KA-2 Technology Integration Specialist, Taipei American School and Apple Distinguished Educator
Pana is the KA-2 Technology Integration Specialist at Taipei American School and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Prior to this she taught in early childhood classrooms for seven years. She has studied, lived and worked on three continents in eight different cities. Pana shares her own insights into her teaching process on her blog at mspanasays.com, and is the founder of an educational hashtag chat on Twitter, #KChatAP (Kindergarten Chat Asia Pacific). She is also the creator of the Traveling Teddy Project (travelingteddybear.com). Pana holds a B.A. in Psychology from Ateneo de Manila University and a M.A. in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently pursuing a second Masters in Computing in Education, also from Teachers College.
Keynote Talk: Finding Your Beautiful Question
Description of keynote talk
Warren Berger’s book A More Beautiful Question dares us to take an inquisitive perspective in approaching all aspects of our life. How can we use his approach to address the challenge of bringing technology into the early childhood curriculum? This has been the question I have asked myself every day for the last few years as an early childhood technology specialist. In this talk, we will channel our shared capacities as teachers to tackle this question head-on. I will share some of the answers I’ve come up with along the way, and just maybe we can find some new beautiful questions together.
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Educational technology specialist,
and started the #5mins4fun hashtag
Shaun is an educational technology specialist, and a fervent campaigner for bringing the “Fun” back learning in schools, having started the #5mins4fun hashtag. He has a creative spirit and is passionate about creating opportunities for curiosity and wonder in the learning process to inspire intrinsic learning in students. Away from work Shaun is a keen traveler, photographer, and maker.
Shaun currently works with a number of schools in Asia and Australia as a learning consultant, and is always happy to share his thoughts and ideas for the classroom and beyond. Shaun has worked in elementary schools in Australia, Singapore, China, and Japan, and is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator, and was a Civil Engineer in a past career.
Keynote Talk: Bringing the F-Word back to school
Description of keynote talk
There are times when fun seems almost a dirty word in schools. Fun is an underutilised resource in schools, for both engaging and inspiring children, it’s like an educational lubricant isn’t used well. When we look at successful entrepreneurs, artists, as well as inspired teachers, we can draw inspiration on why we should bring the fun back to school. Along with these examples there is significant research that relates your level of happiness to your level of life success and fulfilment, I ask the audience to consider why this isn't a greater focus in our educational system, and how they can build community and learning outcomes in their classroom using fun as a catalyst.
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The importance of fun and play in education.
Simple ways to build in fun daily at school.
How fun and creativity develop desire for intrinsic learning.
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Speed geeking session: 3D Design & Printing with Young students
Feeling unsure about how 3D printing might fit in with early education? I felt the same way until I discovered a few apps that simplify the designing process. Get a sneak peek into three apps I used to integrate 3D design into our science curriculum in K-2.
Walk away with some ideas about how to use these apps with young children!
Snapshot: Capture, Share, and Connect with Seesaw
The reality that our students will soon be independently shaping their own online presence means that guided opportunities for sharing digitally grow more and more necessary. Seesaw is a simple portfolio and blogging app that allows teachers, students, and parents to connect seamlessly around learning. Students and teachers are given a safe platform to document ideas and learning, while still being able to share all of their interactions and ideas with the world.
Experience how Seesaw works from both the teacher’s and student’s perspective. You will also get to explore some examples of student work and get some ideas for your own classroom.
Workshop: Coding and Robotics in Early Childhood? No Problem!
The words ‘coding’ and ‘robotics’ can sound very daunting to an early childhood educator, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether your classroom is wired for technology, or your students have never seen a device, coding and robotics can easily become an integral part of learning in early childhood education.
This session covers specific ways that you can introduce the basics of computational thinking to the youngest members of the school community, as well as ideas for integrating coding with core curricular areas such as literacy, math and science. Working with these fundamentals, teachers can ensure that their classroom mirrors how we think, learn, and play in the 21st century.
Learn ways to teach coding through both "unplugged” activities and through the incorporation of devices.
Walk away with resources and ideas for integrating technology with the core curriculum (Reading, Writing, Math or even Science)
Have a chance to try out activities and tools
Extended session: Little App Designers
Young children are bursting with imaginative ideas. We can harness this uninhibited creativity to teach them some basic principles of design. What better way to do that than to give them the chance to dream up an app of their very own? By marrying the traditional paper and pencil with the world of augmented reality, we can create interactive designs that students can share and engage with. This gets students to think of themselves as not just users but also builders of technology.
Come and experience the process my kindergarteners went through as you analyze iPad apps, understand basic design principles, and build interactive layers into your design using Blippar.
Speed geeking session: Your Changing Face
Wouldn't it be great to see how your face changes over the course of a year? Using stop motion it is quick, simple and amazing!
How to use stop motion to create a stop motion video of their face changing over the course of a year.
Snapshot: Inspiring Creative Use of iPads at your school
The iPad is an amazing creative tool, however they are not always utilised this way in schools. In this short session we will look at opportunities you can create in your school to inspire both students and teachers to explore some of these.
They will learn about some simple and quick events that they can host at their school to engage students and teachers with the iPad's creative possibilities.
Workshop: Stop Motion for Making Learning Visible
Stop motion is one of the most flexible iPad apps for making student learning visible, and for encouraging student creativity. During this session I will share examples from a number of curriculum areas such as literacy, science and math. We will explore some tips for teaching, and ideas to get you started and encourage the creative use of stop motion in your classroom. There will be time for you to experiment with a variety of techniques as well.
You will learn number of ways to use stop motion to show student learning and teaching ideas to make lessons successful.
Extended session: Teaching Movie Making
Movie making with students is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding activities that you can do, however traditionally the skills associated with making movies are not well taught. In this session I will share the resources I use with students, highlight the skills students struggle with, and give you an opportunity to make your own short movie so that you can experience the enjoyment and fun your students will when they make their own films.
You will learn specific strategies for teaching movie making, storyboarding, shot types, where to get backing music etc.