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Newsletter May 2008         aims, purpose & mailing policy
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Index (click on the number to go down to the article)           

item one  Shamble "What's New"   item seven  Conferences, Courses, Workshops
item two  International Schools Island   item eight  Librarians and media staff
item three  Second Life   item nine  Mixed Bag
item four  International Baccalaureate   item ten  SLLAPS
item five  Recruitment and Retirement   item eleven  TED Again (e.g. Climate Change)
item six  Video Online   item twelve  Teaching Time .. and online Clocks

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

item one Shambles "What's New"

I find this section difficult to write as hundreds of new links are added between the publication dates of the Shambles newsletters ... so here are just a few areas.

Environment and Conservation ... seem to have received more than their share of new submitted links over the past few months ...

Following the 2008 USA Math(s) report, that was not very flattering about standards in the States, ... more Algebra links have been submitted and Graphing

The Olympics ... of course ...
Over 70 links to useful free resources ... I was particularly impressed with the use of Moodle to compile the Beijing 2008 OzProject

Sex Education ... there is a new link to "The Midwest Teen Sex Show" a video podcast series .... a BRILLIANT free online teaching/learning resource.





Links to Olympics teaching and learning resources

item two International Schools Island

International Schools Island is really looking good (if I do say so myself) ... in Second Life, the 3D online virtual world.
- Blog :
- SLurl :

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
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


Join Second Life ... it' s free

item three Second Life (3D Online Virtual World) .

Attending Presentations in S.L.
One of the problems with living in Asia is that when attending online presentations and professional development events in S.L. they are often USA-time ... when we are sleeping.
This will improve as more Asia residents start organising events in our time zone ... but for now it "sucks" ... (a technical term .. Google it.)

There are a few solutions to reduce this inconvenience ... and one is SLCN Second Life Cable Network

SLCN is 'brilliant' .. their name describes exactly what they do ... I joined a presentation recently that took place between 1:00a.m. and 2:00a.m. (Thai time) .... but after finding out that SLCN was covering the event I did the sensible thing (went to bed) and the next day watched the recording of the event .. which can be seen either on their website or on one of the many TV/video viewer in S.L. itself. (i.e. inworld)

Many thanks SLNC for contributing to a good night's sleep!

Use of Second Life by Schools Across Asia ... help
If you know of a school in Asia that is already using Second Life then I would appreciate it if you could drop me a line. There is minimal use at the moment (afaik) and I'd like to raise awareness of any ground breaking work so that experiences can be shared more easily.

Second Life Cable Network SLCN
watching the Sports Channel
item four International Baccalaureate I.B.

IB Newsletter click here (600KB)

23rd IB Asia Pacific Regional Conference
17 - 20 October 2008, Beijing
Theme: Educating for Environmental Sustainability

IB Asia Pacific Regional Workshops & Conference
IB Asia-Pacific Events organizes a programme of internationally recognized workshops and conferences that promote the sharing of knowledge and information amongst IB Schools offering Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme. These events create opportunities for professional development and networking for teachers and coordinators from around the region.


item five Recruitment and Retirement

On the main Shambles recruitment page there is advice, recommendations and resource about recruitment ... especially for those working (or hoping to work) in International Schools.

The dates of the Recruitment Fairs for the next academic year can also be see on the Shambles Calendar

Retirement ... and for those who are retiring from the teaching profession at the end of this term ... best wishes for the future, it's going to seem strange not being ruled by bells ringing and it's going to feel wonderful not to have to do lesson preparation or marking in the evenings and weekends.
Doing a Google search for "Retirement" usually results in lots of links to financial advisers .... you'll find a little more than just those at


item six Video Online        

I'd be highly surprised if any readers of this newsletter had not heard of YouTube the video hosting service at

There are now dozens of similar hosting services ... in fact just too many to keep up to date with, there is a list on Shambles at

Two video hosting services that can be specifically helpful to teachers is Teachertube and SchoolTube

SchoolTube is a new(ish) option for hosting videos from teacher and students:

"SchoolTube provides students and educators a safe, world class, and FREE media sharing website that is nationally endorsed by premier education associations.

SchoolTube is a leader for moderated internet media content sharing for teachers and students. All student created materials on SchoolTube must be approved by registered teachers, follow local school guidelines, and adhere to our high standards."

... and while I'm here, I wonder if Religious Education teachers have discovered Godtube yet

There is also an "online education videos aggregator" called Sutree
SuTree is a knowledge community and an aggregator of instructional and educational videos

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"

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 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:
- Personalising relationships : Online discussions active 12 - 20 May
- The power of networking : Online discussions active 23 June - 1 July

BarCamp in Chiangmai, Thailand
17 May 2008 10:00-6:00
BarCamp is an international network of user-generated conferences — open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants — often focusing on early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies, social protocols, and open data formats. The event will be bilingual, in both English and Thai.
There is no audience, only participants. All participants should give a demo, a session, photos, videos or anything else. All presentation are scheduled immediately before the event by reserving slots at the venue.

CITE Research Symposium 2008
5-7 June 2008 Hong Kong University (HKU)
This year is the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Centre for Information Technology in Education (CITE) at HKU.
Empowering Communities and Transforming Learning is also the main theme for this year's CITE Research Symposium - CITERS for short. CITERS 2008 will showcase the efforts made and good practices developed, by different communities and at different levels of education from pre-school to higher education, in transformative uses of technology to support learning of individuals and organizations.
The symposium will provide a platform for academics and professionals to share the findings and outcomes of their research and development efforts.

International Children Educator Conference (ICEC)
27-29 November 2008 at the International Christian School : Hong Kong
Our primary target audience is for those working at English language international schools serving the expatriate community. The conference will be in English.

Fifth National IWB Conference
14-16 August 2008 at the Firbank Grammar School in Brighton, Melbourne
The theme of the Conference is: IWBs Support and Extend Good Teaching Practice.

Second National Leading a Digital Conference
4-6 September 2008 at the Novotel Brighton in Sydney
This is an opportunity for school leaders to acquire an in depth understanding of what it takes to lead schools in the digital age.

  Web 2.0 Workshops in Singapore and
2nd and 3rd June 2008 in Singapore
Four half day workshops (a) What is Web 2.0 (b) Blogging (c) Podcasting (d) Social Networks and Virtual Worlds (inc. Second Life).
In house programmes are also possible in individual schools and organisations ... for details contact Cheng Fun at Synergyst in Singapore

Brochure from

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


item eight Librarians and Media Staff

ALESS (Hong Kong) Wiki
Association of Librarians in English Speaking Schools in Hong Kong ... visit their wiki.
Organisation | Calendar | ALESS library web sites | Battle of the Books | Book Lists | Conferences | Library Associations | Information technologies | LibraryTopics | Prof. Development |

International School Library Month
In October each year.
"International School Library Day just got a whole lot bigger. In fact, it has grown into International School Library Month (ISLM).
This means you can choose the day or the week or indeed fill up the whole month in dedication of your school library and what it means to the school community".

Evolution of a Librarian's Avatar in Second Life
In Jan 2008 Dianne McKenzie a Hong Kong based school library professional ventured into Second Life ... known as Dimac Dastardly ... so if you are looking for a Librarian who has experience in Virtual Worlds you now know where to look....
These pictures show the evolution of Dimac from a Newbie to now ....

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.

Bye Bryant
best wishes !


International School Library Month

 Mixed Bag

  Do you know of any International Schools for Sale?
Do you know of any International Schools that may be 'up for sale' now or in the future?
If so then please pass this invitation to the appropriate person ... with a request to contact me ... I will then pass the details on to the potential purchasers in complete confidence.

Teacher Appreciation
Today, 6th May 2008, is Teacher appreciation day in the USA and the whole week 4th to 10th is teacher appreciation week.
For me ... it's always teachers appreciation day .... ;-) ... really !

Ofqual - the new regulator of qualifications, exams and tests in England
Ofqual has (April 2008) been launched as the new regulator of qualifications, examinations and tests in England.
Ofqual is the new regulator of qualifications, tests and examinations in England.
"Our work will ensure that children, young people and adult learners get the results they deserve, that standards are maintained and that the qualifications learners receive count, both now and in the future."

DCSF - Latest news and publications (again England)
Department for Children, Schools and Families
Do you want to keep up to date with education developments in England and Wales ... this is the government publications site to visit.
Don't miss the link to the new secondary curriculum website

Re-Launch of ED Pubs Web Site (USA)
In an effort to serve you better, the U.S. Department of Education's ED Pubs (Education Publications) web site has undergone an extensive redesign.
News: this section highlights one or two "newsworthy" items, such as information about new pub releases, announcements by Secretary Spellings, etc. The items will have relevancy to publications and the ability to quickly find all publications related to a "news" item. Check back often because the information will be updated regularly.
Featured Items: this section highlights 3-6 publications that are orderable directly from the home page. Each item displays a thumbnail image and title. By clicking the title you can view the publication’s detailed information page. Featured items will be updated every 1-2 weeks.
Hot Topics: this section lists items in response to current events, key ED initiatives, and other timely information. By clicking on a hot topic the system will run a search and find all publications that relate to the topic.

HKUST Talented Youth Summer Program
HKUST's first Talented Youth Summer Program (TYS@UST) which is a more intellectual version of the Summer@UST held in previous years (venue Hong Kong)
It combines academic learning, reflective thinking, cultural exchange and community exploration into a 3-week adventure.
The theme of 2008 is "Accelerated Societal Development through Science and Technology"
Students who have excellent recommendation from their school will be considered for scholarship awards.
This is available to students across Asia ... for more details contact Helen Wong








Ofqual: Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator





U.S. Department of Education's ED Pubs (Education Publications)

item ten SLLAPS: Second Life Librarians from Asia Pacific Schools

Wed. 28th May 8:00 p.m.HK time ... the first SLLAPS session at
International Schools Island in Second Life at the mountain top fireside.


Agenda -
Introductions, ideas for discussion topics, one thing we tried in our libraries this year that worked! Set up specifically for school librarians in the Asia pacific region.
Text chat (IM) will be used initially .. moving on to voice when all are ready.
See agenda and information at

This is being organised by Dianne McKenzie known in S.L. as Dimac Dastardly

If you are not a librarian then it would be brilliant if you could pass
this notice on to your library staff.

Join Second Life ... it' s free


I've mentioned TED before but these challenging and motivating presentations keep coming ... a "must" for any continuing professional development ... not just as an educator but as a world citizen.
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design .... it started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds.
This example is a good follow-up to "The Inconvenient Truth"


item twelve  Teaching Time and Online Clocks-

One of the most popular area on the Shambles website is "Clocks : Teaching and Learning about Time", It's one of the areas that often prompts primary/elementary teachers to drop me an impromptu email thanking me for collating this information ... we all like a little praise ;-)

What is sometimes missed, though, is the online watch and clock (Flash) website I set up a couple of years ago ... my virtual online watch collection at

There are dozens of clocks ... analogue, digital, fun, theme and ones designed specifically for teaching ... all keeping time .. in real time ;-)

Included is a collection of Timers ... so if you are timing anything in your classroom then these should help .....

All the clocks open up to full screen ...

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Google Apps Education Edition discussion group has moved
The Google Apps Education Edition discussion group has moved!
This new EDU Administrator's Circle is part of the larger Google Apps discussion group. Technology administrators like you, can come here to discuss and share ideas while also having easier access to other subgroups for solutions to technical issues.

Volunteers to Research Student Digital Learning at Home

Two Australian authors, Dr. Glenn Finger and Mal Lee are on the search for schools and teachers who are interested in running some structured focus groups to explore the nature of the learning the young use in their homes, when they use digital technologies.
Their project is designed to provide guidance about how schools can bridge the rapidly growing divide between the nature of learning in the home, as the young use a plethora of digital technologies, and the teaching and learning in most schools.
They already have schools in Taiwan and Macau taking part but would like some others.
If you would like to join in this research, or would like more information to obtain your support, simply email Mal Lee at and he’ll send you the required information, simulation material and the guide on how to conduct the focus groups.

Peer 2 Peer
"Together we know everything" ...
... and a warning from Robert Cringely: "we've reached the point in our (disparate) cultural adaptation to computing and communication technology that the younger technical generations are so empowered they are impatient and ready to jettison institutions most of the rest of us tend to think of as essential, central, even immortal. They are ready to dump our schools."

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After I've created the account for you then just log in at to send and read email .... ONLY for teachers in international schools.

.. and while here why not listen to some music,
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That's IT
The next newsletter will be November 2008


Any feedback you can give about this newsletter is always appreciated
.... especially ideas or contributions for future editions ...

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