Embracing the Core of Innovative Teaching and Learning Now and Moving Forward
Sanée Bell says the following; “Students should have rich, relevant, and authentic experiences at school, across the board.” Starting with this thinking, what are some of the ways that we can “innovate inside the box” to immediately empower our students and educators to create those experiences within the school while understanding there are constraints and barriers in education? Although teaching face-to-face is different than in a remote or a hybrid learning situation, the core values of what is important should stay the same no matter the environment. How do we ensure that we support our educators, communities, and students while we are all feeling overwhelmed? How do we embrace the “Innovator’s Mindset” when innovation is no longer optional, but necessary for all learners? The “core of innovative teaching and learning” focuses on four areas where we need to deepen and push our thinking to create an environment within education to develop our students as the leaders of not only tomorrow but give our students opportunities to make an impact on the world today.
The 4 Laws of Learning
What really makes a difference in teaching? There are many factors, like relationship building, that have a powerful impact, but when it comes to planning lessons—that 45- to 90-minute block of time we set aside for instruction—what activities actually move the needle on learning?
This session explores four rock-solid truths backed by research on how people learn. These laws apply to every subject area and grade level, and if you follow them when planning lessons, you’ll be a lot more likely to make some real learning happen for students
Mission Driven Learning: ASD’s Change-maker Education Story in Cultivating Contributors
What is a school if not the living example of its mission? In this presentation/workshop, Laurence Myers (K-12 Service Learning Coordinator) shares the story of the Change-maker Education Program at the American School of Dubai in its quest to cultivate contributors “in a rapidly changing world”. The session will delve into the history and development of the Change-maker Education program (including our award winning Edible Education program), its framework and structures, and the ever-evolving approach to cultivating global citizens and a school-wide sustainability ethos. Participants will also have the chance to engage with the systems Iceberg in analysing ASD’s recent MS Sustainability Summit (as a case study).
Focusing on the why – Teaching students to make decisions in math
Using tools to solve problems involves two major components. The first is all about deciding why a particular tool or combination of tools applies to the situation and the second is about how we actually use the tools. When we teach mathematics we tend to focus on the second component because this subject has a lot of tools and it is important for students to learn how to use each one proficiently. We have tools for solving quadratics, manipulating algebraic equations, finding derivatives, adding fractions and everything in between. But tools are only effective when used in the appropriate situation, a dentist’s drill does wonders for a tooth with a cavity but should not be applied to a healthy one even if it is wielded with a high degree of skill. This means that we need to be explicitly teaching our students how to make decisions about why a tool is useful in the first place. This presentation will give you concrete ideas and examples for teaching students to recognize decision making points and to practice figuring out and communicating why they are applying specific math techniques.
Rethinking Class Discussion to Empower Every Voice
This interactive presentation explores how educators can leverage technology to create a safe learning environment where all students feel empowered to contribute to class discussion in a style and format that feels most comfortable to them. With the right tech tools, we can help learners build new levels of confidence and open up communication channels for students to express themselves in ways they may not have been able to otherwise. This session will highlight how simple web apps — like Flipgrid and Pear Deck — can help teachers give every student a platform to make their ideas seen and heard.
This interactive session will focus on using technology to address the following questions:
- How can teachers actively engage all learners in class discussion?
- How can teachers give all students the opportunity to share their thoughts, including the introverts and those who need time to process before responding?
- How can teachers foster a peer-to-peer learning culture where all ideas are represented and discussed?
Creating change in a school can be incredibly challenging. Appreciative inquiry is a valuable toolbox to create meaningful change driven in our schools. In this webinar we will examine how we can identify the strengths in our schools, and use those to meet our mission and vision. This webinar is aimed at new and aspiring school leaders who wish to focus on school improvement.
Strategies to Support Students as they Create Products of Learning
Students create in both big and small ways throughout the school year. In this session, we will examine how to support students as creators of content. We will look at how to develop the supporting resources necessary for everyday artifacts of student learning as well as for larger independent and collaborative projects. This session will provide an overview and hands-on opportunities for exploring open-ended creation tools.
How to Use Technology to Assess Students and Pivot Instruction
This session will cover strategies for collecting and analyzing data so educators can take action through instructional pivots and interventions. We will focus on formative assessment and how to check for understanding before, during, and after instruction. Participants will explore how digital tools provide a special benefit for students as they increase student opportunities (frequency) and options (choice) to share their learning.
Teaching to NGSS with Immersive Technology
Creating the Future-Driven Classroom and School
In this session, participants will learn 5 critical elements of any classroom, or school, seeking to better prepare students for an unpredictable future. The world is more complex and uncertain than ever before. Every educator plays a role in adapting to change and contributing to positive change.
Helping students understand how they learn is key to improving student outcomes. Our challenge is to place our students at the centre of their learning – but how do we do that? In this webinar, we will explore a range of strategies to help students develop metacognition, and use it to empower them as learners.
We will explore:
- The power of metacognition
- Strategies to develop metacognition
- How we can use metacognition to improve teaching and learning
It looks like fun but is it learning? The Maker Movement and formal high school education
This workshop will examine the rise of the Maker movement and its applicability to modern education. Rooted in the fusion of affordable new technologies such as 3D printing, robotics, computing with good old fashioned hands-on tools, making and tinkering has redefined STEAM education for the 21 st century. Classrooms that celebrate the process of design and making, which includes overcoming challenges, produce students who start to believe they can solve any problem. Students learn to trust themselves as competent problem solvers who don’t need to be told what to do next. This stance can be a crucial development for children who are used to getting explicit directions every minute of every day. It can also illuminate for teachers how authentic assessment can really work in the classroom.
Inspiring examples like fire-breathing sculptures, cupcake cars, bicycle-powered rock bands, soda and Mentos–propelled fountains, can offer motivation for workshops in programming, soldering, welding, lock-picking, knitting, crocheting and robot making. And as students develop their skills, we can focus on the process more than the end product. Makers are constructing knowledge as they build physical artifacts that have real-world connections.
The learning-by-doing approach also has precedents in education: project-based learning, Jean Piaget’s constructivism and Seymour Papert’s constructionism . These theories explain the remarkable accomplishments of young makers and remind educators that every classroom needs to be a place where, as Piaget taught, “knowledge is a consequence of experience.”
The workshop will consist of an open dialogue between teachers and makers facilitated by Ryan Jenkins, a pioneer of the maker movement, beginning in The Exploratorium in San Francisco and currently operating as Wonderful Idea Co., and John Riley, a Science teacher and communicator with experience in starting and running educational maker-spaces and clubs and developing curriculum-aligned maker projects.
Ryan Jenkins John Riley
Approaching Sustainability Through the IBDP Core
At present there is no one place that the issue of Sustainability is dealt with in the iB Diploma. It is referred to in a number of courses (Geography, Economics, ESS and Biology). This means that students who are not studying these subjects get little exposure to Sustainability. The IB has woken up to this being an issue and has recently released a document “The Circular Economy-A Call for Action”. What we would like to do is advocate for the Core of the IB Diploma being a vehicle for all of the students doing the IB to be exposed to the concept. We intend to demonstrate in our presentation how this is being delivered in some schools and could be adopted by all of them as a way of ensuring all iBDP students have some exposure to sustainability and have the skills to act on them.
Alex Catallo John Cannings
NGSS for School Leaders
This workshop will include a blend of authentic NGSS inquiry-based learning and strategies for supporting science teaching and learning by reflecting through the lens of a leader. Dive into what to look for in an NGSS classroom, what an implementation plan might look like, and how to support teachers and schools as they embark on this journey. Walk away with tools that can be used immediately as a leader of a school.
Inquiry-Based 3D NGSS Science in the Secondary Science Classroom
This workshop will be an introductory workshop on 3D inquiry-based science instruction. Teachers will learn how to use the science inquiry cycle to drive instruction. Teachers will gain an understanding of how to authentically and explicitly teach all three dimensions (Crosscutting Concepts, Science & Engineering Practices, and Disciplinary Core Ideas). Teachers will walk away with resources that can immediately be used in the virtual, hybrid, and physical classroom.
Leading Instruction Through The Lens of the NGSS Crosscutting Concepts
This is an introductory workshop on the implementation of the NGSS Crosscutting Concepts into daily science learning experiences for students. Teachers will learn how to drive instruction through the lens of the Crosscutting Concepts. Lauren partnered with Paul Andersen to design scaffolded CCC mini lessons that are easy to implement in the classroom. Teachers will walk away with resources that can immediately be used in the virtual, hybrid, and physical classroom.
21st Century Learners: Agentic and Lifelong Learners
Learner agency may be characterized as student voice, choice and ownership (IBO, 2018). This session will explore the value of creating a learning environment that supports agency to promote lifelong learning. This learning environment is grounded on best practices found in the literature such as goal-setting (Poon, 2018), reflection and self- efficacy (Bandura, 2001), teaching of self-management skills (Zimmerman and Schunk 1989), reframing the concept of failure (King, 2013) and design thinking. As the world continues to evolve, pedagogy and educational paradigm must adapt in order to prepare our learners in building a better tomorrow.
Michael Ryan Bulosan
The Classrooms Starts with Culture
Are your students not as engaged as you would like them to be? Could you use a few strategies to further engage your students within the classroom setting? This session provides practical ways to establish and maintain culture using energizers/brain breaks, anecdotes, examples and protocols.
Why Gender Equality in STEM is a pre-requisite of gender equality in the future
if: STEM = future
and: women = STEM
then: women = future
If STEM is the future and women are in STEM, then women will have an equal chance to shape the future.
Equipping and empowering girls to shape their world with technology is the single most important thing we can do for a gender equal future. Once these girls becomes women in technology, they will create new products and new markets that would otherwise go undiscovered and will solve problems our technologies currently fail to address.
Mindfulness: A Pedagogical Tool
This session supports educators and school leaders to implement mindful practices within their own lives to then include in their pedagogical settings. We will begin with a short meditative practice led by Stephanie Joyce, certified yoga and meditation instructor, followed by a panel discussion by educators, program leaders, and mindfulness experts and concluded with a collaborative forum in which to share expertise and globalized tools across our many sites. Participants will walk away feeling refreshed and energized equipped with tangible tools they can take to their school settings whether online or in person.
I will let my students’ testimonials speak for themselves on the value of incorporating mindfulness into your daily lives and introducing these powerful tools to students at a young age. You name it, mindfulness supports it.
11th grade observations May 2021
* In-person and remote student reflections*
“It was really great to have this experience. I will meditate in my future.”
“I’m going to carry on with meditating at least once a week. It has really helped me ground myself even on days where everything felt very messy.”
“It’s important to know where your mental state is at and replenish it.”
“I learned how to calm down from stress in the span of ten minutes and to avoid being distracted by my phone.”
“I really enjoy that you take time to relax at the start of the periods. I haven’t experienced that before, and it really helps me focus during class.”
“Doing guided meditation at the beginning of each class is very helpful nowadays. In the beginning, it was confusing what meditation can do with English class. It was more like a quick nap time. But later on, even that quick nap was better than not having any. When I have some energy that day and actually follow the meditation, I find myself refreshed. The best part of it is when I reopen my eyes and the world seems clearer and more vivid. So, I enjoy meditating every class to recharge or refresh myself!”
Like any skill, the road to mastery is one of consistent practice, open-mindedness, and authenticity. Martin West, Harvard Professor, found that “mindfulness instruction helped boost students’ attention skills, as well as develop coping mechanisms for stress. The authors maintain that this kind of evidence could be especially useful in efforts to support students suffering from trauma and other adversities that trigger stress in the body, hurting students’ ability to succeed” wrote Grace Tatter from the Harvard School of Education “Usable Knowledge” blog for educators (with embedded toolkits and resources for the classroom!). https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/uk/19/01/making-time-mindfulness
Join Gabriela Deambrosio to learn more about the positive impacts of Mindfulness in the classroom.
Executive Functioning is a Superpower
This session defines Executive Functioning and demonstrates actionable strategies to include in daily pedagogies to enhance student performance across age groups and disciplines. Dr. Thomas E. Brown argues there are six categories of Executive Functioning: “activation, focus, effort, emotional-regulation, memory, and action.”
Beginning the year, unit of study, or day by setting small, achievable goals helps students to reverse engineer and visualize what success looks like. Pausing and making space for intentional reflection often feels like “there isn’t enough time,” but it’s time worth spending as students take a conscious look at their goals and metacognitively reflect on what they should be doing to accomplish them. The Pandemic brought unforeseen tragedy of historical proportions often leaving students and educators in survival mode. When an individual experiences an amygdala hijack caused by stress or trauma, their executive functioning processes in the brain are inhibited, often building the anxiety before approaching the learning.
Through mindful habit cultivation, students build foundational skills while progressing through Brown’s stages of Executive Functioning development that serve them for a lifetime.
This session is:
– Builds lifelong organizational habits
– Demonstrates how students can self-monitor and self-direct
– Encourages metacognitive reflection
Join Gabriela Deambrosio and Alicia Piselli, Executive Functioning Coaches at Frankenberger Associates, to learn more about how to incorporate simple, yet powerful Executive Functioning strategies in your educational setting.
Edible Education Nourishes the Whole Child
Few things capture students’ interest more than food. It has the potential to engage all of their senses and link these senses to curriculum. Food turns gardens, kitchens and cafeterias into classrooms. By design, Edible Education is integrated into curricular lessons of all types and focuses on concepts of organic principles, circular economy, systems thinking and sustainable choices. With our growing disconnect from how our food gets to our plate, it is vital that educators bring children to the table and nourish the values of stewardship.
Bridging Pedagogy and Practice with Cambridge IGCSE
IGCSE learners develop 21st century competencies through rigorous curriculum standards that prepare them for academic and future success. This session will highlight how Kognity supports schools in bringing these competencies into the classroom through our innovative digital platform. We will discuss the key pedagogical practices in the IGCSE curriculum and how they can be implemented into teaching and learning through Kognity’s fully aligned intelligent textbook.
Welcome to Kognity
This session welcomes you to the Kognity platform through an introduction to the fully aligned IBDP and IGCSE intelligent textbooks for teachers and students. We will take a look at the interactive resources and practice centre, dive into reading, question and exam assignments, and touch on data driven instruction through the statistics feature. Join this webinar to kickstart your teaching journey with Kognity.
Data driven instruction with Kognity
In this session, we will learn about the efficacy and benefits of data-driven instruction for more targeted pedagogy, assessment and feedback in the classroom. We will then dive into how to effectively use Kognity statistics to inform your teaching and learning.
Kognity Lead Educator Kick-off
Celebrate the successes of your fellow members of the inaugural group of Kognity Lead Educators! In this session, you will meet your global Lead Educator community and share stories of shining moments of education technology integration at your school. Prizes will be awarded to the best contributions!
Linking IBDP pedagogical approaches with digital learning
IBDP learners develop global competencies for academic and professional success through effective approaches to teaching and learning (ATL). This session will highlight how Kognity supports schools in bringing ATL skills into the classroom through our innovative digital platform. We will discuss the key pedagogical approaches in the IBDP curriculum and how they can be implemented into teaching and learning through Kognity’s fully aligned intelligent textbook.
The Equity Cycle: Anti-Racist, Diverse and Inclusive Digital Education
This session takes an intro look at bias and anti-racist education and asks the audience to not only understand some of these concepts, but takes a practical look into how can a teacher make his/her/their classrooms more inclusive, open, brave and diverse.
Creative Coding in Python with imagiLabs: a social, game-like and gender inclusive learning experience
In this interactive session you will get an introduction to imagiLabs’ creative coding in Python tools and curriculum and will have the opportunity for a hands on coding experience as well. imagiLabs’ tools are built to be non-intimidating and inviting for complete beginners, so if you are just starting out or playing with the idea of introducing a script based programming language in your classroom, this is the session for you!
Social Learning: Designing for collaboration through playful ed tech tools
How do we as educators make the most of social learning, and how can we leverage technology to craft collaborative experiences that are engaging and sticky? There are lots of ed tech tools that let students work together, but it takes thoughtful learning design and an understanding of the pedagogy of collaboration to integrate meaningful social connection into our teaching. In this session we will look at some foundational research on collaborative learning, and analyze examples of technology-mediated social learning experiences to see what makes them work. Then participants will workshop their own examples of social learning to explore a wider variety of types of collaboration that they might use to deepen learning.
Acknowledging grades for what they are: a major distraction from learning
Let’s face it, grades are arguably the biggest distraction from genuine learning and growth in the classroom. So what can we do about it? In this webinar, we will unpack the utility of grading practices in international schools, articulating their place in the current educational framework. Then, we will explore constructive, positive, and qualitative feedback geared towards enhancing student motivation to love the learning process. This session is a must for anyone tired of outdated systems, and ready to boost positive learning experiences for their students.
Effective coaching strategies to help young people discover their purpose
‘Have you thought about what you want to do after high school?’ ‘What sort of career do you want to pursue?’ ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ I am sure that nearly all of us have received or offered these questions at some point in our educational history. For young people today, these questions can be intimidating, overwhelming, or downright confusing. This webinar will explore effective strategies we can use as educational professionals to help students define their purpose early in their educational career in order to establish a compass with which to direct their future steps. By the close of the workshop, you can expect to have a full toolbox of strategies and support material to help guide young people as they navigate the 21st century.
No 'new normal': Engaging Learners with What We’ve Learned
There is no ‘new normal’. People live by their circumstances and we adjust to the changing circumstances in which we live, in the best way we can. Humans are resilient. This session will discuss how we as educators can maintain curriculum expectations while applying skills learned before and throughout the pandemic.
Student creativity, agency, and media engagement skills will be addressed with examples of practical application. Technology exemplified in this session is considered a tool of, rather than a foundation for, learning. Grounded in developing skills, student (and teacher) agency, creativity, self-expression, storytelling, and action form the heart of this session.