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

3:15pm +07

How Can Chinese Teachers Make International Schools More International?
Why do Chinese students educated from a traditional Confucian environment consistently outperform students from a Western educational background in international benchmark tests like PISA? What is wrong with rote learning and memorization? Is it time to Reverse the Flow between West and Confucian educational thinking? If we want teachers to think, act and work together with an international mindset in international schools, then do we need to find a way to bring together the best of Western and best of Chinese educational thinking?

This workshop offers a fresh approach to understanding Confucian educational values and will give practical examples of a fusion approach to teaching and learning, based on the speakers experience in local and international schools

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Peter Woodhead

Director, ACT-Education Consultancy Limited
Peter Woodhead is a life-long educator having taught in nine schools from early years to post graduate level an experience which has given me a special insight into students’ learning and the pedagogy of effective teachers. My work in International and Local schools, as a teacher... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm +07

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Teachers as Professional Voice Users for Life-Keep a Healthy Voice to Sustain your Livelihood!
Presented by a NCVS- Vocologist/Voice Teacher/Opera Singer/Theatre Director, and overseas performing arts educator with 30 plus years of experience in the classroom in large international schools, this workshop will explain the fact that teachers are at high risk for developing vocal disorders (Smith et al, 1998b; Roy et al 2004; de Jong et al., 2006; Simberg, Sala & Ronnemaa, 2004).  The prevalence of having at least one occurrence of dysphonia during a teacher's life life span was as high as 58% for teachers compared to 28.8% for non-teachers (Titze, Verdolini-Abbot, 2012, 16).  This presentation will focus on voice habilitation for teachers of ALL subjects in ALL disciplines, but most at risk are performing arts and physical education teachers (Smith, Kirchner, Taylor, Hoffman & Lemke, 1998a; Thibeault et all., 2004).  How does a teacher care for their tiny vocal folds that are approximately 1 cm long, when phonating 6-7 hours per day?  We will look at how to avoid a professionally hazardous situation that many voice professionals encounter by keeping your tiny vocal folds in healthy condition for life. Vocal exercises will be learned including Semi Occluded Vocal Tract (SOVT) straw phonation, as well as strategies for coping for professional voice users. 

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Patricia Sands

(self employed), Patricia Sands Voice Studio Pte Ltd
Vocal Music Certified K-12, 34 years in the classroom teaching/directing high school theatre & vocal music (AST Honduras, AISJ South Africa, ISKL Malaysia, Consultant at TAS Taipei, ISB Belgrade, ASD Doha) and now a Vocologist and Private Studio Owner in Singapore. Voice for professional... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm +07

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Reading and technology matters - digital tools to support the literacy needs of our students
Creating learning environments that accommodate, foster and challenge ALL learners, including our EAL students, regardless of the barriers that currently exist for them around the literacy demands of school, is an ever increasing essential requirement for international schools.
During this session we will explore a range of digital tools to support student reading and access to learning content.

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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 3:15pm - 4:15pm +07

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Stopmotion animation to visualise student learning

Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm +07
N104 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

3:15pm +07

Keynote: Understanding School Leadership Through Frames
In this session, we will break down school leadership issues by the four frames detailed by Bolman and Deal. Those are political, human resources, symbolic, and structural. We will dissect real problems using these frames to better understand how change occurs and what roadblocks might be present. This session will be useful for leaders, middle leaders, and teachers who are interested in leadership and change.

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Jayson Richardson

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership Studies, University of Kentucky

Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm +07

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Human Technologies: Thriving In A Complex World
Human Technologies offers schools a critical lens through which to approach twenty first century human society. Rather than focusing on individual issues or concerns, HT offers students, parents, teachers and leaders a chance to consider that most central of questions: how can I thrive in a complex world? Starting with evolution and Big History, HT invites learners to consider all human practice as the result of an accrual of technologies, deposited in layers over time. Each of these technologies, be it handwriting, eye contact, mobile phones or prayer, can be deconstructed, understood, adapted and harnessed for use. Applied within and across the curriculum, Human Technologies offers schools concrete answers to some of today and tomorrow’s most significant challenges. In this workshop learners will be introduced to the fundamentals of HT, and through a series of practical tasks, will be asked to reconsider their own understandings of what it means to be human. 

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Ross Parker

Director of Technology, ICHK
Ross Parker is the Director of Technology, Pedagogy & Assessment at International College Hong Kong. He is passionate about making learning a positive, anxiety-free process centered around personal transformation. This requires re-imagining school as a place where adult-adult relationships... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm +07

3:15pm +07

Learning is Creation NOT Consumption
The biggest hurdle in the way of organizations creating cultures of learning and innovation is the over emphasis on superstar trainers standing in the front of the room armed with content-heavy PowerPoint slide decks telling learners the important of the information and how to apply it to their jobs and life. This approach simply hasn’t proven effective at achieving the purpose of training - creating a behavioural change in employees which will result in business results.

We believe that there needs to be a shift in the mental mode and actions of our learning professionals. Moving from trainer-centric to learner-centric; from a focus on delivering content to creating learning environments; and from just consumption of vast information to creating the relevant information. The mindset shift needs to enable our learners to learn for themselves and help others learn. These forms of the core beliefs of the Accelerated Learning philosophy.

Workshop Objectives:
  • Discover a learning environment that inspires formal and informal learning and innovation.
  • Experience several Accelerated Learning activities that perfectly demonstrate learning as creation by the learners not consumption of information shared by the trainer.
  • Create your own Accelerated Learning blueprint for any one of your sessions and get group feedback.

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Jacob Erlich

The Learning Gym, Co-Founder & Director
Jacob Erlich, MBA, is well respected as a dynamic facilitator, workshop designer and corporate trainer. He has been a trusted external partner to various organisations in creating efficiencies for global teams through designing and facilitating corporate off-sites, workshops, skill-based... Read More →
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Melanie Martinelli

Co-Founder & Director, The Learning Gym
I'm a specialist in Learning Solutions and passionate about researching and implementing latest and most relevant trends in the L&D industry. A learning professional at heart and an entrepreneur in my mindset, I just started a new venture along with two like-minded friends and colleagues... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm +07
N204 2nd Floor, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

3:15pm +07

Changing Learning Environments in Our Schools
Implementation of flexible physical spaces and changing digital spaces in our schools have educators struggling with how to utilize these environments with purpose. The amount of resources dedicated to these changing spaces means the stakes are high. Leadership in schools tasked with driving change are faced with the challenge of helping teachers develop the skills they need to effectively use these new spaces. This session will examine recent research on how our new learning environments impact student learning outcomes and what this means for educators.

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Jessica Hale

Director of Learning and Innovation, Oasis International School - Kuala Lumpur
Jessica currently serves as the Director of Learning and Innovation for the establishment of Oasis International School of Kuala Lumpur. For more than 15 years, Jessica has worked with international schools in Asia. Her experience spans from classroom teacher to overseeing whole school... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm +07

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The Importance of Visual Literacy
Join Caldecott medalist Eric Rohmann in a fast-paced PowerPoint presentation detailing the ways children not only see, but also use pictures as language. Come and discover how the combination of pictures and words create a book that taps directly into the young reader’s imagination.  Explore the language of visual narrative, and rediscover your own “picture language.” 

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Eric Rohmann

Author & Illustrator, Keynote Presenter
Caldecott Medalist, Eric Rohmann, is the author and illustrator of many beloved children's books. He has worked collaboratively as illustrator with award winning authors, including Lois Lowry and conference keynote, Candace Fleming.

Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm +07

3:15pm +07

The World is Their Textbook
Learn how bringing the high-quality news and multimedia features of The New York Times into the classroom can encourage critical thinking, inspire discussion and widen perspective.


Christie Luk

Digital Sales Assistant, The New York Times

Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm +07

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Writing nonfiction with your students for Primary Teachers
Can kids write engaging nonfiction?  Absolutely!  In this fast-paced presentation, two-time Sibert medalist Candace Fleming will share her secrets for creating fascinating nonfiction with young writers.  Participants will not only discover strategies for effective research and directed inquiry, but they will also leave with oodles of tips and ideas to help students create exciting  “true stories” rather than dull, encyclopedic accounts.   


Candace Fleming

Children's Author

Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm +07
N208 2nd Floor, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

3:15pm +07

Designing in virtual enviroments with a maker's mindset using Cospaces
Have you ever wanted to have a go at 3D modelling but ended up creating a trinket or a keyring?
Have you ever seen the passion and enthusiasm that students have for virtual environments?

Students spend a lot of time online in virtual creative environments, such as Roblox or Minecraft. They are adept at navigating virtual environments because they are motivated and they have fewer restrictions than when they create in the real world. In this workshop we will explore how to harness students’ enthusiasm for virtual creative environments, while extending or consolidating learning that has happened in the (real world) classroom. Applying the principals of Makers Ed to the virtual world can increase student motivation and engagement.

This workshop will be practical. Bring a laptop or Chromebook so you can have a go too!

During this workshop participants will:

Participants will have:
– an understanding of which platforms are age appropriate, including pros and cons
– an increased familiarisation with platforms such as Cospaces
– an understanding of how they can be used in a primary context
– tinkered, designed and tweaked.
– have confidence to go back to their schools with the basics to be able to facilitate design centred learning engagements using some easy to access (cheap or free) age appropriate platforms. 

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James Haworth

Lead Teacher Learning Technologies, Shatin Junior School Hong Kong
I have worked in education in Spain, UK, Thailand and the last 8 years have been in Hong Kong. Authentic and adventurous integrated units of inquiry motivate me to grow as a teacher. I enjoy creating opportunities for students to learn giving them voice, choice and agency. I have... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm +07

3:15pm +07

Making IT Happen
A journey of how one PYP school rolled out meaningful technology integration.  We will walk you through this from the start to where we are now, including what worked well and what we have learned. 

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Jason Prohaska

PYP Learning Technology Coach / House Director, Renaissance College
A coach for meaningful Technology Integration and Makers Ed. When not working, I can be found following one of my passions, either ice hockey or video editing.

Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm +07

3:15pm +07

Wearable Technology Unit
New STEM idea? Integrating fashion in DT or integrating engineering in fashion design? I have tried to teach students to apply wearable electronics in IB MYP design unit. Boys are getting more engaged in the textile units while girls are interested in the coding and engineering. 

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Catherine Cheung

Design Teacher, Victoria Shanghai Academy
I am Catherine Cheung. I am a Design Teacher and I mainly teach Food Design, Textile Design, Product Design in MYP and Design Technology SL/HL in DP. I am also a PP and EE supervisor. My teaching experience ranges from different year groups in VSA. I am interested in applying the... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm +07
  STEAM & MakerEd, 1 Hour Workshop

3:15pm +07

Passion Projects: Edu-fad or Meaningful Learning Opportunity?
Passion Projects, 20 Time, Genius Hour, AMPed etc. So many names and phrases have been thrown out there in recent years but are they really fulfilling their purpose? Are the time and effort you and your learners putting in worth it?" Join Carlos and Jess (and other special guests) to a create CPP and modify or design a customized program from scratch for your own school. In addition, we will talk about overcoming challenges such as student agency, motivation, and drive, teacher buy-in, and mapping. This workshop is for anyone seeking to start or improve "passion-based" learning programs in their schools.

Useful Links: 

AMPed Guide Book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/amped/id1454795811?mt=11
Passion Based Learning: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1u2P9pv9Fp2y_Y5YvEknpGrgzz2hmGITVanriIYng7Fc/edit?usp=sharing 

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Carlos Galvez

Elementary Physical Education Teacher, Saigon South International School
Carlos began in education back in the late 90's when his mother convinced him to become an English teacher in Guatemala. Since then his career has taken him to Italy and now China as he found a passion for Physical Education later in life. Throughout his career ,he's been able to... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm +07