PreConference Thursday

10:00 - 16:00
Nick Janna

Nick Janna

PreCon Leader 2018

International Community School of Addis Ababa

If You Build It, They Will Learn! – The importance of creating positive and healthy relationships in school

We know the importance of having strong relationships with our students, getting to know our learners and help them in their learning journeys, but what does that look like? Research shows that teacher emotions and positive student/teacher relationships deepen learning and create a collaborative learning journey. This session will inform educators on the simple and subtle things that will allow a growth connection and create a positive learning environment in order for students to feel heard, valued, trusted and therefore strive for positive learning outcomes. Simple and practical strategies will be introduced that can create thoughtful and meaningful connections.

On paper teaching should be easy: using the curriculum as a guide, rich rubrics as assessment, and a strong, engaging lesson plan focusing on the unit. But what are all the things that fit in between? With these strong foundations teachers still need to put time and effort into creating a positive classroom environment. But how? I will unpack and explain the whats, whys and hows in creating a positive learning environment. The difference between explicit and implicit teaching can make a world of difference for the students in our classes. Focusing on implicit (or soft skill) educator strategies, we stop confusing our students, remove barriers, and become self aware in order to focus on the teaching and learning that should be happening in our and classrooms and positive learning environments. This ultimately leads to student improvement and success.

Sean Walmsley

Sean Walmsley

L2 PreCon Leader

American International School (Riyadh)

Society Has Changed, Can Education Change With it? Embracing the Visual, Video and Digital Literacies in Schools (WS)

The rise in YouTube, Instagram, SnapChat and other examples of new media have made visual literacies even more important to teach in schools. Our society relies heavily on visual content. Learning how to incorporate, facilitate and create various new media projects is imperative for both educators and students in order to effectively access, process, and contribute to our society.

This session will guide participants through varying examples of new media projects in schools and will provide time to tinker with each project and develop your own plan to incorporate new media opportunities in your classroom, division or school.

Although some of these projects may seem daunting or technical, participants in this session will understand that student empowerment, self-discovery, creativity, communication, collaboration, and community represent the philosophical foundation and purpose. Come to this session to see how emergent pedagogy via new media projects can increase engagement, student autonomy, reframe the traditional story of schooling and illuminate the next decade!

Carrie Zimmer

Carrie Zimmer

L2 PreCon Leader 2018

American School of Milan

Kris Sheehan

Kris Sheehan

L2 PreCon Leader 2018

American School of Warsaw

Curate, Create, Share: Diversify your Digital Toolkit (ES & MS)

As an educator, navigating the constantly-changing digital learning landscape is an important, but often overwhelming task. Digital tools allow our students to illuminate their learning through the curation of digital information, creation of content, and opportunities to share and communicate with a wider, more authentic audience. In this session, we will explore digital tools and strategies we can use to diversify how our students learn.

Technology has expanded opportunities our students have to gain new knowledge. This workshop will be divided into three areas to focus our work. First, we will generate ideas on how we can help our young learners begin to hone their digital literacy skills as they move beyond using text to collect content and begin to gather, evaluate, organize (curate) information from images, videos, and other multimedia sources. Then, we will craft learning opportunities designed to empower our students to create digital content to capture their learning and thinking and to author their unique message. Finally, we will widen the ways we empower our students to share their learning and participate and communicate in the digital culture.

Participants should plan to bring a laptop or iPad for use during the workshop. A variety of websites and apps will be presented in an effort to cover multiple platforms.

Participants will:

Gain an understanding of the importance of curation, creation and sharing in the student experience

Practice using tools that are relevant within and across each area

Explore and discuss ways to use new tools and features of a variety of apps and websites

Discover ideas to take back to your classroom on Monday

Tanya Irene

Tanya Irene

L2 PreCon Leader 2018

International School of Luxembourg

Stephane Vermeulin

Stephane Vermeulin

L2 Precon Leader 2018

International School of Luxembourg

Tanya Irene and Stéphane Vermeulin

Think, Create & Make:
Bringing the Sustainable Development Goals to Life (Whole School)

We all enjoy making stuff, but we don’t just want to make

more stuff. We want to make things that actually make the world a better place. How interesting would it be if all of our makerspaces were connected to the sustainable development goals from the United Nations? Creativity is a powerful means for taking action.

We are both Technology Integration Facilitators who run a makerspace for kids at ISL in exactly the same way we plan to run this session.

Participants will learn how to design a game, create a movie or create a radio show using design thinking principles in one of the ISL lower school makerspaces. In small groups, participants will plan, prototype, and seek feedback from ISL students and teachers.  They will end the day with either a film, a game or a radio show that highlights one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Hannah Flandrin-Jones

Hannah Flandrin-Jones

PreCon Learder 2018

International School of Luxembourg

Need2lang: Teaching for purposeful language learning (WS)

Why cover language when you can discover it? This workshop looks at how a hands-on PD workshop led to a class-based experiment that successfully promoted language learning. Through opportunity to learn some of the local language (Luxembourgish) to specific implementation examples, participants will design and experience a solutions-based model of learning. In the face of comprehensive language apps such as Babbel, duolingo etc.,  this workshop will also look at how the future of language teaching depends on teaching students how to solve, negotiate, make judgments, decisions, coordinate with others and, quite simply, care.

Workshop goals:

  • Explore the philosophy that there is nothing like necessity to make you use and learn language.
  • Redefine the role of the language teacher according to a skillset of the future such as communication through negotiation, judgment and decision and co-ordinating with others

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Learn about a case-study in which English language learners engaged in a classroom project (inspired by Lee Crockett) in which they felt a ‘need-to-know’
  • Discover a new language by needing to use it.
  • Craft authentic problems that compel students to use target language to think and solve
  • Collaboratively build a repertoire of solution-based tasks to use right away
Aaron Tyo-Dickerson

Aaron Tyo-Dickerson

Facilitator

International School of Stavanger

Technology Leadership Forum

Technology Directors and coordinators work hard to strike a balance when articulating a school-wide vision for teaching and learning while also supporting the expanding, day-to-day needs of students, faculty, and their school community. As part of the Learning2 conference and experience we are excited to announce a new opportunity for technology leaders to collaborate.

Join Aaron Tyo-Dickerson and other members of the ECIS Special Interest Group for Technology, Innovation and Design (TID) for a full day of facilitated conversations around topics selected by and for technology directors and coordinators. Session participants will collect and share their ideas, questions and concerns in a circle of trust and will leave with a better understanding of what is possible and doable for their school today, tomorrow and in the future.

To make it even better, there is no cost for the Precon itself, just 55 US Dollars for the cost of food and transportation.  However, we do require that participants attend the regular Learning2 Conference that follows – trust us, you want to!  You will be able to continue your conversations all weekend including two other job alike sessions.  The total cost of the regular conference, including this session, is 535 US Dollars.
A registration code is required for this pre-conference session. Please contact Aaron at atyodickerson@isstavanger.no or DM  @atyodickerson  or Stephen@learning2.org or DM @sreiach.

 

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