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ManageBac User Group Conference Hong Kong: Recap

Hong Kong Academy

33 Wai Man Road
Sai Kung, N.T
Website: http://hkacademy.edu.hk/how-get-here

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Saturday, May 7
 

09:45 HKT

Welcoming Remarks
In 2016, ManageBac celebrated its ninth year of operation. We owe you our sincere thanks, and we look forward to many more years of working closely with our schools. Welcome to fourth annual ManageBac User Group Conference in Asia-Pacific!

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Dare

Stephen Dare

Head of School, Hong Kong Academy
Stephen is in his ninth year as the Head of School at Hong Kong Academy, a school that was founded on the principles of diversity and inclusion as essential for all learners PK1-Grade 12. Stephen started his career as a preschool teacher in Southeast England then worked as an administrator... Read More →
avatar for Angelica Nierras

Angelica Nierras

Managing Director, Faria Education Group


Saturday May 7, 2016 09:45 - 10:00 HKT
Theatre Ground Floor

10:00 HKT

Keynote: "From Silos to Arsenal: Authentic Learning Needs to Start Now"
Our current system of education continues to replicate a model crafted in 1894 by "The Committee of Ten." What students "needed" to learn in 1894 has vastly changed over the past 122 years; however, our schools still work as silos. We separate learning into content areas with the hope that students connect the dots. We separate students by age with the hope that they eventually mentor one another. We separate teachers into departments with the hope that they collaborate and make connections within the curriculum.

Careers today are a blend of disciplines; yet, schools continue to teach content in isolation away from true application of knowledge and practice of skills. Let's acknowledge the silos and allow students and teachers to see outside of the barriers we have arbitrarily created. We can achieve this through vertical stratification and horizontal stratification. We can achieve this by ending the turf wars over content within our schools. We can do this by handing kids more agency in their learning. We can do this by helping students create an infinite canvas of their learning journey. 

Let's break down the silos and provide our future generations the arsenal they need now through authentic learning experiences, where students have agency and choice to create their true identity in our world today. 

Speakers
avatar for Dana Specker Watts

Dana Specker Watts

Director of Innovation, 21st Century Learning International
As the Director of Innovation for 21st Century Learning, Dana Specker Watts collaborates on all aspects of 21st Century Learning from online courses, workshops and conferences with a view to providing support for schools for sustainable change. Dana is currently a Curriculum Leader... Read More →



Saturday May 7, 2016 10:00 - 10:30 HKT
Theatre Ground Floor

10:30 HKT

ManageBac at Hong Kong Academy
Hong Kong Academy is in its fifth year of using ManageBac to document curriculum in the MYP and DP as well as to report on student progress in both programmes. One of the strengths of implementation has been the partnership that has developed between the areas of education and operations; this collaboration has allowed us to leverage ManageBac as a tool that can transform our understanding of teaching practices at HKA. During this session, the school's Director of Technology and MYP Coordinator will share structures and approaches to conversations that have been used to nurture this relationship and will provide examples of data that have been used to guide instructional decisions in the secondary school.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Birch

Andy Birch

Director of Technology, Hong Kong Academy
avatar for Jennifer Swinehart

Jennifer Swinehart

Director of Research and Development, Hong Kong Academy
Jennifer is the Director of Research and Development at Hong Kong Academy and is currently the acting Secondary School Principal in Grades 11/12 and Acting IBDP Co-ordinator. A passionate advocate for inclusive schools, Jennifer has worked with diverse communities of learners throughout... Read More →


Saturday May 7, 2016 10:30 - 11:00 HKT
Theatre Ground Floor

11:30 HKT

Company Update
Speakers
avatar for Angelica Nierras

Angelica Nierras

Managing Director, Faria Education Group



Saturday May 7, 2016 11:30 - 12:00 HKT
Theatre Ground Floor

12:45 HKT

Introduction to iSAMS
Speakers
avatar for Alastair Price

Alastair Price

Managing Director, iSAMS
Alastair Price is Director and Co-Founder at iSAMS. As a sixth-form pupil attending A-Level computing classes at Rugby School, Alastair Price and fellow Co-Founder, Greg Pakes, often saw teachers and staff frustrated by inadequate admin software. An idea formed, then developed as... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Reid

Stuart Reid

Sales Director, iSAMS
Stuart Reid is the International Sales Manager at iSAMS, a Browser Based Management Information System (MIS). We would like to meet with new schools and explain how we can improve their data management as well as enhance their academic tracking and parental communications.


Saturday May 7, 2016 12:45 - 14:00 HKT
Theatre Ground Floor
 
Sunday, May 8
 

09:30 HKT

Keynote: "Designing for Learning in the Second Machine Age"

Apex International Academy and Innova Academy are two new schools planning to open in August 2017, challenging themselves to reimagine education in the ‘Second Machine Age’ by designing engaging physical and virtual environments that support forward thinking pedagogies.

Through achieving a balanced ‘learning ecosystem’, we aspire to realize personalized learning experiences where ‘learners pursue their interests, create meaningful products and take on responsibility for their own learning’. In this environment, learners and teachers will be connected and engaged with each other and, global communities and resources. In doing so, they will ultimately develop entrepreneurial confidence and digital competencies.

An essential goal of our Collaborative Online Learning Environment (COLE) is to effectively support the social and educational needs of individual learners and to allow teachers to provide personal guidance, so that learners are properly challenged, supported, and mentored on their learning journeys.

“Ultimately, we aspire to harness the unique qualities and strengths of both human beings and technology to transform learning’ and engage the next generation of passionate, confident and caring individuals."

Our presentation explores how we are setting about to create the virtual environment to support our vision.


Speakers
avatar for Caleb Archer

Caleb Archer

Associate Director, Origins Education
Caleb Archer comes from New Zealand, where he completed his university education and spent the first stages of his teaching career. Since then, he has been employed in management positions internationally, while completing his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership with First Class... Read More →
avatar for Muhammad Azeem

Muhammad Azeem

Information Technology Manager, Apex International Academy
Muhammad Azeem has been in the educational technology field for more than twelve years, following a successful career in business. His work in education includes project management of school IT infrastructures in London, England and at The British School of Beijing. The UK project... Read More →
avatar for John McBryde

John McBryde

Director, Innova Academy
John McBryde is an educator with over 25 years of experience as Director/Head of School in five international schools in Asia, including 9 years as Director of the Western Academy of Beijing during its growth and development phase during 1998-2007. John is co-founder of ACAMIS and... Read More →


Sunday May 8, 2016 09:30 - 10:00 HKT
Theatre Ground Floor

10:00 HKT

ATL and the Learning Revolution

When all the information in the world is available at the fingertips of every student then the key skills needed for success both academically and in the world of business and enterprise will be the skills of the self-regulated learner. At that point the development of self-regulated (self-managed, self-directed, independent, autonomous) learners will become the primary focus of schooling which will require all forms of transmission teaching to be replaced by process oriented, skills based, teaching. The ATL curriculum at both the MYP and DP levels has been designed with this idea in mind because this is not the future, this is now.

This presentation will focus on how the successful design and implementation of an ATL programme in any school could revolutionise teaching and learning, improve academic success rates and give all students the skills they need to create success for themselves in the 21st Century.

VIDEO: The Teaching Revolution https://youtu.be/z9GSMlGni04


Speakers
avatar for Lance King

Lance King

Founder, The Art of Learning
Lance King is an internationally recognized author, teacher and workshop facilitator who, in the last 23 years, has worked with over 250,000 students worldwide as well as many thousands of their teachers and parents. He is the creator of the Art of Learning programme taught in over... Read More →



Sunday May 8, 2016 10:00 - 11:00 HKT
Theatre Ground Floor

11:30 HKT

Voice and Choice: Footsteps into Creative Assessment
Today formative and summative assessments look vastly different than when we were students. As we continue to innovate and look for new ways to assess learning, the methods we use to measure learning are also changing. Come get a brief introduction to various styles of creative assessment and see examples from peer classrooms across our international school community.

Speakers
avatar for Dana Specker Watts

Dana Specker Watts

Director of Innovation, 21st Century Learning International
As the Director of Innovation for 21st Century Learning, Dana Specker Watts collaborates on all aspects of 21st Century Learning from online courses, workshops and conferences with a view to providing support for schools for sustainable change. Dana is currently a Curriculum Leader... Read More →



Sunday May 8, 2016 11:30 - 12:15 HKT
Theatre Ground Floor

12:15 HKT

Session 3: Courage, Resilience and Failing Well
Resilience is one of the five sub-categories in the Affective skills Cluster of the MYP ATL skills along with the skills of Mindfulness, Emotional Management, Self-Motivation and Perseverance. These skills (attributes, characteristics) are probably the most significant of all the ATL skills in helping children to cope with the pressures and stresses of high achievement schooling at all levels of the IB and yet these are the least taught skills possibly because most teachers don’t know how.

This workshop will focus particularly on the importance of teaching students how to deal well with failure as a significant component of developing resilience and of achieving academic success and will reveal several ways that all Affective skills can be taught.

Speakers
avatar for Lance King

Lance King

Founder, The Art of Learning
Lance King is an internationally recognized author, teacher and workshop facilitator who, in the last 23 years, has worked with over 250,000 students worldwide as well as many thousands of their teachers and parents. He is the creator of the Art of Learning programme taught in over... Read More →


Sunday May 8, 2016 12:15 - 13:00 HKT
Theatre Ground Floor

13:00 HKT

Introduction to iSAMS
Speakers
avatar for Alastair Price

Alastair Price

Managing Director, iSAMS
Alastair Price is Director and Co-Founder at iSAMS. As a sixth-form pupil attending A-Level computing classes at Rugby School, Alastair Price and fellow Co-Founder, Greg Pakes, often saw teachers and staff frustrated by inadequate admin software. An idea formed, then developed as... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Reid

Stuart Reid

Sales Director, iSAMS
Stuart Reid is the International Sales Manager at iSAMS, a Browser Based Management Information System (MIS). We would like to meet with new schools and explain how we can improve their data management as well as enhance their academic tracking and parental communications.


Sunday May 8, 2016 13:00 - 14:00 HKT
Theatre Ground Floor

16:00 HKT

Closing Remarks
Speakers
avatar for Angelica Nierras

Angelica Nierras

Managing Director, Faria Education Group


Sunday May 8, 2016 16:00 - 16:15 HKT
Theatre Ground Floor