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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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Designing Spaces for Learning [clear filter]
Friday, March 8
 

9:15am

Linking Learning and the Learning Environment
Mission, Vision and Values: How to connect your design to your school culture 
The culture of the school is often described in the mission, vision and value statements of the school. What do these tell about the learning taking place there? What might that look like? Does the learning environment reflect that? 
What do your learning spaces tell about the learning taking place in your school? This session explores the alignment of your school's culture with the learning environment. It gives you ideas and tools to connect the learning going in your school with the right type of learning environment that “lives” the school’s culture.

Speakers
avatar for Maija Eriika Ruokanen

Maija Eriika Ruokanen

Senior Education Consultant, Fielding Nair International



Friday March 8, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
N109

11:15am

Developing Your 21st Century Learning Space
The interactive workshop will expose teachers to two case studies around 21st Century learning design and reveal the six core design components behind them. Participants will then be able to re-design/design their own 21st century learning space using these core ideas and a short design thinking process.

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Wagner

Kyle Wagner

Innovations Director, International Montessori School
Currently the Innovations Director at IMS Hong Kong and innovations consultant for forward thinking schools. Looking to build a school of the future? Would love to help. Former High Tech High (San Diego) Project Leader, and Founder of Futures Academy at the International School of... Read More →



Friday March 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
N206/207

12:30pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Shastiq Khader-Georgi

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 →


Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
N206/207

12:30pm

Exploring Intensive Project Periods - Our Story and Lessons Learned
In this presentation, we will share with the audience experiences developing alternate schedules in order to provide for deeper project work and new collaborative opportunities. We will provide a general overview of our plan for disruption, the rationale behind it, and details on logistics and schedule. Disrupting your schedule leads to new ways in thinking about our practice. It is not as much about product, but more about experiencing a shift in the way we provide learning experiences. 

Speakers
avatar for Matt Wise

Matt Wise

Learning Innovator, American International School
Actively exploring how technology can empower student inquiry, foster increased ownership over their learning, and give teachers insight into aspects of their learning that was previously unavailable to us.
avatar for Rolly Maiquez, Ed.D.

Rolly Maiquez, Ed.D.

Director of Educational Technology, American International School
I enjoy working with tools that can help get students more involved in their learning. I love using robots, electronics, and other fun items in teaching what I teach!My main interests in educational technology include robotics, mobile apps, and electronics. In robotics, I'm most interested... Read More →
avatar for Zachary	Post

Zachary Post

Middle School Principal, American International School, HK
Interested in project-based learning, curriculum integration, PLCs, and democratic student-centered schools. Currently digging into standards-based grading and reporting at the middle school level.



Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
N204 2nd Floor, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

1:45pm

Creating innovative learning spaces – success story of Discovery College Hong Kong
Speakers
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Ryan Yearsley

Sales Manager – Asia, Furnware


Friday March 8, 2019 1:45pm - 2:15pm
N204 2nd Floor, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

2:30pm

Language, the ultimate technology!
Our brains are designed to acquire it. We can hack others with it. Its use involves sophisticated coding. It is mostly based on an open-source platform and highly dependent on an active group of users and contributors. But it is vulnerable to corporate and other, not infrequently, nefarious interests. It is as alive as a virus but essential to our humanity. Our future may be best inoculated against a syruppy sameness if only we retain access to multiple strains of it.

Come to a thought provoking and challenging reflection on perhaps the greatest of all technologies...language. 

Speakers
avatar for Graham Noble

Graham Noble

Teacher, Delia School of Canada
I'm an ESL teacher at Delia School of Canada. I'm passionate about promoting a multilingual world and further understanding the magnificent thing that is language. I blog about bilingualism, literacy, teaching, and education at www.grahamnoble.com.



Friday March 8, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
N211/212

2:30pm

The use of immersive technologies such as virtual reality to deepen learning in Singapore’s schools
The implementation of immersive technologies such as virtual reality is contextualised as a strategy of exploration and experimentation that brings about the use of immersive technologies, constructivist pedagogies and student-centred learning environments to achieve the outcomes of the student-centric values-driven paradigm of Singapore’s education system. Using the results of preliminary research in a Singapore high school on the use of virtual reality to teach science, the author shares pedagogical insights on integrating virtual reality technologies to teach science and offer suggestions for future research. Riverside Secondary School has set up a dedicated virtual reality hub based on NTU’s concept of VARTEL (Virtual and Augmented Reality Technology-Enabled Learning) lab in the HIVE, NTU. It uses Oculus VR headsets coupled with 3D TVs as output devices for the optimal balance in terms of quality, user comfort and ease of deployment. In addition, large augmented reality posters adorn the walls of the hub to create a constructivist learning environment that fosters rich learning experiences. We envisage an evolution in the development of immersive virtual reality technologies towards widespread adoption of virtual reality technologies to the design of technology-enabled student-centred learning spaces. Riverside Secondary School’s VR project is an interdisciplinary project that involves the integration of disciplines of ICT, national education and biology to develop lessons in the teaching of cells, viruses and enzymes that closely integrate the affordances of virtual reality and its ability to increase understanding of the real world through immersive experiences. The resulting interdisciplinary product is situated in a three-dimensional virtual world that can help students to visualise the microcosmic cellular environment, manipulate its organelles and conduct a virtual laboratory experiment to demonstrate enzyme-substrate interactions. Students gain fresh perspectives by visualising in 3D what enzyme and substrate molecules look like in their normal and denatured states. Students manipulate the enzyme molecules and substrate molecules to understand more about the lock-and-key hypothesis that is so foundational in studies of human digestion. In another variant of a lesson using virtual and augmented reality in a lesson of the biology of cells, students collaborate with each other to discover the epidemiology of the SARS coronavirus and suggest ways to prevent its spread of mutant flu viruses.

The interdisciplinary approach to learning is more consistent with constructivist philosophy, where knowledge is constructed by the learners as they immerse themselves in the VR/AR learning environment. This is situated learning at work as the learning context plays a great part in the learners’ cognition and understanding. A lesson plan was developed based on the 5E guided inquiry model. Purposeful lesson design using approaches such as 5E is anchored on sound pedagogical principles and application of effective strategies based on teaching processes and areas in the Singapore Teachers’ Practice (STP). The ability to integrate VR into lessons to achieve learning and academic goals requires the teachers to be flexible and adaptive to capitalise on the immersive nature of VR technologies, while ensuring that there is sufficient scaffolding of content and effective lesson enactment strategies to enable students to make meaning, understand and construct knowledge through collaborative and self-directed means. Fig. 9 shows the alignment of the 5E model to STP processes and teaching areas.

The author carried out surveys of two classes of 12 year-old high school Secondary 1 students in Riverside Secondary School who took part in VR lessons on cells this year and their responses validates the benefit that virtual reality is a powerful means of visual learning to help students better molecular and cellular representations, increase interest and motivation, and promote joy in learning. The students’ responses included “virtual reality made me see and understand the cells more than I would have just learning it thought the textbook.”, “It was when we used the 3D glasses to explore the cells on the walls as we could see them clearly”, “The VR experience was one of a kind. I have never experienced this before”.

In a separate research project to study the impact of VR lessons on enzymes by 15 year-old Secondary 3 students, the majority are positive and receptive about the use of VR in enhancing their learning in curriculum lessons. 80% of the students answered SA/A (Strongly Agree/Agree), with 50% SA on the question of “I hope that the school would give students more opportunities to learn and experiment with digital technologies such as VR to explore the real world in 3D and understand its dynamic interactions and concepts.”  In a related question, 80% of students answered SA/A, with 47% SA on the question of “VR is an exciting and futuristic ICT tool that can improve learning in science and other subjects.”  
The authors conducted preliminary research to obtain empirical research data in order to find out the efficacy of learning with VR on the topic of enzymes based on the students’ test scores performance. Hence, the effect size of 0.50 indicates the VR has a positive effect on learning of the molecular representations of enzymes and their interactions.

This preliminary study suggests the possible impact of immersive technologies such as VR to enhance interest and motivation, as well as achievement in the learning of science for certain topics such as enzymes in the high-school curriculum. Further research should be done to probe whether the use of immersive technologies such as VR in actual learning benefits in other levels such as in primary schools, as well as in other subjects in the school curriculum such as languages and humanities subjects such as geography and history. 

Speakers
avatar for Pang Choon Guan

Pang Choon Guan

School Staff Developer, Riverside Secondary School
Pang Choon Guan’s has more than 20 years of experience as an education professional in Singapore schools. He has held several positions such as Vice-Principal, Head of Department for ICT and Science, and currently, School Staff Developer. During his time in the Ministry of Education’s... Read More →


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Friday March 8, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
N205
 
Saturday, March 9
 

8:45am

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

Speakers
avatar for Shastiq Khader-Georgi

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
N208 2nd Floor, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

10:05am

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. 

Speakers
avatar for Maija Eriika Ruokanen

Maija Eriika Ruokanen

Senior Education Consultant, Fielding Nair International



Saturday March 9, 2019 10:05am - 11:05am
N206/207

1:35pm

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. 

Speakers
avatar for Jerry Liu

Jerry Liu

Design Technology, Beijing City International School


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