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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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STEAM & MakerEd [clear filter]
Friday, March 8
 

11:15am

Makerspace: Leveraging Personal Inquiry by Blending Digital Tools with Hands-On Learning
The Maker movement at JIS has been developing organically over the past three years. This year we opened two new Maker Spaces at our school. In this presentation we will share about how we are developing our iTime program and our collaboration as Maker Coaches with the homeroom teachers. We will explain about how we help our students to focus their idea and develop a guiding question through research and blending digital tools with hands on learning. Click here for the PRESENTATION

Speakers
avatar for Hugo Indratno

Hugo Indratno

Technology Integration Specialist, JIS
Hugo Indratno is currently a Technology Integrator at Jakarta Intercultural School. Along his career in education, Hugo has been working as classroom teacher, primary principal and landing now in the land of technology. Besides his passion in fostering creativity, he loves sharing... Read More →
avatar for Jane Ross

Jane Ross

Digital Literacy Coach, Jakarta Intercultural School
Jane Ross is the Digital Literacy Coach at the Jakarta Intercultural School. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator since 2008 and served on the Apple Distinguished Educators South Asia board from 2010-2015. Jane has been teaching in Indonesia for over 20 years. She has presented... Read More →



Friday March 8, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
N211/212

12:30pm

Determining Motivational Factors in Learning
Educating students at different levels of capability in one classroom can be challenging. When you normalize varying ability levels in a classroom, each child feels they are working to their strengths. Learn how to design your instruction to meet the strengths of each child simultaneously while building up weaker skills. Discover how leveraging the executive functions increases learning in Writing and STEAM classes and increases empathy and wellness among students. You will walk away with valuable tools and student-centered approaches to make academic tasks more accessible and engaging to unlock perseverance and motivation for all learners. 

Speakers
JL

Jennifer Larson Simmons

Co-Founder/Program Director, City Learner's Inc.



Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
N205

3:15pm

Designing in virtual enviroments with a maker's mindset using Cospaces
Have you ever wanted to have a go at 3D modelling but ended up creating a trinket or a keyring?
Have you ever seen the passion and enthusiasm that students have for virtual environments?

Students spend a lot of time online in virtual creative environments, such as Roblox or Minecraft. They are adept at navigating virtual environments because they are motivated and they have fewer restrictions than when they create in the real world. In this workshop we will explore how to harness students’ enthusiasm for virtual creative environments, while extending or consolidating learning that has happened in the (real world) classroom. Applying the principals of Makers Ed to the virtual world can increase student motivation and engagement.

This workshop will be practical. Bring a laptop or Chromebook so you can have a go too!

During this workshop participants will:

Participants will have:
– an understanding of which platforms are age appropriate, including pros and cons
– an increased familiarisation with platforms such as Cospaces
– an understanding of how they can be used in a primary context
– tinkered, designed and tweaked.
– have confidence to go back to their schools with the basics to be able to facilitate design centred learning engagements using some easy to access (cheap or free) age appropriate platforms. 

Speakers
avatar for James	Haworth

James Haworth

Lead Teacher Learning Technologies, Shatin Junior School Hong Kong
I have worked in education in Spain, UK, Thailand and the last 8 years have been in Hong Kong. Authentic and adventurous integrated units of inquiry motivate me to grow as a teacher. I enjoy creating opportunities for students to learn giving them voice, choice and agency. I have... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
N205

3:15pm

Making IT Happen
A journey of how one PYP school rolled out meaningful technology integration.  We will walk you through this from the start to where we are now, including what worked well and what we have learned. 

Speakers
avatar for Jason	Prohaska

Jason Prohaska

PYP Learning Technology Coach / House Director, Renaissance College
A coach for meaningful Technology Integration and Makers Ed. When not working, I can be found following one of my passions, either ice hockey or video editing.


Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
N107

3:15pm

Wearable Technology Unit
New STEM idea? Integrating fashion in DT or integrating engineering in fashion design? I have tried to teach students to apply wearable electronics in IB MYP design unit. Boys are getting more engaged in the textile units while girls are interested in the coding and engineering. 

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Cheung

Catherine Cheung

Design Teacher, Victoria Shanghai Academy
I am Catherine Cheung. I am a Design Teacher and I mainly teach Food Design, Textile Design, Product Design in MYP and Design Technology SL/HL in DP. I am also a PP and EE supervisor. My teaching experience ranges from different year groups in VSA. I am interested in applying the... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
N106
 
Saturday, March 9
 

8:45am

Gamification- How a low risk game economy can replace your high risk grade economy for; Formative Assessment, Differentiation, and Curricular Integration
The presentation will begin by providing a short context for what gamification is, and is not.  Then a more in depth analysis of game mechanics and how they can set up a low risk "game economy" to solve problems compared with using a high risk grade economy.  The remainder of the presentation will deal with specific examples and case studies of using the low risk game economy for;
classroom behaviors
differentiation
integration
giving new value and context for formative assessment
and how gamification to solve some of these problems for school using standards based assessment.

The video link below is to an example of how one of these  gamification models was and is being used at KIS 

Speakers
avatar for Eric	Nelson

Eric Nelson

Founder, Jetpacks & Parachutes
J&P is an educational consultancy with a singular goal; to get more teachers using the tool and examples of gamification to create fun and engaging "low risk" classroom economies that provide an alternative to "high risk" grade economies. Eric Nelson has been an International educator... Read More →



Saturday March 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am
N205

8:45am

Merge Cube Classroom
GIVEAWAY: I’ll be giving away a bunch of Merge Cubes and VR headsets!

*Bring your iOS or Android device*

Free Augmented Reality has arrived in our classrooms! It’s never been easier for students and teachers to access this powerful technology. Teachers all over the world are finding meaningful ways to incorporate AR into their classrooms. In my session, you’ll get hands-on with my Top 10 List of AR Apps. All of them are cross-platform and most are used exclusively with the Merge Cube. Wait, you don’t already have your own Merge Cube!? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered... Come to my interactive workshop and walk away with your very own DIY paper craft MERGE CUBE! I’ll help you find some powerful ways to use AR in your own classroom. 

Speakers
avatar for Gabe Haydu

Gabe Haydu

Elementary Teacher, Singapore American School
I'm an elementary teacher with a passion for EdTech of all kinds. My classroom is full of students empowered to experiment with videography, 3D printing, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. I live and teach in Singapore, but California lives forever in my heart.


Saturday March 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am
N204 2nd Floor, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

10:05am

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.

Speakers
avatar for Ross, Stewart

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
N209

10:05am

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.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Torris

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
N205

10:05am

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. 

Speakers
avatar for Candice Anders

Candice Anders

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

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.
avatar for Allen	Lee

Allen Lee

Grade 3 Teacher, American International School



Saturday March 9, 2019 10:05am - 11:05am
N109

10:05am

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".

Speakers
P

Parker Lawson

American International School Guangzhou
avatar for David	Navis

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
N106

10:05am

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.

Speakers
avatar for Tanya Healy

Tanya Healy

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

Craig Price

Principal, Selwyn Ridge Primary School


Saturday March 9, 2019 10:05am - 11:05am
N108

11:35am

Creating Student Leadership & Work Experience Opportunities in the Digital World
Student panelists will share their success stories, sample work from their student media organizations, and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of start-up/program ideas. These same students are providing the video documentation of the keynote presentations in the ballroom. This session will close with a student-led tour of the control room, including hands-on opportunities for participants interested in live-television production using a Tricaster-mini. 

Speakers
avatar for Eric Johnston

Eric Johnston

Teacher of Technological Innovation, Keystone Academy Beijing


Saturday March 9, 2019 11:35am - 12:35pm
N108

11:35am

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".

Speakers
avatar for David	Navis

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 →
P

Parker Lawson

American International School Guangzhou


Saturday March 9, 2019 11:35am - 12:35pm
N106

11:35am

How to Design a Hackathon
Join this session to learn how to create your own hackathon. This session will cover the planning process, best practices and examples of hackathons that we've run at the IDEAS Hub for the K-12 environment. 

Speakers
avatar for Colin	Peter

Colin Peter

IDEAS Hub Technical Manager, United World College of South East Asia
As Technical Manager of the IDEAS Hub, Colin has been privileged to create many innovative programs from U18 hackathons to soft robotics workshops. An engineer by training and Maker by vocation, he has participated in growing the nascent Maker movement in Singapore. Having been involved... Read More →



Saturday March 9, 2019 11:35am - 12:35pm
N208 2nd Floor, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

11:35am

The Pen is mightier than...
Does a grade three student need a laptop? Ten years ago, they were our only choice. A year and a half ago, teachers asked us why we use them instead of other devices? Based on dialogue with them and school leaders, we created sandboxes where everyone could get in and play. Using iPad pros & Apple Pencils, students and teachers alike took photos, sketched, marked-up worksheets, and wrote notes. We saw an increase of mobility and a rise in tactile learning. Students handled objects then photographed them. They jumped between pages, stretched text, manipulated objects, and drew Chinese characters. We found that the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil delivered more by design and intent than our MacBooks. If you are a flexible learner who is open to new ideas, please join us. We will deliver a blueprint of how we changed the status quo. We promise to push comfort zones, go hands-on, and reflect on our areas for growth. 

Speakers
avatar for Martin Leicht

Martin Leicht

Director of Educational Technology, HKIS
Schoolwide ETS (TT)
avatar for Andrew	Harnett

Andrew Harnett

Teacher, Hong Kong International School
Andrew Harnett is an international educator, presenter, Google Certified Teacher and Google for Education Trainer. He has worked across Asia for the past 11 years, teaching at 4 different schools with varying degrees of technology use. He is a passionate educator, focussing on the... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2019 11:35am - 12:35pm
N104 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

2:45pm

Design Thinking in the Classroom: Empowering Students Through Inquiry and Creative Practices
Learn about the empowering capabilities of modeling and teaching the design thinking process and mindsets to your students. Unleash their creativity and confidence to tackle real world problems and improve real world experiences. Design thinking (DT) is an iterative method and a way of thinking that focuses on human-centered design. This solution-thinking method is ideal for project-based learning and STEM projects because it equips students with the toolkit to generate innovative solutions.

Participants in this session will:
  • Learn about the DT process and its mindsets that empower students to become creative, empathetic problem solvers.
  • Learn about real projects where students used the DT method to bring positive change to people and their community.
  • Learn the process of developing a high-quality DT project.

Speakers
avatar for David Lee

David Lee

Design Innovation Specialist, Singapore American School
I am currently the elementary Design Innovation Specialist at Singapore American School in Singapore. My responsibility at the school is to facilitate educators in integrating STEM subject areas meaningfully and purposefully into their curriculum to increase learner engagement and... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
N206/207

2:45pm

Make it Graphic: Digital Design Skills for Students
Do you ever ask your students to share their learning visually (book, poster, digital presentation, etc.) and find that they present disorganized, messy, or poorly designed final products? I know I have certainly been in this situation! 

In this session, you'll learn the benefits of teaching students basic design skills to enhance how they show their learning. We will focus on the CARP design principles, the do's and don'ts of digital design, and learn some amazing apps and websites that will fill your teacher toolbox. The information in this session will apply to all grade levels, but the tools shared would be appropriate for students in upper elementary, middle, and high school.

Speakers
avatar for Tanya LeClair

Tanya LeClair

Elementary School Innovation Coach, American International School of Guangzhou


Saturday March 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
N209

2:45pm

STEM: Beyond the Acronym
How can you build a bespoke STEM curriculum that works for your students in your context? How can you utilize student leadership, choice and reflection? What are the keys skills you are aiming to develop and deliver? A helpful guide to building STEM courses, projects and curriculum that ads value to your students and to your school. 

Speakers
avatar for Natalie Stevens

Natalie Stevens

Head of Technology, Dulwich College (Beijing)
Hi i'm Nat, originally from London, currently teaching in Beijing. I am a product design specialist but have taught lots of different design and computer science stands and courses throughout my career. In my current role we have been developing our own design centered curriculum... Read More →



Saturday March 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
N210

2:45pm

Tinkering in the Maker-Centered Classroom
Maker-centered learning is a key component of innovative educational practices, but how do we take our students from making “stuff” to carefully considering design and function in a meaningful way? This workshop will utilize tinkering (taking electronics apart) in the classroom to foster design-thinking skills in our students. Hands-on engagement with the hardware of technology, or tinkering, enables learners to discover how technology works (or doesn’t) and how its parts are connected to wider systems. Participants in this session will get to experience tinkering firsthand and walk away with ideas to help get them started on tinkering in their own classrooms.

This session is for people that are somewhat familiar with the concept of maker education and are looking to expand their understanding and practices through tinkering. These practices are appropriate for all levels of students from early childhood up to high school.

View our presentation here: Tinkering in the Maker-Centered Classroom

Speakers
avatar for Amy Lee

Amy Lee

Grade 1 Teacher, American International School of Guangzhou
I currently teach first grade and love all the opportunities to integrate technology tools and apply computational thinking across the curriculum to ignite creative thinking. I would love to talk to people who are familiar with the application Seesaw or ways to document students... Read More →
avatar for Katie	Robbins

Katie Robbins

Grade 3 Teacher, American International School of Guangzhou


Saturday March 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
N205

2:45pm

Transforming Math Class
How do you create room for student's opinions, beliefs, and perspectives in a math class and still teach content? It's time to move beyond questions that Siri can answer and let your students delve into real mathematics - explore, build, think, draw, and talk about deep mathematical concepts. Participants will have a chance to experience math in new ways. They will learn how to stop teaching math and instead, start creating space to learn math. 

Speakers


Saturday March 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
N108