes a crucial challenge in the next few years.  At the same time these curriculums are changing and many schools are also still in the process of adopting the  MYP. This workshop will cover the topic from aspects including vertical and horizontal planning; teaching materials; pedagogy; co-curricular elements etc. The ultimate objective of the workshop is to outline the key elements, skills and topics to be covered across all curriculums for near-native students.  

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Joyce Yang

Head of Chinese at King George V School, King George V School
Ms. Joyce Yang is the Head of Chinese at King George V School. She received Mphil degree in Comparative Literature and Master’s degree in Linguistics and Poetry. She started teaching Chinese in Hong Kong since 2006 and has experience in MYP, IGCSE and IB cross Foreign, Second and... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm +07
  Chinese Teaching, 1 Hour Workshop

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Shortcuts in the Performing Arts Classroom
When you are a specialist teacher, there are an abundance of technology opportunities that can pass us by because the trainers often don’t know how to incorporate them into our subject areas. I’ll show you how I use many different apps in my classroom and we’ll have time to set a few things up for your classroom too.

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Mandy Hollingshead

Music Teacher, American School Hong Kong

Friday March 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm +07

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Developing Your 21st Century Learning Space
The interactive workshop will expose teachers to two case studies around 21st Century learning design and reveal the six core design components behind them. Participants will then be able to re-design/design their own 21st century learning space using these core ideas and a short design thinking process.

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Kyle Wagner

Innovations Director, International Montessori School
Currently the Innovations Director at IMS Hong Kong and innovations consultant for forward thinking schools. Looking to build a school of the future? Would love to help. Former High Tech High (San Diego) Project Leader, and Founder of Futures Academy at the International School of... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm +07

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Building a Data Ecology for Data Informed Decision Making
Data is a central facet of contemporary education, yet it has been largely ignored by the educational technology community. Data informed decision making is critical for academics and operations in schools worldwide.

However, most schools don’t have aligned data systems or even understand their own process workflows. We’ll discuss the design and integration proper data systems in school, focusing on overall architecture, specific applications, data warehousing, and data integrity. Further, we’ll explore using those systems to develop operational efficiency and improve academic outcomes.

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Matt Harris, Ed.D.

International Education Consultant, International EdTech
I am an international educational consultant focused primarily on EdTech. Based in Singapore, I work with schools, EdTech companies, and Ministries of Education around several areas related to the operational and academic uses of technology in schools. Please connect with me on Twitter... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm +07

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Choosing a Learning Management System
Choosing a Learning Management Systems.
In a connected world, it’s amazing how fragmented we can make the educational experience for students, and how the workload required by teachers to maintain the fractured landscape of solutions often ends in many throwing their hands in the air and returning to their tried and tested traditional teaching methods. Leveraging available technologies does not need to be difficult or fragmented. This presentation challenges the very notion of ‘learning management’ and looks at how an integrated approach can reduce teacher workloads, support differentiated learning, increase student and parent engagement, and unite the whole school community to improve educational outcomes for students.

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Tony Gravina

Solutions Manager, SEQTA
I joined SEQTA after 32 years in education as a teacher and school administrator. SEQTA provides an all-in-one, collaborative teaching and learning ecosystem. Our LMS enables schools to manage attendance, student welfare, lesson planning, multiple curriculum mapping, marking and academic... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm +07
N204 2nd Floor, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

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Why make math digital? To support reading and writing math, and formative assessment opportunities, of course!
This session will explore how web based resources, technology tools and more can support the reading and comprehension of math and STEM content, create and understand math notation in a digital world, and support real time formative assessment strategies . We need to take away the barriers of reading, digital notation, and static assessment, getting in the way of our students being able to understand the underlying concepts of math and engaging in learning math in a digital environment.
Participants will have an increased understanding of supporting students to read, write and express themselves in maths and STEM, in line with their own personal learning needs, and providing formative assessment opportunities. Access to EquatIO, the new Texthelp math tool designed around the well-evidenced principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), will be made available to all participants.

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Greg O’Connor

AsiaPac EdTech Manager, Texthelp Asia Pacific
Greg has been actively involved in supporting diverse learners across all levels of education for over 30 years. During this time he has worked as a classroom teacher, school executive, education manager, and consultant / technology coach. Currently he is the Educational Technology... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm +07

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The Future is Now: Implementing Meaningful Projects & Inquiries
At Saigon South International School, we have innovated our Elementary School curriculum into four “SuperUnits." During this presentation, I will share the innovative work and curriculum development that we have done. We will inquire into: What skills and dispositions will our students need in the future? What foundational knowledge will be necessary? How can we purposefully plan our units, inquiries, and projects? Current research around the future of jobs, technology, as well as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals can help us. Come prepared for “think-tank like” discussions and to be inspired to begin implementing change for the future in your classrooms and schools.

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Melanie Sylvester

Grade 4 Lead Teacher, Saigon South International School

Friday March 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm +07

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VR/AR Exploration Experience Room
You have heard the buzzwords AR/VR and perhaps even read about their potential for education. However, you don't really understand the potential until you've experienced it. Drop in and experience the learning applications of a VR Technology. HTC Vive and even the Magic Leap are there for you to try with guided support from experts. Access is first come first served and time with devices will be determined by demand. Provided by XR Pioneer 

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Paola Paulino

Chief Innovation Director, XR Pioneer Ltd.
Paola Paulino is a far future innovator turned XR visionary for international education. She started her immersive technology career at Microsoft Studios. Paola is part of the first group of people to pioneer experiential design and hardware development for Mixed Reality on Microsoft’s... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm +07

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Building Relationships: Brain-Focused Methods for Classroom Management
In this session you will learn about how current research on the brain can impact the way in which you teach and manage your classroom. After understanding some basic brain-body states, you will be able to identify some common disruptive student behaviors and learn ways to respond to their individual discipline needs. While learning about the brain, you will also see the necessity of having strong student to teacher relationships, and the importance of rapport with and among your students.

The goal of this session is not to turn you into a neuroscientist! You will leave with tangible classroom examples on how to move towards a more responsive and connected class.

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Lexi Bentley

Grade 2 Teacher, Delia School of Canada

Friday March 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm +07

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Looking to the past to design inspirational learning spaces
Just two decades ago, if you had predicted touch screen mobile phones without physical keypads, you would either have been laughed at or called Steve Jobs. As educationalists and leaders of learning, it is almost impossible for us to predict future technological advances and physical changes to our learning spaces. However, by looking to the past, we can see trends - the Paris exhibition of 1900 is a great starting point!

In this workshop, we will neither focus on individual pieces of hardware nor on physical classroom furniture. Instead, we will work through a simple process of identifying the teaching and learning systems we seek to enhance with integrated technology and changes to learning spaces.

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Lee Falconer

Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning); IT Director, British International School, Ho Chi Minh City
Lee has worked in schools in the UK, Canada and HK as a languages teacher and Head of Faculty. He is now based in Vietnam as Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning) and IT Director. Lee is a passionate teacher and leader who enjoys the challenge of successfully integrating learning... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm +07

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Monkey see, monkey do: the power of modeling desired behaviors
Session Objectives:

  1. Pause for reflection. Share.  Engage. Be inspired.
  2. Build practical and applicable next steps to take back to your own team of leaders for increased efficacy.
  3. Have fun!

Session Description

Have you ever heard the Chinese proverb, “Kill the chicken, let the monkey watch?” Come find out what that means so we can reflect over why we probably should not lead that way. 

As leaders of educational institutions, we have the responsibility of being at the helm of building positive school cultures.  Come find out what we are doing at KIS to be the leadership team that leads by example - the successes and the reflections over how we are there doing what we expect our teachers to do, right alongside them.  Take away ideas from our implementation of the coaching model, Flex Days, meeting times and feedback forms to modify any and all of them to fit your school’s needs.  By doing, hopefully we won’t ever have to kill the chicken…!

Target Audience

School leaders

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Liz Cho

Principal of Teaching and Learning, Korea International School
Educator since 2003, Liz is passionate about empowering teachers and students. She has taken on various leadership roles in education, and she is currently serving as the Principal of Teaching and Learning at Korea International School (KIS), not too far outside of the city limits... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm +07

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Makerspace: Leveraging Personal Inquiry by Blending Digital Tools with Hands-On Learning
The Maker movement at JIS has been developing organically over the past three years. This year we opened two new Maker Spaces at our school. In this presentation we will share about how we are developing our iTime program and our collaboration as Maker Coaches with the homeroom teachers. We will explain about how we help our students to focus their idea and develop a guiding question through research and blending digital tools with hands on learning. Click here for the PRESENTATION

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Hugo Indratno

Technology Integration Specialist, JIS
Hugo Indratno is currently a Technology Integrator at Jakarta Intercultural School. Along his career in education, Hugo has been working as classroom teacher, primary principal and landing now in the land of technology. Besides his passion in fostering creativity, he loves sharing... Read More →
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Jane Ross

Digital Literacy Coach, Jakarta Intercultural School
Jane Ross is the Digital Literacy Coach at the Jakarta Intercultural School. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator since 2008 and served on the Apple Distinguished Educators South Asia board from 2010-2015. Jane has been teaching in Indonesia for over 20 years. She has presented... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm +07

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Innovation Panel: Innovative Programs and Student & Teacher Agency
HKJC CoCoon STEP: Empowering students through entrepreneurship education
How can schools work with businesses and NPOs to create new ways for students to learn about entrepreneurship?  (Renee Boey)

Can entrepreneurship be taught? The HK Jockey Club CoCoon STEP Program (Student Training in Entrepreneurship Program) now runs in 34 schools and has reached over 5,500 students in Hong Kong secondary schools. This presentation will highlight key elements in designing a successful entrepreneurship program and providing real-world opportunities for students to contribute.

‘You know what, this is kind of helping me’: Students’ experiences of a Hong Kong school-based mentoring programme- Mark Harrison/Lianne Lim - Victoria Shanghai Academy

This is a presentation of research conducted into the effectiveness of a school-based mentoring programme in a Hong Kong secondary school.

Interview data were analyzed thematically and two themes developed: ‘experiencing mentoring’ and ‘experiencing the mentor.’ The mentees, although initially skeptical about mentoring, were surprised by its helpfulness.

Through the development of an informal and collaborative relationship, in which students experienced their mentor as a trustworthy, mature and objective adult, students found an important source of emotional support and practical help which benefited their academic work. Students’ experience was influenced by their mentors’ role in the school, length of service and gender match, and cultural factors may impact the experience of mentoring.

School-based mentoring programmes in a Hong Kong context have the potential to offer emotional and academic support to students.

Our Voice - Nooraine Fazal /Divya   Balagopal- Inventure Academy Bangalore

We will be presenting on Inventure Academy’s Our Voice initiative, a platform for our students to learn how they express their voices/have their say, both in the present and the future world they will inherit.

We started with Our Safety Our Voice (OSOV) in 2014. After a spate of child abuse cases that year, Inventure students reached out to children across socioeconomic groups to hear children’s voices on what safety meant for them. More than 1000 children, across 18 educational institutions and NGO’s participated in the survey we conducted. The findings of the survey were very powerful and compelling and formed the backbone for the Student Charter that the Inventure Academy Charter Committee submitted to the Child Protection Policy drafting committee appointed by the Government of Karnataka. The Government of Karnataka has taken cognizance of the Charter and the recommendations we made have been included in the Child Protection Policy that has been officially proposed for the State.

The following year, in mid 2015, Inventure in partnership with the American India Foundation (AIF) (http://aif.org/about/about-aif/) organized for Indian and American High School students to study the impact of urban development on water. As part of this, Inventure organized a two day Lake Conservation program (Our Lakes Our Voice - OLOV) with the now infamous Varthur Lake (300 acre lake close to our school) as a case study. Students who participated in the case study were disturbed by what they learnt and some of them chose to continue work in the field. The 2015-’16 student coordinator for the OLOV group, Sahithi Pingali, won awards in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) and The International Sustainable World Engineering Energy Environment Project (ISWEEEP) science fairs.

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Tanya LeClair

Elementary School Innovation Coach, American International School of Guangzhou


Mark Harrison

Victoria Shanghai Academy
Mark Harrison is the deputy principal at VSA responsible for overseeing student support services. He has worked in Hong Kong for 18 years as a teacher, counsellor and school administrator.
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Nooraine Fazal

Founding Managing Trustee & CEO, Inventure Academy
Educationist, pro-active citizen, social entrepreneur, sports person and corporate executive, Nooraine Fazal is a multi-faceted individual, who is actively involved in a multitude of initiatives across the city. With a broad range of experience overseas and in India, Nooraine has... Read More →
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Renee Boey

Founder and Educational Director, Baker & Bloom Education Center
In 2014, Renée founded Baker & Bloom, a K-12 education learning center that fosters creative literacy through a variety of classes that range from media literacy to design thinking and STEM. Baker & Bloom empowers students to flourish in a fast-changing world and has prepared for... Read More →
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Lianne Lim

Secondary School Counsellor, Victoria Shanghai Academy

Friday March 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm +07
N208 2nd Floor, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

11:15am +07

Success and Well-Being: Opposites that Need to Attract with Andy Hargreaves [Part 2]
This is a two part workshop

What’s the relationship between success and well-being for students and teachers? Is well-being a pre-requisite for academic success, or does success lead to well-being? Drawing on Professor Hargreaves’s upcoming book on Learning, Engagement and Wellbeing, this three hour workshop will engage participants with their own understandings of the relationship between well-being and success and introduce them to examples of how other schools go about making the connection.

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Dr. Andy Hargreaves

President of the International Congress of School Effectiveness & Improvement, Boston College
Dr. Andy Hargreaves is the President of the International Congress of School Effectiveness & Improvement and is is known as one of the top global thought leaders in education. He is the former Thomas More Brennan Chair of Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.Andy... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm +07

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Coaching Conversations
School improvement is a collaborative effort and all members of a school community benefit by understanding the role of coaching and coaching strategies as part of professional practice. Additionally teachers and administrators can use coaching conversations to support each other in their professional goals and growth. This workshop will include discussions and sharing around what it means to ‘coach’ colleagues.

Participants in this workshop will have a clearer understanding of their role in coaching their peers (formally and/or informally) and coaching’s impact on professional growth. They will also gain practical strategies and resources to support and build their capacity in coaching (particularly in regard to coaching conversations)

Link to Coaching Conversations Site with Agenda, Resources and Slide Deck > http://bit.ly/coachconvo2019

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Diana Beabout

Innovation Coach, American International School of Guangzhou

Friday March 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm +07
N104 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre