10.01.14

Heading into Fall

Posted in General News at 3:36 pm by

As we head into Fall we start to notice that change is in the air. The air begins to feel more crisp, the leaves start to change, and we begin to think of the changes ahead, which may be more or less significant depending on how far north you find yourself. Colleagues in the Southern Hemisphere notice change as well, though in the opposite direction!

At this point, many of us find ourselves in the groove of the school year, with the start-of-year out of the way and with projects in progress. It’s also a time to start to consider changes for next year. For many schools, this means looking at virtual learning environments, such as Moodle, Google Classroom, Haiku, Edmodo, and many others. This month ECIS ICT Committee Member Aaron Tyo-Dickerson shares information and resources on virtual learning environments.

Please remember that your input is valuable to the entire ECIS ICT community. If you are interested in contributing an article, or have ideas, resources, links, or information about upcoming professional development opportunities that you would like to share, please send them to me at [email protected] a week before the first day of the month and I will be sure to highlight them in the next edition of the blog.

Alan Preis
@apreis
On behalf of the ECIS ICT Committee

Virtual Learning Environments
Aaron Tyo-Dickerson, American School of the Hague

How would you describe your school’s Virtual Learning Environment?

  • You might begin by describing your school’s desktop, laptop or tablet computers and the software your school has installed on them for teacher and student use.
  • Perhaps you would talk about your network and infrastructure as conduits for teaching and learning.
  • On the other hand you might talk about your community’s use of a particular learning management system (Moodle, Edmodo, Blackboard) and a collection of collaboration and communication tools (Google Apps, Office 365, et al).

Each of these are ingredients or building blocks of a Virtual Learning Environment (or VLE), and the environment itself is the organic whole, the sum of the individual components. Your school’s virtual learning environment reflects and recreates the vision, mission, and daily activities of your school.

As an analog for your brick-and-mortar school, your virtual learning environment has been developed and deployed with teaching and learning in mind. Some of us teach and learn in facilities which have been repurposed and augmented over the years. Others of us have experienced moves to new, purpose-built campuses or extensions. In either case, our schools have created physical spaces for intentional learning.

The same is true of your virtual learning space.

  • Some of us have inherited legacy systems or processes and are facing the accompanying challenges of repurposing those tools for effective, virtual teaching and learning.
  • Others of us have a purpose-built environment which contains interoperable tools for collaboration and communication.

Now that October is here and our new school year is fully underway, please set aside time in the coming weeks to consider the virtual learning environments that you have established for teachers and students in your schools and across the ECIS community. Start a discussion in your own community, and then join us in iSkoodle to share your ideas and questions about the impact of your virtual learning environment on student learning.

ECIS ICT Committee News

ECIS iTunesU
ECIS is looking for a consultant to help promote and raise awareness of it’s iTunes U page! The role would include crafting a monthly or quarterly newsletter, leading sessions at the ECIS general conference, engaging schools and teachers to help gain new participants, and finding other innovative outlets to highlight the great work found in the ECIS iTunes Courses. For more information and/or to express interest, please contact ICT Committee member and iTunes administrator Seth Hubbert ([email protected]).

Digital Bytes: Virtual Learning Environments

Selecting a Learning Management System: Advice from an Academic Perspective (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu.

“Although faculty and students are the primary learning management system users, administrators and IT experts often select the system. This article stresses the importance of involving all stakeholders in the selection process, offers a step-by-step guide to LMS selection, and enables readers to develop a customized list of LMS features that align with their institution’s instructional and learning priorities.”

If you are considering a new learning management system for your school (or switching platforms) this Educause article provides excellent advice for the selection process itself and important considerations for your school community.

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014 | Results of the 8th Annual Survey of Learning Tools.

“The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014 – the results of the 8th Annual Learning Tools Survey – has been compiled by Jane Hart from the votes of 1,038 learning professionals from 61 countries worldwide and published on 22 September 2014.”

Jane Hart’s list of “top tools”, posted on her site Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies, contains some old favorites in the VLE arena (Moodle 12, Edmodo 41, and Blackboard 71) as well as some nods to the important of social media (Twitter 1, Facebook 9, G+ 11) and the power of collaboration and cloud computing (Google Drive 2, Prezi 13, Wikipedia 18). It is noteworthy that this same list also contains traditional desktop software like the MS Office suite with PowerPoint rating a 4 on the list.

Top LMS (Learning Management System) Software | 2014 Reviews of the Best Systems.

“Learning management systems are used by academic institutions and companies to manage, track, and deliver courses and training programs. One of the fastest growing software sectors over the last decade, it is now a billion dollar plus industry with hundreds of competing offerings. Below is a look the most popular options as measured by a combination of their total number of customers, active users, and online presence.”

This handy guide provides data and visuals for a wide variety of LMS software and includes tidy lists of features, requirements, and ratings for each of the Top 20 in this report. This site should be your first stop if you are considering a LMS for your school.

Professional Development

EdTechTeam London Summit Featuring Google in Education – Oct 20 & 21
We invite you to join us for the first annual EdTechTeam London Summit featuring Google for Education to be held at the Halcyon London International School in London, England on October 20 & 21, 2014. This high intensity two day event focuses on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education and other Google Tools to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education. The program features Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, practicing administrators, solution providers, Google engineers, and representatives from the Google education teams.

Mediterranean Center for Innovation in Education

The Mediterranean Center for Innovation in Education has open registrations for a variety of institutes and workshops in 2014 and the early part of 2015:

Flat Connections Live! Canada 2015

Flat Connections invites teachers, education leaders K-12 and higher education to attend the Flat Connections Live! event in Winnipeg Canada, April 29-May 2, 2015, hosted by Red River College. The theme, ‘Building bridges between islands of excellence’ is supported by design thinking and a process-based and outcome-based conference format that promises to extend the boundaries of learning for all. This is a global event with facilitators coming from different locations. Early-bird registration is open until January 1.

Meanwhile, Flat Connections offers global projects and teacher development sessions throughout the year.
Contact Julie Lindsay for customised approached to global learning. [email protected]

ECIS November Conference
The ECIS November Conference returns to Nice, France on November 19-22, 2014 and will include a variety of ICT-related sessions, as well as the usual assortment of sessions relevant to all areas of international education. Full information is available on the ECIS website at http://www.ecis.org/page.cfm?p=300.

Innovate 2015
Graded School (São Paulo, Brazil) is hosting the Innovate 2015 Conference on March 4-7, 2015. The Innovate 2015 conference marks Graded School’s commitment to re-imagine the school that best serves and inspires students for tomorrow. Join innovators from across the globe to engage in dialogue designed to ignite new ideas and build the foundation for change our students deserve. For more information, visit the Innovate 2015 website at https://www.graded.br/page.cfm?p=7085.

ECIS ICT Conference
Save the Date for the Spring ECIS ICT Subject conference. Additional details will be posted on the ECIS website soon.

09.02.14

Back to School

Posted in Conference Buzz, General News, Professional Development, Resources at 4:02 am by

It seems like the last school year didn’t end very long ago, but it’s time to start anew. At many schools the start of year is a busy time, with projects, deadlines, and hopefully not too many start-of-school headaches. It’s also time to reconnect with colleagues and to start the new school year with a fresh perspective.

This month we highlight Design Thinking, which has become an important framework for learning and innovation at many schools. We also share information about ECIS iTunesU and a variety of upcoming professional development opportunities.

Please remember that your input is valuable to the entire ECIS ICT community. If you have ideas, resources, links, or information about upcoming professional development opportunities that you would like to share, please send them to me at [email protected] a week before the first day of the month and I will be sure to highlight them in the next edition of the blog.

Alan Preis
@apreis
On behalf of the ECIS ICT Committee

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Design Thinking
Design Thinking is a framework for learning and innovation in use at some of the most creative companies and educational institutions around the world. Though Design Thinking is often used to solve problems in technology-related fields, it can be applied to many other areas. Design Thinking is based on an iterative design cycle (which may be familiar to those of you teaching at MYP schools) that encourages the application of creativity in problem solving. The cycle includes the following steps:

  1. Empathize – Build empathy for your end user
  2. Define – Define the design problem to be solved
  3. Ideate – Brainstorming: Idea+Create
  4. Prototype – Develop a working model for your idea
  5. Test – Test your prototype and get feedback from your end user

Repeat!

For those of you interested in learning more about Design Thinking, we have included a number of links and resources in Digital Bytes (below).

ECIS ICT Committee News

ECIS iTunesU
ECIS is looking for a consultant to help promote and raise awareness of it’s iTunes U page! The role would include crafting a monthly or quarterly newsletter, leading sessions at the ECIS general conference, engaging schools and teachers to help gain new participants, and finding other innovative outlets to highlight the great work found in the ECIS iTunes Courses. For more information and/or to express interest, please contact ICT Committee member and iTunes administrator Seth Hubbert ([email protected]).

Digital Bytes: Design Thinking Resources

Professional Development

EuroMoodle – Free Online Courses for Teachers and Administrators
For schools who are currently using (or would like to use) Moodle, ECIS ICT Committee member Aaron Tyo-Dickerson is offering free Moodle courses Moodle Basics (course start date: 15 September 2014) and Moodle Administration (course start date: 15 September 2014), and the courses are open to any international school teachers or Moodle administrators. The courses will be conducted on the EuroMoodle site at www.euromoodle.org/europa. To register, first create your own user account at http://www.euromoodle.org/europa/login/signup.php, then contact Aaron Tyo-Dickerson at [email protected] for the course enrollment key.

Mediterranean Center for Innovation in Education
The Mediterranean Center for Innovation in Education is offering a variety of institutes and workshops this fall.

  • The iPad Summit in Marabella, Spain (October 10-11, registrations accepted through September 19) includes over 50 presentations, panels and exploratory sessions and offers a blend of structured sessions, guided exploration, and organic, “open space” opportunities for conversations, networking, sharing and discovery.
  • The Fall Professional Learning Institutes in Rome, Italy (October 15-16) brings together world-class facilitators to provide opportunities in an exciting range of topics — and where possible use the setting of Rome as a canvas for powerful, experiential learning. All institutes are two-day experiences and focus on creating powerful and deep learning that translates into action for your school or learning environment.
  • The Google Educator Certification Workshops (Sotogrande, Spain, October 29-31, 2014, and Seville, Spain, December 1-3, 2014) are designed to walk participants through the process of becoming a certified Google Educator and, if they so desire, a fully-fledged Google Education Trainer.

Flat Connections
Flat Connections offers professional development for educators who:

  • Know global collaboration has a place in their classroom
  • Want to improve digital citizenship and cultural understanding leading to global competency amongst students and teachers
  • Have access to digital technologies and want to use them in meaningful ways to connect with others and learn together

Flat Connections is offering two courses starting in September: Flat Connections Global Educator, a 10-week accredited course for global connection and collaboration with a focus on curriculum design and project development, and  Flat Connections Global Collaboration Primer, a 4-week course to support teachers, leaders and administrators for deeper understanding of global connections and learning. (See the September 2014 offer on this course – TWO places for the cost of one if teachers are from the same school!) Please contact Julie Lindsay ([email protected]) for more information.

ECIS November Conference
The ECIS November Conference returns to Nice, France on November 19-22, 2014 and will include a variety of ICT-related sessions, as well as the usual assortment of sessions relevant to all areas of international education. Full information is available on the ECIS website at http://www.ecis.org/page.cfm?p=300.

Innovate 2015
Graded School (São Paulo, Brazil) is hosting the Innovate 2015 Conference on March 4-7, 2015. The Innovate 2015 conference marks Graded School’s commitment to re-imagine the school that best serves and inspires students for tomorrow. Join innovators from across the globe to engage in dialogue designed to ignite new ideas and build the foundation for change our students deserve. For more information, visit the Innovate 2015 website at https://www.graded.br/page.cfm?p=7085.

ECIS ICT Conference
Save the Date! This year’s ECIS ICT Conference will be held at the International School of Brussels on April 9, 2015, as a pre-conference for this year’s ECIS Administrator conference. Additional details will be posted on the ECIS website soon.

 

06.02.14

Summer days.

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baumes_04051 Hard to believe the academic year is winding down, and things at times seem to have slipped by. The summer is always a unique time to disconnect, get some down time, a chance to reflect and more importantly relax. So often our academic year is so busy, demanding, engaging, and always on. The break and space of the summer gives us permission to disconnect, wind down and stop. It takes a few days to switch gears, and get into a new tempo which allows time for nothing. This transition and then state of having less to do, provide space for reflection and synthesis which is important part of the learning process. The challenge often is how do we curate such time and disconnect with our busy days during the academic year.

Some like to use the summer as a time to catch up on reading, time for which is always in short supply during the year. This month, we’ve included a number of selections on topics of relevance to the ECIS ICT community.

Digital Bytes: Summer Reading about Technology, Leadership, Change and ICT

Mark Prensky shares out his latest thoughts about the future, education and learning

 

Professional Development

32 summer professional development opportunities
eSchool News shares out a comprehensive list of options for further learning over the summer.
http://www.eschoolnews.com/2013/05/15/summer-professional-development-workshops-seminars-and-reading-lists/2/

ETT Workshops for teaching with technology 2014
http://edtechteacher.org/summer/
2014 brings our 12th Annual Summer Teaching With Technology workshop series, and we have built an incredible program, on a diverse set of topics, in six locations across the country. We have exciting new topics to compliment favorites from previous summers, and have brought together some of the best educators in the country to lead our workshops.

8 iPad Professional Development Opportunities
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/blog/8-ipad-professional-development-opportunities-all-1-to-1-educators-should-consider
Opportunities for professional development that are focused on effectively integrating iPads and other tablets into the classroom.

Edutopia Professional Development Guides
http://www.edutopia.org/professional-development-guides

Professional Learning?@ISTE
http://www.iste.org/learn/professional-development

Education Technology Professional Development
http://www.cue.org/

Find out about a Google Apps for Education event in your area.
Upcoming Google in Education Summits produced in partnership with Google in Education:
Full schedule of events and locations
http://www.appsevents.com/

Flat Connections Conference – Sydney, Australia June 18-20, 2014
The Flat Connections Conference is a unique event that includes students and educators to envision the future of education and of learning communities as they use leading technology tools such as wikis, blogs, social networking and digital storytelling.

Flat Connections Workshop – Atlanta, Georgia, USA, June 25-26, 2014
The Flat Connections Workshop – Connect, Collaborate, Go Global – will take place at Atlanta International School, just ahead of the ISTE conference. This workshop provides educators and education leaders with the resources and skills to connect their learning and take it from local to global. Embedding global learning and competency is not a plane ticket but a mindset and a curriculum imperative. Where do you start? This workshop will show you how. Workshop designer and leader: Julie Lindsay

ISTE Conference – Atlanta, Georgia USA June 28 – July 1, 2014
The ISTE Conference will be held in Atlanta this year and will feature hundreds of sessions on the theme “Connected learning, connected world”.
They are gathering input on keynote speakers for this year, feel free to submit your suggestions at https://www.isteconference.org/2014/program/keynote.php.
Information about registering for the ISTE Conference is available here: https://www.isteconference.org/2014/attend/.

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Register today: early-bird rates end 30 April
http://learning2africa.org Professional learning: global educational experts,  extended hands-on learning sessions, inspiring mini-keynotes, participant-led workshops, poster sessions, DIY unconference and many networking opportunities. September 18-20 2014

European PowerSchool Conference – Malta, September 25-27, 2014
The third annual European PowerSchool Conference will be held in Malta this year. This year’s conference will have a twin focus on scheduling and customization, along with many other stand-alone sessions. Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your skills, network with other PowerSchool users, and get your questions answered!
Questions: Romy Backus <[email protected]>

Digital Evolution Unconference hosted at http://www.isdedu.de/   October 17 and 18 2014
We are living in exponential times. New technological innovations which promise to reshape the educational landscape appear on a regular basis. Learning analytics, machine learning and augmented reality are all examples of technologies that could radically transform school as we know it.
How do we incorporate these new technologies into our visions while maintaing the focus on what matters, student learning? Would you like the opportunity to explore these questions with other like-minded educators?
We invite you to the second annual 2-day un-conference at the International School of Düsseldorf. The agenda will be driven by all participants and together we will build and share our visions for the future of technology in education. To find out more, please visit: www.digi-evolution.com and/or Adriaan van der Bergh ([email protected])

This will be my last post as Chair of the ECIS ICT Committee, I very much look forward to being connected beyond this blog and turn the pen over to Alan Preis incoming Chair of the ICT Committee for 2014-15.  You can always catch me at http://beyonddigital.org  and/ or @jmikton    Warm regards  John Mikton  Chair of the ICT Committee ( 2008-2014)

A note from Alan Preis  Incoming Chair of the ICT Committee 2014-15

I want to offer special thanks to John for his contributions to the ECIS ICT Committee and to the international school ICT community over the past several years. John has been instrumental in helping to organize the conferences, raising the profile of ICT among ECIS schools, and fostering communication among ECIS schools through channels like this blog. We will miss his participation on the committee, and we wish him the best of luck next year.

Have a great summer !   Sunshine daydreams

 

05.01.14

Round the Corner

Posted in Conference Buzz, General News, Integration, Professional Development, Research tagged , , , , , at 10:31 am by

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Spring is here, and with the end of the academic year rolling around time often feels like it just flashed by.  The end of the academic year is always busy, as we start bringing closure to many initiatives and at the same time start planning for the next academic year. Juggling these different workflows reminds us of the complexity of managing IT systems and at the same time supporting meaningful learning. This weekend was the ECIS Leadership conference in Seville. One of the keynote speakers was Kakenya Ntaiya. Kakenya reminded us about the importance of nurturing and working with one’s passion even when presented with challenges and adversity. Her story is truly remarkable and a testament to a young woman’s vision and determination in overcoming immense odds to succeed. Take a few minutes to hear her story.

ECIS ICT Committee News

An important reminder if you are interested in presenting at the Fall conference in Nice, France November 19 – 23, 2014. The theme of this year’s conference is “Inspiring Education” and will feature sessions on enhanced pedagogy, cultural agility, innovation, and showcasing best practice. If you are interested in proposing a session, the Call for Proposals is now online and is due on May 8, 2014.

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Chad Fairey  Previous Chair of the ECIS ICT Committee and International Educator, shares out a new professional development opportunity
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I am excited to share with you the launch of the Mediterranean Center for Innovation in Education, a new professional development think tank operating out of southern Spain and joining the constellation of other organizations and agencies that already orchestrate a variety of professional development opportunities across Europe throughout the year.

 Based in Sotogrande, on the western tip of Spain’s Costa del Sol, the Mediterranean Center has been formed to create deep and rich professional learning experiences for educators in the region and beyond.  We will be kicking off our activities with a series of seven summer institutes in July; every institute has been designed with connected learning in mind, running 2-and-a-half days each and bringing together cohorts of educators and leaders to delve deeply into an educational topic, explore its implications for transforming learning in the 21st century, and crafting actionable plans that will serve as a tool for carrying the learning from the institute forward and back into schools and organizations.

The Mediterranean Center is committed to connecting educators: connecting them to each other; connecting them to innovative ideas coursing through the field of education; connecting theory and ideas to sustainable practice.   We hope that, as the Center develops as a regional institution, we can empower teachers and leaders from within schools and organizations to plant their own seeds for new institutes, and that with the support of the Center those seeds can flourish into powerful new learning experiences that will continue to serve our community in innovative ways

To learn more about the Mediterranean Center for Innovation in Education, visit us online at http://www.medcie.org.

All the best, Chad Fairey Director, Mediterranean Center for Innovation in Education [email protected]

Digital Bytes: Information Technology Integration Frameworks

Professional Development

Google Apps Events
Find out about a Google Apps for Education event in your area.
Upcoming Google in Education Summits produced in partnership with Google in Education:
Full schedule of events and locations
http://www.appsevents.com/

Google Apps for Education Germany Summit”, a fantastic two day event taking place at Frankfurt International School on Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11th 2014. The summit is focused on helping educators get the most out of Google Apps for Education, in both primary and secondary schools as well as higher education environments. We have sessions lead by some of the world’s leading Google apps experts including Google staff and Google certified teachers and trainers.

Flat Connections Conference – Sydney, Australia June 18-20, 2014
The Flat Connections Conference is a unique event that includes students and educators to envision the future of education and of learning communities as they use leading technology tools such as wikis, blogs, social networking and digital storytelling.

Flat Connections Workshop – Atlanta, Georgia, USA, June 25-26, 2014
The Flat Connections Workshop – Connect, Collaborate, Go Global – will take place at Atlanta International School, just ahead of the ISTE conference. This workshop provides educators and education leaders with the resources and skills to connect their learning and take it from local to global. Embedding global learning and competency is not a plane ticket but a mindset and a curriculum imperative. Where do you start? This workshop will show you how. Workshop designer and leader: Julie Lindsay

ISTE Conference – Atlanta, Georgia USA June 28 – July 1, 2014
The ISTE Conference will be held in Atlanta this year and will feature hundreds of sessions on the theme “Connected learning, connected world”.
They are gathering input on keynote speakers for this year, feel free to submit your suggestions at https://www.isteconference.org/2014/program/keynote.php.
Information about registering for the ISTE Conference is available here: https://www.isteconference.org/2014/attend/.

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Register today: early-bird rates end 30 April
http://learning2africa.org

Professional learning: global educational experts,  extended hands-on learning sessions, inspiring mini-keynotes, participant-led workshops, poster sessions, DIY unconference and many networking opportunities.

Your words, your input…..

Please remember your links, your thoughts, your resources, your conferences/events are important to this blog if you have something you wish to have featured  drop us a note [email protected] a week before the first day of the month

have a good month
John Mikton  and Alan Preis

03.31.14

Spring

Posted in Conference Buzz, General News, Infrastructure, Professional Development, Research tagged , , , , , , at 4:06 pm by

icu4Innovation and creativity are two things many of us believe in, and in different ways our schools, engage, facilitate, support and promote this. Often through creativity and innovation we get to highlight many of the values of our respective pedagogy and our school missions. In a world where change is occurring at lightning speed, the impact on the way we function, interact and develop is being pushed to new frontiers. Much of this influenced by technology. As the era of wearable and embedded technology comes to our doorstep, and already the first commercial products are being offered to us the consumer. We face exciting times, but in tandem challenging times for us as educators who are in many ways the gate keepers of critical thinking, open discourse and reflection to  support these dynamic changes.

A wonderful example shared here is from ACS Hillingdon International School. ECIS ICT Community member Sue Wakefield (Lower School Integrationist ACS Hillingdon International http://teachspace.hillingdon.info.) A group of high school students from the Advanced technology Class have produced a video called “I need a bigger screen” using 100 iPads to create a ‘wall’ of ipads. The students are trying to get as many hits as possible – her lower school students were also involved with the project, They are asking if you enjoy the video, please pass it on to anyone you think might like it and share it with your students. This video below exemplifies how creativity and innovation can become part of the fabric of our school day, and  in tandem collaborating across age groups, provides rich opportunities for all involved to learn.

I Need a Bigger Screen – 100 iPad Video Wall from ACS Hillingdon on Vimeo.

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Featured article “American International School of Bucharest transitions into the Cloud” from Johnson K. Jacob Director of Information Technology American International School of Bucharest Romania

Over the last few months, the American International School of Bucharest (AISB) engaged in an extensive project to reduce total cost of ownership through a comprehensive examination of our IT-based systems. The project was grounded in a change management model that sought to answer the why, what and how we communicate and collaborate as a learning organization. As part of this endeavor, the IT department evaluated a number of cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms. Notably, an extensive comparison was conducted between two of the world’s leading SaaS platform providers: Google Apps for Education and Microsoft Office 365 for Education. Both platforms promised to enhance our organizational capability and business capacity. In the end, AISB opted to select Office 365 as our new platform of choice for all organizational communications and collaboration. The final decision was based on 11 broad categories/criteria, which included: platform standards, storage capacity, online web apps, desktop client availability, legacy document fidelity/compatibility, hardware and OS compatibility, licensing, professional development, backend management, technical support and cost.

Office 365 aligned with AISB’s current and future needs with added benefits including: 100% compatibility and integration with our Windows infrastructure; features that focused and supported 21st migration of legacy documents; document fidelity; easier transition as a result of familiarity with existing Microsoft Office systems; upgrade to Microsoft Office 2013 desktop and mobile clients for all users; free Office desktop and mobile clients for all students; minimal disruption and smoother changeover; compatibility with a variety of operating systems (iOS, Android, Windows) and devices (iPads, smartphones, touch devices etc); higher availability of in-house, local and international expertise and support; improved data loss prevention; 99.9% financial guarantee; and significant savings through reduced cost. The changeover and migration started at the end of February and the entire school transitioned into Office 365 in early March. We are happy to report that the migration was successful and smooth. Over the next few weeks and during the transition period the leadership and IT team facilitated the process by scheduling time and opportunity to engage faculty and staff in their professional learning through many Office 365 workshops. We hope to maximize the promise and potential of Office 365 as an enabler and catalyst in transforming AISB as a model learning organization. We aspire to continue to prepare, engage and inspire our community of learners by raising capacity and self-efficacy for the use of technology in teaching and learning.

Check out our Office 365 migration pathway, timeline and professional learning

Office 365 Migration

Digital Bytes: Comparing Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps: Both Sides

Thanks to Johnson K. Jacob for sharing AISB’s process for evaluating Microsoft Office 365 and Google Docs. This month we share resources for schools that are considering the move to cloud-based email, calendaring, and collaboration tools:

ZDNet.com: Microsoft Squares up to Google in the Schoolyard

EdTech Magazine: How Office 365 is Changing the Way Schools Operate

UC Berkeley bConnected Project: Microsoft vs. Google Assessment Matrix

Edutech for Teachers: Google vs. Microsoft: Cloud Apps for Educators

theJournal: Microsoft Office 365 or Google Apps for Education

EdTech Magazine: Peeling Back the Layers of Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps

Information Week: Google vs. Microsoft: Choosing Cloud Apps for Schools

10 comparisons between Google Apps and Office 365

Review: Microsoft Office 365 vs. Google Apps

Professional Development

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Join us at the International School of Prague April 28-May 5 for information and details contact
Michael Peters Upper School Digital Learning Facilitator  [email protected]

Google Apps Events
Find out about a Google Apps for Education event in your area.
Upcoming Google in Education Summits produced in partnership with Google in Education:
Full schedule of events and locations
http://www.appsevents.com/

Google Apps for Education Germany Summit”, a fantastic two day event taking place at Frankfurt International School on Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May11th 2014. The summit is focused on helping educators get the most out of Google Apps for Education, in both primary and secondary schools as well as higher education environments. We have sessions lead by some of the world’s leading Google apps experts including Google staff and Google certified teachers and trainers.

Flat Connections Conference – Sydney, Australia June 18-20, 2014
The Flat Connections Conference is a unique event that includes students and educators to envision the future of education and of learning communities as they use leading technology tools such as wikis, blogs, social networking and digital storytelling.

Flat Connections Workshop – Atlanta, Georgia, USA, June 25-26, 2014
The Flat Connections Workshop – Connect, Collaborate, Go Global – will take place at Atlanta International School, just ahead of the ISTE conference. This workshop provides educators and education leaders with the resources and skills to connect their learning and take it from local to global. Embedding global learning and competency is not a plane ticket but a mindset and a curriculum imperative. Where do you start? This workshop will show you how. Workshop designer and leader: Julie Lindsay

ISTE Conference – Atlanta, Georgia USA June 28 – July 1, 2014
The ISTE Conference will be held in Atlanta this year and will feature hundreds of sessions on the theme “Connected learning, connected world”.
They are gathering input on keynote speakers for this year, feel free to submit your suggestions at https://www.isteconference.org/2014/program/keynote.php.
Information about registering for the ISTE Conference is available here: https://www.isteconference.org/2014/attend/.

ECIS Annual Conference – Nice, France November 19 – 23, 2014
The ECIS Annual Conference will be held in Nice, France this year. The theme of this year’s conference is “Inspiring Education” and will feature sessions on enhanced pedagogy, cultural agility, innovation, and showcasing best practice. If you are interested in proposing a session, the Call for Proposals is now online and is due on May 8, 2014.

Your words, your input…..

Please remember your links, your thoughts, your resources, your conferences/events are important to this blog if you have something you wish to have featured  drop us a note [email protected] a week before the first day of the month

have a good month

John Mikton  and Alan Preis

03.02.14

People

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IMG_4348 In an age of 24/7 connectivity, and more and more people tethered to their devices, there is this growing feeling by many of the concept of a disconnect with connectivity with your immediate surroundings. This of course is different for everyone, and yes we have transitioned to a world were our respective digital ecosystems and grids play a growing role in our workflow and lives. That said, the people we connect with, collaborate and share through these digital ecosystems and grids are important and provide wonderful learning opportunities face to face in conference settings or virtually through our social media tools.

This month we would like to thank 4 members of our ECIS ICT committee who are stepping down as their tenure  has ended and then welcome 4 new members who will begin serving on the ECIS ICT Committee in August of 2014.

ECIS ICT Committee News

This year we have the following Committee members stepping down either as their term of services has ended or they are moving to a new region, a special thank you for their support, leadership and work over their tenure on the committee, thank you!

ChelseaPhotoChelsea Woods is currently a Technology Integration Specialist and Student Information Systems Coordinator at the Anglo American School of Moscow, where she has worked for the past 5 years. She is leaving the region in July for a new post as Technology Director at the International School of Phnom Penh.

 

Mariam MathewMariam Mathew is the High School Technology Coordinator at The American School in London. Originally from Canada, she has worked in California and New York, teaching Science, Mathematics and English. She has been a member of the ECIS ICT Committee for the past few years and supported the ECIS ICT conference at ASL in 2009.

 

leahLeah Treesh served on the ECIS ICT Committee from 2011 – 2013. As the ECIS iTunes U consultant, part of Leah Treesh’s role includes helping support schools in beginning to utilise and publish with ECIS iTunes U. She also works with them after publication with any help needed along the way. Additionally, Leah also is the Senior School Learning Technologies Teacher at Munich International School. Privately, Leah also teaches master’s technology integration courses through SUNY and conducts onsite workshops for teachers, administration and staff concerning learning and objective-focused technology usage in schools. Feel free to contact her at Leah.Treesh(at)1to1LT.com.

Mikton John MichaelsmJohn Mikton currently Director of Information Technology at the International School of Prague will be moving in August to the Inter-Community School Zurich, Switzerland joining the Senior Leadership Team as Director of eLearning. John has served for 6 years as Chair of the ECIS ICT Committee. Current Committee member Alan Preis, Director of Technology and 21st Century Learning at Atlanta International School, will take on the role as Chair of the ECIS ICT Committee in June 2014

 

Please join us in welcoming our 4 new ECIS ICT Committee Members who will join August 2014.

Sarah Woods

Sarah Woods is the IT Director and Secondary IT Integration Coach at Pechersk School International in Kiev, Ukraine, and has worked in both schools and the IT industry. She holds an MS Ed in K-12 Technology Integration and is a Google Certified Trainer. She unwinds by teaching yoga and traveling with her teenager.

ATD photo passportAaron Tyo-Dickerson is a Middle School IT teacher at the American School of The Hague. Aaron is in his eighth year at ASH, where he is also responsible for administering Google Apps for Education and Moodle, which are two of his passions. He also enjoys exploring new educational developments in IT: 3D designing (and printing), programming with Scratch and Python, and real-world creation with Arduinos and MaKey MaKeys.

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Kimberly House: I am the educational technology specialist for the primary school at Bavarian International School in Munich, Germany. I’ve been in my role at the school for almost 10 years. I’m passionate about all things technology related and especially learning together with children and teachers.

 

School PhotoSeth Hubbert Director of Academic Technology French American International School, San Francisco Seth began his career in education as a Physics and Chemistry teacher in New York City, and developed an interest in the relationship between technology and student learning.  He has shared his passion by serving as a technology integrationist in schools, instructing university courses, and sharing his thoughts and experiences at international conferences.  Seth holds a BS in Physics from Whitworth University and MA in Education from Pace University.
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Featured ContributionKevin J. Ruth, Ph.D. newly appointed Executive Director of ECIS starting Fall of 2014.
From Skunkworks to Connectivism: The Changing World of PD

I’ve been an avid reader of Tom Peter’s work for almost ten years now. In particular, I’ve always been fascinated by Tom’s mention of what is called a Skunk Works. To quote from his blog: “Lockheed invented the term “Skunk Works;” the Lockheed Skunk Works was a small unit, in Burbank CA, that used a totally unconventional approach to developing essential military aircraft in record time with an astonishingly small group of astonishingly motivated people. The generic “skunkworks idea” is [...] a ‘band of brothers and sisters’ who are contrarian in nature, determined to go their own way and do it their own way, and who stink-up-the-central-culture as they pursue what they believe is an earth-shattering dream.”
About six years ago, based on my own early experiences in social media, it dawned on me that what we (in schools) call “professional development” was changing. Wittingly or unwittingly, a growing number of educators and edu-leaders were creating and growing a skunkworks that leveraged the burgeoning social media space and the relationships that such media facilitated. That skunkworks of informal learning has come to be known as a PLN, or personal learning network, whose principles are rooted in the theory of connectivism, as laid out by George Siemens and Stephen Downes in the International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning (click here). At its heart, connectivism is about learners creating connections and developing a network that contributes to their professional development and knowledge.
At that time, I was involved with several nings, Google Apps, LinkedIn, Facebook, and blogging. I was engaged in them all at the same time because I was trying to learn about the merits and potential downsides of each. The one tool, however, that helped me begin to construct a very intentional ecosystem for my own personal growth and professional learning was Twitter. It hasn’t eclipsed my preference for personal relationships or my use of other social media tools; rather, it has become the central design element of my own PLN, which, to be honest, I never refer to as “my PLN.” I use this ecosystem every single day, and, as a learner, I wouldn’t function nearly as well without it. My network is in a constant state of evolution, and right now it takes the form of what I call a Learning Formula: Twitter + Scoop.it + LinkedIn + Feedly = Learning. That may appear surprisingly simple, given the overwhelming choices of tools out there, but it works for me. What these tools all have in common is that they function as curation tools for the information that nourishes me, and I have come to admire just how much value there is in curating the vast amount of information that exists in digital form. To be sure, I use plenty of other possible tools (I wrote this blog entry on Evernote, for example, because I use it to curate a vast amount of material via tags, including my own writing), but the four aforementioned ones are my go-to resources when I need to learn something, and that frequently involves asking questions. I ask questions on Twitter because people respond and point me toward the resources I’m seeking, or they might share their own experiences, which help to inform my mindset. I follow plenty of people on Twitter whose views I don’t share because I need to listen to diverse viewpoints to ensure that I feel informed on issues.
As Siemens and Downs (cited earlier) point out, connectivism, the practice of which is already evident among many educators and edu-leaders from ECIS member schools whom I follow on social media, presents “a model of learning that acknowledges the tectonic shifts in society where learning is no longer an internal, individualistic activity. How people work and function is altered when new tools are utilized.” Therefore, as I join ECIS fully beginning on 1 July, I am excited to connect to and with many of you, as we continue to shape and build a Learning Formula that resonates with members. A central design element of this Formula — the glue of the ECIS ecosystem, if you will — is our conferences, as face-to-face interaction is unique and tremendously generative, begetting collaboration, and, by extension, innovation.
I wish you all the best, as we look to the last months of the school year!
You are welcome to follow Kevin on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn.

Digital Bytes: Blended Learning/ Online Learning

Infographic History of Distance Education

The Basics of Blended Learning

Building and delivering an effective blended course

Khan Academy Is Not The Progressive Model You Are Looking For

Blended Learning & the Learner: What’s edtech got to do with it?

The Busy Teacher’s Quick Guide To Blended Learning

What I Learned by Flipping the MOOC

Blended Learning in Early Elementary at Utica Community Schools

How Do You Communicate with Your E-Learners?

Are You Making These Mistakes with Your Online Training Program?

Lessons Learned from a Blended Learning Pilot

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Blended Learning in Language Teaching

 Applying the Seven Principles for Good Practice to the Online Classroom

Flipped classrooms: Let’s change the discussion

The Flipped Classroom Model: A Full Picture

The Flip: Why I Love It – How I Use It / The Flip: End of a Love Affair

Blended Learning (and Teaching) is Messy #blendedlearning

Online Learning in the Traditional Classroom

 

Professional Development

Google Apps Events
Find out about a Google Apps for Education event in your area.
Upcoming Google in Education Summits produced in partnership with Google in Education:
Full schedule of events and locations
http://www.appsevents.com/

Flat Connections Conference – Sydney, Australia June 18-20, 2014
The Flat Connections Conference is a unique event that includes students and educators to envision the future of education and of learning communities as
they use leading technology tools such as wikis, blogs, social networking and digital storytelling.

ISTE Conference – Atlanta, Georgia USA June 28 – July 1, 2014
The ISTE Conference will be held in Atlanta this year and will feature hundreds of sessions on the theme “Connected learning, connected world”.
They are gathering input on keynote speakers for this year, feel free to submit your suggestions at https://www.isteconference.org/2014/program/keynote.php.
Information about registering for the ISTE Conference is available here: https://www.isteconference.org/2014/attend/.

Your words, your input…..
Please remember your links, your thoughts, your resources, your conferences/events are important to this blog if you have something you wish to have featured  drop us a note [email protected] a week before the first day of the month

have a good month

John Mikton  and Alan Preis

02.07.14

In the Groove…..

Posted in Applications, Conference Buzz, General News, Infrastructure, Integration, Professional Development, Resources tagged , , , , , , at 1:37 pm by

IMG_1679These last couple months for many educators in International Schools has been the recruiting season. This process, be it done via Skype or in-person at the many fairs around the globe can be quite stressful, busy, overwhelming  and exciting with all the options available. It is a unique luxury we have as International Educators to have this opportunity, to then engage with new professional opportunities and destinations pretty much anywhere on the globe. One thing from my own experience is the growing importance of our respective Professional Learning Networks and how through the use of social media we can all leverage connections, and learn from a rich diverse community of educators. With this mobile and global group of international educators, one can now tap into a rich array of blogs, tweets, wikis, social media and collaborative environments to support our own learning. Our community of International School Educators are creating and producing a rich tapestry of thoughtful resources reflections, comments and venues for a dialogue. With this growth and development  more school administrators are looking at potential candidates through this rich resource to better understand the International School educators in our community.
Here are some articles and resource on this topic:

Engaging in Professional Learning Networks
A teacher guide to creating professional learning networks
The Personal Learning Network for Educators
5 Professional Learning Network for Educators
20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network 

ECIS ICT Committee News
I would like to welcome and thank Alan Preis, Director of Technology and 21st Century Learning at Atlanta International School,
and long standing ICT Committee member who is now co-authoring the blog and helping out with links and resource.

 

Digital Bytes

Google Glass

A number of members of the ECIS ICT community have had the opportunity to try out Google Glass at various events during the past year. Many of you may have seen them or read about them. While we are still in the very early days of wearable technology and it is not clear how devices like this will evolve–and how they might impact learning–it is interesting to think about how devices like this will impact schools, business, and day-to-day life over the next few years.

Here are a few resources that are helpful for learning more about Google Glass:

Professional Development

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Join the Learning Technology Exchange Network May 2 and 3, 2014 with Jeff Utecht

If interested, please submit your response here: http://goo.gl/f8y1mP
(Responding to this form is in NO WAY BINDING, but will give IICS an idea of whether they can host the second day)
 
Kim Cofino, from Yokohama; Linda Dimitrov, from Sofia, Bulgaria; and Alan Preis, from Atlanta, Georgia will join through Google Hangouts for debates and presentations. 
  • L-TEN is a full-day where teachers, educators, techies and others gather to hear, view, and partake in presentations and guided and free user-generated discussions.
  • Participants go on a tour of the host school to witness learning and technology applications.
  • The day is always a Friday to allow for travellers to experience non-educational locations in the surrounding area, if they so desire.
  • The host school provides early morning snacks and drinks and lunch.
  • The host school makes recommendations for hotels, lodging and transportation.
  • The host school provides maps to arrive at the location.
  • LTEN takes place 3 times near the beginning, the middle, and the end of the school year.
  • Different schools offer to host each event. Host schools ultimately decide upon the exact date of each event.
  • The host school can change the course and layout of the day to suit their needs and experimentations.
    More about LTEN can be found here: http://lten.wikispaces.com/

Google Apps Events
Find out about a Google Apps for Education event in your area.
Upcoming Google in Education Summits produced in partnership with Google in Education:
Full schedule of events and locations
http://www.appsevents.com/

Three Events to consider: for Scratch enthusiast
Scratch Day: 18 May – go to day.scratch.mit.edu to see if there’s an event near you.
European Scratch Conference: 25-27 July – hosted by citilab in Barcelona.  Go to scratch2013bcn.org to find out more.
European Robotics Week: 25 Nov – 1 Dec – go to www.eurobotics-project.eu/eurobotics-week/ to find out what’s happening near you.

Flat Connections Conference – Sydney, Australia June 18-20, 2014
The Flat Connections Conference is a unique event that includes students and educators to envision the future of education and of learning communities as they use leading technology tools such as wikis, blogs, social networking and digital storytelling. The conference is diverse in participation while allowing smaller groups to work with leading world-class presenters in a “flattened” environment where virtual participants from remote corners of the world also join in the conversation and action. The Flat Connections Conference is an alternative, challenge-based, global conference. Educators will leave the conference understanding how to collaborate globally and a better understanding of how educational technology supports this and with skills and contacts in hand to start projects. Students will leave the conference with leadership skills, technology skills, presentation skills, and a better understanding of diverse cultures and collaboration. Event facilitators include Michael Furdyk, Ann Michaelsen, Frank Guttler, Ann Mirtschin and Chris Betcher. Inquiries to Julie Lindsay, [email protected]

ISTE Conference – Atlanta, Georgia USA June 28 – July 1, 2014
The ISTE Conference will be held in Atlanta this year and will feature hundreds of sessions on the theme “Connected learning, connected world”. They are gathering input on keynote speakers for this year, feel free to submit your suggestions at https://www.isteconference.org/2014/program/keynote.php. Information about registering for the ISTE Conference is available here: https://www.isteconference.org/2014/attend/.

Your words, your input…..
Please remember your links, your thoughts, your resources, your conferences/events are important to this blog if you have something you wish to have featured  drop me a note [email protected] a week before the first day of the month

have a good month

John Mikton  and Alan Preis

01.07.14

Year of the Horse

Posted in General News, Integration, Professional Development, Research, Resources tagged , , , , at 4:03 pm by

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Wishing all our ECIS ICT community a very happy new year and hope you got to rest and relax over the winter holiday. A break is always a wonderful way to recharge, and get sometime to reflect on the day. There is no doubt as 2013, 2014 will busy for all of us, with new programs, hardware, software, digital ecosystems, to consider and to implement with our respective learning communities. The rate of change and development of consumer digital devices keeps accelerating and with this for our learning communities brings new challenges and opportunities on how to harness these tools. One story that stuck out that got some press was the announcement by Google in regards to their computer learning clusters working on digital image recognition. Our colleagues at http://fluency21.com/ highlighted this story about Google Learning Cluster being able to recognize object independently. The New York Times ran a story on how some computer are developing the capacity to learn from experience. There has been also more information coming out about Google Omega project which again highlights some significant advances in computer clusters. These articles provide some wonderful food for thought for all of us on how with the advances of technology and artificial intelligence the role of educators and schools potentially will change. Even though sometimes these kind of reports and stories seem a little out there, or more science fiction than reality there is no doubt that we are seeing some significant changes which will impact us all at different levels. The role of educators and schools will only become more critical in providing a venue for critical discourse on these topics and changes. We as IT educators, leaders and coordinators have an important role to engage our learning communities in developing an understanding of these changes and together explore how these can support and enhance the learning opportunities of our school communities.

 Mashable hosted a MashTalk Hangout on Air to discuss the year that was tech for 2013, as well as make predictions for tech in 2014. Here is the video for your reference with some interesting observations.

 

Digital Bytes

Looking to the future, Cisco IBSG predicts there will be 25 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2015 and 50 billion by 2020., below are a series of resources that explain some of these numbers and what the internet of things is.

 

Professional Development

Global Social Entrepreneurship Summit
- a strand of ASB Unplugged, February 26-March 1, Mumbai, India.
ASB Impact (Sharon Peters) and Learning Confluence (Julie Lindsay) are pleased to launch the Global Social Entrepreneurship Summit, an opportunity for students and teachers to explore global issues and challenges and work together on solutions. This 3-day summit is about envisioning what can be done to make the world a better place through entrepreneurship and then working in cross-school teams to identify real solutions and develop realistic sustainable action plans to implement.
Places for students and teachers still available! This is a wonderful opportunity for CAS students and other groups in a school looking at how to take global action to the next level.How can one attend?
Application and Student Registration
Inquiries to Julie Lindsay, [email protected], and Global Social Entrepreneurship Summit, [email protected]

Flat Connections Conference – Sydney, Australia June 18-20, 2014
The Flat Connections Conference is a unique event that includes students and educators to envision the future of education and of learning communities as they use leading technology tools such as wikis, blogs, social networking and digital storytelling. The conference is diverse in participation while allowing smaller groups to work with leading world-class presenters in a “flattened” environment where virtual participants from remote corners of the world also join in the conversation and action. The Flat Connections Conference is an alternative, challenge-based, global conference. Educators will leave the conference understanding how to collaborate globally and a better understanding of how educational technology supports this and with skills and contacts in hand to start projects. Students will leave the conference with leadership skills, technology skills, presentation skills, and a better understanding of diverse cultures and collaboration.Event facilitators include Michael Furdyk, Ann Michaelsen, Frank Guttler, Ann Mirtschin and Chris Betcher. Inquiries to Julie Lindsay, [email protected]

Your words, your input…..
Please remember your links, your thoughts, your resources, your conferences/events are important to this blog if you have something you wish to have featured  drop me a note [email protected] a week before the first day of the month, I will make sure it is featured in our February issue edition.

Have a good start to the new year and school
John Mikton
  (Chair of the ECIS ICT Committee)

12.03.13

Winter Season

Posted in Conference Buzz, General News, Integration, Professional Development, Resources tagged , , , at 10:08 am by

As many of us juggle the last few weeks before the winter season holiday, we wanted as a Committee thank you to all of you who attended the ECIS IT Pre-Conference, a wonderful day of sharing and learning in a relaxed atmosphere. Again a special thank you to Warren Apel at the International School of Amsterdam for all the support and organization on site . We also want to acknowledge and thank our sponsors Nutkase and Jam Pack Casper Suite.. for a wonderful social event.

We all look forward to continued conversations and sharing next year and beyond.

10 Kids  Changing the Tech World

Innovation, exploring, learning and engaging with passion are often the key ingredients one sees in many of our students when working on personal projects, or an activity or assignment they are passionate about. This is a lovely collection of short videos which feature 10 kids who have been busy coding and creating a variety of web apps. Do spend a few minutes looking at the different projects shared out.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/amex/10-kids-changing-the-tech-world

Digital Bytes
The Future of Curriculum
https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/future-curriculum

Curricula Designed to Meet 21st-Century Expectations
http://www.educause.edu/research-and-publications/books/educating-net-generation/curricula-designed-meet-21st-century-expectations

Mapping the 21 Century  Classroom Curriculum of the Future
http://curriculum21.ning.com/

NCTE Framework for 21st Century Curriculum and Assessment
http://www.ncte.org/governance/21stcenturyframework

The new basics: changing curriculum for 21st century skills
http://www2.futurelab.org.uk/resources/publications-reports-articles/vision-magazine/VISION-Article254

21st Century Curriculum and Instruction
http://route21.p21.org/?option=com_content&view=article&id=140:21st-century-c&i&catid=13:curriculum-and-instruction&Itemid=228

Professional Development

Global Social Entrepreneurship Summit
- a strand of ASB Unplugged, February 26-March 1, Mumbai, India.
ASB Impact (Sharon Peters) and Learning Confluence (Julie Lindsay) are pleased to launch the Global Social Entrepreneurship Summit, an opportunity for students and teachers to explore global issues and challenges and work together on solutions. This 3-day summit is about envisioning what can be done to make the world a better place through entrepreneurship and then working in cross-school teams to identify real solutions and develop realistic sustainable action plans to implement.
Places for students and teachers still available! This is a wonderful opportunity for CAS students and other groups in a school looking at how to take global action to the next level.How can one attend?
Application and Student Registration
Inquiries to Julie Lindsay, [email protected], and Global Social Entrepreneurship Summit, [email protected]

Flat Connections Conference – Sydney, Australia June 18-20, 2014
The Flat Connections Conference is a unique event that includes students and educators to envision the future of education and of learning communities as they use leading technology tools such as wikis, blogs, social networking and digital storytelling. The conference is diverse in participation while allowing smaller groups to work with leading world-class presenters in a “flattened” environment where virtual participants from remote corners of the world also join in the conversation and action. The Flat Connections Conference is an alternative, challenge-based, global conference. Educators will leave the conference understanding how to collaborate globally and a better understanding of how educational technology supports this and with skills and contacts in hand to start projects. Students will leave the conference with leadership skills, technology skills, presentation skills, and a better understanding of diverse cultures and collaboration.Event facilitators include Michael Furdyk, Ann Michaelsen, Frank Guttler, Ann Mirtschin and Chris Betcher. Inquiries to Julie Lindsay, [email protected]

Grace Murray Hopper Challenge
In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, an annual event celebrating the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper on December 9, 1906, international school students and teachers are invited to take part in a unique, one­week, online event: The Grace Hopper Challenge. Part adventure, part puzzle, part contest, The Grace Hopper Challenge is a fun way to explore the history and practice of computer science.
Participants will explore a text­based environment, interact with avatars of computer science celebrities, and complete four coding activities.
Participants will earn a badge for each completed activity, which will unlock the next level of the Challenge!
When: From December 9 through 15, any time of the night or day!
Where: Online via the EuroMoodle website (see below).
How: To join, browse to http://goo.gl/p20y5D, create your own account and login, then enter the enrollment key “UNIVAC”.
Full details: GraceHopperflyer

Your words, your input…..
Please remember your links, your thoughts, your resources, your conferences/events are important to this blog if you have something you wish to have featured  drop me a note [email protected] a week before the first day of the month, I will make sure it is featured in our January issue edition.

all our best wishes for the winter holiday season and safe travels as you enjoy some downtime with family and friends.
John Mikton
  (Chair of the ECIS ICT Committee)

11.02.13

November

Posted in Conference Buzz, General News, Integration, Professional Development, Resources tagged , , , , at 11:39 am by

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As the recruiting season kicks off for members of our  community considering new professional opportunities around the globe… we share a set of three videos that discuss and share different perspectives on leadership. In our roles as Information Technology facilitators, coaches, integrationoist, coordinators and directors,  most of our day finds us in various roles of leadership. It can be a faculty or parent meeting, working with a Grade team or department, presentation to your leadership team, board or at a conference, or workshop. This can also be  simple as a one on one conversation with a student, parent or colleague. Whatever the venue or context we are engaging in sharing ideas, encouraging people to try something new, change, look at a lesson differently, modify, augment or redefine the way a digital tool or ecosystem is integrated in the learning experience. How we go about this, what behaviors,  language and body language you use in this process, is rich, varied and different for each of us. Enjoy these three perspectives.
Leadership

Student’s Request
Everywhere around us the Internet of Things is popping up. Smart houses, smart cars, smart gardening. All sorts of devices get connected to the Net. Many schools started Arduino project, but there are too many barriers to get beyond simple things like blinking an LED.

Olivier Smeenk who graduated IB in 2012 has teamed up with his friend Gregory Knauff to develop a beginners kit that allows people to build their own Internet of Things devices. Inspired by the Arduino platform, Ollie and Gregory have created an electronics development platform called SODAQ that allows you to experiment with a huge collection of different sensors and devices. This kit would be ideal for education.

They are now ready for production a promoting the project through a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter. Olivier kindly asked us to post send this message here hoping to get some support. Please have a look at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/386717175/sodaq-a-lego-like-plug-in-rapid-prototyping-board

Professional Development:
ECIS Conference Nov 20-24 Amsterdam 2013
The ECIS ICT Committee Pre-Conference IT Strand
with Special Guest Speaker and critical friend: Jeff Utech  Thursday Nov. 21, 2013 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ the International School of Amsterdam A day of sharing, learning and engaging with a rich selection of workshops, panels and hands on sessions for International School Educators
Registration for Pre-Conference   FULL PROGRAM: ECIS ICT Committee Pre-Conference

The International School Teacher Group is a community of educators working at international schools across the globe.The group was created as a forum for teachers in international schools, and educators interested in teaching abroad to convene and discuss topics such as:

  • Sharing instructional strategies
  • Integrating instructional technology
  • Insights on international teaching
  • Questions and concerns about IB, iGCSE etc
  • Cross-curricular and cross-continental projects
  • A Job board where schools can post open positions
  • Advice about future teaching destinations and cultural adjustment

 

#beyondlaptops mini-conference
Hosted at Yokohama International School, Japan
Save the Date Yokohama International School will be hosting our now annual mini-conference, #beyondlaptops on 17 -19 April 2014.
#beyondlaptops is a participant-driven event, focused on sharing, learning and collaborating with teams from 1:1 international schools around the world, designed to take your discussion beyond just the hardware, toward creating new, relevant and engaging media-rich learning environments.
Please note: in the past YIS has entirely funded this event, however in order to ensure sustainability, this year we will be charging a nominal fee of up to JPY5,000 (~US$50) to help cover the costs of the conference dinner. We are hoping you will be able to join us in April! For questions, please contact Kim Cofino, YIS Technology and Learning Coach: [email protected]

Digital Bytes:
This month’s focus is on resources and information on Coding resources

Teaching Coding: Where Do You Start?
https://www.edsurge.com/n/2013-03-13-teaching-coding-where-do-you-start

Why Programming Is The Core Skill Of The 21st Century

Four Reasons Why Kids Should Learn Programming

Why all our kids should be taught how to code

Teach kids programming: A collection of resources
https://medium.com/global-silicon-valley/a2dc04ea9529

Learn to code with these 10 online resources

Helping students crack computer science code

 
Code for an hour! http://csedweek.org/

MIT App Inventorhttp://appinventor.mit.edu/

Alice.org
www.alice.org/

Best Programming Languages to Learn in 2013: The Elite Eight

A set of great programing apps suggested by Edutopia

GameStar Mechanic
GameStar Mechanic teaches kids, ages 7-14, to design their own video games.

Scratch
Designed by MIT students and staff in 2003, Scratch is one of the first programming languages we’ve seen that is created specifically for 8-to-16-year-olds. Scratch is now web-based and more accessible.

Tynker
Tynker was built to teach programming. The app features starter lesson plans, classroom management tools, and an online showcase of student-created programs. Lessons are self-paced and simple for students to follow without assistance.

Move the Turtle
Move the Turtle, a gamified way to learn programming procedures.

Hopscotch
Hopscotch looks a lot like Scratch and Tynker and uses similar controls to drag blocks into a workspace, but it only runs on the iPad.

Daisy the Dinosaur
From the makers of Hopscotch, Daisy targets the youngest coders. The interface is similar to Hopscotch but much simpler.

Cargo-Bot
Cargo-Bot is another game that teaches coding skills. On each level, the objective is to move colored crates from one place to another by programming a claw crane to move left or right, and drop or pick up.

Your words, your input…..
Please remember your links, your thoughts, your resources, your conferences/events are important to this blog if you have something you wish to have featured  drop me a note [email protected] a week before the first day of the month, I will make sure it is featured in our December issue edition.

have a good month
warm regards
John Mikton
  (Chair of the ECIS ICT Committee)

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