The Senior Leadership Administration Team (SALT) from Yokohama International School all attended an sponsored event on February 21, 2009. Presenters were Chris Toy & Matt McInnis, Apple Asia Pacific PreK-12 International Schools Representative. The leadership workshop had the theme Modeling, Reflecting, and Transference: Leading School Change in the 21st Century.
Dennis Stanworth, Yokohama International School
High School Principal
Reflecting prior to the event
Looking forward to joining this inspired group of educators at the MRI:leading school change in the 21st century to be held 21st Feb at the Westin. For me, as an enthusiastic digital immigrant (or dinosaur!), it will be an opportunity to listen and reflect. So many facets of e-learning, e-communication, e-assessment and e-administration are unfolding at an accelerated pace and for me, the way forward in the modelling, reflecting and transference process to lead to successful change is to pin down an effective e-strategy. I look forward to hearing from the various participants.
Reflecting after the event.
By Nittono-sensei, Yokohama International School
Japanese Language Teacher
I started a project using the Posterous, which gives students more chances to use Japanese. I choose several topics for the first project, but the second project, I gave students more freedom to make story.
Blogging really helps the student increase the number of vocabulary.
As they have much more freedom for what they write, they can enjoy writing and they learn individually. This way really makes them learn.
Some students really enjoy blogging but some feel very difficult to join somehow. So this is a challenge for me to get everyone involved with this.
Andrew who is teaching Japanese in Australia, got interested in our blog project, so now his students started to comment on our website to practice their Japanese.
Hopefully their comments motivates our YIS students to write more, and I am hoping all the students can improve their Japanese. I want all students to feel the joy and have confidence to communicate in Japanese.
By Christine, Yokohama International School
PreK-12 e-Learning & Instructional Support
Yokohama International School had the opportunity to have Hakone-sensei from American School in Japan, Chofu Campus visit last week. The reason for the invitation was to set up collaborate on projects between Japanese Language teachers and students at YIS and ASIJ using audio and visual media to comment on each other’s productions on Voicethread.
Last week went great and I’m so thankful for our Japanese Language Teachers at YIS and the ASIJ Team. In the coming months, we will possibly be doing a collaborative project between YIS and ASIJ Grade 9 student on traveling to Yokohama, because 2009 marks the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the port of Yokohama – Summary & Details. The other project will be between YIS and ASIJ Grade 11 students who will role play in making a speech for a scholarship to study abroad.
Hakone-sensei from ASIJ and two teachers from YIS may be able to present at this JASCD Try I.T. On Monday Workshops event.
Here are some thoughts from Taira-sensei from YIS:
“I was thinking about what Christine mentioned to us. If it is ok with Hakone-sensei, I would be honored and happy to talk about our project at JASCD session on April. It would be a good example (case study?) of how two schools could collaborate and interact using ICT. Students will learn from one another. We could invite Orihara-sensei as well.”
I am hoping this is just the beginning of collaboration between YIS and other schools using online learning networks and tools in order to stretch teacher and student learning.
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