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

12:30pm +07

Forging a Community Through Art
Are you interested in forging an arts community that will add to your student's learning with real-life experience? Join us as we share our experiences as arts educators, leveraging our passion and our community, to create the International Shenzhen Artist Forum. Learn how we transformed our experience as arts educators into a vibrant arts society in Shenzhen. Here, creative arts professionals are encouraged to connect, converse, and convey their artistic vision through a community-based platform. From this experience, learn how ISZAF has engaged the art educational community through producing student art shows and visiting artists exchanges that engage students with local renowned artists, while also empowering our own sense of identity and passion as creative people.


International Shenzhen Artist Forum or ISZAF is an independent, foreign and local artist run artist society, based in Shenzhen, China.

Founded in October 2016 by a group of arts and culture industry professionals who wanted to foster stronger ties between the local community, regional culture and the myriad of other arts professionals, ISZAF desires to establish a community of visual artists within the Pearl River Delta that can network with fellow peers, provide more ways to engage the community through sponsored artist events, and promote healthy economic growth of artists through local galleries and show.

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Brittan Aebischer

Founder and Co-Chair / Art Educator, International School of Nanshan Shenzhen
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Gloria Carnevale

Head of Arts: Visual Arts and Design, Co-Chair of ISZAF, International School of Nanshan Shenzhen + ISZAF
Gloria Carnevale is an artist, designer, educator and speaker who has lived and worked in Shenzhen for the past seven years. Gloria works as the Head of the Arts Department for Visual Arts and Design at the International School of Nanshan Shenzhen (ISNS). She teaches senior level... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm +07

12:30pm +07

Creating Spaces within Spaces
Creating spaces within spaces’ is an interactive session challenging all things conventional when it comes to spaces within schools.

From media labs to open plan learning hubs, this workshop will take you through the journey on how a single use space can be altered and developed to cater for multi use purposes, multiple skills sets and different learning behaviours, allowing students to immerse themselves into their learning experience.  

By putting students in control of their learning by creating interactive and engaging spaces, they are indirectly being empowered to embrace the 21st Century Learning skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity and preparing themselves for the workplaces of the future.

"We’re not just talking about reconfiguring the layout of a classroom or lecture hall, we’re breaking down the physical confines of these walls altogether, transcending traditional boundaries and reimagining the entire learning experience" (Vickers 2017). 

Join us as we explore the endless opportunities of ‘spaces within spaces’

Presented by Shastiq Khader-Georgi 
Principal Learning Space Consultant and Designer

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Shastiq Khader-Georgi

Principal Learning Space Consultant and Designer, LSA Communications
Shastiq is the Director & Primary Learning Space Consultant with LSA Communications working with International Schools and designing their spaces for the past nine years. She has consulted schools in Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam and S. Korea at Seoul Foreign School and Chadwick... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm +07

12:30pm +07

Exploring Intensive Project Periods - Our Story and Lessons Learned
In this presentation, we will share with the audience experiences developing alternate schedules in order to provide for deeper project work and new collaborative opportunities. We will provide a general overview of our plan for disruption, the rationale behind it, and details on logistics and schedule. Disrupting your schedule leads to new ways in thinking about our practice. It is not as much about product, but more about experiencing a shift in the way we provide learning experiences. 

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Matt Wise

Learning Innovator, American International School
Actively exploring how technology can empower student inquiry, foster increased ownership over their learning, and give teachers insight into aspects of their learning that was previously unavailable to us.
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Rolly Maiquez, Ed.D.

Director of Educational Technology, American International School
I enjoy working with tools that can help get students more involved in their learning. I love using robots, electronics, and other fun items in teaching what I teach!My main interests in educational technology include robotics, mobile apps, and electronics. In robotics, I'm most interested... Read More →
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Zachary Post

Middle School Principal, American International School, HK
Interested in project-based learning, curriculum integration, PLCs, and democratic student-centered schools. Currently digging into standards-based grading and reporting at the middle school level.

Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm +07
N204 2nd Floor, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

12:30pm +07

Create engaging videos with Keynotes and Clips
Co-Presented by Mandy Hollingshead and Coby Reynolds

Looking for new ways for students to showcase their own learning? Well, making videos has never been easier. This interactive workshop will guide participants through the ease of creating engaging videos using their Apple Pencil in Keynote and some amazing features of Clips. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how students can create and share their learning with iPad.

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Coby Reynolds

Grade 5 Teacher, The Independent Schools Foundation Academy
Coby is a primary school teacher from originally from Australia. He has been working as an international educator for since 2012 in the UAE and now in Hong Kong and has over 10 years of teaching experience.With a passion for education and technology, he completed his Masters of Education... Read More →
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Mandy Hollingshead

Music Teacher, American School Hong Kong

Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm +07
N104 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

12:30pm +07

Innovation Case Study Panel: New EdTech Tools - New Frontiers in Learning
Gaming: Literally - Using video games to enhance the study of literatureGames are an immersive and ever improving entertainment medium. They are something that should be viewed as useful within educational circles, specifically in relation to studies like language and literature.
The presentation aims to make the case for using games in this way, explaining how they could be implemented and why not doing so would be an incredible waste of an immensely useful resource.

FarmBot Action Research Project - Michael Gates / Peter Wynd- Dulwich Suzhou
As part of the Dulwich College International Pioneering Spirit initiative (the founder of which will also be presenting at the 21CL HK event), Dulwich schools in Suzhou and Singapore successfully received a fairly substantial grant money back in April 2018.  
The money was to invest in an Open Source, CNC agricultural robotics solution: FarmBot.   A startup from USA a few years ago.

We intend to present on the first year of this exciting action research project.  We especially have been interested in researching the engagement levels and levels of ownership of a group of students in such a pioneering project (and obtaining data to evidence this) and how to make such an extra-curricular STEAM project embed itself 'organically' into an academic curriculum.

Another exciting strand of this project is the fact we are collaborating with our sister campuses at Dulwich College Suzhou (Ducks section) and Dulwich College Singapore.  We have also gained collaboration with additional tertiary education institutions with exciting consequences.  We wish also to present on the challenges and opportunities such collaborations have had.

Wearable Technology - Pioneering Spirit Project - - Kathryn Hall  - Dulwich College (Singapore)
In conjunction with Dulwich College International this is an example project as part of the Pioneering Spirit initiative run by the group.
My project is to develop a fashion project with students incorporating wearable technology. The focus is that the project is to encourage innovation, links to industry and enterprise and develop creative skills.

The aim of this project is to design and make a fashion collection that incorporates wearable technology such as lights, sensors, activity trackers, sound devices as well as making use of new technology and “smart materials” such as glow in the dark and thermo-chromatic paints.

The outcome will be a fashion show, inviting other schools and teachers within the DT, Science, ICT and Art fields (incorporating STEAM).

The project is pitched towards students in years 5-8, initially as a competition for design, then ECA for manufacturing the designs. In addition the students will take part in an enrichment day, inviting industry professionals from technology and design fields to conduct workshops with the students. This will develop an enterprising spirit and get students considering practical applications for their designs and how the growth industry of wearable technology might develop in the future.

The project has longevity as aspects can be used in future curriculum projects in DT, Science and ICT and ties in with NC objectives. Equipment purchased can be used by other departments or contributed towards a “makerspace”.

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Tanya LeClair

Elementary School Innovation Coach, American International School of Guangzhou

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Michael Gates

Teacher of Biology, Lead Teacher of Educational Technology and Community Service Coordinator, Dulwich International High School
Biology teacher with nearly 10 years teaching experience.Lead Teacher of Educational Technology - coordinating the Ed Tech PLC in my educational context, which promotes action research, innovation and use of ed tech tools to empower student learning.Interested in flipped learning... Read More →

Peter Wynd

Computer Science Teacher, Dulwich College (Singapore)
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Kathryn Hall

Teacher of Design & Technology / PSHE Co-ordinator, Dulwich College (Singapore)
I have over 10 years experience teaching Design & Technology both in the UK and internationally. I hold an MA in Technology, Education and learning which has sparked my interest in combining technology in unconventional products to reinforce learning in a practical environment. In... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm +07
N208 2nd Floor, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

12:30pm +07

VR/AR Exploration Experience Room
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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 12:30pm - 1:30pm +07

12:30pm +07

Keynote: Connection Before Content
Research shows that the most successful programs in the world are those which intentionally develop positive & trusting relationships among their participants. Longitudinal studies also show that one of the most powerful factors which determine a young person's success in life is their ability to form and sustain healthy relationships, six times more powerful than gaining a high (Year 12) score at the conclusion of their formal studies. This interactive, fun and inspiring keynote (playnote) presentation will share some of the latest research which underpins the critical role building connections and related social skills has on a student's wellbeing. Mark's message will cause delegates to shift their understanding of the purpose of school - is it to prepare students for a life of tests, or to prepare them for the test of life. Mark will offer an engaging & powerful philosophical framework within which students are invited to play, share, trust and, most importantly, flourish.

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Mark Collard

Mark Collard is an experiential trainer, speaker & author. As founder of playmeo, he is best known for developing the world's largest online database of group games & activities. He is passionate about helping groups discover the value of connecting before content. Schools engage... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm +07
  Keynote, Keynote

12:30pm +07

Rethinking Risk: Are children too safe for their own good
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Dr. Mariana Brussoni

Associate Professor, University of British Columbia in Canada
Dr. Mariana Brussoni is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia in Canada. She is an investigator with the British Columbia Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the British... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm +07

12:30pm +07

Determining Motivational Factors in Learning
Educating students at different levels of capability in one classroom can be challenging. When you normalize varying ability levels in a classroom, each child feels they are working to their strengths. Learn how to design your instruction to meet the strengths of each child simultaneously while building up weaker skills. Discover how leveraging the executive functions increases learning in Writing and STEAM classes and increases empathy and wellness among students. You will walk away with valuable tools and student-centered approaches to make academic tasks more accessible and engaging to unlock perseverance and motivation for all learners. 


Jennifer Larson Simmons

Co-Founder/Program Director, City Learner's Inc.

Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm +07

12:30pm +07

Empowering Student Voice: Using Podcasts, Flipgrid & Social Media to Showcase Young Voices

“Our job is to create rooms filled with students’ voices.  Not be the main voice.” ~ Pernille Ripp

Join me for an exploration of tools to empower, amplify and champion student voices of all ages, backgrounds and mother tongues.

We will go over the importance of amplifying and empowering student voice for all students, including English language learners who must identify in all aspects with a language that is not their first. We will explore the use of Flipgrid, podcasting and social media to create platforms for students to reflect, showcase and share their learning journeys, as well as express their true selves to various audiences.  

Session materials here.  Please download the Flipgrid app on your mobile device to get the full session experience!

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Ceci Gomez-Galvez

EAL Teacher & Coach, Shekou International School
Ceci is a collaborator, co-teacher and coach who empowers educators to create learning opportunities to suit all language learners' needs. She has been the leader of an ELL support program based on support practices within a sheltered immersion philosophy and the use of differentiation... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm +07

12:30pm +07

Inclusive Education: Using Technology to Support ELL, Dyslexic & Dysgraphic students
In international education, fostering an inclusive classroom is critically important. With significant numbers of ELL students and up to 20% of students affected by dyslexia or dysgraphia, inclusive technologies can move the needle on communication and collaboration for these students in all classrooms. We'll be looking specifically at Microsoft's new inclusive tools during this session.

Come experience Microsoft Immersive Reader, Lens & Dictation. All of the tools are free and available on all devices. See how your students and parents can translate presentations & content in real-time into any language using Microsoft Translator AI features. Students & parents can start using all of these tools immediately.

We'll look at the research showing the impact the tools have, and everyone will leave knowing how to start using them.

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Robert Bauer

Director of Innovation & Technology, American International School of Guangzhou

Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm +07
  Student Voice, 1 Hour Workshop

12:30pm +07

Student Intercultural Sensitivity: Taking Mission to Effective Practice
The development of student intercultural sensitivity is a central theme, implied throughout many international school mission and belief statements. However, identifying what actually influence its development within the milieu of an international school is uncertain. Evidenced by the growth of international schools around the world, parents clearly value an education that fosters the development of the intercultural skills, knowledge, attitudes and capabilities necessary for student participation in an inclusive global society.

This presentation shares student, teacher and parent views from a case study of the factors influencing the development of student intercultural sensitivity at an international school in China. It will describe:
  • How the different stakeholders at an international school define student intercultural sensitivity
  • Stakeholder views of ways student intercultural sensitivity is developed at an international school including both institutional and individual factors.
When it comes to the development of an intercultural mindset, if school leaders understand stakeholder views, it has the potential to guide and influence effective practices in schools that increases student intercultural sensitivity.

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Michael Hibbeln

Elementary School Principal, Shanghai American School

Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm +07

12:30pm +07

The SRC Form Group
The form in which student voice and student government takes, varies from school to school. Throughout the years our school has experimented with different versions of the Student Representative Council (SRC). We asked, how can we get these young people of different age groups to really connect with each other first, so that they can connect with the needs of the student body? Our solution, The SRC Form Group.      

The presentation will explain our current model of our SRC Form Group made up of students from Y8 through Y12. We will discuss the successes, the challenges and the explore the student experience within this model.

Presentation Link: bit.ly/2XCI1Ti

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Dawn Johnston

Teacher / Head of Year 8&9, International College Hong Kong
Along with my teaching of secondary Mathematics and Science, I am dedicated to the development of leadership in young people and contribute to my school community through my position of advisor for the student government, the SRC. Throughout the years our school has experimented with... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm +07

12:30pm +07

Creating a Culture of Kindness through Friendship Skills
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Dana Kerford

Dana is a Teacher, Friendship Expert, and the Founder of URSTRONG. Pop by our table or come say, "Hi!" Would love to meet you!

Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm +07