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 http://hk.21c-learning.com/conference-overview/

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:  http://21c-learning.com/punya-mishra/



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: http://www.21clhk.org/

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: http://www.mytechx.com/21cl/hk2013/

More conference information at: http://www.21clhk.org/


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 cliver@digitallearningworld.com

Conferences, Events and Networking

On January 27, 2012, in Collaborate, Conferences, Courses, CPD, by Clive Roberts

As we all get settled into the New Year routine it’s time to look ahead at upcoming opportunities for collaboration and professional networking – Where did January go to?

Here are a few not to be missed happenings:

International Schools technology Education CommitteeISTEC (International Schools Technology Exchange Committee)
This is a ‘free’ opportunity for ICT Teachers/Technicians/IT Directors to get together to share ideas and keep up to date with the latest developments in the world of IT as it affects learning and teaching today.

Bromsgrove International school, Bangkok, Thailand (Wiki)

Friday 10th February 2012 (10:00-15:00)

Twitter Hashtag: #istecbromsgrove


21C - Leading and Learning in Digital Schools21st Century Learning Conference – Hong Kong
The 21st Century Learning @ Hong Kong conference brings educators from within and beyond the region together to interact with ideas and experiences designed to make them better prepared, informed and enthused to be able to bring out the best in the digital native learners they influence.

Stucon 2012StuCon2012 -  A student-led technology conference

At HKIS in Hong Kong

Dates: March 16-17, 2012


Flat Classroom Project - Digiteen

Flatclassroom Digiteen Project

A global hands-on project for middle and early high school students, (typically Grade 6-9)

Twitter:  @digiteen


Global Time 2012 Global Conference on Technology, Innovation, Media & Education

Online  – February 7-9, 2012


IPC Conference 2012IPC South East Asia Summer School

SJI International Elementary School, Singapore

7th – 9th March 2012



If you have any conferences, events or opportunities for professional networking that you would like to promote then please let me know :-)     cliver@digitallearningworld.com

21st Century Learning – Assessment for Learning

On April 25, 2011, in Pedagogy, by Clive Roberts

Clearly the way our young learners learn is changing and continues to do so. It is also clear that the way we, as educators, ‘teach’ our young learners is also changing – or should be changing as we respond to the needs of our 21st Century learners.

Steven Pearce’s recent blog post at http://innovativescholar.com/ outlines some of the ways schools are adopting new methods of discovery based, problem based and challenged based learning to engage learners and provide them with valuable 21st Century skills.

But what of assessment?

Is assessment necessary? …. and if so how should we assess today’s young learners?

Hopefully, long gone are the days of rote learning and the teacher simply filling empty vessels with knowledge that is later regurgitated in a test or examination so that a student can ‘make the grade’.

Using only Assessment of Learning is becoming outdated …. Assessment for Learning (AfL) is becoming increasingly important. The emphasis has changed from assessing students purely to provide a grade to using assessment as a tool to provide feedback to improve the whole learning experience.

Apple use an interesting analogy in their Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACoT) when understanding AfL or informative assessment:

‘Consider the student as gamer. She is motivated to play because she gets feedback every few seconds. That feedback entices and enables her to “stay in the game,” provided she has learned from prior experiences, monitors the current situation, pays attention to the constant feedback, and reacts quickly enough. “Failure” simply provides her a quick break before she gets back into the game-with renewed effort, new data, and new resolve to achieve new plateaus’.

As the way our young learners learn becomes more discovery, problem and challenged based they are becoming more collaborative using technology and learning online. Feedback may be generated from a wide range of sources, such as virtual learning environments, wiki development, blog responses, discussion boards, text messaging, audio/video responses etc. Learners are now creating and publishing multimedia and web content that may receive feedback from peers, teachers, parents and family, experts or any other members of the Internet community.

So how are you assessing your young learners? Are you using:

Self assessments?
Peer reviews?
Teacher observations?
Student-teacher conferences?
Interim product analysis? (based on rubrics)
Appropriate Assessment Rubrics?

Obviously there is a lot more to assessment than this discussion allows – but hopefully this post will stimulate your thoughts on 21st Century – Assessment for Learning. I’d love to hear them – Please do let me know by posting a comment.

Here are a few useful links:

Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow

Learning in the 21st Century – Independent Thinking

Assessment for Learning dot com

UK Government Assessment for Learning Strategy

Assessment for Learning (AfL) in the Primary Framework

New Assessment Paradigms for 21st Century Learning

21st Century Learning in Schools – A Case Study

A Charter for 21st Century Learning in Ireland

Learning 2.011 Conference – Shanghai

On March 22, 2011, in CPD, by Clive Roberts

Learning 2.011 ConferenceLearning 2.011 Conference – September 8th-10th

Shanghai Community International School

An educational conference focusing on technology & change in the classroom rather than on teaching a set of tools to use in the classroom. The conference is about how we can change our classrooms to improve learning and how our  students can become valuable participants in the world of 2021 and beyond.

More info at:  http://www.learning2conf.org/

Flat Classroom Projects and Opportunities

On March 5, 2011, in Collaborate, by Clive Roberts

The following Flat Classroom projects and opportunities are coming up in the near future. Please make sure you sign up or contact Flat Classroom for more information.

Flat Classroom Project 11-2 (March-June 2011) – Application Deadline March 1 HOWEVER there is room to add a couple more classes if you apply in the next few days. Details:


Digiteen Project 11-2 (March-June 2011) – Application Deadline March 1 HOWEVER there is room to add a couple more classes if you apply in the next few days. Details:


“A Week in the Life…….” 11-1 (March-June) – Application Deadline March 15. Following on from the success of the pilot project last semester, this project for Elementary level students will commence again before the end of March.

Read about the project:

(and explore the completed project on the same wiki)

Apply via this form:


Eracism Project - Please note this will be run again starting September 2011, more details to come soon.



Flat Classroom Certified Teacher course 11-1 – Another FCP certified teacher course will be launched by the end of March. Further details to follow.  Meanwhile, you may review the structure of the pilot course that ran last semester at:

Application for the Flat Classroom Certified Teacher course on this form:


Thanks to Julie Lindsay, Flat Classroom Director, for all this information.

QR Codes – Treasure hunt

On February 17, 2011, in Collaborate, by Clive Roberts

More fun and collaborative learning with QR Codes

10 mystery QR Codes all link to a common theme:


Post them individually around your school and let your students do the rest!

Can they find out the common link?

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Middle School ICT for 21st Century Learning

On February 9, 2011, in Pedagogy, by Clive Roberts

Having taught KS3 ICT in its various incarnations since 1997 and then a couple of years MYP, Middle School ICT and Technology is an area in which I have a particular interest. The Middle school years are arguably the most important period in the lives of our young learners – a time when individual identities are forged as they blossom into young adults. During the past decade there have been various educational ‘initiatives’, including:

Every Child Matters ‘enjoying and achieving’ in 2003
Higher Standards, Better Schools for All in 2005
20-20 Vision – Personalising Learning in 2007
Secondary Curriculum Review in 2007

With the evolution of the Internet and ubiquitous mobile devices the past decade has also seen a change in what young people need to learn and how they learn. I have attempted to capture the essence of change in the following presentation:

Middle School ICT For 21st Century Learning

Another great presentation outlining 21st Century Skills in the Middle School by Karen Brooks:

Kim Cofino also created this wonderful 21st Century Classroom presentation:

Undoubtedly, things are changing and as Educators we must respond to these changes.

An interesting upcoming development is the emergence of the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC). This is being developed following the success of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), which now has been adopted by well over 1,000 schools in 65 countries worldwide.

More on the International Middle Years Curriculum as I begin to unravel it!

Standards for Technology Integration

On January 31, 2011, in Standards, by Clive Roberts

Standards for Technology Integration

It is my intention to look closer at the implementation of standards for the integration of technology within the curriculum. This will involve taking a closer look at ISTE NETS and how they may be aligned with curriculum requirements. As a precursor to this I thought that I would share a couple of slideshare presentations:

Education Technology Standards by Dr. Alaa Sadik

NETS Standards for Students by Eunice Rosado

Have you implemented NETS standards at your school?

I would be interested to hear from anyone that has aligned NETS standards to current curriculum best practice, particularly MYP and KS3.

Flat Classroom Conference – Beijing

On January 24, 2011, in Conferences, CPD, by Clive Roberts

Flat Classroom Conference 2011 - Beijing BISS International School

The Flat Classroom Conference 2011
February 25th-27th 2011
Beijing BISS International School

Although registration for the Student Summit is now closed there are still limited places for the Leadership Workshops. More information at:


You can join the Flat Classroom Ning Site at:


Digital Citizens Week

Yokohama International School

April 11th-15th

Kim Cofino of Yokohama International School has organised a Digital Citizens Week for April 11th-15th. Any schools wishing to collaborate with Kim and her students please click here to register your interest.

IWB’s for 21st Century Learning

On January 17, 2011, in Hardware, Tools, by Clive Roberts
Are you using IWB’s to provide an interactive learning experience?

Interactive WhiteboardSince the turn of the millenium there has been an increasing tide of Interactive Whiteboard deployment throughout both Primary and Secondary classrooms. Indeed last year the UK government allocated 50 million pounds (one fifth of their total budget for ICT in Education) for IWB’s.

Most of the leading International schools now have IWB’s providing their learners with a rich interactive classroom experience.

Do you use an Interactive Whiteboard?

There are two main types of IWB
  • Electromagnetic – that use an electronic pen to write on a hard surface – e.g Promethean Activboards.
  • Resistive – that have a softer touch sensitive surface – e.g SMARTBoards.

More recent developments have seen IWB’s that integrate both pen and touch in the same board and also include a built in projector and sound system. Multi-touch boards are now also becoming available.

For more information on IWB’s and Teaching Tchnology I thoroughly recommend that you subscribe to the new ICT Teaching Technology magazine – I have!

Here is a brief introduction to the SMARTBoard:

The Promethean Activboard is shown below:

The aim of this article was as an introduction to IWB’s. Subsequent articles will look at IWB’s in more detail, including other options available, the new generation of interactive panels and touch screens, and IWB resources.

A couple of great sites that I recommend for IWB resources:

SMART Exchange for all your SMARTBoard Resources

Topmarks Interactive Whiteboard Resources

Please let us know how you use your IWB and if you have any great links to IWB resources!

Blooms Digital Taxonomy

On January 9, 2011, in Pedagogy, by Clive Roberts

As educators we are all familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy, created in the 1950′s by Benjamin Bloom, and the more recently revised 2001 version adapted by Lorin Anderson.

Bloms Taxonomy

The original use of nouns was replaced by verbs and top level categories were re-arranged. Each category has a number of sub-categories containing key verbs associated with it:

  • Remembering - recognising, listing, describing, identifying, retrieving, naming, locating, finding
  • Understanding - interpreting, summarising, inferring, paraphrasing, classifying, comparing, explaining, exemplifying
  • Applying – implementing, carrying out, using, executing
  • Analysing – comparing, organising, deconstructing, attributing, outlining, finding, structuring, integrating
  • Evaluating - checking, hypothesising, critiquing, experimenting, judging, testing, detecting, monitoring
  • Creating – designing, constructing, planning, producing, inventing, devising, making

Over recent years the pervasive development of ICT has changed the way young people are learning as they apply technology to solve real world problems. Our students have become 21st century learners. But have we become 21st century teachers?

In 2007, to reflect these changes, Andrew Churches further developed and refined Blooms Taxonomy to create Blooms Digital Taxonomy. A taxonomy more aligned with 21st century learning. Here is a diagram that Andrew used to summarise Bloom’s digital taxonomy:

Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

(Note that the new ‘digital’ verbs introduced are coloured in blue)

Here is a video version of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy Verbs:

Further explanation of Bloom’s digital taxonomy can be viewed at:


Click here for a PDF version of Andrew Churche’s Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy

Over the coming months I will begin to look at each of the Bloom’s digital taxonomy categories and explore how these may be integrated into learning.

If you would like to collaborate and contribute then please let me know.

iPads for Learning

On December 31, 2010, in Hardware, Tools, by Clive Roberts
Will the iPad become the ‘killer’ tool to revolutionize 21C learning?

Well, it’s almost a year on since the launch of the iPad and much has been written about it, its Apps and its place in learning. So the purpose of this article is to consider what has already been written, to seek the views of educators that have embraced the iPad, and to consider what the iPad may offer in the future – iPad 2.0.

iPads for Learning

One of the best iPad sites has to be iPads in Education by Apple Distinguished Educator Ian Wilson. Ian believes that “the iPad signals the opportunity for a transformation in how technology is used in schools and offers the potential of transformation in technology – new methods for new learning”.

Ian has also put together some excellent information on the use of the iPad in education, including ‘Why use iPads in schools?‘ a comparison of ‘iPads vs Netbooks‘ and a review of iPad Apps by subject area.

You may also want to check out Ian’s other website on Digital Creativity

Another useful iPad site discovered was iPad4Edu.com – If you have any questions regarding the use of iPads for learning just go ahead and ask! Also checkout ‘Using iPads in the classroom:

iPad 2.0

We can expect the next version of the iPad – iPad 2, to be launched early 2011. But what will the improvements be over iPad one? Here are some of the likely new iPad 2 specs:

* The iPad 2 will incorporate ‘Facetime’ so a we can expect both front and rear facing cameras.
* Also a gyroscope should be included.
* A USB port and SD Card for uploading movies, photos and documents – and also for charging.
* GSM and CDMA network capability for world-wide coverage.
* Retina display may make it’s way from the iPhone 4.
* Increase in processor speed and memory capacity – up to 1Gb.
* Improved power management and battery life.
* A thinner, sleeker case

With all of these new features the iPad 2 promises to be a real world beater. Indications are that the iPad 2 will be available late Spring 2011 and prices should remain about the same as iPad one.

So what do you think of the iPad for education? If you are using the iPad in your classroom then we would love to hear from you!

CPD – Conferences

On December 29, 2010, in Conferences, CPD, by Clive Roberts

21st Century Learning Conference, Hong Kong

21st Century Learning – Hong Kong – February 18th/19th 2011

The last 21c Learning Conference at HKIS in 2009 was undoubtedly one of the best conferences I have attended and with Stephen Heppell as keynote speaker this is definitely one not to miss.

Hosted at West Island school the conference theme is the challenge of “making it real” for students in the ever changing world of the 21st Century.

Register at http://21c-learning.hk/

******************************************AACE Global TimeAACE Global Time Online Conference on Technology, Innovation, Media and Education – February 22nd-24th 2011
This online conference features live sessions for multiple time zones, invited and 50 peer-reviewed talks and Workshops. All from the convenience of your own home/school.

More information and registration at: http://www.aace.org/conf/gtime/


NAACE - Annual Strategic Conference 2011NAACE Annual Strategic Conference  – Wokefield Park, Reading, UK – March 15th-17th 2011

The Naace Strategic Conference is recognised as one of the key forums for exploring, debating and challenging current thinking about technology and learning.

NAACE extend their welcome to International Educators by also offering pre-conference opportunities.

Further details and registration at: http://www.naace.co.uk/conference2011


AACE Global Learn Asia PacificAACE Global Learn Asia Pacific Conference on Learning and Technology – Melbourne, Australia – March 28th – April 1st 2011

Global Learn connects and engages creative educators, researchers, consultants, training managers, policy makers, curriculum developers, entrepreneurs, and others in the topics and fields in which they are passionate.
I attended and presented at the May 2010 Global Learn Asia Pacific Conference in Penang, Malaysia – An excellent conference that I highly recommend. This year’s conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia.

For more information and registration: http://www.aace.org/conf/glearn/


ISTE Conference 2011ISTE Conference 2011 – Unlocking Potential – Philadelphia, PA, US – June 26th-29th 2011

The theme for ITSE 2011 is Unlocking Potential with more than 18,000 education professionals and technology industry reps are expected to attend it promises to be an inspiring event.

More information and registration at: http://www.iste.org/conference.aspx


TechEx 2011TechEx 2011 Technology Exchange – Bangkok Patana School, Bangkok, Thailand – October 13th/14th 2011

TechEx stands for Technology Exchange. This conference is the fifth in a series of similar conferences which have been hosted at International schools in Bangkok by RIS, NIST and Patana.

The conference is designed primarily for the average classroom teacher who would like to learn more about using ICT to support teaching or the teacher who has a teaching idea worth sharing.

I attended and presented at the last TechEx conference in 2005 – A truly exhilarating experience!

More information and registration at: http://www.patana.ac.th/TechEx2011/Default.asp


More conferences will be added to this list as they arise.

If you know of any really great Learning Technology conferences taking place in 2011 then please let us know and we will add them.

21st Century Learning

On December 27, 2010, in Pedagogy, by Clive Roberts
21st Century Learning – What is it?

The way young people learn is changing …

Here is my ‘take’ on 21st Century Learning:

The application of appropriate technology
to solve ‘real world’ problems
using higher order thinking skills

Here are some more 21st century learners:

What does 21st century learning mean to you?

ACOT – Apple Classrooms Of Tomorrow show learning optimised for the 21st Century

Apple Classrooms Of Tomorrow

Apple Classrooms Of Tomorrow

Apple Classrooms Of Tomorrow – 6 design principles for 21st Century secondary education:
Six Design Principles of 21st Century Secondary Education

Six Design Principles of 21st Century Secondary Education

Well, that’s a start! But maybe you have something more to add?

Please add your comments below

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