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A further experiment is with machine translation of this page into other languages, see the links at the top of the page.
I.B. Asia Pacific Teachers Convention 2007click for more info pdf file
31 March to 2 April 2007, Singapore
Focus is "Information Literacy Across the IB Programmes"
2007 PYP and DP Workshops: Prem Center, Chiangmai,Thailand http://www.ibap-events.com - Jan 19-21 2007:
Beginning to Make the PYP Happen, Collab Planning and Teaching & Learning - Jan 26-28 2007: DP TOK (L1), DP CAS (LM) and DP Economics (L1)
- Feb 2-4 2007: DP Chemistry (L1), Physics (L3) and Visual Arts (L3)
Individual School IB Websites: www.shambles.net/pages/staff/ARandR/ibschools There are 26 different school IB websites listed in this area on Shambles ... it would be appreciated if you also have a page on your school website dedicated to IB then could you add it to the list using the form at the bottom of the page.
This section is intended to focus mainly on Mandarin but as this is a subsection of Modern Foreign Languages then there might be some slippage in wider mfl.
International Language Teachers Association (ILTA)
Supporting the language teaching community in Thailand
also organise an Annual Modern Languages Conference in Bangkok ... more info as Word doc
Counting www.shambles.net/pages/learning/primary/counting Not only for languages teachers but also mathematics .... how about looking at some websites that support counting in different languages ... for a cross curriculum opportunity. Don't miss the links here for counting in Thai and Chinese, suitable for all ages.
It would be appreciated if schools could also share their policies
It is notable that since smoke from the Indonesia fires and SARs closed schools in the region over the past years that many more now have more robust (VLE) virtual learning environments in place so that teaching and learning can continue at home if the school is closed ..... I wonder who is going to open the first totally Virtual Asia k-12 School? www.shambles.net/pages/school/vschools
Chalk and Cheese .... opportunities for our own continuing professional development (CPD) ten years ago were mainly limited to expensive (in time and money) face to face sessions, meetings, courses and conferences both in and outside of the school.
Now we are inundated with online and collaborative opportunities ... in fact so many that the number of choices can be demotivational and daunting ... that's providing we have overcome technical difficulties or learnt new software.
Many of these opportunities have links scattered around the different areas on Shambles ..... but for your viewing today ... how about these two?
'website', 'simple', 'free', collaborative, 'sharing', 'fun', 'functional', 'RSS', 'tags', ... all are terms that can be used to describe the new (actually not so new anymore) Web 2.0 environment .... and a page of Web 2.0 information related to teaching and learning can be seen onShambles .
But following on the Web 2.0 experience are lots of other 2.0s ... e.g. Library 2.0
But how about Business 2.0 http://money.cnn.com/2006/02/23/smbusiness/business2_nextnet_intro
In this CNN story they identify 25 companies, in five Next Net categories, whose approaches help illuminate where the Web is headed and where the opportunities lie. "Most are startups, a lot of them with less than 10 full-time employees. Few are currently making money, and it's a given that many will fail. But it's equally likely that somewhere within this group lurks the next Google or Microsoft or Yahoo -- or at least something that those giants will soon pay a pretty penny to have."
download the free
Web 2.0 booklet
for teachers Coming of Age
the new second edition
will be released
World Cat search is now an option on the Shambles Librarianspage.
"Find in a Library" links people broadly searching the Web from popular search, bookselling &
bibliography sites to the resources of local libraries. This form is on theShambles
Ask.com Releases ISBN Number Smart Answers Ask.com has added support for ISBN number searches.
Create a Word using images of books ... but in fact an amazing visual search facility for books at Amazon .. brilliant and fun
IASL Annual Conference 16-20 July 2007 Taipei, Taiwan : www.iasl-slo.org/conference2007.html
International Association of School Librarians
- Giving Libraries & Schools the Cutting Edge
Miss Dewey Search Enginewww.msdewey.com
Brilliant concept for a search engine .. try it .. you'll smile!
Second S.E.Asia International School's Conference click for more info as pdf doc Assessment, self-evaluation and school improvement 5-6 March. 2007
venue: Harrow School,
Organisers: CEM educational research group based at Durham University
The next SEAMC will be 1st to 4th February 2007 hosted in Singapore
details are on the website
This year there is also SISMC
Singapore American School (SAS) and United World College of South East Asia are also hosting The Singapore International School Mathematics Competition (SISMC).
"Last year was our first and we hope to continue each year. It will take place on 11 Nov. 2006 at SAS and be a 1-day event. Last year we had 8 Singapore schools compete.
The format is similar to SEAMC, but using a shortened schedule.
and while on the subject of Mathematics The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) www.ncetm.org.uk Created to support the professional development of teachers of maths at every level, the site will allow teachers to share best practice, download free teaching resources, join discussion forums, access CPD opportunities and more.
I'm such a fan of Google that this is going to be a regular section in future newsletters .... and its not just because it's a brilliant search engine .... in fact it's not a search engine at all, it's really an advertising company anyway .... but it is because of all the other toys that come out of Google Labs and out of the minds of the founders ..... for free.
Google Teacher Newsletter :
www.google.com/educators first edition
Google and teachers have a similar objective: to help people build knowledge by providing greater access to useful information. Google recognizes the central role teachers play in breaking down the barriers between people and information, and they support educators who work each day to empower their students and expand the frontiers of human knowledge. The Google Teachers' Newsletter is one of the ways they are working to bolster that support and explore how Google and educators can work together.
Google Apps for Education : https://www.google.com/a/edu
Get your campus talking ... "Schools accepted by Google during the Google Apps for Your Domain beta period are eligible for free service for their approved beta users even beyond the end of the beta period, as described in the Terms of Service."
Occasionally I discover a website that really surprises me in a pleasant way ...
this is one such site which contains over twenty online video presentations
from TED Conferences .. a new one released each month.
Each is about 20-30 minutes long and are VERY professional .... excellent for continuing professional development .... or just to stimulate your mind.
Guaranteed to be engaging ! ... but they are addictive.
related to ICT
Computer / Technology
school reviews / audits
parents sessions mainly
Use of ICT across the curriculum and
use of the internet I also speak
and run workshops
you can listen to an audio version of this newsletter read by Chris .. click on this icon
STOP PRESS (last minute items)
Online (free) Conferences for Teachers www.ssat-inet.net/Default.aspx?page=53 or email@example.com
- Creating deep learning: What is deep learning and what conditions are required? : 6-14 November 2006
Supporting the learner: How do we provide support for the 'deep learner'? : 4-12 December 2006
- Experiences for the deep learner: School is boring and disengaging. : 19-27 March 2007
- The 21st century educator: How do we prepare educators for a new role in the 21st century? : 4-12 June 2007
Online (free) Conferences for Students www.ssat-inet.net/Default.aspx?page=55 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Global citizens: Are you a global citizen? : 11-17 December 2006
- Global equality: We are the first generation who can eradicate poverty. : 5-11 February 2007
- Global resources: How can we protect our planet? : 12-18 March 2007
- Global peace: How can we bring peace to our planet? 14-20 May 2007
I definitely want one of thesehttp://tinyurl.com/fx98d
Don't ask ... just look at the 9 minute online video ... you can afford the time!
Microsoft To Release ‘Open Source’ VLE' www.microsoft.com/education/slk.mspx
Microsoft are to discontinue their Class Server VLE product in January 2007 the replacement is the Sharepoint Learning Kit (SLK).
Class server content will continue to run on SLK.
SLK will be covered by the Microsoft Community License (Ms-CL) and available at no cost.
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After I've created the account for you then just log in at http://mail.google.com/hosted/internationalteacher.info to send and read email .... this is open to the first 80 that ask .... ONLY for teachers in international schools.
ECIS International Teacher Certificate (ITC) www.ecis.org/gateway/itc.aspFAQs (pdf doc 81KB) ECIS and University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) have agreed to work together on the development of an ECIS International Teaching Certificate (ITC). ECIS will be responsible for the professional development program, CIE the external assessment of teacher portfolios.
The ITC itself will be jointly certificated by ECIS and CIE. .... Pilot Programmeclick for more details ... Word Doc
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The next newsletter will be 6th February 2007
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FOBISSEA Music Festival.... and finally before we go Best wishes to all at the FOBISSEA Music festival next week
(7 to 12 Nov. 2006) held at the Garden International School
in Thailand ... now in its tenth year.
..... hope you all have a great time. (also .. what a brilliant logo!)