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Shambles Newsletter for International Schools in South East Asia   (but being read by many more worldwide)
Newsletter May 2009         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  Keeping Up-to-Date with Edu in UK   item nine  Mixed Bag
item four  International Baccalaureate   item ten  Twitter (Micro Blogging)
item five  Senior Management   item eleven  Technology, ICT and Internet
item six  ISC Research   item twelve  Calendars

Atomic Learning ... international schools group-buy programme.

item one Shambles "What's New"

Google has an Application called "Friend Connect" which is a way to add a social network to a regular website ..... allowing visitors to join a group and collaborate.
On some of the Shambles pages you will see references to a "Shambles" Friend Connect network .... with the opportunity to join the group.

I'm not yet quite sure how this will benefit visitors that join or benefit the Shambles website ... but it now exists on some pages which will allow the service to be evaluated.
There should be a link along the bottom of this web browser for you to try out.

with others

item two International Schools Island

Shambles ISI MashUp from =IcaruS= on Vimeo.

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

"'s not cutting edge
if you don't bleed a little."

International Schools 3 ... with Holodeck

Join Second Life ... it' s free

item three Keeping Up-to-date with UK Education

TeacherNet (UK)
TeacherNet (UK) has been developed by the Department for Children, Schools and Families as a resource for people who work in schools. Subscribable newsletter

DCSF (UK) - Latest news and publications
email newsletter ... an official communication to schools from the Department for Children, Schools and Families. Audience: School management, teachers and teaching assistants.

Ofqual News (UK)
Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator ... Ofqual is the regulator of qualifications, tests and examinations in England. Our work ensures 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.

TESconnect Weekly Newsletter
What teachers are talking about today ... Dates for your diary ... New resources ... Advice from the chalk face in forums.

item four International Baccalaureate I.B.

IB Asia Pacific Newsletter click here

IB Social Networks on Ning
There are LOTS of Social Networks that have been set up by teachers, using Ning, that are designed to support I.B. .... go to Ning and do a search .... here are a few:

The Diploma in Applied I.C.T
"Designed to compliment MYP"
The IE Award in ICT challenges students to show us what they can do, rather than what they cannot. A simple to use rubric encourages students to focus on core competencies while helping them to develop a more independent approach to learning.
The course is validated by Cambridge International Examinations.

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 Senior Management

School Improvement Planning Model Policy
"By changing your working practices you can successfully improve the achievements of your pupils. To do this you need an effective School Improvement Planning Policy which changes classroom practice and supports the learning process."
For help, download your FREE Model Policy from Croner Education,

Assessment and Exams
The exams season is just starting for many (northern hemisphere) schools .... over 80 assessment videos at Teachers TV (UK) ... useful for departmental or whole staff professional development.

Beyond the Call of Duty
27th January 2009 David Canavan, Head of Secondary at Garden International School in Sathon, Thailand, rescued a 3 metre python that had been occupying a drain in the school's car park.
The reticulated python was sent to the Red Cross Snake Farm to lead a safe and happy life.
David also writes a regular column in the Bangkok post every Tuesday under the heading of "The Chingchok Hunter"
Applicants applying for senior management positions overseas are advised to read carefully the small print in their job descriptions.

Coincidentally I had a much smaller snake in my own garden in March... and (to my shame) did not deal with it so humanely. (listen to the commentary)
Photo at

David Canavan, Head of Secondary at Garden International Schools in Sathon, Bangkok, Thailand ... with Python

Other pics
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item six  ISC Research        

ISC Research probably have the most comprehensive database of International Schools Worldwide ... and schools themselves have free access to that database.
It is well worth subscribing to their newsletter

If you are a commercial organisation and would like access to the ISC Research International Schools database then email ... and mention "Shambles".

The following is reproduced from their March newsletter.

In addition the database includes all 2000+ IB schools on the site, 400 French-speaking and 120 German-speaking international schools.


item seven Conferences / Courses / Workshops

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.
Our event is called TEDxShanghai, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxShanghai event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
The first TEDxShanghai event is scheduled for June 15, 2009. It is being organized by Chinameme under official license by TED. Please stay tuned for more details.

Constructing Modern Knowledge
13-16 June 2009, USA
Constructing Modern Knowledge is a minds-on institute for educators committed to creativity, collaboration and computing. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in intensive computer-rich project development with peers and a world-class faculty.
Constructing Modern Knowledge is organized by Gary S. Stager and sponsored by The Constructivist Consortium & the Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation.

Leading Learning: A Guided Inquiry approach view/download pdf flier
23 Nov. 2009 Hong Kong
“Leading Learning: A Guided Inquiry approach” featuring Dr Ross Todd.
The day is of interest to teacher librarians, teachers and particularly school principals/managers. It is also invaluable for IB schools since the Guided Inquiry approach matches the IB approach perfectly.

FOBISSEA Schools Courses
Courses organised by the FOBISSEA Professional Development Centre
FOBISSEA: Federation of British International Schools in S.E.Asia & East Asia

Languages Conference in Second Life
8 & 9 May 2009

EARCOS Weekend Workshops
One of the advantages of an EARCOS membership is access to a programme of weekend workshops across the region.

Conferences and Events in Australia
Listed at Edna.

SL Action 2009
24 - 26 September 2009
Research conference in the Second Life world
RL+SL Mixed media Conference ... held simultaneously in several countries.

Blended learning
6-8 July 2009 in Hong Kong
This Conference invites participants to share their experiences and insights into various ways of blending technologies into the learning process.
"This year we will have an exciting new event ‘eInnovation in Education Award Competition’ where participants can demonstrate their e-learning work."

21st Century Learning (Hong Kong) Conference
Ning Social Network        Website
17th - 19th September 2009 venue: Hong Kong International School (Tai Tam Campus).
" .... details are still being finalized but suffice to say it is going to be a very big event and you will want to book early to ensure that you are a part of it.
More details and an update to this ning with a fresh, new logo will be made soon. In the meantime, feel free to start sharing ideas for workshops and general discussion about what you would like to see at a 21st Century Learning conference in Hong Kong."

  Web 2.0 Workshops in Singapore and
8th, 9th and 10th June2009 in Singapore
Six half day workshops
     (W1) Internet Survival Skills for Teacher (inc. RSS, Social Networks, Web 2.0 Start Pages)
     (W2) Google Extended (inc. search skills and Google Apps)
     (W3) Blogging
     (W4) Podcasting
     (W5) Beyond Powerpoint (If students are bored with ppt then these options will stimulate)
     (W6) Social Networks and Virtual Worlds (inc. Second Life)

Each workshop is a mixture of Web 2.0 tools, pedagogy and classroom management ... using whole group work and also individual hands-on.

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)

Shambles online calendar














Synergyst ... in Singapore ...   programmes promoting professional development for teachers and experiential learning for students

item eight Librarians and Media Staff

ALESS Connect
A Ning network for librarians in international schools in Hong Kong.

Google Librarian Newsletter
The title says it all ...

Text Messaging Solutions For Libraries
Text a Librarian is an easy to use text messaging solution that enables libraries to set up cost-effective SMS reference services.

Leading Learning through the School Library
: A Guided Inquiry approach
view/download pdf flier
23 Nov. 2009 Hong Kong

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.


During the World's Financial Crisis ...

Librarians are still giving out loans


 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.

Academic Earth
Thousands of video lectures from the world's top scholars.
We are building a user-friendly educational ecosystem that will give internet users around the world the ability to easily find, interact with, and learn from full video courses and lectures from the world’s leading scholars.

Personal Learning Network (PLN)
In the last newsletter I mentioned I'd quantified and visualised my own online PLN ... this term I expanded that to quantify and visualise my online digital footprint ... both can be seen on the same webpage ... what do you think ... are they in fact the same thing?

edna Networker
If you are an educator AND have an interest in Australia .. then a subscription to one of these newsletters is a must.

UK School trip venues quality rated
The first officially-approved database of high quality places for school trips within the UK has been published.

Dance Auditions : Students in Hong Kong
Applications 29th May, auditions 10th June 2009
Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation is looking for creative youth dancers ages 10 to 25 years old to take part in “Standard Chartered Arts In the Park” and “Swire Island East Urban Dance Festival” during the last quarter of 2009.

StockNewsGame: Win Some, Lose Some. Or a Lot
StockNewsGame, the rules are pretty simple. You’re given 180 seconds to determine whether on a particular day in the past a stock closed up or down and by how much. No need to cheat and look back into the markets’ histories. Just try your best to make an educated guess.
This is just one of dozens of free online education games listed on the Shambles Games page

International Student Newsletter
We feel that news should be a resource to international students, and thus we have created a unique number of ways to make this both interesting and easy to obtain - we offer news by you, and for you. Monthly Newsletter.

2009 Borneo Football Cup
The Junior tournaments run for 2 weeks from 3rd to 18th October 2009 .. venue: Kota Kinabalu

Global Education Newsletter
GLOBAL EDUCATION NEWS is a monthly communication updating readers about global issues, current global education events and new materials.

Chris Smith: PLN and online digital footprint


I'm guessing that you have already heard of "Twitter" the web application described as "Micro-Blogging" ... personally I think this is the completely wrong description ... and it would be better described as "Micro-Instant Messenging" ... in 140 characters.

It initially sounds like a complete waste of time .... but, for me, it is working out to be a VERY valuable Professional Development tool. Visit the Shambles list for more details.

Twitter in Plain English
Twitter in Plain English ... 3 minute video presentation from Common Craft

Twitter for Libraries
Libraries of all kinds are already using Twitter to good effect ...

World Languages Teaching Twitter Group
Keep in touch with Language teachers ... e.g. Spanish

Visualize the Twitter Universe
17 Ways to Visualize the Twitter Universe

Webinar: Twitter ... Teaching and Learning
Webinar: Twitter for Teachers... 1 hour show using the Elluminate webinar platform ... archived online March 2009

Shakespeare and Twitter
Using 19 Twitter accounts over a 12 day period in February (1 day per scene) ... Twitter of the Shrew attempted to live up to Shakespeare’s “Brevity is the soul of wit” proverb, by condensing the play’s iambic pentameter dialogue down to updates of 140 characters or less.

Twitter Professors
Twitter Professors: 18 People to Follow for a Real Time Education (???)

Shamblesguru ... follow me on Twitter


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item eleven Technology, ICT and Internet

Diploma in Applied ICT
The Diploma in Applied ICT from IEAward is new kind of ICT course that rewards students for what they can do rather than penalising them for things they can't do.
The course is fully validated by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) so students will receive certificates from CIE.
The course is essentially content free, giving teachers and students complete freedom to work on areas that interest them. The IEA philosophy emphasises a collaborative approach whilst encouraging students to take responsibility for their own education. There are no written examinations in the course and students are assessed through an online digital portfolio representing the solution to a real-world problem that they have chosen to work on.
IEAwards was set up by three experienced ICT/Computer Studies teachers in Hong Kong.

Apple Distinguished Educators
"Four Shanghai American School teachers recognized as “Apple Distinguished Educators”
The four recipients of this award are Thomas Banaszewski (Puxi MS), Jonathan Chambers (Pudong MS), Amanda DeCardy (Pudong MS) David Gran (Puxi HS) who first applied and then were accepted to be a part of an exclusive group of technology educators after working through a demanding professional training experience."

The Flat Classroom Project
The Flat Classroom Project ... "a collaborative effort that utilizes Web 2.0 tools to foster communication, collaboration, and creativity between educators and students across the globe"
Project co-founders are Vicki Davis (SL: CoolCat Whitman), the IT Director of Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia, and Julie Lindsay (SL: Charlotte Ozigard), the head of IT and E-Learning at Qatar Academy in Doha, Qatar.
You can listen to Vicki and Julie talking about the project at an interview they gave in Second Life .. archived online at

Ask Miller
Views about Technology from a teenager living in the USA.

Free Online ICT Professional Development
This was mentioned in the last newsletter ... but certainly worth a "re-mention".
"... the web site provides free ICT CPD courses on-line, using a Moodle environment, that are aimed at teachers who are working in a variety of contexts."
The course materials are designed so that they can be used by an individual teacher, small group/department or whole staff programme.
Courses that are currently available ....

Primary (k-6)
- ICT assessment (Primary)
- Web 2.0 visual learning collaboration tools (Primary)
- Developing higher-order thinking skills utilising ICT
- Modeling using ICT
- Embedding e-safety
- ICT subject knowledge within the(UK) QCA primary framework

Secondary (y7-y13)
- ICT assessment (Secondary)
- Web 2.0 visual learning collaboration tools (Secondary)
- Developing higher-order thinking skills utilising ICT
- Modeling using ICT
- Embedding e-safety
- Monitoring student progress using ICT







Flat Classroom Project


A3 2009-2010 Calendar click to download
School Calendar 2009-2010 (Blank version) A3 Word Document (editable)

Council of International Schools
COIS has a calendar which lists the term dates for its member schools.

Australian Schools Calendar
Schools Calendar Alerts

New Zealand
School Terms and Holidays

TeacherNet Calendar (UK)
This events calendar allows you to see the key education-related events taking place across the UK over the next 12 months.

English Schools Foundation (Hong Kong)
The ESF (Group of Int.Schs. in HK) is currently reviewing the "style and research alternatives" of it's annual calendar and considering models other than the present 3-terms. The draft calendar for 2009-2010 can also be found at this URL.

Public Holidays
| Canada(1) / Canada(2) | Hong Kong | Japan | Thailand | UK | USA |

Create monthly calendars from your photographs. Calendar pages can be created in three different printable styles.

School Calendar
A3 size
Word document
School Calendar 2009-2010 A3 Word doc (can be edited)

Shambles online CalendarShambles online Calendar


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Shambles statistics for April 2009 ..... 340,000+ Visitors and 520,000+ Pageviews

Support Shambles with a donation (through PayPal) if you feel suitable - many thanks if you do  .... Chris

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HOW TO: Track Swine Flu Online
"In April, news broke of a new and fatal swine flu on the Mexico-U.S. border. It has quickly turned into a growing outbreak and possible pandemic. Knowing about these important and growing cases is vital to public health. Fortunately, there are several useful online resources that track health information and disease outbreaks"

ICTeachers (UK) Newsletter
"ICTeachers" produce a regular newsletter that deals with a range of education-related topics. Many of these also relate to ICT, but not all by any means.

Teachers Appreciation Day 5th May 2009
How are you going to celebrate teacher appreciation day 2009 this year?
You may not have realised it ... but the whole of this week is actually "Teacher Appreciation Week"

Teacher Appreciation Poems

... and to support the item above .. here are some 'Teacher Appreciation' poems. (inc. retirement)

What Teachers Make
Continuing the "Teacher Appreciation" theme ... 3 min video .... BRILLIANT ... Taylor Mali on what teachers make.

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 teachers in international schools.

.. and while here why not listen to some music,
use this mini-browser

Shambles Poster for Staffroom Noticeboards : Full of I.T.
It would be appreciated if you could download and print out this A4 notice for your staffroom noticeboard.
download Shambles A4 size poster for staffroom noticeboards


That's IT
The next newsletter will be November 2009


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

If you know of any new international schools opening in the region - Brunei Burma/Myanmar Cambodia China Hong Kong (HKSAR) India Indonesia Japan Laos Macau Malaysia Philippines Singapore South Korea Taiwan Thailand Vietnam - then please let me know


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colleagues about the Shambles newsletter

Northern Hemisphere
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