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Upcoming Instructional Technology Professional Development

There is a host of great Tech PD in the region this winter/spring. If you are still looking to spend those PD funds this year, please consider these tech conferences which all have a far more instructional focus than pure tech focus.

Click on the buttons below to go to the conference websites.

The 21st Century Learning Conference is the annual event in Hong Kong where teachers, EdTech staff and school leaders gather to learn about the future of education from thought leaders, technology and learning experts, and their peers. The event blends together inspirational keynotes, practitioner led workshop sessions, and fun networking opportunities. Now in it’s 9th year, it is the leading professional development event for technology in education & innovative learning for K-12 schools in South East Asia.

Rethinking Numeracy is a conference to encourage K-12 educators to rethink the notion what being numerate means and how it can best be taught in the digital age. This will be a first run conference based off of the success of the Rethinking Literacy conference last year.

Rethinking Literacy is a conference to encourage K-12 educators to rethink the notion of what literacy is and how it can best be taught in the digital media age. This conference was a high;light of my personal learning last year; a conference where everything is targeted toward one curricular area. I wish all tech conferences were more like this weekend conference.

The Level 5 offers smaller weekend workshops covering a variety of topics. Topics upcoming include:

  • Arduino's and Robots and Coding! - 11 & 12 Feb, 2017
  • Create: Street Art - 25 & 26 Feb, 2017
  • Using Maker spaces to build a culture of design thinking - 17 & 18 March, 2017
  • Designing the future of education - 8 & 9 Apr, 2017

App/Site of the Week

Email Jeff or Sybil if interested in adding these to your iPads

The adobe creative suite offers three amazing tools to get your kids creating stunning images, publications, and videos with just a few clicks. The apps are suitable for grade 1-5 and can be used in just about any curricular area/content you can imagine. You can also access the suite online through a browser if working on a laptop. Let us know if you want to explore The Adobe Spark creative suite further.

What's the Buzz?

After School Activities-This week the buzz is all you! I am super proud that we are offering over 10 ASA activities directly related to #designthinking, #makered, and #coding during the Season 2 ASAs. Topics include:

  • Scratch Programming
  • DIY Club
  • Programming with Ozobot
  • iPad Coding Apps
  • Minecraft
  • Handcraft DIY
  • Programming with Spheros
  • Lego Robotics EV3
  • Let's Code!
  • Invent with Makey Makey
  • Let's Make It!
  • And more.....

Consider this your invitation to the best kind of PD. Stop by one of the coding ASA sessions and learn alongside kids. Learn what is possible in the iHub, learn how to use common, everyday hand tools, Learn how to code in a variety of forms, or come and play with the various robots kids are using in these sessions. Please take advantage of these sessions to see what is possible in the iHub and Tinker Lab

Office 365 Tip of the Week!-This past weekend I was at the Office 365 Summit hosted by AISG in Guangzhou. It was a great opportunity to dive deeper into the Office 365 suite and see what other practitioners in the region are going with O365 in their schools. One of the big take aways was OneNote. OneNote is an app included in the O365 suite and one that I think you will get a lot of use from in your team O365 groups. Watch the video below to learn more about OneNote (will need VPN).

Something Fun

Computer Electronic Show 2017-Check out the 10 best new gadgets for 2017 from Wired Magazine's top 10 list

Have a great Weekend!

Coming next week:

  • Featured ES Projects
  • Apps of the Week
  • Office 365 Tip of the Week
  • And more...

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