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

11:15am +07

Shortcuts in the Performing Arts Classroom
When you are a specialist teacher, there are an abundance of technology opportunities that can pass us by because the trainers often don’t know how to incorporate them into our subject areas. I’ll show you how I use many different apps in my classroom and we’ll have time to set a few things up for your classroom too.

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Mandy Hollingshead

Music Teacher, American School Hong Kong

Friday March 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm +07

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

3:15pm +07

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
Saturday, March 9

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

11:35am +07

Improv Theatre Applied to Education
In this presentation, we will learn how to apply Improv Theatre to our lessons and teaching style by focusing on three aspects:
- How to implement the principles of Improv (creativity, quick responses, problem-solving, team work, goal oriented choices, etc) when designing our lesson plans,
- How to effectively deliver a class that intertwines curricular goals, technology and kinaesthetic techniques that address different types of learners,
-How to embrace the skills acquired by the practice of Improv Theatre to become better educators.

This is applicable to all educators

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Silvia Perdiguero

Affiliated High School of Peking University

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

2:45pm +07

Digital Citizenship through Music History
A step-by-step guide to introducing digital citizenship through a unit of study on music history. Participants will work through one model of how to introduce and reinforce copyright and fair use to students as they work through questions on a research template on the Baroque Period of Music. Other concepts introduced and reinforced include teacher dashboard, footnotes, bibliography, giving credit, searching for photographs, videos and quotes that are copyright free, inserting photos and videos into a slides presentation, and the use of google explore. The final product is a slides presentation on the Baroque Period of music, including photos and video clips.

Slides from this presentation is available here.

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Akio Iida

Learning Innovation Coach, Chinese International School
Akio Iida is in his fourth year teaching at Chinese International School, second year as a Learning Innovation Coach. Prior to joining CIS, Akio taught in Seoul and New York. His goal has been to encourage meaningful uses of technology, and giving students ownership over their learning... Read More →
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Forrest Morr

Music Teacher, Chinese International School

Saturday March 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm +07

2:45pm +07

Forty-Eight Things Which Enhance Teacher & Student Creativity: A Co-Creative Workshop Using an Analogue ‘MethodKit’ for Creative Planning Processes
Participants will:
  • Experience a fast-paced, co-creative planning process, which is stylistically different from much traditional departmental planning.
  • Gain exposure to current creativity theory for education, specifically inhibiting and promoting factors.
  • Meet and work intensively with a cross-curricular group
  • Consider different ways of approaching collaborative planning
  • Understand that analogue toolkits are effective planning tools, which induce flow states, promote engagement and produce practical next steps.
  • Experience the joy of co-creativity in a diverse group.

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Phil Morgan

Director of Creativity, International College Hong Kong (ICHK)
I live for 'Aha'! moments and am interested in the conditions and practices which promote co-creativity. I design tools and processes that enhance our capacity for creative thought. I am also a Lego Serious Play facilitator, a methodology which can be used for group aspirational... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm +07