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

Developing Immersive Learning Environments
Andrew's presentation looks at the work he has undertaken over the last 5 years at Garden International School - designing, implementing and promoting the completion of an Immersive Learning Environment. It will explore the technology used in the space including hardware and software - examining how smart lighting technology is being used alongside projection and sound. Andrew will answer how theatrical ideas around multimedia production elements can be used to engage learners and enhance experiential learning opportunities.

Throughout the presentation, he will refer to successful classroom activities he has developed and how he has promoted the use of the Immersive Learning Environment into curriculum development of Primary Enquiry, Literacy and Secondary Subject departments such as Science, History, English, Art and Geography. Andrew will also look at how teachers can employ technology in their own classrooms to develop smaller scale immersive environment.

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Andrew Rankin

Drama Teacher / LSE Leader, Garden International School
As a Drama Teacher I know that students' learning is more meaningful, deeper and longer lasting when they are immersed within the context they are studying. Through the use of technology and theatrical multimedia I have developed an Immersive Learning Environment to facilitate this... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm +07
Saturday, March 9

8:45am +07

Assessment for Learning Activities in the Chinese Classroom
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Joanne Li

Head of Language B at Discovery College, Discovery College
Ms. Joanne Li is the Head of Language B at Discovery College, ESF. She started her Chinese-teaching journey in several international schools since 2000. She has worked in the Philippines, mainland China, and Hong Kong, and has taught AP and IB (MYP and DP) courses for the past 18... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am +07

8:45am +07

Inspiring Creativity through Drama
Fraser's presentation will focus on how we can Inspire Creativity Through Drama; there will be a particular emphasis on the use of dramatic improvisation techniques and games in education. We will explore how these can be effectively applied in the classroom.
Let's get creative!


Fraser McPhie

Performing Arts Leader, Yew Chung International School (Hong Kong)

Saturday March 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am +07

8:45am +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 →

Saturday March 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am +07
N208 2nd Floor, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

8:45am +07

Build Micro:bit Games
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Stu Lowe

Head of EdTech & Making, Beacon Hill School
An educator and leader working for more than a decade in the area of educational technology. Stu is passionate about student driven learning through curiosity and invention. He has worked with K-12 classrooms at every year level and worked as an EdTech Advisor across a foundation... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am +07

8:45am +07

Power of Keynote Presentations
Session Objectives

  1. Learn how to use Keynote for engaging presentations
  2. Take away sleek templates pre-built for you and learn how to modify them for your own purposes
  3. Have fun!

**Required: Must have a Mac with updated Keynote installed for use

Session Description

Are you a Mac user? Do you present in front of an audience (e.g. students, colleagues, parents) and wonder how you can make your presentations more engaging? Are you guilty of using too much text on a single slide and know that it’s bad, but you do it anyway? Come take away some practical tips and tricks to making a presentation engaging.  Let’s talk about C.R.A.P. by Robin Williams (not Patch Adams Robin Williams…!) and how that can really help you enhance the way you perceive design, and therefore, your own presentations.

Target Audience

Teachers, Administrators

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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 →

Saturday March 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am +07

8:45am +07

Promoting Critical Thinking in the Classroom
Making a Case for Critical Thinking as the Most Important Aspect of Education.

Here is a link to my Google Slides Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1LFXdGK2tBzCpkRzjt_vxy0eiKI7JtIDpD00WgQuODHI/edit?usp=sharing 

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John Hendrickse

ICT Specialist k-12, Delia School of Canada

Saturday March 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am +07

8:45am +07

21CLHK Talks - A Series of Short Keynotes
Drones in Education - The American International School of Guangzhou

The AISG Drone Club started with four students in 2015. By 2018, 54 students participate in weekly in filming with drones, racing drones and even building drones. Hear from the students themselves their passion for this burgeoning area and explore the question - is Drone literacy a 21st Century literacy?

The Language of Friendship
For children, the social dynamics of a class can make or break a school year. Friendships have a huge
impact on learning and the wellbeing of students, parents, and teachers.

In this keynote presentation, Dana Kerford will introduce educators to URSTRONG’s unique language,
skills, and strategies that they can use in their classrooms. Using kid-friendly terminology, educators will learn a simple framework for guiding students towards conflict-resolution and healthy relationships.With 10 years devoted to studying childhood friendships, Dana hopes to empower educators to improve the social climate in their classrooms and inspire kinder school cultures.

The Future of Learning is Virtual
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. She founded #isnsVR, one of the first high-end VR/AR Immersive Technology Pilot programs for international K-12 education in Asia.  

Following the success of this program, Paulino founded the Global VR/AR Association - Shenzhen, she was selected to be the first Ambassador for #VRwomen Asia and founded XR Pioneer Ltd., a Hong Kong/Shenzhen based educational technology solutions company built to serve cutting edge and meaningful tech integration experiences in education.

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David Navis

Innovation and Design Thinking, American International School of Guangzhou
I am the Innovation and Design Thinking teacher and coach for Middle School at the American International School in Guangzhou China. I am an Apple Distinguished Educator. I love pushing the envelope, thinking outside the box. I sponsor the Drone and STEAM clubs at school. My hobbies... Read More →
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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 →
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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!

Saturday March 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am +07
  Keynote, Keynote

8:45am +07

Awareness-Based System Leadership
This leadership workshop offers a unique opportunity for personal and professional development through deep learning, shared reflection and peer dialogue.

The workshop is an immersive experience that challenges participants to explore how an integrated focus on self-development, team learning, generative dialogue and systems thinking can support school and system innovation, effectiveness and improvement. Awareness-based System Leadership is an approach that that draws upon Senge’s theories about organisational learning and Scharmer’s work on awareness-based change to address important questions about personal and collective capacity building, sustainable innovation, and effective change management.

The workshop provides a nurturing forum for educational leaders to revitalise a personal vision for their own development, while deeply examining the relational and transformational elements of their leadership role.

During the workshop, participants will:
  • Engage with conversations that promote deep learning and collaboration
  • Explore their beliefs and assumptions about effective leadership and change management, as well as school and system development
  • Extend their understanding of models and frameworks for leading change at a personal, collective and organisational level
  • Develop a vision for the development of your organisation and yourself
  • Identify systems and structures that will help support and drive the change process
  • Experiment with a variety of practical tools to support reflection and the application of core aspects of ASL to your context and practice

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Dr Richard Owens

Director of Learning, Strategy and Innovation/Director of Woodleigh Institute for Experiential Education, Woodleigh School/Woodleigh Institute
I serve as the Director of Learning, Strategy and Innovation at Woodleigh. I lead student, staff and organisational learning at the school, and provide high level strategic direction for innovation and improvement initiatives across its three campuses. I am also the Director of the... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am +07
N104 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

8:45am +07

Literature to Ignite the Design Thinking Process
Candy Fleming and Eric Rohmann’s books naturally lend themselves to the design thinking process. In their books, the characters both real and fictional, encounter a problem that employs imagination, logic, scientific principles, empathy, and perseverance in order to arrive at solutions that are both inspired and innovative. Whether it’s exploring the depths of the ocean in search of the elusive squid or engaging in problem solving to “rescue” a plane from a tree, their books engage readers in critical thinking. This session focuses on books by Candy and Eric that will prompt participants to investigate, define, ideate, create (prototype), and reflect (test). Design Thinking becomes more powerful when framed around literature that prompts discussion and generates questions. This workshop would expand on the presentations at this conference by Candy Fleming and Eric Rohmann and provide strategies for how to elevate their books to engage students in innovative design. 

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Cyndi Giorgis, Ph.D.

Professor, Children's Literature and Literacy Education, Arizona State University
I am passionate about the role that children's and young adult literature plays in the classroom particularly related to reader response that results in design thinking and inquiry.

Saturday March 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am +07

8:45am +07

Reaching Every Reader: Transformative Partnerships
Student voice, disruption, student agency - just today's educational buzz words that we pay lip service to?

No way! These are real opportunities for teachers, librarians, coaches and administrators to cultivate a transformational reading culture.

Combining real life examples of how we have worked with key stake holders in our school community with hands on activities to boost your school reading culture, this workshop will leave you ready to turn your ideas into action!

Strong partnerships with the right people = right book, right time, right kid 

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Rebecca (Bec) Taylor

ES Cybrarian, International School of Beijing
Over-enthusiastic lover of life, ISB elementary school cybrarian, breastfeeding counselor, insatiable print consumer.Share the love with me:Growing passionate readersIntegrating technology across the curriculumWorking with parentsDigital citizenshipStudent voice

Saturday March 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am +07

8:45am +07

Gamification- How a low risk game economy can replace your high risk grade economy for; Formative Assessment, Differentiation, and Curricular Integration
The presentation will begin by providing a short context for what gamification is, and is not.  Then a more in depth analysis of game mechanics and how they can set up a low risk "game economy" to solve problems compared with using a high risk grade economy.  The remainder of the presentation will deal with specific examples and case studies of using the low risk game economy for;
classroom behaviors
giving new value and context for formative assessment
and how gamification to solve some of these problems for school using standards based assessment.

The video link below is to an example of how one of these  gamification models was and is being used at KIS 

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Eric Nelson

Founder, Jetpacks & Parachutes
J&P is an educational consultancy with a singular goal; to get more teachers using the tool and examples of gamification to create fun and engaging "low risk" classroom economies that provide an alternative to "high risk" grade economies. Eric Nelson has been an International educator... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am +07

8:45am +07

Merge Cube Classroom
GIVEAWAY: I’ll be giving away a bunch of Merge Cubes and VR headsets!

*Bring your iOS or Android device*

Free Augmented Reality has arrived in our classrooms! It’s never been easier for students and teachers to access this powerful technology. Teachers all over the world are finding meaningful ways to incorporate AR into their classrooms. In my session, you’ll get hands-on with my Top 10 List of AR Apps. All of them are cross-platform and most are used exclusively with the Merge Cube. Wait, you don’t already have your own Merge Cube!? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered... Come to my interactive workshop and walk away with your very own DIY paper craft MERGE CUBE! I’ll help you find some powerful ways to use AR in your own classroom. 

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Gabe Haydu

Elementary Teacher, Singapore American School
I'm an elementary teacher with a passion for EdTech of all kinds. My classroom is full of students empowered to experiment with videography, 3D printing, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. I live and teach in Singapore, but California lives forever in my heart.

Saturday March 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am +07
N204 2nd Floor, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

8:45am +07

Top Ten Interactive Games & Activities That Help Students Connect
A practical, interactive workshop which will present a series of activities that Mark uses to invite young people to connect with one another. They are all simple, non-threatening, and contagiously fun - which makes engaging your students so much easier. Mark will focus on demonstrating an actual sequence of activities, and follow-up with a brief discussion of how you can integrate similar activities into your own curriculum.

You will be able to immediately implement these ideas and will take away many activity ideas and resources to equip you with the skills to do this for yourself. Whether you are looking for new two-minute activity ideas to energise your group or fill-in down-time, to longer, more dynamic team-building exercises - this session will be perfect for you.

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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 →

Saturday March 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am +07

8:45am +07

Daring to Stretch - Overcoming Fear and Comfort towards a Road of Innovation
As educators, we’re trained to evaluate where students are at, and guide them along a developmental path of success. However, we’re not always good at self-reflection and setting personal goals for ourselves that stretch us to the next level. We often sell ourselves short, or over-extend ourselves in ways that leave us scarred and broken. In this session, we will look at various tools that help us to self-evaluate as leaders, and introduce ideas to stretch our thinking, while being purposeful and maintaining a healthy mindset. Come prepared to reflect, tell your story and stretch along. 

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Sandra Chow

Director of Innovative Learning, Keystone Academy
Sandra Chow is Director of Innovative Learning at Keystone Academy, Beijing. Sandra has taught in multiple grades in Canada & Taiwan, and believes firmly in the power of collaboration for teachers and students. She loves sharing her experiences with other educators, and has done so... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am +07

8:45am +07

Education & Equity: Fostering Equitable Global Citizenship
As educators working at international schools, we must be culturally competent in creating safe spaces for students coming from diverse backgrounds while still upholding the values of global citizenship. This presentation will explore various challenges and opportunities that educators may encounter when faced with issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and other equity-focused concerns.

A workshop approach will address power dynamics in society with special recognition given to working in an international school context.

Participants will be given the opportunity to share their reactions to real-life scenarios that will offer further context to the discussion. In addition, teachers will walk away with strategies that they can implement in their classrooms. We look forward to engaging in a meaningful workshop in a judgment-free space that will enrich our diverse classrooms and practices.

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Adrianna Mahoney

Arts Department Head, Delia School of Canada
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Terrence Vuu

High School Maths Teacher, Delia School of Canada

Saturday March 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am +07