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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Saturday, March 9

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Auditing Your Learning Environment
Making sure your Learning Environment reflects the learning taking place in your class/school
When we think of innovative learning environments, we often think of a few bean bags around the space, some couches, cushions and lamps thrown in for good measure, and whiteboard surfaces to enhance the tech side of things. How much impact will this actually have on the learning culture of the school? Introducing an audit that looks at the philosophy of learning in your class/school and gives you ideas on how to really transform your learning environment into a place of collaboration, innovation, and creativity. 

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Maija Eriika Ruokanen

Senior Education Consultant, Fielding Nair International

Saturday March 9, 2019 10:05am - 11:05am +07

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Keynote and Fireside Chat with Juan Pablo
Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes was born in Jocotenango, Guatemala and started Los Patojos at the age of 21. As a self-taught educator and social entrepreneur, he grew Los Patojos from a small community program in his parent’s home to a community center, health clinic, and school educating over 300 children and providing jobs to 50 people daily.

In 2014, Juan Pablo was honored as a Top 10 CNN Hero for his unwavering commitment to create change in Guatemala and beyond. He’s currently working to open a new campus that provides a pipeline of workforce development opportunities for his students. Juan Pablo says his job is to create safe environments and build pathways to dignity and lifelong change for all Guatemalans.

In this session Juan Pablo will deliver a short keynote address and then have a fireside chat with Michael Boll. 

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Michael Boll

Director of Learning & PD, 21st Century Learning international
Michael is a passionate educator who loves helping students, educators and parents to harness the transformative powers of technology. He is also the co-founder and former board chair of an inclusive preschool, SHINE Academy, a regular Podcaster and a highly experienced Technology... Read More →
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​Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes

Leadership / Administration, Los Patojos
Meet CNN Hero Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes.Juan Pablo started Los Patojos (LP) in his parents' house and grew it into a community center and school educating hundreds of students. He is now building an innovative campus with incubation labs, horticulture programs, culinary arts, and more. Hear how he’s shaping the future of Guatemala’s children by... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 10:05am - 11:05am +07

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Bridging the Communication Gap Between Schools & EdTech Companies
The education and EdTech industries maintain a tenuous, yet symbiotic relationship. Schools need EdTech products for academic and organizational purposes and companies build products for the education market. However, neither speak a common language, which results in miscommunicated needs and unfulfilled promises.

In this session, we will explore lessons in communication and best practices for school leaders and EdTech companies to bridge the gap and establish a common language. We’ll discuss work around the Blueprint for Technology in Education as a means for schools to understand their own technology needs better and for EdTech companies to better position their products to meet those needs.

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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 →

Saturday March 9, 2019 10:05am - 11:05am +07
N208 2nd Floor, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

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Mindset: The Key of a High Performing Leader
You need a winning Mindset. You need a strong Mindset. Yet, what is Mindset? And how can you leverage it to become the greatest leader you can for your school? Learn one, why you need to consider mindset, but two, practical steps to improve it in order to empower yourself as a leader.

It is best for Leadership roles who drive change at a school - Coaches, Counselors, Assistant Principals, Principals, Superintendents.

Click HERE for the link to the slide deck.

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Jess Kuemmerlin

Mindset Mentor - Learning Innovation Coach, Shekou International School
Hi, my name is Jess and I help leaders become better leaders. I have been teaching overseas for 12 years and have had the opportunity to work at three amazing schools in two different continents in various roles as teacher, team leader, coach, and administrator. Through the challenges... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 10:05am - 11:05am +07

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The 7 essential elements of digital transformation
As a Google, Apple and Microsoft professional development partner, we have discovered that all three companies agree that there are the 7 essential elements that need to be considered when developing a school / district technology plan.

This session will go beyond the usual devices, infrastructure, and PD discussion and unpack these 7 elements and how schools can use the transformation road map developed by Google to set and achieve goals for improvement in each of these 7 areas.

Participants will receive survey tools, decision making and goal setting frameworks that they can take back to school as part of this session. 

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Mike Reading

Founder and Lead Trainer, Using Technology Better
Hi I'm the founder and lead trainer at Using Technology Better. I am a Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, and a Microsoft Learning Consultant. UTB is a Google, Apple, and Microsoft PD partner organisation that works extensively throughout the world helping schools use technology... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 10:05am - 11:05am +07
N204 2nd Floor, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

10:05am +07

Innovation in Practice: Prototyping Flexible Learning Environments for Schools of the Future
Personalized Learning, Flexible Learning Environments and 21st Century Learning are popular buzzwords in education circles. But how do we truly creates spaces that support today’s learners? And how do we future proof our schools? In this session, Dr. Chip Kimball, Superintendent of Singapore American School, and Isaac Williams, Design Principal at Fielding Nair International will share the story of SAS’s journey to create flexible learning environments that align with SAS’s pedagogical goals for personalized, inquiry driven learning experiences. Chip and Isaac will share the opportunities for enduring, systemic change that new learning space creates, and some of the more difficult lessons that will inform the work of schools as they consider facility improvements that align with current teaching practices. Come learn about exciting “Pathfinder” project as well as the SAS facility master plan from one of the most reputable schools in the world.  

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Isaac Williams

Design Director and Principal, Singapore American School
Isaac is a Design Director and Principal with Fielding Nair International, a global architecture practice focused on the design of learning environments. He is currently stationed in Singapore to assist Singapore American School as it contemplates the renewal of its campus. Isaac... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 10:05am - 11:05am +07

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Library Design/Redesign when Considering the Third Space
School libraries are multipurpose spaces that are a center of student life, incorporating socialization, filming, language learning, events, professional development, group collaboration, community usage, literacy, technology, and more.  In this workshop, we will discuss things to consider when designing and redesigning this multi-faceted space, and also look at pitfalls we have discovered on our own design and renovation journey.

As educators, librarians, and designers, it is of utmost importance to create learning environments that are inspiring and purposeful. A structure to get started, and specific ideas to maximize space usage, plus innovations we are loving, will be shared. Many schools in the region are in the process of renovation and redesign; this workshop aims to lend a helping hand to the design, or redesign, process. 

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Meg Parry

Teacher/Librarian, International School Manila
Having the fortunate life of being an international educator for over 20 years, I have seen many things change in educational policy, practice and design. With a background in classroom teaching, and as a teacher/librarian, I have been part of a design journey as our school has totally... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 10:05am - 11:05am +07

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Textosaurus: In Our Digital World Is There A Future For The Traditional Textbook?
This proposed workshop cuts across multiple disciplines and tackles the timely subject of the future of the textbook. An enduring staple of higher education, there is so much talk today about textbooks: the skyrocketing cost, the seemingly endless stream of new editions, the wide variety of formats and delivery options, expensive online enhancements, open source alternatives, and so on. Much of the dialogue is focused on the prohibitive expense faced by students, and rightly so. One study showed that textbook costs have risen over 800 percent since 1978, and another found that some seventy percent of students have not been buying all or even any of the required textbooks because they simply could not afford them. But there needs to be more than just cost involved in the discussion about textbooks. In a time when vast swaths of recorded human history and culture are being digitized and made available on demand, literally in the palm of one’s hand, is there really a need or a future for these bulky general topic surveys? Might there not be a better ways to condense a broad topic and more effectively present it? Or do we need to move away from general surveys entirely and focus instead on giving students the tools they need to sort out so much information that is now available at their fingertips? This presentation will explore the current state of the textbook and the future and touch on the provocative topic as to whether textbooks are really of value to a student or are they an expensive crutch that provides professors with a “course in a box” paid for by students.

Thomas Labe is the founder and CEO of Vertext Publishing, a company that will begin distribution of purely online teaching materials of the highest caliber on December 31, 2018. The format will be a unique one, allowing institutions to subscribe for a nominal annual fee and provide the resources absolutely free to all faculty and students. The materials will be continually updated, completely eliminating the need for new editions.

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Thomas Labe

CEO, Vertext Publishing

Saturday March 9, 2019 10:05am - 11:05am +07
N104 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

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A Maker Mindset - Tools to Navigate an Automated World
Education has been identified as ripe for disruption with machines primed to deliver content, skills and knowledge, and personalizing learning far more effectively than any human ever can. With the adoption of AI already underway in education we are forced as educators to re-examine our role as teachers within the classroom. What value can we still provide? How can we help our learners to prepare themselves for this age of rapid change and disruption?

Over the last five years we have seen a growing interest in the ways in which a maker mindset can help students to develop the vital human capabilities that will be essential for success in an increasingly automated world. This presentation will discuss the capabilities of curiosity, entrepreneurship, adaptability, resilience and empathy and provide real examples of how these can be nurtured through building a maker culture in school.

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Ross, Stewart

Teacher of Design and Technology, WIS
Stewart Ross is a Design and Technology teacher at West Island School in Hong Kong, a senior examiner and examination author for IB and is published by Harper Collins. He teaches product and graphic design and is a specialist in CAD, VR and AR. Stewart is passionate about authentic... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 10:05am - 11:05am +07

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Avenues: The World School- Avenues World Elements Mastery Academy - A School of Different Thought
The Avenues' global vision-one school with many interconnected and interdependent campuses around the world--began with the cultivation of innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers and responsible global citizens in New York. Global expansion will enable new kinds of exchange between leading centers of culture and commerce and ultimately the world, as Avenues builds a global network of campuses unified by a common mission, educational practices, and best-in-class facilities.

The programs at Avenues exemplified by the Avenues World Elements (AWE), which was developed to showcase the unique global perspective of Avenues and define the global intended curriculum for graduating students across the globe. AWE captures the essential and enduring outcomes for graduates of Avenues. Avenues: The World Course is the heart of Avenues. Spiraling throughout the curriculum from nursery to 12th grade, the World Course teaches a combination of history, geography, social studies, economics and politics-all from a global perspective rather than an exclusively Western one. The aim of the World Course is not simply to educate students about the world but to cultivate global citizens in the deepest sense. The highly innovative research and development efforts at Avenues have developed the Avenues Mastery Academy (AMA) pilot, is one-part boarding school and one-part makerspace. Reminiscent of 15th-century Renaissance studios, it is an academic apprentice-learning model in which up to 10 Avenues students and up to 10 Chinese students work side-by-side with master teachers and practitioners.

No better place in the world exists for students to work on the evolution of the smartphone and delve into the future of manufacturing than Shenzhen. Students become creators while pursuing technical mastery; students transcended stereotypes of hyper-specialized engineers. Guided by master teachers, students are asked to reflect on the broader implications of their work, developing strong positions on open source, counterfeit technologies, and personalized manufacturing to become confident leaders in making and innovation.

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Andrew Torris

Head of School, Avenues: The World School
Andy is a highly experienced school leader who began his career in education in his native Oregon more than 30 years ago. Since 2000, Andy has held leadership positions at international schools across Asia and the Middle East, including the Yanbu International School in Saudi Arabia... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 10:05am - 11:05am +07
  STEAM & MakerEd, 1 Hour Workshop

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Bring Literacy to Life
How can we ensure that our students are learning the literacy concepts we are teaching? Students need to be engaged and do. For far too long, children are asked to complete literacy tasks in traditional ways. As a Grade 3 team, we are using technology to give students an opportunity to bring their reading to life! We will be highlighting different apps and methods for children to communicate their ideas and thinking after they read.

What can we do with the finished product?
1. Share it school wide.
2. Share it with each other.
3. Critique and give feedback to each other. 

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Candice Anders

Grade 3 Teacher, Lead teacher of ES, American International School
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Sophie Oostendorp

Grade 3 Teacher & Curriculum Coach, American International School Hong Kong
I am a grade 3 teacher and curriculum coach at the American International School of Hong Kong. I am currently in my 11th year of teaching. I worked at the American School of the Hague and the American School of Kuwait prior to my current job.
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Allen Lee

Grade 3 Teacher, American International School

Saturday March 9, 2019 10:05am - 11:05am +07

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Drones for Good
This session, led by students, focuses on the nuts and bolts of drones and 21st Century literacy. The American International School of Guangzhou Drone Club started with four students in 2015. This year, 54 students participate in weekly activities such as filming, racing and  building drones. This session will focus on how to start a club - what you need, guidelines, photography, racing and community service. We will also share our solution to legally "fly under the radar".


Parker Lawson

American International School Guangzhou
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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 →

Saturday March 9, 2019 10:05am - 11:05am +07

10:05am +07

From Vision To Reality
At Selwyn Ridge we love to put the ‘A' in steam.  We see the performing arts as a rich vehicle for growing  minds, hearts and toolboxes with our learners.  

The arts provide the creative and innovative glue that connects our vision “Kia Hoka Hoka Kahurangi…Soaring High" to our practice.

This workshop will demonstrate the power of infusing the arts throughout the curriculum and their role in exploring and presenting significant themes and ideas in an authentic and motivating context.

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Tanya Healy

`Deputy Principal, Selwyn Ridge Primary School
I love to speak Spanish at any opportunity.
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Craig Price

Principal, Selwyn Ridge Primary School

Saturday March 9, 2019 10:05am - 11:05am +07

11:35am +07

Social-Emotional Learning in International Schools
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Michael Boll

Director of Learning & PD, 21st Century Learning international
Michael is a passionate educator who loves helping students, educators and parents to harness the transformative powers of technology. He is also the co-founder and former board chair of an inclusive preschool, SHINE Academy, a regular Podcaster and a highly experienced Technology... Read More →

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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 →
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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 →
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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!
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Justin Robinson

Director of the Institute of Positive Education (IPE), Geelong Grammar School
I am passionate about nurturing student and staff wellbeing and enabling schools to become flourishing communities. For the past ten years, our team at Geelong Grammar School have been implementing and sustaining Positive Education. For the past years, our Institute has been supporting... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 11:35am - 12:35pm +07