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2015 event is full!

We are getting ready for another fantastic #beyondlaptops event from 16 – 18 April 2015. For those that attended last year, there will be some changes (and some consistencies), based on your feedback. Here are the highlights:

We will continue:

  • the team format (minimum 2, maximum 4 people from each school). We are requesting that new team members are added each year to keep the dialogue going.
  • the themed days. Each day will have a specific focus (see below) and longer sessions to ensure we have enough time to really discuss.
  • the maximum of 40 participants.
  • the collaborative planning committee from several schools.
  • the student interaction.
  • the creative collaboration multimedia project. Check out the playlist from last year!

We will add:

  • a request for multimedia from your school (to be filmed and uploaded before you come).
  • an opportunity to get to know each other online and share resources, before the event.
  • a third “official” day (no more pre-conference) #beyondlaptops is now a 3-day event.
  • an opportunity for students to collaborate from our schools before the event.
  • the creation of a #beyondlaptops “whitepaper” style research report based on one of our themes.

The themes for this year are:

  • Day 1 (April 16): Action Research (which could lead to our whitepaper)
  • Day 2 (April 17): The Future of EdTech (perhaps the focus of our whitepaper)
  • Day 3 (April 18): Cultivating Innovation & Creativity (which will lead to our creative collaboration)

We are already almost full, with the following schools attending:

  • AmerAsian School Okinawa, Japan
  • Chatsworth International School, Singapore
  • DODDs Schools, Japan
  • International School of Beijing, China
  • Korea International School
  • NIST International School, Thailand
  • Renaissance College, Hong Kong
  • Singapore American School, Singapore
  • Shekou International School
  • Western Academy of Beijing, China
  • Yokohama International School, Japan

2014 Themes: Coding, Design Thinking & Remix

The planning team has collated all of the feedback from this year’s participants and organized each of our three days together into the following big themes:

Thursday: Pre-Conference: Coding

During the pre-conference (agenda here), we’ll have a team of students learning how to program using Raspberri Pi and Scratch, with Yohei Yasukawa and his team, organized by Robert Duckworth. CANVAS, a Japan-based NPO, is providing sets of Raspberri Pi, monitors, and extension materials for their workshop. Once the students have had a chance to explore, they’ll join the participants for a debrief and discussion about their experiences. Also during Thursday’s session, we’ll have some unconference time, a chance to debate the pros and cons of teaching coding in schools, some participant requested session discussions and a full-day wrap up. Thursday evening will be our lovely conference dinner at Brasserie Artisan.

Guest Speaker: Yohei Yasukawa

Founder of Okinawa.rb (Okinawa Ruby User Group), organizer of CoderDojoTokyo/Okinawa, and contributor to OpenSource Cafe. For his enthusiastic contribution to open source communities, such as translating Rails Tutorial into Japaneseand Ruby Hacking Guide into English, he is selected as Super Creator by IPA and as one of Ruby Prize Award nominees by Ruby Association. He runs YasuLab, a small distributed company located in Okinawa/Tokyo/California, publishes many products such asWhistle on Android and ScreenX TV, and teaches students what he learns from such projects at Lexues Academy. Links: GitHubTwitter.

Friday: Day 1: Design Thinking

On the first official day of the conference (agenda here), we’ll explore the concept of design thinking. We’ll start our conversations with a Skype call with Trung Le, organized by Mike Boll, and continue on to some team-based challenges using the design thinking process, facilitated by Heather Dowd. All #beyondlaptops teams will have time during this day to discuss and strategize about challenges that are facing their specific school. The design thinking model will provide a framework for addressing those challenges in a productive and focused way. In addition to our fantastic guest speaker, and focused team time, another group of students will join us for an afternoon of conversation around the purpose and focus of schools.

Guest Speaker: Trung Le

Trung Le is a pioneer of Cannon Design’s education practice and has an incessant energy and passion for learning. Le is widely recognized as an advocate for incorporating multiple intelligences and learning styles in the design of education environments. As the lead designer for Cannon Design’s education group, he creates spaces that encourage student inquiry and imagination and offer students a sense of what it means to be a part of a global community.

Le’s work has yielded awards from the Chicago, Illinois and national chapters of the American Institute of Architects during his 20 years at Cannon Design. Le’s projects have been published in such periodicals as Architectural Record, Contract Design and Edutopia. His recent collaboration with Bruce Mau resulted in the publication The Third Teacher, a cabinet of wonders on how design can transform the ecology of learning. Le leads The Third Teacher + of Cannon Design. The Third Teacher+ is a multidisciplinary design think tank that treats the future of teaching and learning as a living question. The Third Teacher + team includes educators, architects, anthropologists, design strategists who actively reimagine the future of learning through the design Process.

Saturday: Day 2: Creativity & Remix

Our last day together (agenda here) will be a hands-on exploration of remix in video format. Participants will film their thoughts about the event on the preceding days, and then we’ll spend time together remixing that content to create unique trailers or recaps of #beyondlaptops to share with our respective schools upon return. This experiment will be inspired by a Skype conversation with Kevin Honeycutt and Ginger Lewman, organized by Heather Dowd. We’ll wrap up the day by sharing our school-based solutions designed by each team on Friday, as well as a preview of the remixed videos.

Guest Speaker: Kevin Honeycutt

Kevin grew up in poverty and attended school in many cities across the United States. As he witnessed education around the country he collected powerful experiences that still influence his conversations and his work with educators. He spent 13 years teaching art K-12 in public school and for 17 years spent summers leading creative adventure camps for kids of all ages. In 1991 he received the Making IT Happen Award which is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation.

Guest Speaker: Ginger Lewman

I am an education consultant with ESSDACK, an educational service center in Hutchinson, Kansas and I specialize in Project Based Learning, Technology Integration, Gifted and High-Ability Learners, and Creativity. I am formerly the Director of Turning Point Learning Center’s f2f Program where, for half a decade, I worked to create the LifePractice Model. At TPLC, we created a rich learning environment utilizing Project Based Learning and 1:1 laptops with a Democratic approach to learning. Online networks have been the key to making it work!

Planning Team

Huge thanks to the #beyondlaptops planning team for working with me and Clint to bring this together:

2014 Updates

Hopefully you’ve received the last three updates via e-mail, but just in case, here are the highlights:

Conference Focus

Just a quick note that #beyondlaptops is not about which device you’re using, but about how you’re using it, and how we can take all of our 1:1 programs to the next level – embracing the future of learning through creativity, collaboration, and connectedness. We aim to be a “big picture” conversation, rather than one about hardware or logistics (and for those that are more interested in these specifics, we’ll make sure you have some time to chat together too).

Conference Format

Although there will be an agenda with topics for conversation, #beyondlaptops is an unconference-style, participant-driven event with collaborative discussion as the focus, rather than “sit & git” presentations. With that in mind, we would like to encourage the participants to bring ideas, challenges and questions, ready to share during our three days together.

Before You Arrive

We would love to tap into the wealth of knowledge we have attending this year’s event for ideas, resources, and suggestions. At the end of last year’s conference we created a wiki as a central place to share and collaborate. If you have any great articles, media or resources you would like to share, please add them to the wiki (once you request to join, I’ll make you a member).

During the conference, we always show a number of short, inspirational or provocative videos, if you have any you recommend, we would love to put them on the agenda!

Getting to Japan, and to YIS

Please have a look at the Getting to YIS page for information about traveling to Japan, and Yokohama in particular. There are also details about getting to your hotel from the airport, currency needs, and mobile phones. If you have further questions, please let me know and I’ll add more to the site!

Note: as you book your flights, we highly recommend you fly into Haneda (HND) rather than Narita (NRT) – it’s much, much closer to Yokohama.

Hotel Bookings

All hotel rooms have been booked per your request, under the name you’ve provided. There is no need for an official confirmation form for the hotel, and you are welcome to contact them regarding any questions you might have. You will be able to pay by cash or credit card when you arrive.

Daily Schedule 

For your planning, each day will run from 9am – 4pm. We have a pre-conference day on Thursday, 17 April – which, last year, everyone attended, so it was more of the “first day” rather than a “pre-conference” – and the main conference continues on Friday, 18 April and Saturday, 19 April.

Conference Agenda

The planning team has been working hard on developing the agenda. It’s looking great! Right now it’s still a work in progress, but please feel free to have a look at each day (click on the agenda tab, then 2014) to see what we’ve developed based on your input on the pre-conference survey.

Pre-Conference

According to the survey results, almost everyone is planning to attend the pre-conference day on Thursday, 17 April. Woohoo! This means we’ll really be able to make the most of our time together. However, if you’re still undecided, perhaps this exciting development will help:

During the morning on Thursday, Yohei Yasukawa, innovative and award winning educator, will be facilitating a workshop with a group of YIS students using Scratch and the Raspberry Pi. After the students work with Yohei, they will come work with us in the afternoon to share their experiences and thoughts about the workshop. This will be an exciting opportunity to experience coding from both a professional and student perspective. You won’t want to miss it!

(For more about Yohei, please see his bio below.)

Events

We are organizing some fun evening events during your stay in Yokohama, and we hope you can join us! Please check out the events page of the website to see what we’re planning. Most importantly, onThursday night, we’ll have our annual conference dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants (cost = JPY5,000 per person). Let us know if you’ll be joining us by filling out the survey.

Conference Dinner Costs

We’re currently working on the conference dinner plans for the evening of Thursday 17 April. We are expecting that the cost to you will be no more than JPY5,000. There is no need to pay this amount up front (we only need to know if you plan to attend – via the survey – so we can arrange for the appropriate numbers with the restaurant). You can bring cash with you to the event and we’ll collect it here. Note: this is not a conference registration fee (there is no conference registration fee), this is just to help us cover the costs of a fabulous dinner & drinks!

Yohei Yasukawa

Founder of Okinawa.rb (Okinawa Ruby User Group), organizer of CoderDojoTokyo/Okinawa, and contributor to OpenSource Cafe. For his enthusiastic contribution to open source communities, such as translating Rails Tutorial into Japaneseand Ruby Hacking Guide into English, he is selected as Super Creator by IPA and as one of Ruby Prize Award nominees by Ruby Association. He runs YasuLab, a small distributed company located in Okinawa/Tokyo/California, publishes many products such as Whistle on Android and ScreenX TV, and teaches students what he learns from such projects at Lexues Academy. Links: GitHub, Twitter.

2014 event full!

Wow! That was fast! Our 2014 event is already full.

We have another great group attending this year:

  • Chatsworth International School, Singapore
  • Korea International School, Korea
  • American School of Dubai, UAE
  • Singapore American School, Singapore
  • Okinawa Digital Educators Network (ODEN), Japan
  • ISS International School, Singapore
  • NIST International School, Thailand
  • International School of the Sacred Heart, Japan
  • DODDS Pacific, Japan
  • American Embassy School, New Delhi
  • University of Kentucky, USA
  • Western Academy of Beijing, China
  • Concordia International School, Shanghai, China
  • Yokohama International School, Japan

If you were not able to join us this year, please add your info to the survey and we’ll add you to our list of invites for our 2015 event.

2014 event filling up fast!

#beyondlaptops mini-conference

Hosted at Yokohama International School, Japan

17 – 19 April 2014 – Save the Date

Yokohama International School will be hosting our now annual mini-conference, #beyondlaptops on 17 -19 April 2014.

#beyondlaptops is a participant-driven event, focused on sharing, learning and collaborating with teams from 1:1 international schools around the world, designed to take your discussion beyond just the hardware, toward creating new, relevant and engaging media-rich learning environments.

Please note: in the past YIS has entirely funded this event, however in order to ensure sustainability, this year we will be charging a nominal fee of up to JPY5,000 (~US$50) per person to help cover the costs of the conference dinner.

We are hoping you will be able to join us in April!

For those that attended last year, there will be some changes (and some consistencies), based on your feedback. Here are the highlights:

We will continue:

  • the team format (minimum 2, maximum 4 people from each school). We are requesting that new team members are added each year to keep the dialogue going.

  • the maximum of 40 participants.

  • the pre-conference day (Thurs 17 April).

  • the collaborative planning committee from several schools.

  • the student interaction.

We will add:

  • Labsite visits: in order to get a better picture of what learning looks like here at YIS, and to spark ideas for innovation in all of our schools, we will host a number of labsite visits during the pre-conference day, where participants are welcome to visit a classroom in action. If interested, we would also love to have participants teach our students while you’re here!

  • More time for unconference, with themed topics for each day.

  • Longer sessions. In an effort to dig deeper and answer questions that arise, we’ll extend each conversation beyond the original one hour format. Some sessions will be 90 minutes, and we’ll try to work in at least one longer session of 3 hours based on participant interest.

  • Focus on action. In addition to the conversations, we’d like to transition from recording our thinking to actually putting ideas into action, this way our time together results in tangible outcomes.

  • Highlighting student work. We would like participants to bring in actual student work that we can review and share together.

There are more changes and updates based on participant feedback, and developed by the planning committee, that we will share as the date approaches. Even if you are not part of the planning committee, we’ll be asking for input for themes, topics, and ideas from all participants. Of course we will continue the social time, relaxed atmosphere, and collaborative approach.

We are hoping for productive, fun and rewarding events and hope you can join.

If you already are planning to attend, and/or would like to be part of the planning committee, please complete this survey with your details.

For questions, please contact Kim Cofino, YIS Technology and Learning Coach: [email protected]

2013 event is full!

Wow! #beyondlaptops for 2013 is already full! Here are the details, so you can follow along on Twitter:

Dates: 18 – 20 April 2013

(18 April: pre-conference)

During this year’s event, we’re hoping to re-visit some of the “hot topics” from last year, as well as continue to push our thinking around technology rich learning environments. Here are some of the ideas we’re planning to address (plus more to come!):

  • Developing student leadership in a 1:1 environment
  • Who’s telling your story? Elevating and structuring social media sharing at your school
  • Next steps based on your year of implementation, and an opportunity to share and collaborate with others at the same stage
  • Creating opportunities for synergy among various school initiatives, including technology
  • Job-alike / Division-based groupings
  • Embracing creativity, exploring ways that technology is influencing culture and art (eg. remix)
  • Developing a passion for learning in our students, allowing them to “own their learning”
  • Sharing successes and challenges from individual schools
  • Student-led sessions
  • What’s next? Looking toward the future of learning

Check out our list of participating schools! More details about the evening events and schedule for each day coming soon!

#beyondlaptops 2012 video

2012 Beyond Laptops from Yokohama International School on Vimeo.

We asked conference participants to stop by our video booth and record their most salient obeservations from the conference. This is a selection of those shared ideas that represents the vibe of what people were learning, sharing and thinking about.

Implementing a 1:1 iPad Program

Another breakout session (again, sorry, not sure who took these notes):
What successes and problems have people experienced?
  • Configuration: three methods from Apple
    • server level – more control
    • “configurator” app that runs off a laptop – but need volume licensing
    • older app used for setting up iphone – not useful
  • problems with different configuration methods for each cart
  • wireless updates
  • 10 app limit
  • can buy gift vouchers instead of gift card
  • schools add their own programs and profiles on ipads
  • limited preferences within the profile
  • every ipad has its own email address
  • cannot overide deleting apps – need to physically turn that off for each iPad
  • need time at the start to show kids how to set up dropbox, google accounts etc and to show them how to use the ipad for educational purposes
  • need a list of skills you need to effectively use the ipad
  • need unique Apple ids for each ipad
  • kids who know how to type are frustrated using the ipad
  • teachers nervous about only having ipads
  • what will they do with their Word documents
  • are students spending too much time “typing” with laptops?
  • will using ipads help push away from a reliance on typing
  • easier to share final product
  • can be more creative on ipad
  • you will always need to adjust whenever you shift to a new device/system –>  don’t worry about what you will lose –> focus instead on what you CAN do and the new things you can do

Useful apps for middle school 

  • Explain Everything -
    • great app – can use beyond the tool
    • Math – can use Explain Everything in a way that can be used in an e-portfolio – can show the steps in thinking and post to You Tube
    • primary school
  • cameras to document work
    • need to reassess how we assess
    • ipad is not suited to text entry – trying to use the ipad for something it is not meant to be used
    • how do we use the ipad for nontextual assessments
  • Confer app
    • menu of descriptors that teachers define
    • can be used as feedback for teacher portfolios
    • less intrusive in interview formats
    • file management issues
  • Dragon Diction software
    • high degree of fidelity
    • works very well for students with dysgraphia
    • also great to help with documentation of tasks during procesing
  • chording programs – fewer patterns of keys instead of traditional keyboards
  • NoteShelf
    • app for handwritten notes
    • can merge notebooks
    • can draw for Science, better for math
    • is an ipad more suitable as a digital notebook for students than a laptop?
    • easier to use standing up, taking pictures, keeping records
    • MS and above prefer laptops
    • doesn’t this depend on the type of task that you give them?
  • Video Physics
    • resources (cost, time) needed for purchases and PD for ipads on top of laptops

ICT and digital citizenship in PYP transdisciplinary skills / MYP ATL skills

A breakout session facilitated by Adrienne.

Adrienne’s disclosure: contributing to the new MYP: Principles into Practice document (2014). Looking to add ICT and social media to this document — what are schools doing? What should be in this document? What shouldn’t be? How are things documented?

At NIST, ICT in the PYP is mapped via those 6 headings in the document, these are then mapped to the ATL
What they discovered was missing in ATL = responsibility = digital citizenship. No link between PYP and MYP

Suggestion: look at PYP PSPE document – personal physical and social education look under which strand the dig citizenship / resp component this comes under

Renaissance College HK has a Transdisciplinary Skills coord in charge of looking at how ICT and dig citizenship are embedded into units.

CDNIS (HK) – dig lit skills started as a separate section on the planner / scope & sequence, but now they simply include them as trans disc skills – not a separate “skill” area. Discovered that it was too embedded, not separate.

Big Questions:

  • How do you assess ICT skills in PYP and MYP? Should they be assessed?
  • Would teachers / coords be more accountable to ICT skills (e.g. NETS) if they were embedded in the PYP/MYP docs? YES huge support for this
  • Distinction between ICT skill competencies and transdisciplinary skills
  • In PYP trans disc and MYP ATL: What is missing?
    • metacognition
    • Dual platform is preferred. Don’t know how to operate in Win if you’re on Mac, or vice-versa. We need exposure to both
    • exposure to ICT in lower years – ICT is still an add-on. How to change this model?

Vision and the Ideal 1:1 Classroom

During our breakout session, one group focused on developing and sustaining a vision, combined with the ideal 1:1 classroom. Here are the notes (I’m sorry, I don’t remember who took them):

  • Vision is important. Also need an assessment piece. How do we know that we’ve made it?
  • CDNIS vision statement and action plan
  • Challenges
    • What are we doing in 1:1 that is better than it was before? We need to engage parents.
    • Parent concern over kids having the machine.
    • We’re in a paradigm shift.
    • 1 room school house expectation.
    • How do we motivate a MS student to find a passion and learn on their own.
  • KIS is collecting observational data about what is going on in the classroom over a 3 year period. Want to develop strong assessment tools to measure over years of 1:1 implementation whether performance is going up.
  • Vision involves PD model and getting engagement from students.
  • Students think that we should listen more to students. We need to give them a bigger voice. Eportfolios!
  • Maybe we don’t need proof that tech improves learning. Let’s assume that it does. It’s part of life.
  • We want to spend more time talking about how we want kids to be, what we want them to learn…maybe tech helps that.
  • Everyone should be a coach. Individualized learning.
  • Lack of vision is biggest problem in a 1:1 program.
  • Science Leadership Academy, great example of having a crystal clear vision. Tech isn’t the focus…it’s the tool.
    • Students are involved with hiring teachers.
    • Students know about admittance policy.
  • How can the vision be shaped knowing that the future is unknown…how can we keep it current?
  • Vision should be pedagogical vision.
  • Instead of showing that tech improves grades, focus on the product. What is the tech allowing to happen? The products are the evidence.
  • We talk about the same things over and over again. But, what is next?
  • We are building the plane while we are flying.
  • Herding Cats
  • Ideal 1:1 classroom
    • curious, engaged, independent students
    • individualized learning
    • maybe there is no classroom
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