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Newsletter February 2008         aims, purpose & mailing policy
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item one  Shamble "What's New"   item seven  Conferences
item two  International Schools Island (more)   item eight  Librarians and media staff
item three  International Baccalaureate   item nine  Mixed Bag
item four  2008-2009 Academic Calendar   item ten  Nursery Rhymes
item five  Primary Framework Interactive Planning Tool   item eleven  Zero carbon schools
item six  Becta’s TechNews   item twelve  Singapore : Web 2.0 workshops

International Schools Island in Second Life : 3D online virtual world

item one Shambles "What's New"

International Schools Island Blog

Click to join Second Life now  ... it is free       Home page of International Schools Island (in Second Life) on the Shambles website   You need to already be a member of Second Life and Logged on in order to use this link to the International Schools Island You are already on this page international schools island calendar ... events in second life and in the real world you are already on the sponsored page so this link is not active international schools (k-12) group isi Blog recording the growth of an island

"isi" is free and primarily designed to support professional development in k-12 (prim&sec) school communities

To initially get a feel of what this is all about then visit the BLOG where we have archived the process of building the island ....

How to get to "isi" in S.L.?
a) you need to have joined S.L. (free)
b) download the S.L. viewer (free)
c) log on
d) go to this (SLurl) webpage
e) click on the 'teleport' link that comes up in the webpage.
f) look in your S.L. viewer and then teleport

Now all this is all a REAL HASSLE the first time .... and you are HIGHLY advised, if possible, to have a colleague who already has experience in S.L. to work with you ... peer mentoring is very effective in this situation.
OR .....
invite me in to your school to run sessions on Virtual Worlds, including Second Life ... they have the potential to be an ideal supplement to your school elearning platform.

Join Second Life ... it' s free

Shamblesguru Voom


SL EducationTakeme Homewood (Jenny)

item two International Schools Island
Educational Suppliers and Publishers / Publishers
If you are looking for a venue to showcase your products or services internationally in this new cutting edge 3D environment then click on this logo for details.
you are already on the sponsored page so this link is not active
Schools Marketing in Second Life
There are opportunities for Schools to display their details on the International Schools Island with links to your own school website .... click on the 'sponsor' logo
Renting Land in Second Life
Land is available for rent on the International Schools Island .... for organisations or individuals ... this would be a low cost way of assessing the value of a 3D virtual world for yourself, your school or your organisation.
You are already on this page


item three International Baccalaureate I.B.

No news from the guys at I.B. at Singapore Regional HQ

item four 2008-2009 Academic Calendar
The calendar template that I produce each year is now available for 2008-2009 ... to download free ... it is a Word document and can be edited. Academic Calendar 2008-2009



Primary Framework for literacy and mathematics
Primary frameworks interactive planning tool ...
An online tool giving (England and Wales) primary schools teachers the ability to tailor learning to the needs of their pupils was launched on 26 April 2007 .... it is now available online.

The Interactive Planning Tool lets teachers draw on the extensive resources and guidance currently available on the Primary Framework for literacy and mathematics, which were extensively revised in an e-Framework in October 2006. The tool enables teachers to incorporate this material into their lesson plans and share it with colleagues.

The tool is designed to support your use of the Primary Framework website.
It enables you to plan electronically drawing on the framework materials, allowing you to manipulate the Primary Framework content to personalise the learning and teaching in your classroom.



TechNews from Becta (UK) Education ... a recommended newsletter for technical support staff and also coordinators.
TechNews is a technology, news and analysis service aimed at those in the education sector keen to stay informed about technology developments, trends and issues.
Archives of previous editions can be found at
TechNews can also be downloaded from the Becta website


item seven Conferences / Courses / Workshops

Shanghai Learning 2.008 Conference
Learning Learning in Action .. 19th and 20th September 2008
"Last year this conference helped to redefine educational conferences around the world. This year we look to take it to a whole new level"

The 27th Annual Conference for British International Schools
Saturday, 10th May – Monday 12th May, 2008 London
The Council of British International Schools (COBIS – formerly COBISEC)
The Conference is open to Governors (Board Members), Heads, and members of Senior Management Teams from British International Schools anywhere in the world. The COBIS Conference has grown substantially in recent years and now attracts people from British schools in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia, and America.
It provides an excellent forum for meeting senior staff in British schools in Europe and from all over the world, and an opportunity to hear speakers who are leaders in education in the UK.

Technology-Enriched Learning Spaces
The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) and the Hong Kong Web Symposium Consortium are pleased to invite you to participate in the 2008 Conference on ICT in Teaching and Learning on the conference theme of 'Technology-Enriched Learning Spaces'.
The conference will be held at The Open University of Hong Kong and St Paul's Convent School, Hong Kong SAR, on 7-8 July 2008. download flier pdf

iNet online conferences for educators
You are invited to take part in the 2008 series of iNet online conferences for educators: ‘The road to transformation in education’.
These four online events at no cost for teachers, school leaders and education academics/policy makers are an opportunity to exchange views and ideas with educators from around the world. This year’s conference topics are:
- System redesign : Online discussions active 3 - 11 March 2008
- Curriculum redesign : Online discussions active 21 - 29 April
- Personalising relationships : Online discussions active 12 - 20 May
- The power of networking : Online discussions active 23 June - 1 July

SENIA (Special Education Network in Asia) conference Download Flier (word doc)
6th to 9th March 2008 in Beijing, China
Reaching and Teaching Across the Inclusive Spectrum
Registration form and accommodation details from
Sandra Helmig or Priscilla Carlisle

Teaching ESL Students in Mainstream Classroomse Download Flier (pdf doc)
T utor training course in Bangkok April 25-29, 2008 Cost: AUD 3,975
Hosted by Ruamrudee International School, Bangkok, Thailand
Venue: Sheraton Grande Sukhimvit, Bangkok, Thailand
TESMC is an updated, revised version of the well-known “ESL in the Mainstream” course. It is run through the Department of Education and Children’s Services in South Australia and
provides teachers with internationally recognized certification.


item eight Librarians and Media Staff

BoB Battle of the Books in Hong Kong
7th May 2008 for the Hong Kong BoB finals ... an annual event for H.K. students organised by the magnificent library staff (ALESS)

International School Library Month
ISLD (International School Library Day) has been replaced with ISLM (International School Library Month) ... to be in October each year.

Free email account with address
Would you like a free email account with the domain name
If yes then just send me an email with your first name / last name / and the username you would like and I shall create it for you. The actual email engine being used for this is Google's gmail .. so very reliable, confidential and trustworthy.
After I've created the account for you then just log in at to send and read email ........ ONLY for librarians and library staff.


 Mixed Bag

The World is Flat 3.0
Online video of presentation by Thomas Friedman (author)
Back in 2000, Tom Friedman recounts, the world began to shrink and flatten, under the influence of digital interconnectivity. Elaborating on his World is Flat thesis, Friedman describes how this new global order puts creative, entrepreneurial individuals in the driver’s seat, and poses distinct new challenges and opportunities. (48 mins) ... brilliant !

Bridge Design/Building Competition :
Graeme Littler ( at Harrow School in Bangkok has set up what is probably the first local Bridge Design/Building Competition for International Schools in Bangkok.
"The competition website allows us to monitor easily, without any work on our behalf, who has posted designs and ranks them by cost. If we did elect for a finals day then I would suggest inviting the best team from each school. At the time of writing we potentially have 8 schools involved but I would hope for more participants once word has filtered through the ether..."
The local contest code is - BTC16A and is modeled on the well known "West Point Bridge Design Contest"
For more details contact Graeme directly.

MA in Education for teachers currently teaching in British Schools abroad
MA in Education for teachers currently teaching in British Schools abroad.
This programme allows experienced teachers to study, part-time, for a Masters degree from a recognized British University, without having to visit the UK. The MA is being run out of three British Schools in Amsterdam, Rome, and Madrid, and is taught by a “Flying Faculty” from the Westminster Institute of Education of Oxford Brookes University who visit the European centres three times each year ... in partnership with COBIS

Continuing Professional Development for Headteachers / Principals

There has been a list of resources for seniors managers continual professional development on Shambles for quite some time ... I've just added this latest USA one ....
District Leader's Podcast Series
The District Leader's Podcast provides a forum where district leaders can share their experiences and expertise in a flexible format that works with busy schedules. The podcast episodes showcase interviews with district leaders from around the country.
You will find them grouped according to the following topics:
     - Making the Tough Decisions
     - Improving Student Performance
     - Urban Education
     - Trends in Education
     - Leadership
We believe you will find support and insight here because our team of podcast co-hosts are educational experts who have been on the 'front line' either as a former superintendent or as a school board member. The experiences and insights from these educational leaders will be valuable to just about anyone who is interested in improving our schools.

Safer Internet Day
In the lead up to the big event on 12th February, organisations and authorities in no less than 50 countries worldwide are caught up in last minute preparations. E-voting is underway over eight thousand of internauts having selected their winners in the Safer Internet Day competition already.
This year’s theme “Life online is what YOU make of it” has sparked widespread interest from youngsters and adults the world over and guarantee a more exciting blogathon than ever this year, when it kicks off on 12th February for its 24-hour voyage around the world.
“We hope that on Safer Internet Day citizens everywhere will take a moment out to reflect on what we are really making of the online world. Our children and young people spend hours online every day. As responsible citizens, are we confident that they adventure, network and seek information out there in safety? And if not, what are we doing about it?”

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In 2007 I set up what I called "A Forest of Theme Blogs that now has over 40 Blogs ... one of the themes is Nursery Rhymes. I was actually disappointed not to be able to find online videos of someone playing the Rhymes on a piano that teachers/students could just follow along with.

Well .. the resource is now available ... John Barham, x-Hong Kong music educator has produced a number of small video clips of him (and Howard the Teddy Bear) performing on the ivory keys (ummm I guess 'ivory' would be politically incorrect now .... the plastic keys) ... and they are brilliant.

The bad news is that I've not yet had time to optimise them for the web and upload them to the Blog ..... but I plan to over the coming weeks. These should be an excellent resource for teachers of the young and of the very young.


item eleven Zero carbon schools

Carbon Targets for New Build Schools
England and Wales Schools secretary Ed Balls launched his Children’s Plan just before Christmas, and with it a new government ‘ambition’ that all new school buildings should be carbon neutral by 2016, in line with new homes.
He also announced that a taskforce will be set up to advise on the how the target should be achieved, raising the question of whether schools should get their own regulatory ladder for energy performance along the lines of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

More information about the carbon reduction programme at where there are also links to a carbon calculator for school design options and new guidance on the use of renewables in schools and evaluation of biomass for heating.


item twelve  Web 2.0 Workshops for Teachers & Schools in Singapore

The workshops I ran in Singapore in 2007 were well attended (sigh of relief) you can see details at the Blog

I shall be in Singapore again in March running more public sessions on mainly Web 2.0 ... including blogging, podcasting, social networking.

Session are being coordinated again by the Singapore company, Synergyst who are also setting up some other events, not just web 2.0 ..
... see their website for details.

If schools or other organisations would like to use me during this (or other) visit then contact Cheng Fun at Synergyst

Having a local Singapore coordinator for visits makes it much more cost effective for schools to use my time as some of the expenses are shared.

So if you are looking for support related to all aspects of ICT across the curriculum in k-12 and are in Singapore then this is another option for you. ePortfolio at

For a list of some available workshops from Chris visit
Workshops from Chris Smith (a selection)

for teachers

across the

Web 2.0


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Help build the Encyclopedia of Life
As E.O. Wilson accepts his 2007 TED Prize, he makes a plea on behalf of his constituents, the insects and small creatures, to learn more about our biosphere. We know so little about nature, he says, that we're still discovering tiny organisms indispensable to life; yet we're still steadily destroying nature.
Wilson identifies five grave threats to biodiversity (a term he coined), using the acronym HIPPO, and makes his TED wish: that we will work together on the Encyclopedia of Life, a web-based compendium of data from scientists and amateurs on every aspect of the biosphere.

Teachers TV ICT Week

Early last month (Jan 08) Teachers TV (in the UK) had an ICT week ... and they have some BRILLIANT online videos on many subjects including ICT ... quote:
"We have over 100 programmes that focus on the teaching of ICT and the whole school issues surrounding new technology and ICT skills. Follow the links to our video browser, and make sure to check out each programme's extra resources."

One Laptop per Child (OLPC)
The mission of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. In order to accomplish our goal, we need people who believe in what we’re doing and want to help make education for the world’s children a priority, not a privilege.
There are two ways for you to join the growing international community of people working to bring education and connection to children all over the world .....

International Year of the Potato
The celebration of the International Year of the Potato (IYP) will raise awareness of the importance of the potato - and of agriculture in general - in addressing issues of global concern, including hunger, poverty and threats to the environment.

The Children's Plan
The (England and Wales) Government wants to make the country the best place in the world for children and young people to grow up. The Children’s Plan sets out how the Department for Children, Schools and Families is going to achieve that – by putting the needs of families, children and young people at the centre of everything we do.

Johnson’s Little List of Library and Technology Laws
Johnson’s Observation on Multimedia Content: You can put all the pretty clothes on your dog you want, but he’s still a dog.
Johnson’s Observation About the Importance of Teacher Quality: I’d rather my children had a great teacher with mediocre technology than a mediocre teacher with great technology.

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That's IT
The next newsletter will be 6th May2008


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