Teacher Led Workshops
Using Technology to Support EAL Learners in the Mainstream Classroom (EY-ES) - Ricki Millevolte, Saigon South International School
Our goals for this workshop include identifying the importance and types of academic language, discussing research-based strategies that support student learning in inquiry-based and traditional classrooms, and exploring different apps that can be used to scaffold language development throughout the day.
Learners will identify what types of academic language they expect their students to know and create goals for integrating new strategies and technologies into their classrooms to assist EAL learners access their program content.
Ricki has been an Elementary Classroom teacher for 14 years (7 international) and recently scored her dream job as a Kindergarten Language Specialist (EAL). She has loved the challenges (and joys) of helping to make different kinds of international curriculum accessible to EAL learners over the years, and is excited to fully geek out on language in her new position. Ricki is a certified teacher trainer of “Teaching Young Children in English in a Multilingual Context” and has participated in the WIDA International Institute in her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. She will gladly discuss anything Midwestern, cheese, or isthmus related.
Starting an App Design Class with XCode and SWIFT (WS) - Mark Burpee, The American School in Japan
Learn the hardware and software requirements for programming in SWIFT
Learn some curriculum and classroom management ideas
Understand how the class can foster collaboration, risk-taking, creativity, design thinking, and perseverance.
Participate in some simple programming using XCode and the SWIFT language.
Practice pair coding and some other learning strategies.
Launch the simulator to see how the app works.
Discuss the curriculum progression and how it leads to students designing their own apps.
Obtain a list of ways to learn more about programming in SWIFT and developing a curriculum for students.
Teachers / Administrators interested in starting a class that teaches kids how to develop apps on iOS devices using SWIFT coding. The audience does not need to have a technical background in computer science. I intend to emphasize how I started a SWIFT programming class even though I do not have a background in computer science.
Mark Burpee started his career in teaching as an outdoor instructor with Outward Bound. He has taught middle-school humanities in California and Taipei for nine years and 8th-grade language arts in Tokyo for fourteen years. In 2017, he attended a summer program with MobileMakers in Chicago and used that experience to start a computer programming class. Mark continues to teach humanities and app development at The American School in Japan.
Inquiry Maker Provocations: Thinking with Our Hands to Collaborate (ES/MS) - Jason Graham & Todd Davis, Jakarta Intercultural School
Maker Challenges engage learners in a variety of ways through critical thinking skills, presentation skills, collaboration and reflective learning. It is though resilience and failure that foster a growth mindset and it is all about the process, not just the product that enriches us as life-long learners and problem solvers. Any classroom of any age can discover teamwork and resourcefulness through Maker Challenges. This workshop will unpack ways you can excite and encourage your community to embrace the maker mindset by starting with small Maker Challenges that will grow the culture of making and creating in your school.
This hands on workshop will allow participants to work together in a short Maker Challenge and will unpack what learners really get out of these projects and how these might be linked into a teacher’s unit or inquiry based learning that can be applied to any age level. Participants will come away with Maker Challenge ideas about set up, reflection and a deeper understanding of what the real reason for Maker Challenges (yes fun), but wait there’s more)!
Jason is a Digital Literacy Coach at Jakarta Intercultural School,Indonesia. He has been an international educator for over 20 years and is a Lead Facilitator for IBO PYP Online Programmes, as well as an IBO workshop leader and IBO workshop developer. Jason has presented at many international conferences including EARCOS and Learning2. Jason is a COETAIL graduate and coach and enjoys using learning technologies to enhance learning in his professional practice and those of his learners.He is a Google Certified Trainer and a Common Sense Media Ambassador and is currently completing his Doctoral degree at an Australian University. Jason believes strongly in the importance of being a connected learner and he is passionate about sharing learning with others. You can also find Jason on Twitter @jasongraham99
Design Thinking in the Classroom: Empowering Students Through Inquiry and Creative Practices (WS) - David Lee, Singapore American School
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, STEM, and inquiry-based learning projects because it equips students with the toolkit to ask questions and generate innovative solutions to real world problems.
-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.
-Understand the process of developing a high-quality DT project.
– Experience the DT process through a hands-on activity.
– Integrate design thinking into current projects.
Teachers, admin, support, and specialists who wish to find a methodology students can use for inquiry and creative, problem-solving.
David is currently the elementary STEM/EdTech 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 classroom to increase learner engagement and achievement, provide learners with real world experiences, develop their 21st century skills, promote creativity and innovation, and provide digital tools that are appropriate to each student’s learning styles.
An Introduction to Mindfulness (ES/MS/HS) - Roy Tomlinson, The American School in Japan
Participants will gain a very basic foundation in Mindfulness. Participants will participate in The Mindful Schools Curriculum lesson and learn about the organization. Participants will learn about neuroplasticity and brain research to further understand the benefits of mindfulness.
Through discussion, “Stand and Talks”, Hands – on activities and actually practicing a session of Mindfulness. We will also discuss a fair amount of brain research and literature on the subject.
Roy has been a teacher for 20 years. He has spent time overseas in Singapore, Manila and Japan. A cancer survivor, Roy has been practicing mindfulness for 4 years and uses it to manage emotional control and personal interactions. He is currently pursuing the yearlong teaching certificate in Mindfulness with The Mindful Schools.
Coaching Conversations (WS) - Diana Beabout, American International School of Guangzhou
Participants will have a clearer understanding of their role in coaching their peers (formally and/or informally) and coaching’s impact on professional growth
Gain practical strategies and resources to support and build their capacity in coaching (particularly in regard to coaching conversations)
Participants will explore various roles of a coach to identify how they are or could be coaching their colleagues and Identify non-verbal and verbal strategies for effective coaching conversations
Diana is an international educator with over 20 years experience as a teacher, mentor and coach in the United States, Japan, China and Qatar. Her participation in the the COETAIL (Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy) program sparked a new, excited interest in the impact of technology on education which led to new opportunities for her in professional sharing and support at her schools and beyond. In addition to her current role as an Innovation coach, she is an online instructor for the COETAIL program and is also a facilitator and mentor for online coaching courses with Eduro Learning. Diana continues to cultivate her professional presence on Twitter @dianabeabout.
Incorporating STEAM into After School Programs (MS/HS) - David Navis, American International School of Guangzhou
Attendees will leave with a variety of ideas and activities for students to participate in. These projects have incorporated ideas from the Stanford Design School.
Attendees will share ideas of what they have been experienced at their place of work. Included will be hands on examples of projects students have completed in the past.
Identify non-verbal and verbal strategies for effective coaching conversations
Dave has been running after school STEAM programs for the past three years. Students have been highly engaged in a variety of programs.
Creating authentic links between computational thinking and the curriculum (ES/MS) - Matt Broughton & Flynn McCreath, Yokohama International School
What is computational thinking
How we can develop authentic links to computational thinking in our curriculum
Computational thinking can be used as more than just itself
Creativity with robotics can enhance curricular and lesson objectives.
Gain a general understand of what computational thinking is and the importance of it in the elementary and middle school classrooms.
Participate in an example of computation thinking used to enhance math teaching in the elementary classroom
Walk away with ideas for your curriculum
Plan computational thinking experiences with direct links to the curriculum.
Flynn came from a maritime career and switched to international teaching 11 years ago. He is passionate about designing learning experiences that push student creativity using a variety of low and high tech materials.
Matt, a Technology Learning Coach who shares his passion and skills with students and teachers. He believes strongly in creating authentic links to technology within the curriculum.
Critical Creativity (WS) - Iulius Carebia, GESS Singapore
In this session participants will learn how to engage their students by using creativity in order to develop critical thinking skills.
Participants will work on an online collaboration platform (Google Slides/Microsoft PowerPoint Online) and will collaborate in describing different activities (creating timelines, book reviews) and create and answer critical questions.
EdTech swiss-knife at GESS in Singapore, Iulius is an enthusiastic educator who likes to share ideas and promote digital literacy. He has been a proponent for use of technology in the classroom by conducting a variety of training sessions locally and internationally. Beside that, he is a mountain guide and he likes to spend all his free time in nature.
Coding in the Cloud (WS) - John Blofeld-Watson, International School Ho Chi Minh City
A hands-on session showing participants how to use replit, an online IDE, to set up a classroom and deliver/assess tasks.
Participants will join an online classroom as students to access coding assignments in Python. The participants will then use the platform from a teacher-perspective, setting up a classroom and delivering assignments.
Teachers who are interested in introducing coding to their classrooms.
I keep reading that there are not enough programmers on the planet. So I’m here to help out. I teach AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles at an international school in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, along with myriad Middle School technology courses. Seeing students high-fiving after solving a programming problem is just the best thing. I wish I’d studied coding when I was at school!
Technology Integration in the World Language Classroom (WSLanguage Teachers) - Polly Vella & Monica Sandifer, Shanghai American School
In this session, participants will explore and discuss options for implementing technology when developing language acquisition.
Participants will engage in conversations about the use of technology to enhance language learning.
Monica G. Sandifer has more than ten years working in Education. She has taught in Bolivia, United States, India and China. She holds a Master of Science in Education Applied Literacy. Currently is teaching French and Spanish at Shanghai American School. She is passionate about innovation and the art of teaching languages. She has integrated technology in the world language classroom and is committed to professional development.
Polly Vella has more than 20 years of experience teaching all levels of Spanish and English as a Second Language in the United States and China. She holds a BA in Spanish and an MA in Second Language Acquisition. She loves working with students and seeing them develop as language learners. She is in her 8th year of teaching Spanish at the Shanghai American School, and uses a wide array of technological tools to enhance the learning and engagement of her students.
Fostering a Culture of Creativity and Innovation (WS) - Mark Scharen, Korea International School
Participates will gain an understanding of how to foster a culture of creativity and innovation at their school by creating a Design Thinking program.
Participants will understand how to empower students to find innovative solutions to complex problems that benefit their global community. After a presentation explaining the story of one school’s five-year journey to develop a Design Thinking program, participants will be allowed to discuss their own successes, and the challenges they have faced to bring innovation to their school.
Teachers, Administrators, Change Makers
Mark Scharen is a technology instructor at the Korea International School. A Google Certified Innovator, Mark has taught a variety of classes in Media Arts and Design Technology. As an instructor, Mark explores how Design Thinking can be used as a human-centered problem-solving strategy. Mark is passionate about mentoring future innovators by challenging students to develop their own creativity and explore self-guided learning through passion projects, community service, and social entrepreneurship. Mark is the co-creator of Design.Make.Change. – a program designed to empower students to find innovative solutions to complex problems that benefit their global community.
Do you have a plan? EdTech/ISTE Plan! (WS) - Verena Zimmer, German European School Singapore
Understanding of how GESS created the EdTech Plan Sharing and learning from each other how to integrate the ISTE Standards
Brainstorm of ideas / Sharing of experiences / Curation of possiblities
Leadership / EdTech Coaches
I’m passionate about education & an advocate of meaningful and authentic learning. I’m a learner, teacher, inspirer, and inquirer. Always excited about edTech and innovation of teaching and learning, information literacy, PYP, COETAIL. I worked in different German and international contexts and I’m enjoying my learning journey very much. I’m a traveler, a wannabe chef, a great swing dancer in my own dreams, and a mum of a little one.
Design Thinking for Injecting Surprise into ANY Project (WS) - Matt Ives, Suzhou Singapore International School
Has your school ever considered creating a [insert tech/innovation/21stCentury buzz word] scope and sequence? How might you even know if you need one? At Suzhou Singapore International School we decided to approach the initial question (do we need one) and eventual development via a design thinking process. As such, we were able to ensure creation of a document which is now out in the wild and meeting the needs of students, teachers, coaches, and admin with alpomb.
This workshop will explore what it means to approach the creation of an ICT (for lack of a better word) scope and sequence through a design thinking lens, with real examples and hands-on activities. We’ll explore the age-articulated ISTE Standards for Students and see how other international schools around the world are doing things. You might decide you want to develop something similar at your school – this workshop will give you the toolset to do so.
Matt Ives is the ICT Integration Coordinator at Suzhou Singapore International School in Suzhou, China. Matt has just completed a Master of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation) and has particular edu-passions in the areas of design thinking, games-based learning, media, and film-making.
Adobe on Campus - It is More Afraid of You than You are of It (WS) - Carl Strycharske, International School Manila
Share how International School Manila is utilizing Adobe products campus-wide in the hopes of alleviating some of the intimidation behind its high-level reputation and functionality. It will be a macro look at the applications that ship with the Creative Suite, and demonstrate what they do.
Showcase a variety student and teacher projects created with Adobe products and walking through their workflow in creating the final product. Each project will offer a broad overview of a specific application, with a focus on the similarities across these applications.
Teachers, faculty, and support staff who are curious about Adobe products and their use in education.
Like the mitochondria to its cell, Carl is a powerhouse to the organISM that is ISM. With 15+ years of multimedia experience under his white leather belt, Carl’s arrival at ISM two years ago was a shock to the system; his unharnessed tech-savviness was both the heart attack and the reviving AED. Within minutes of his arrival, Carl was already a presence at the school, using his skills as a commercial photographer, cinematographer, and video editor to capture poignant moments on campus. With Carl’s help and talent, the ISM website became a collection of vibrant photos and videos that illustrated the jubilation, diligence, and warmth of the students and faculty at ISM. It wasn’t long before teachers and administration recognized the pillar of talent that was Carl Strycharske; soon, he found himself booked for classroom visits that ranged from incorporating multimedia into journalism classes to teaching students and faculty how to use Adobe software to sharing his passion for music and music production in Creative Writing classes. It comes as no surprise that when the school created a new role of Media Production Specialist this year, Carl was the man who earned the title. Now, he continues to work closely with administration across all three schools, and with students and teachers. But Carl’s talents do not stop there. In his spare time, he designs board games, mixes music, and plays bass in a folk band called Whiskey Bear. He is also known to turn his instruments into lamps and beer tap handles when they are no longer useful. If you ever find yourself on the ISM campus, and you have an eccentric request or a cool task that needs doing, you need only whisper “Carl” into the muggy Manila wind and sit back and watch magic happen*.
*Though it may surprise you, Carl does not actually do magic. Yet. This is metaphorical.