Round the Corner

spring round the corner

spring round the corner

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

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

All the best, Chad Fairey Director, Mediterranean Center for Innovation in Education cfairey@medcie.or

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

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
Information about registering for the ISTE Conference is available here:




Register today: early-bird rates end 30 April

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

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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 a week before the first day of the month

have a good month
John Mikton  and Alan Preis

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