International school Basel -Digital Learning Integration Coordinator
An Honest Look Towards a Better Philosophy of EdTech (MS/HS)
Building on an understanding of the educational theories made famous over the last century, as a group, we will work through a philosophical approach in dissecting how technology affects learning and promotes effective teaching. Through hands-on, practical activities such as simulating the challenges of multitasking in the student learning environment, and testing our own cognitive capacities through the art of origami, we will unpack what is known about educational best practices and apply it to our use of technology in the classroom. This will culminate in a redefinition of the classroom itself and increased clarity about what works, what doesn’t, and why. From boosting engagement, to peeling back the implications of student learning in an online world, this workshop will be a participant driven critical analysis of the IT infused learning environment of today.
Director of Digital Learning and Innovation (GEMS)
Get Real: Communicating Effectively in a Visual World (ES/MS/HS)
It’s staggering how many visuals we rely on in our daily lives. From weather symbols, to road signs, the apps on our phones to news websites, visuals help us get the information we need, but we rarely teach students how to create effective visuals so they can communicate effectively. It’s time we started teaching our students to communicate for their visual world, not only our text-heavy past.
American School of Paris - EdTech Coach
Integrating Computational Thinking Into A Gender Equitable Learning Environment (EY/ES/MS)
Computational thinking is so much more than coding, it is how we approach problem solving. In this session, we focus on two main strands of thinking. We begin by looking at how we can create gender equitable learning environments within our classrooms to support more inclusive teaching of tech, coding and STEM. We then combine this new understanding with the learning of computational thinking, diving deep into what exactly it is, integrating the ISTE Computational Thinker Standards into our practice and participating in some hands-on easy-to-implement classroom examples.
Zurich International School - Middle & Upper School Learning Leader
PBLish – Using Project-Based Learning Design Concepts to Scaffold Inquiry (MS/HS)
From middle to upper/high school, including IBDP and AP courses, the elements of “Gold Standard” PBL can be leveraged to design real, relevant, rigorous inquiry that engages all students. Bring some standards or learning outcomes and an inquiring mind of your own to this workshop, and we will dive into design using PBL and concept-based approaches to build a unit of study for each participant. No fuss, no dogma, just a reasonably challenging design process with support awaits!
International School of Luxembourg - IT Facilitator
Expand your thinking in the digital world (WS)
This session will have participants inquire, think and experiment about how they can make their thinking visible in the digital world. Using thinking routines and a personal inquiry, they will be exploring the skillset, mindset and toolset that it could take to expand their own thinking in the digital world, as well as to develop an online culture of thinking and creating in their own school.
Inter-Community School, Zurich PYP Coordinator and Instructional Coach
Every Teacher Deserves a Coach
We’ve all read or heard about new exciting initiatives, but all too often we get caught up in the day to day realities of the classroom and neglect our own professional growth. How can the process of coaching support effective teachers as they challenge themselves to think in new ways and try new things which have a positive impact on student learning?