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@example.com