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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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Friday, March 8
 

3:15pm

The Importance of Visual Literacy
Join Caldecott medalist Eric Rohmann in a fast-paced PowerPoint presentation detailing the ways children not only see, but also use pictures as language. Come and discover how the combination of pictures and words create a book that taps directly into the young reader’s imagination.  Explore the language of visual narrative, and rediscover your own “picture language.” 

Speakers
avatar for Eric Rohmann

Eric Rohmann

Author & Illustrator, Keynote Presenter
Caldecott Medalist, Eric Rohmann, is the author and illustrator of many beloved children's books. He has worked collaboratively as illustrator with award winning authors, including Lois Lowry and conference keynote, Candace Fleming.


Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
N109

3:15pm

The World is Their Textbook
Learn how bringing the high-quality news and multimedia features of The New York Times into the classroom can encourage critical thinking, inspire discussion and widen perspective.

Speakers
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Christie Luk

Digital Sales Assistant, The New York Times


Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
N209

3:15pm

Writing nonfiction with your students for Primary Teachers
Can kids write engaging nonfiction?  Absolutely!  In this fast-paced presentation, two-time Sibert medalist Candace Fleming will share her secrets for creating fascinating nonfiction with young writers.  Participants will not only discover strategies for effective research and directed inquiry, but they will also leave with oodles of tips and ideas to help students create exciting  “true stories” rather than dull, encyclopedic accounts.   

Speakers
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Candace Fleming

Children's Author


Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
N208 2nd Floor, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
 
Saturday, March 9
 

8:45am

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. 

Speakers
avatar for Cyndi Giorgis, Ph.D.

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
N209

8:45am

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 

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca (Bec) Taylor

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
N210

10:05am

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. 

Speakers
avatar for Meg Parry

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
N210

10:05am

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.

Full biography can be found at

http://thomaslabe.com/

A graphic for the presentation can be found at:
http://thomaslabe.com/21st-Century-Learning-2019/Textosaurus.jpg 

Speakers
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Thomas Labe

CEO, Vertext Publishing


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

11:35am

Supporting the writing process using technology
This session will be an introduction to a range of tech tools to support the writing process - prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and publishing.
We will focus on how technology can support students struggling with writing to tell us what they know, what they have learnt and what they feel - not only using ‘traditional writing’ frameworks that incorporate tools such as word prediction, speech recognition, spelling and vocabulary support, but also via the use of audio and video, the use of cloud based options.
Participants will have an increased understanding of the options available in supporting writing using technology.

Speakers
avatar for Greg  O’Connor

Greg O’Connor

AsiaPac EdTech Manager, Texthelp
Greg has been actively involved in supporting the learning of students with diverse learning needs for over 30 years. During this time he has worked as a classroom teacher, school executive, consultant, regional manager with the New South Wales Department of Education, Australia... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2019 11:35am - 12:35pm
N110

1:35pm

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. 

Speakers
avatar for Maija Eriika Ruokanen

Maija Eriika Ruokanen

Senior Education Consultant, Fielding Nair International



Saturday March 9, 2019 1:35pm - 2:35pm
N211/212

1:35pm

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.   

Speakers
avatar for Cyndi Giorgis, Ph.D.

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
N206/207