Tech in the Early Years - Holly Fraser - International School of Zug and Luzern
Participants will think about how young children learn best (hands on, inquiry based, child initiated whenever possible) and see concrete examples of different kinds of technology (coding, digital storytelling & movie making, global collaborations) in action that support and enhance this kind of learning.

I’m a Canadian living in Switzerland whose heart is in Africa. Lower Primary and Early Years Teacher who recently made the move to Ed Tech Coach. Seesaw Ambassador, Google Certified Educator and Coetail Cohort 6 graduate. Mother of energetic, young twin girls.

Integrating Coding into the Curriculum - Kim Lelek - International School of Zug and Luzern
Teachers will build a bank of ideas on how to authentically integrate coding across the curriculum. “Through hands on exploration gain an understanding of:
The basics and logic behind computer programming
Develop an understanding of simple coding terms
How to reinforce a variety of curriculum concepts through coding
How to use coding as a creative form of expression”

Kim Lelek is an Educational Technology Coach working at the International School of Zug and Luzern in Switzerland. She is a Google Certified Educator, Common Sense Media Ambassador and a member of Coetail Cohort 7. Kim is an experienced and passionate educator who has embraced a variety of roles across the K-8 age range over the past 20 years. She is a globally minded teacher who has lived and worked in Canada, Singapore and Switzerland. Kim has spent the past 5 years, working as an Educational Technology Coach within the IB curriculum.

Getting Things Done - Dorothee Prendergast - International School of Luxembourg
““We can’t manage time; we can only manage ourselves” – these are the wise words I heard from a good friend of mine who is the CEO in her own company. “I don’t have time” is the answer we hear most from colleagues when we approach them about a new exciting project or a conversation we would like to have. Teachers are regularly overwhelmed with the daily tasks they have to master: preparing lessons, giving feedback to student work, read and answer emails, communicate with parents, students and colleagues, be in meetings, and fullfill the requirements of the administration. Bookshops are full of volumes that offer advice on how to improve work habits, health, productivity, and our overall success in life. They never worked for me and simply filled up my book shelves. These systems are often shaped for a different audience, and don’t work with the specific tasks teachers have to deal with on a daily basis.

In this workshop I would like to share with colleagues a system of Getting Things Done that I have developed over years. The apps and tools I am using for my own system work for Windows and Mac based platforms. Sharing what a paperless office means is one of the ideas behind my Getting Things Done system.

This workshop aims at colleagues who like to rethink and restructure their work flow in order to get more time for the things that really count in their lives. I will introduce apps and how I use them to make my teaching life and my duties as Academic Leader easier. However, the ultimate goal of this way of working is to empower students and help them in their journey of becoming independent learners.

Participants should bring their laptop or Ipad for the workshop.” “Participants will:

Gain an understanding of a paperless office
Get in inside into tools and apps that will support the idea of Getting Things Done
Explore and discuss the use of these tools
Discover ideas that they can use in their own work environment” I have been teaching at University and Schools for more than 20 years. In the meantime I developed a passion for elearning and teaching.

Using pop culture to enhance students' learning - Doline Ndorimana - International School of Luxembourg
“What if you could study and learn tenses with Beyonce? Or learn how to write with Oprah or CNN? why not use your favourite singer to learn poetry? What if you could acquire new vocabulary without learning and memorizing the words? The goal is to show, through pop culture, how grammar, essay writing and vocabulary lessons can be turned into authentic inquiry-based learning, so that it becomes something that students can use beyond the classroom and make it part of themselves and their own use of English or any other language.

” I hope to inspire them with practises they can use in their own classrooms once. This session will demonstrate to the participants that grammar, essay writing, or vocabulary lessons should not be taught as rules to memorize and follow in order to write or speak better, but is instead a tool or a vehicle to get your story straight to wherever you want it to be.

I was born and raised in Burundi, a small country in Eastern Africa. I was fortunate enough to live in several countries where I worked as an EAL and French teacher for the past decade. A part from spending time with my family, I love music and dancing.

Addressing Teachers' Needs in the LMS of the Future - Alexander Degenhardt - Cikumas
“Increase comfort level of teachers using technology in class: Find out the ideal design and tools needed in an LMS to support teacher practice, enrich instruction, and accommodate time constraints in the classroom.

Put teachers at the center of activating rich learning experiences for students – to understand how teachers see themselves in this role and how they would use the tools to achieving better student outcomes. What constraints they are currently facing and how they overcome them.

We would like to use the workshop as a forum for participants to share their experiences and opinions of the way edtech (specifically LMS) should be inclusive of teacher and student feedback and needs. Feedback is also always welcome.” After a brief introduction to the Cikumas platforms, participants will be breaking into smaller groups to discuss and present what they believe currently addresses their needs in the classroom that LMSs offer and most importantly, what is still lacking from an educator’s perspective. Participants will be encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences with others. The Cikumas team will moderate and give insight of from a student and an edtech company. “Alexander Degenhardt and Noah Liebherr are students at Zurich International School in their final year of the IB Programme. When they are not at school preparing for their exams this upcoming May, they are hard at work on their Learning Management System and assignment distribution suite called “”Cikumas””. Cikumas has already been mentioned by teachers as one of the easiest to use, since the idea was born by the very problem that Alex and Noah had encountered in school. Technology should help engage and facilitate learning, instead it was doing the exact opposite.

So one day in the school library, they started planning what their ideal edtech solution would be like and saved up their monthly pocket money to hire a programmer to create the first version of the platform. When one of the teacher’s from their school decided to invest in their vision, they knew that they were on the right path. A few investors and one year later, Cikumas is now a fully-fledged LMS with interactive assignment functionalities and organizational tools to make teaching in the modern classroom less time consuming for teachers, and more engaging for students.”

From Distraction to Engagement to Empowerment: Leveraging the one-to-one environment for successful Project Based Learning - Jeff Lippman - American School of Paris
By looking at a model PBL assessment, participants will witness how students were transformed by an authentic project that resolved a problem in their local community. Participants will learn how to build a successful framework, blending digital and non-digital resources in order to empower students to take true ownership of the learning and perform beyond typical expectations. Participants will hear the perspectives of students, the teacher, the tech coach and the administrator in supporting such innovative practices that can transform your school.

Participants will have an opportunity to dive into the PBL resources that are housed on the project website and will be learn how to craft effective driving questions, peer evaluations protocols and formative steps that are the basis for any high quality PBL.

Jeff Lippman is the MS Director at the American School of Paris. He has delivered workshops in numerous venues, from the Innovate Conference in São Paulo to Learning2 in Milan. Jeff has a background in teaching History and Theory of Knowledge and has been an educator for 25 years. Claude Lorde is the Tech Coach at the American School of Paris and has been developing innovative programming at the school for more than 30 years.

Illuminate language learning with LEDs - a hands-on workshop - Andrea Schäfer, Elizabeth Perry - International School of Prague
Participants will learn how a handcraft project can enhance language learning and student engagement. “Participants will create a small embroidered circuit with an LED.

Participants will come away with lesson plans ready to be adapted to the language of their choice.
Participants will receive a list of suppliers in Europe for the materials needed to recreate the project with their students.
Participants will discuss how handcraft can foster a growth mindset in students, reduce stress, enhance memory, and help students develop respect for each other’s learning styles and previously undiscovered skills.”

Andrea has been teaching German at ISP Middle School for the last 16 years. Always looking for new and interesting authentic ways to teach she started to explore with a unit for German ‘Grow plants from seeds’ some years ago. Before she moved to Prague, she worked as a Russian teacher in an evening school in Germany and was an IT instructor at a German university. For a while she worked as an editor for several German publishing houses. She began to learn embroidery, knitting, sawing and other skills as a child and is still appreciating handcraft in her free time.

#EdPins; Putting Learning On the Map! - Dale Plotzki - Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Right underneath our noses is a platform which connects every school on earth; Google Maps! Is it possible to use this tool to forever change the way we collaborate and share our practice online as educators? Come learn about a new Google Innovator project called ‘EdPins’ and see how repurposing schools Google Maps’ ‘reviews’ can transform collaboration online! By the end of this session, you will see a new way to highlight the beautiful, unique work happening in your school!

Participants will explore the idea of geo-tagging teaching and learning experiences and discuss the pedagogical impacts and benefits of mapping learning around the globe. Participants will examine the #EdPins website, maps and video. Participants will research their own school’s digital footprint and then have a chance to make a positive impact on it.

Educator, rascal, man of the world, chronic pocket-tweeter. Dale Plotzki is a Learning and Innovation Coach from Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Lima, Peru. Lover poodles and surfer of cold waves. My passion is helping to move education into a modern era.

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