May 2015

Welcome to the May edition of the ECIS Technology/Innovation/Design Committee blog. With only a few weeks left in the school year for many of us, there is light at the end of the tunnel. We wish you a smooth and productive end-of-year wherever you may find yourself.

This month, our thoughts also go out to those affected by the massive earthquake that struck Nepal last week. The nature of our connected global community means that whenever there is a significant tragedy anywhere in the world, we may often know someone directly affected by the event. Even if this is not the case, with our global connections, tragedy elsewhere often has local impact.

Please remember that your input is valuable to the entire ECIS Technology/Innovation/Design 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 apreis@aischool.org 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 Technology/Innovation/Design Interest Group.


Tech Cafe at ECIS November Conference

ECIS are looking for volunteers to manage the Tech Cafe at the November conference to assist conference delegates with technology. Volunteers will earn 150 Euros for each shift, but still have to register for the conference (the registration fee is not waived). If you or anyone you know are interested in helping out for one or more two-hour shifts, please contact Ioana Crisan at ioanacrisan@ecis.org.

International School Survey: Digital Life & Learning

The Digital Life & Learning Survey is designed to gather authentic and relevant data from parents, students, faculty staff and administrative staff. This data will provide a 360-degree insight into the attitudes, beliefs and technology usage patterns of key stakeholders within the school community. It is designed to give accurate and thought provoking insight into many aspects of the use of technology cross correlated between the groups.

The tool not only provides information on values and beliefs about technology in education but also real information about how your community perceives the deployment and actual use of a range of technologies in the school and home setting. The data will aid international schools in understanding the current use of technology at home and school as well as supporting planning across the entire spectrum of technology use from systems and services through to teaching and learning.

Participation in the survey is free and participating schools will gain access to the full aggregated research report. Schools who are interested in a detailed review of their own data can pay a fee to access their own unique data. This report will be segregated and presented as a comparison to the overall international school data for either their country or against the overall international results. For more information, please visit the project site at http://digitallifeandlearning.org/.

Professional Development

Digital Evolution Un-conference – Düsseldorf – May 8 & 9 2015

We are living in exponential times. New technological innovations promising 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 contact Adriaan van der Bergh (vanderbergha@isdedu.de).

Project Zero Atlanta

CASIE and Atlanta International School are hosting Project Zero Atlanta, May 10 – 15, 2015. With an over-arching theme of Think-Create-Innovate, the Atlanta conference will invite educators to reflect deeply on ways to build and sustain engaging, enriching and rigorous learning opportunities; to encourage problem-finding and problem-solving; and to develop the disposition to act to make the world a better place. See the following link for more details: http://www.casieonline.org/events/pz/atl.

Flat Connections Updates

‘The Global Educator’
A 2-day Workshop in Philadelphia, June 25-26, 2015
Join Julie Lindsay and other globally minded educators for a 2-day event that provides educators and education leaders the skills and resources to connect their learning and take it from local to global. With a focus on the use of technology (mobile devices, cloud computing, Web 2.0, and more) it is ideal for schools implementing BYOD and moving into cloud-based apps. It is also perfect for schools talking about how to implement global awareness and competency as well as global digital citizenship and cross-school collaboration across the curriculum.
Read more about this workshop opportunity: https://www.smore.com/8q9mu-the-global-educator
This event is just before the ISTE conference – so plan to arrive in PA a couple of days earlier and join in!
Learn more about ‘flat learning’  and global collaboration in the curriculum via the Flat Connections websitehttp://flatconnections.com
Contact Julie Lindsay for customised approached to global learning. julie@flatconnections.com

European Google for Education Summit – September 2015

Join educators from around Europe for the 4th European Google for Education Summit!  Sept 26 and 27th, if interested in presenting connect and submit a proposal: http://european.appsevents.com/request-for-speakers. A wonderful opportunity to share, learn and engage with colleagues working and teaching with the Google Apps for Education suite of tools.

Learning2Europe – April 2016

ASM is excited to announce that it will be the host for the FIRST European site for the ‘Learning 2’ Educator’s Conference. The conference will be in April 2016.

The internationally acclaimed Learning 2 Educator’s Conference originated in 2007 and has grown as a technology-centered conference for educators in Asia. It is considered to be one of the leading annual education technology conferences in the Asia region. Now, they are expanding globally.

Previous conferences have been held in at the

  • Concordia International School, Shanghai
  • Shanghai Community International School, Shanghai
  • Western Academy of Beijing, Beijing, China, UWCSEA, Singapore
  • New International School Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand
  • International Community School, Addis Ababa

In 2015, the International School of Manila and the International School of Johannesburg will be hosts.

More information will be coming soon! For now bookmark: http://learning2europe.org/ and follow #learning2.

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