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Learning Conference 2.0 08 Held at SCIS HQ

September, 2008
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IMG_7555 Building on the success of last year’s conference, over 500 educators converged on Shanghai again from all over the globe to put their best thinking into how learning is changing in an increasingly dynamic and complex world at the Learning Conference 2.008 from September 18 to 20.

  The event was hosted on the Hongqiao campus of Shanghai Community International School (SCIS) with cooperative support from Concordia International School Shanghai (CISS), Shanghai American School (SAS) and British International School Shanghai (BISS).

  A cooperative effort, this conference is co-sponsored by the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS) and the Association for China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS). Consistent with that joint sponsorship, major international schools in Shanghai have joined together for two years in a row now with key leaders and educators volunteering countless hours to bring this conference to the teachers and administrators attending.

  The conference itself features leading edge speakers in the realm of new ideas and the use of new technologies, including David Jakes, Clarence Fisher, David Warlick, Alan Levine and Brian Crosby, all from the United States. Ewan McIntosh is traveling from the United Kingdom and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach is traveling virtually to the main conference stage where she will be leading sessions while connected from her home in Virgina Beach on the east coast of the United States.IMG_7503

  The theme of this year’s conference is “Learning and Action”. The presentations and discussions include a wide array of topics such as film-making (documentaries), project-based learning, alternative assessments, how to use new technologies effectively to increase student learning, the effects of social media, media literacy and exploring further the concept of personal learning networks.

  Also important to this conference format is the un-conference session, which is inspired by the participants. Topics that emerge at the conference are given their own session on the fly so that topics of interest can be explored in greater depth.

  The spirit of this conference lives on far beyond the closing session. If you have an interest in joining the collaboration, follow the work of the conference participants on the blog site at: http://learning2cn.ning.com/. This site was created by Jeff Utecht, a teacher from the International School of Bangkok, Thailand. According to Utecht, some 800 people have registered at the site, with on-going discussions about education and using technology in the classroom. In the next couple of weeks, podcasting of every session at the Learning Conference 2.008 as well as collected notes of discussions will be available online too.

  It’s open to everybody; you don’t have to create an account before you click on the site and find the information you want or create an account to join in the group discussions.

  Special thanks to key sponsors of this conference, including Apple Computer, Lanxum, Coca Cola, mimio, Etech Group, Texas Instruments, Dell, Science Labs (UK, and many others.

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