ALISON – Free Online Learning

On October 20, 2013, in Courses, CPD, by Clive Roberts


Introducing ALISON – Advance Learning Interactive Systems Online

A two million-strong, global online learning community, filled with free, high-quality resources to help you develop essential workplace skills.

ALISON enables anyone, anywhere in the world, to learn new skills and get certified. You can learn at your own pace using free online interactive multimedia course materials.

ALISON has over 500 hundred free courses to choose from in the following subject areas:

Course materials will help you to develop your creativity, confidence and competence for work. Every course is standards-based and certified.

Join the ALISON learning community at:




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21C – 6th Annual Hong Kong Conference

On September 29, 2013, in Conferences, by Clive Roberts

21CLHK – 6th Annual Hong Kong Conference
The Digital Learning Imperative

12-14 December, 2013

The 21st Century Learning Conference is the annual event where teachers, administrators, thought leaders and technology and learning experts come together in Hong Kong to learn about the future of education. The conference, now in it’s 6th year, is the leading professional development event for technology in education in south east Asia.

Conference Highlights

  • Inspirational keynote speakers
  • Access to Asia’s largest education trade show the Teaching and Learning Expo
  • Featured presenters that will lead extended workshops which allow a deep dive into one particular area
  • Practitioner lead workshops: Leading teachers from around the region share their insights and know-how with conference participants
  • Forum panels on pertinent topics
  • Numerous networking opportunities

For further details and to register visit

Google Apps Summit21st Century Learning International presents:

The first annual Google Apps for Education Hong Kong Summit

At Hong Kong International School

June 8th and 9th 2013

The summit is designed to help you get to grips with the deployment, integration and use of Google Apps for Education to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education. It is run by Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, practicing administrators, solution providers, Google engineers, and representatives from the Google Apps for Education team.

For registration visit:  Google Apps Hong Kong Summit

Also from 21st Century Learning International:

Innovative Teaching & Learning with Technology – Led by Punya Mishra

Three one day workshops in three different cities – Singapore, Shanghai & Seoul

Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) provides a framework for technology integration based on three primary forms of knowledge: Content (CK), Pedagogy (PK), and Technology (TK). This framework has been described as being “the most significant advancement in the area of technology integration in the past 25 years”

More information and registration at:



Summer School – South East Asia

On February 21, 2013, in Courses, CPD, by Clive Roberts

Summer School - South East Asia

Summer School – South East Asia

6-8th March 2013,

Hollandse School, Singapore

The 4th South East Asia Summer School offers a range of courses and workshops for both the IPC and IMYC that are designed to give you relevant and practical ideas to take back to your school, no matter where you are on your IPC or IMYC learning journey.

Not only a great opportunity for professional development but also some super networking opportunities to share ideas and experiences with other IPC and IMYC teachers from around the world.

For further information and to register:

Digital Learning World – Truly International!

On February 1, 2013, in Collaborate, by Clive Roberts

Digital Learning World – Let’s spread the word!

Articles from Digital Learning World are now being published in Serbo-Croatian – courtesy of Jovana Milutinovich from Webhosting Geeks. Please visit

If you think that any of the articles published on Digital Learning World could benefit the wider academic community by being re-posted and/or translated then please contact me – Let’s spread the word!


FLAT Classroom Project

On January 26, 2013, in Collaborate, CPD, by Clive Roberts

flatclassThe World acclaimed FLAT Classroom project goes from strength to strength with many new initiatives being launched in February.

Here are some of the latest projects:

For further details and updates of all these projects and so much more please visit the
FLAT Classroom Blog

21C Conference – Keynotes and Workshops

On November 4, 2012, in Conferences, Courses, CPD, by Clive Roberts

21C - Leading and Learning in Digital Schools21C Conference in Hong Kong is fast approaching – January 24th-26th 2013.

Here are a couple of Keynotes to look forward to:

Dr. Larry Rosen

Dr. Larry Rosen, a Professor of Psychology at California State University, is a research psychologist with specialties in generational differences, parenting, child and adolescent development, business psychology, and is recognized as an international expert in the “Psychology of Technology.” Over the past 25-plus years, Dr. Rosen and his colleagues have examined reactions to technology among over 30,000 people in the United States and in 22 other countries.

Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer taught high school math between 2004 and 2010 and is currently studying at Stanford University on a doctoral fellowship. His hobbies include graphic design, filmmaking, motion graphics, and infographics, most of which have found their way into his practice in some way or another. His specific interests include curriculum design (answering the question, “how we design the ideal learning experience for students?”) and teacher education (answering the questions, “how do teachers learn?” and “how do we retain more teachers?” and “how do we teach teachers to teach?”). He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dan is also facilitating a Pre-conference for secondary math teachers at 21C:

Capturing, Sharing, and Resolving Perplexity in the Mathematics Classroom

Duration:   7 hours (including lunch & breaks)
Audience:   Grade 6-12 Math Educators

Other Preconference Opportunities include:

School Visits – all day tour including lunch

  • Learning Spaces
  • 1:1 Laptop Schools
  • Primary Schools

Google Apps Certified Trainer Bootcamp – 2 day intensive program will prepare you to be a Google Certified Trainer.

Designing “Friction” into an Engaging Research Process with Debbie Abilock
Capturing, Sharing, and Resolving Perplexity in the Mathematics Classroom led by Dan Meyer
iPads in Education by Dr. Jennifer Lane

For more information visit:

Education Technology Learning Summit

Teaching & Learning with the iPad

November 16th – 17th, 2012

This two-day conference includes sessions designed to answer your questions related to the implementation of iPads in learning environments. Watch how this mobile device can provide efficiency and increased productivity in learning environments and help prepare our learners for the demands of the next decade.  See demonstrations of this technology with a variety of applications, curricular areas, and connections to developing 21st Century Skills.  Come plan and create your own activities and learn from those with over two years of experience with the iPad in the classroom!

Conveniently located one mile from Raleigh-Durham International Airport at the Embassy Suites Brier Creek.  Special discounted room rates are available.

Space is limited, so register early for one of two selections of sessions designed for administrator and instructors.

Visit the Conference Website for Details:

21CHLK 2013 – Digital Impact: Life & Learning

On September 16, 2012, in Conferences, by Clive Roberts

21CHLK 201321CHLK 2013 – Digital Impact: Life & Learning

Renaissance College Hong Kong
24-26th January 2013


  • Dr. Larry Rosen
  • Nichole Pinkard
  • Dan Meyer
  • Dr. Jennifer Lane


  • Designing “Friction” into an Engaging Research Process with Debbie Abilock
  • Capturing, Sharing, and Resolving Perplexity in the Mathematics Classroom led by Dan Meyer
  • Google Certified Trainers led by Wendy Gorton
  • iPads in Education led by Dr. Jennifer Lane
  • School tours:
    • 1:1
    • Primary
    • Learning Spaces

Registration now open at:

More conference information at:


18 Cool ways to use QR Codes

On September 2, 2012, in Collaborate, Software, by Clive Roberts

QR CodesQuick Response  (QR) Codes are appearing everywhere from an airline ticket to a bottle of wine. Working in a similar way to a barcode, when scanned, QR codes link to something on the web, from ads to videos and music to surveys. Many colleges are now beginning to use QR Codes. Here are 18 cool ways QR codes are taking root in higher education – courtesy of Jasmine at:

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Flat Classroom® Conferences

On August 28, 2012, in Conferences, CPD, by Clive Roberts

Flat Classroom ConferencesI am pleased to be able to announce the following Flat Classroom® Conferences:

International School, Dusseldorf, Germany –  December 6-8, 2012

Yokohama International School, Yokohama, Japan – March 8-10 2013

Register for either (or both!) using the links above. I would highly recommend early registration to ensure your participation in these hugely popular conferences organised by Flat Classroom® co-founders, Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis

New Academic Year – New Challenges

On August 21, 2012, in Collaborate, Conferences, Courses, CPD, by Clive Roberts

Welcome back to school everyone – I would guess that by now most of us are returning to the classroom suitably refreshed and raring to go. I have been busy lately with other projects but will try to continue to keep Digital Learning World alive!

As ever, I will try and list many of the major upcoming conferences and workshops throughout the coming year. If you have any that you would like mentioned or you are hosting any yourself then please do let me know.

National Association of Advisors for Computers in EducationNAACE – Primary ICT Subject Leaders course

Starts on November 1st 2012.

An extended course over two terms delivered through a blended learning approach including online meetings, moderated online discussions, email contact with the course tutor, online self-study, reading and completion of directed tasks. For more information:

International Schools technology Education Committee

International Schools Technology Exchange Committee (based in Thailand) – Autumn term meeting.

At the British International School, Phuket on Friday October 5th 2012

More about this as soon as I hear! ISTEC Ning at

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50 Best Sources of Free Liberal Arts Learning Online

On June 21, 2012, in Courses, CPD, by Clive Roberts

50 Best Sources of Free Liberal Arts Learning Online

A liberal arts education can be the foundation for a career in just about any field, from politics to business, not just those directly related to liberal arts majors. Through these courses, students learn how to solve problems, think critically, write well, and gain a whole host of important facts about history and culture. That’s what makes these kinds of courses so essential in a well-rounded college degree program, and why so many colleges require students to take them, regardless of major.

Even if you’ve already signed up to take the basic liberal arts courses at your school, whether for your major or to fulfill general education requirements, it never hurts to take a few more or to expand your knowledge beyond the material covered in a course.

Click Here for a Comprehensive list of 50 Best Sources of Free Liberal Arts Learning Online

Courtesy of:

Online Universities




10 Most Impressive Virtual High Schools

On May 10, 2012, in Collaborate, Courses, by Clive Roberts

Here is an interesting article courtesy of Best Colleges Online . Com

Best Colleges Online“To us, virtual high schools sound like something from The Jetsons, but instead of existing in a world with robot maids and flying cars, they’re here today, and they are really cool. These online schools offer incredible opportunities to homeschoolers, dropouts returning to high school, students with busy schedules, and others who just enjoy the freedom, flexibility, and opportunity provided by virtual learning. We’ve discovered 10 really impressive virtual high schools, including tuition-free and even 3D virtual world schools, that we hope you’ll check out”.

Read more at:  Best Colleges Online . Com


Thanks to Tim Handorf for this article. If you have an interestig article or news item that you would like featured on Digital Learning World then drop me a line at

Conferences and Networking Opportunities

On April 20, 2012, in Conferences, CPD, by Clive Roberts

A warm welcome back from your Easter/New Year holidays. It’s time once again to look ahead at upcoming opportunities for conferences, collaboration and professional networking.

Here are some upcoming conferences from now until the summer:

National Association of Advisors for Computers in EducationNAACE Primary ICT Subject Leaders
Naace Enhanced Award course for Primary ICT Leaders will begin on 8 May 2012.
An extended course over two terms delivered through a blended learning approach including online meetings, moderated online discussions,email contact with the course tutor, online self-study, reading and completion of directed tasks.

Council of British International Schools‘UNITY IN DIVERSITY’ 2012 COBIS Annual Conference
Saturday, 12th May – Monday 14th May, 2012
Park Plaza Victoria, London SW1V 1EQ

International Standards for Technology in Education
ISTE 2012
ISTE 2012 – San Diego Convention Center – June 24th – 27th

Cambridge International Education ConferenceCambridge International Education Conference
A Teaching conference for Teaching Professionals
Cambridge UK – July 16th – 17th


IADIS ELearning ConferenceIADIS ELearning Conference
Lisbon, Portugal – 17th – 20th July 2012


IPC Conference 2012International Primary Curriculum Summer School
International School of The Hague,
Den Haag, The Netherlands
23rd-25th July 2012



AACE World Conferences

Check out the AACE World Conference schedule at:

If you have any conferences, events or opportunities for professional networking that you would like to promote then please let me know 🙂

Blooms Digital Taxonomy: Category 3 Applying

On March 29, 2012, in Pedagogy, by Clive Roberts

OK, I know it’s been a while since I looked at categories 1 & 2 but better late than never!

You can refresh your memory by reviewing previous categories here:

Category 1 – Remembering

Category 2 – Understanding

The third in this series of looking at the categories of Blooms Digital Taxonomy – that of applying.

As Blooms Digital Taxonomy states:

‘Before you can analyse a concept or fact you must apply it’ – Students must be able to interpret, summarise and explain specific information.

The Key Verbs associated with applying are:

Bloom's Digital Taxonomy - Applying

Again this list is not exhaustive and there are probably many more emerging applications that could be included. If you have a favourite that you would like to share then please add a comment.

Next time: Category 4 – Analysing

NAACE ICT Mark and ITEM – Part two

On March 19, 2012, in Standards, by Clive Roberts

Self Review Framework for the ICT Mark/ITEM

Part two of my review of the NAACE ICT Mark and ITEM looks at the Self-review framework (SRF), which provides a structured method to review your school’s use of ICT and its impact on school improvement. The SRF is free to use and is linked to national standards for ICT and will help you to:

  1. Understand what “good” use of ICT looks like
  2. Benchmark your progress against other schools
  3. Identify your strengths
  4. Create an action plan for improvement

You can sign into the BECTA SRF site at:

The SRF is divided into six elements, which are designed to both support and challenge your school, and you can work through each element at your own pace (* provided courtesy of BECTA).

1. Leadership and management

  • Develop and communicate a shared vision for ICT
  • Plan a sustainable ICT strategy
  • Develop an effective information management strategy

2. Planning

  • Plan for the development of pupils’ ICT capability
  • Plan the use of ICT to support the curriculum and respond to new technologies
  • Ensure pupils’ ICT experiences are progressive, coherent, balanced and consistent
  • Identify and evaluate the impact of ICT on learning and teaching

3. Learning

  • Plan the use of ICT to enhance learning and teaching
  • Meet pupils’ expectations for the use of ICT
  • Consider the impact of ICT on learning

4. Assessment of ICT capability

  • Assess ICT capability of pupils’ to support their learning
  • Use assessment evidence and data in planning learning and teaching across the whole curriculum
  • Assess the learning in specific subjects when ICT has been used

5. Professional development

  • Identify and address the ICT training needs of your school and individual staff
  • Provide quality support and training activities for all staff in the use of ICT sharing effective practice
  • Review, monitor and evaluate professional development as an integral part of the development of your school

6. Resources

  • Ensure learning and teaching environments use ICT effectively and in line with strategic needs
  • Purchase, deploy and review appropriate ICT resources that reflect your school improvement strategy
  • Manage technical support effectively for the benefit of pupils and staff

Once your school has reached a certain level on the SRF you can then move forward and apply for the ICT Mark/ITEM.

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NAACE ICT Mark and ITEM – Part one

On March 5, 2012, in Standards, by Clive Roberts

The ICT Mark and ITEM

The ICT Mark is an accreditation for schools that have reached nationally agreed levels within the self-review framework. Schools accredited with the ICT Mark standard are demonstrating that they are committed to using technology to improve their overall effectiveness and efficiency.

The continued development of the ICT Mark by NAACE, supported by the Department for Education is supporting schools to raise standards by using the Self-review Framework. Celebrate putting technology at the heart of learning in your school by working towards the ICT Mark.

The International Technology in Education Mark (ITEM) is an Internationally recognised accreditation based on the ICT Mark and ISTE NETS. Accredited by NAACE, which is a UK based ISTE affiliate, ITEM provides the framework for International schools to self-review their technology provision throughout all areas of the school from administration and management to curriculum technology integration.

The Benefits of the ICT Mark/ITEM

The ICT Mark/ITEM can help your school to demonstrate the effective use of technology throughout a range of initiatives and as ICT reaches deeply into the core of all school activities the ICT Mark/ITEM can provide widespread benefits across many aspects of school life.

Applying for ICT Mark/ITEM assessment and achieving accreditation can offer your school a number of benefits*:

  • Provides an opportunity to celebrate success
  • Verifies your own self-review judgements
  • Recognises whole school improvement
  • Provides an opportunity to be seen as centre of excellence
  • Tells suppliers that you are an informed customer
  • Provides you with credibility for hosting visits and providing services
  • Provides an opportunity for learners to celebrate their use of ICT
  • Gives parents confidence that technology is being used effectively
  • Informs parents that you offer better communication to families and homes
  • Informs other schools and organisations that you are a potential partner for extending opportunities for learning through technology
  • Raises public recognition of good practice in the use of ICT
  • Strengthens your bids for involvement in new initiatives
  • Recognises your commitment to self-review and evaluation
  • Recognises your commitment and hard work
  • Includes promotional material and guidance on how to use the ICT Mark to promote your school.

* Benefits listed courtesy of NAACE

As you can see the working towards the ICT Mark/ITEM can benefit your school in many ways.

My next post will look at The Self Review Framework for the ICT Mark/ITEM.


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IMYC Information Session – Singapore

On March 2, 2012, in CPD, Standards, by Clive Roberts

International Middle Years Curriculum

The International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) is now gathering momentum as a real opportunity to improve learning and increase engagement of middle school students.

Schools from across the globe are already implementing the IMYC with great success and there is now an opportunity for South East Asian schools to find out more about the IMYC. A free 2-hour ‘Introduction to the IMYC’ information session is scheduled at the upcoming International Primary Curriculum (IPC) South East Asia Summer School at SJI International Elementary School, Singapore, on Friday 9th March 2012.

The ‘Introduction to the IMYC’ information session is for anyone interested in learning about the IMYC and how the IMYC can improve learning and engagement for middle school students.

What will you learn from attending the IMYC information session?

  • Some of the background issues in helping 11-14 year-olds learn
  • IMYC philosophy and beliefs – the big picture
  • Definitions of learning that underpin the IMYC
  • The component parts of the IMYC
  • Some of the implementation issues in the IMYC
  • Why the IMYC has been designed in the way that it has
  • Compare your current provision middle school provision with the IMYC

Places for this complimentary session are limited – so hurry and book your place

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Blooms Digital Taxonomy Pyramid

On February 24, 2012, in Pedagogy, by Clive Roberts

Whilst creating a ‘Technology Integration’ unit for the Laos University teachers teacher training course I included the blooms Digital Taxonomy Pyramid by Samantha Penney. (click on the image to visit the ‘live’ pyramid)

Blooms Digital Taxonomy Pyramid

Not only was this a great way of introducing some new Web 2.0 tools to the university teachers but it also got them thinking about how to use them to ‘get their students thinking’ – in other words to use tools to promote higher order thinking skills.

The pyramid also provides a lot of direct links to some very useful web 2.0 tools.

Just thought I’d share this with you.

Clive R.