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

1:35pm +07

Seesaw your Chinese Classroom - Making Learning Visible
Overview Workshop Description:

How do we know students are learning? Do you understand what your students know and what they don’t? How do you adjust your instruction to better meet students’ needs? How do parents keep track of their child’s learning progress? In this session, the workshop facilitator will introduce Seesaw as a platform and share several ways teachers can use Seesaw in the classroom to encourage children’s thinking. This session focuses on how to use image, text, video, audio to making students thinking visible as well as reflect on and journal their own learning.

In this session, participants will:
Learn how to use Seesaw on the iPad or Laptop
Create some learning activities for students using Seesaw
Use Seesaw to enhance students’ reading, writing and speaking in Chinese.
Learn how to share with parents

Participants are encouraged to sign up from Seesaw and bring iPads or laptop to the session. A small number of iPads will be available for participants to use during the session. 

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Vivi Peng

Chinese Teacher, Chinese International School
Ms. Peng received her M.A. in Linguistics from the California State University, Fullerton and her B.A. from Fu Jen University, Taiwan.

Saturday March 9, 2019 1:35pm - 2:35pm +07
  Chinese Teaching, 1 Hour Workshop

1:35pm +07

How to cultivate design thinking use a small budget
In this presentation will include how to cultivate design thinking use a small budget, task analysis of the project-based learning and team collaboration for the PBL tasks. 

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Jerry Liu

Design Technology, Beijing City International School

Saturday March 9, 2019 1:35pm - 2:35pm +07
N204 2nd Floor, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

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Communicating Learning in the Elementary
Communicating with parents is often a second tier priority for many teachers behind a viable curriculum, but enhanced communication between classroom teachers and parents has a distinct correlation to GPA improvement and developing a growth mindset of learning. 

This session is for systems administrators and classroom teachers that want to improve communication lines between our biggest supporters of learning by leveraging tools such as Learning Management Systems and microblogging platforms such as Class Dojo and Seesaw along with analysis of overlapping feature sets of each. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore these tools through hands on activities, learn from user testimonials, and leave with an archive of resources on a Google site to take with them back to their school to help train faculty towards better practices of communicating with parents in their school.

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Gary Johnston

Technology Coach Schoology Administrator, Korea International School
Gary is a technology integrationist, systems administrator and former COETAIL graduate who has worked in Asia for 17 years in Thailand, Vietnam and South Korea. He started his career as a middle school math and science teacher but soon came to learn the potential of transformational... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 1:35pm - 2:35pm +07

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Empowering Student Voice through EdTech Apps
Student voice positions students as the agent of change. It opposes depersonalized, standardized and homogenized educational experiences as it begins and ends with the thoughts, feelings, visions and actions of the student themselves. In the era of modernization and innovation, integrating technology in the classroom provides tremendous effects on education empowering student voice. Through various education technology applications, learning has been evolving and surpassing the boundaries of the walls of each classrooms.

Educators in K-12 have been gearing up their skills and competencies by utilizing programs and applications in their teaching. In empowering student voice, which I believe should be at the core, as we move to being a student-centered learner, I integrate these various Edtech apps apps in my curriculum. These can be downloaded for free or at a minimal cost by both students and teachers, not to mention the parents as well.

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Raymond Mitchel Africa

Science & Design Educator, Manila Xiamen International School
Bett Asia 2017 Leadership Awardee. Nominated as EduTech Asia's Best K-12 Educator of the Year. Certified TEFL Instructor and an ESL teacher. Currently working in an international school in China as Middle School Science and Design Teacher. CAS Coordinator and MYP Personal Project... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 1:35pm - 2:35pm +07

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Project-Based Learning with Micro:bit
Through this presentation, I will be talking about the advantages and disadvantages of using micro:bit (as well as other circuit boards) for project-based learning experiences for MYP students. Participants will have the opportunity to try out projects we use in my classroom and we will brainstorm potential interdisciplinary connections with other subjects.

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Isabella Liu

Secondary Science Teacher, Victoria Shanghai Academy

Saturday March 9, 2019 1:35pm - 2:35pm +07
N208 2nd Floor, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

1:35pm +07

Transformation and Tips: How Micro Flips Can Lead to Major Change
On good days, Flipped Learning can basically buy time for you to lead, connect with, and learn with your students.  On bad days, it can be painful for students and the teacher.

The good news is that nearly all devices now allow you to buy time without spending a dime. Yet, it can be costly if poorly implemented. Unlike light switches, classrooms do not need to be ‘flipped’ either ‘on’ or ‘off’. You can start small.

I took two courses from Jon Bergmann, who coined the term 'Flipped Learning'. I am excited to share the best of what I learned and my experience in “real world” application.

In one hour, I will help you with tips for success, things to avoid, a list of tools, and practice using select tools to start your journey. It is not about the tech, but connecting with students.

For the best experience, bring digital or physical resources for an upcoming unit as we can make a video which you can use to help your students next week in your class. 

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Ken Morrison

Technology Integrationist & Teacher, Raffles American School
Ken Morrison loves helping teachers and students use technology to confidently reach classroom goals, follow curiosity, and advocate for themselves. Ken actively participates and presents at education conferencesKen has been teaching in Asia since 2009. After teaching university media... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 1:35pm - 2:35pm +07
N104 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

1:35pm +07

Building Your International Educator Brand (A.K.A. How will I get my next job?)
Teachers and administrators in the international school market are discovering that a digital footprint is becoming more and more important in securing employment. This session is designed to help attendees create and nurture their brand. We will discuss different social media platforms and how they can be used to brand yourself as an international educator. Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook will all be discussed as well as the basics of building an online portfolio with Blogger or Google Sites.

Participates will begin to build an online portfolio and start a PLN through a social media platform they choose.


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Tim Bray

Director of EdTech, Cheongna Dalton School | GEG Seoul
Tim Bray has been an educator for 22 years and has worked in 1:1 computing environments for 19 of those years. He is an advocate for the effective and efficient use of technology in learning and teaching.

Saturday March 9, 2019 1:35pm - 2:35pm +07

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Innovation in Education: What's Next?
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Dana Watts

Director of Innovation, 21st Century Learning International
This June, I will join International School Services (ISS) as the Director of Research and Development for School Management. My responsibilities will include developing and strengthening ISS’s school startup and management quality assurance through research of best practice. I... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 1:35pm - 2:35pm +07

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Taking Service Learning to a Global Scale
Service Learning is always a key component of a school’s curriculum. Juan Pablo began his own service project giving back to his community in Jocotenango, Guatemala; when he began tutoring children out of his parents’ garage. A passion/service project has now evolved into a full-on accredited school with a self-sustaining campus.

Join CNN Hero Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes, as he shares how he empowers the student body to create their own initiatives that sustain their school and teach entrepreneurial skills.   Learn how ‘Los Patojos’ run their own bakery, travel agency, agriculture program and performing arts studio.  Learn how Juan Pablo has made global connections by bringing his students to the forefront and at the same time, creating future global contributors who are inspired to change the world.

Participants in this workshop will learn strategies to begin service initiatives in their own schools as well as learn great ways to give those projects voice. They will also learn how to interact with Juan Pablo’s school’s programs and get involved in his charitable foundation.


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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 1:35pm - 2:35pm +07
  Innovation, Special Event

1:35pm +07

Library as an Innovative Learning Environment
Library as a heart for collaboration, innovation, inquiry and reflection
International Schools often have well resourced  libraries with fantastic collection of books, magazines and online materials. Still, they are often used quite one-dimensionally, focusing only on reading and storing information. How to bring your library into the heart of all learning, encouraging collaboration and innovation, inquiry and reflection? How to make your library ‘the place to be’ in your school? Learning through some examples and experiences from around the world, we will explore how your school can activate your  library to really be at the heart of everything you do. 

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Maija Eriika Ruokanen

Senior Education Consultant, Fielding Nair International

Saturday March 9, 2019 1:35pm - 2:35pm +07

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The Presence of Fiction and Nonfiction to Promote Inquiry
In classrooms where inquiry thrives, literature is a primary resource as well as a teaching partner, informant, and question poser. Literature naturally triggers readers’ questions because of its interesting topics, intriguing language, and captivating illustrations. Discover how to spark wonderings through books that generate inquiry so that students can be problem-posers and engage in design thinking.   

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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 1:35pm - 2:35pm +07

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Flippin' Over Classroom Walls
Why limit your students to within your classroom walls? In this presentation, Sean will explore not only the incredible world of Flipgrid, but how it can also be used to breakdown your classroom walls. He will also look at various ways that it can help enhance your students' experiences for other global collaborations, lessons, virtual field trips, and projects in general.

Join Sean to have some Flippin' fun and make some global connections to help get your future projects up and running! This session will hopefully have you leave eager to break down those walls and with resources and connections to start doing so!

Whether you are attending or can't make it, you can access Sean's Wakelet (Presentation, projects, area for sharing) page HERE!

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Sean Forde

K-5 EdTech Coach, Chadwick International School
Sean Forde, is the VS Tech Integration Coach at Chadwick International. Prior to his time at CI, he has also taught K-5 STEAM at the American School of Milan in Italy. He found his love for tech integration and global collaborations while teaching G1 and G2 in the remote Alaskan village... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 1:35pm - 2:35pm +07
  Student Voice, 1 Hour Workshop

1:35pm +07

Positive Education – 10 Hopeful Thoughts
Geelong Grammar School (GGS) has been implementing and sustaining Positive Education for the past ten years. It has been a fascinating journey that has provided many lessons to the team of educators dedicated to pioneering this whole-school approach to wellbeing.

Justin Robinson was a Head of House at GGS back in 2008 when the staff and students were first introduced to the key tenets of positive psychology. Since this time, Justin has held the role of the Head of the Positive Education department for four years and has been the founding Director of the Institute of Positive Education for the past five years. These roles have enabled Justin to have significant personal experience in implementing wellbeing initiatives, supporting whole-school change, and assisting hundreds of schools around Australia and internationally to place wellbeing at the heart of education.

In this workshop, Justin will draw upon his insights from the successes and mistakes of the past ten years of Positive Education and share 10 Hopeful thoughts for the field of Positive Education as it looks forward to its next ten years. Delegates will be able to take away key ideas that will assist their school with their ongoing commitment to student and staff wellbeing.

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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 1:35pm - 2:35pm +07

1:35pm +07

Can teachers be agents of change?

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Resham Premchand

Grade 5 Teacher, Japanese International School
Love playing with ideas and possibilities. Educator, IB WSL and Site Evaluator, WASC Evaluator, and an avid advocate for thinking outside the box. In this conference, sharing my journey as a Teacher Leader in my school, research-based work for my M.Ed. Open to learning about students... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 1:35pm - 2:35pm +07