Overall Impression

Starting Thursday January 24th and until Saturday January 26th teachers from around Asia gathered together to hear some of the most cutting edge researchers and teachers present on a variety of different topics all centered around ICT education.  It was an incredible opportunity to meet new people and catch up with some old friends who I hadn't seen or heard from in years.  Also the opportunity to listen to the ideas and research statistics that are just now starting to come out was fantastic.  Hopefully I will be able to stay in touch with many of the people that I met and will hopefully see them at other conferences in the future.

Overall the conference was incredibly well organized (bus and wifi connectivity issues aside).  As most people were in Hong Kong just for the conference and flying out shortly afterwards, the organizers provided attendees the opportunity to go on a Junk trip.  The boat ride was a bit choppy and I had wished we left a bit sooner as I would have liked to have seen the sun set instead only being able to catch a glimpse of the mountains in the dark.  However, the food was fantastic.  I think I lucked out as I was at a table with several vegetarians and one person who doesn't eat seafood.  Thus I was spoiled and ate more than my fare share.

On Saturday after the conference I had the opportunity to catch up with my former college from my last school.  We had a great time chatting and she was able to take me to a few of the more interesting places in Hong Kong.

Notes

I could probably go on for days about the workshop and all the information that I gathered.  However, instead of doing that I thought I would share with you my notes from the various presentations that I was able to attend.  Please note that these are rough notes meant for me to help recall and record the events.  If you have any questions or would like to know more please feel free to comment.

Friday Extended Session
Keynotes
The Great Debate
Saturday Sessions
 
On Saturday January 19th teachers from across Korea had the opportunity to attend a workshop led by the fantastic Alan November.  The seminar was incredibly interesting and provided examples of success and failures.  For those of you unable to attend the workshop I have decided to put my notes online for people to view here*.He also provided suggested several tools to use in the classroom that I hadn't used before and am planning to implement within my classroom.

Class Dojo

Before the seminar I had played around with Class Dojo but haven't really used it because I wasn't sure how I could work with it.  During the conversation someone mentioned that they have the IB Learner Profile and Attitudes loaded into it (a great idea).  As Mr. November was speaking he told of a story of how a teacher uses it to promote a class discussion about behaviour at the end of everyday.  I am currently in the process of setting this up with my class to try to promote and reward good behaviour.  The app is available across platforms. 

Poll Everywhere

I have always been looking for an instant polling site that would allow me to create questions and receive intant feedback from my audience.  As soon as Mr. November demonstrated Poll Everywhere I was hooked and a weird creative idea came to my head.  The next unit of study of my grade level is all about beliefs and values.  This can be somewhat of a complex idea to for students to grasp.  Using Poll Everywhere I plan to create a Choose Your Own Adventure style story and have the students choose the outcome of the story based upon the moral and ethics of the class.  There are of course many different iterations that this could take and ties directly into our Math unit on data collection.

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    Brendan is an international school teacher.  He currently teaches grade 4 at Busan International Foreign School.

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