Learning2 just took place, in Ho chi Minh City.It was the second L2 I attended. I suggested it for most of my colleagues. Though it was applicable to most of them, you usually get out what you put in. I attended all three days of the event. Last year I came away with hundreds of ideas and I tried to implement all of them at once!. This time around I told myself I was going to try to hone in on one great idea. Well... that didn't work. Though my plans for this school year aren't as grandiose, there are many ways I can have a positive impact on the school. Two major projects I am taking away are: To build our schools technology department so we have a team of tech teachers to integrate technology, Ensure all our students have a blog/ online presence that they can build and take with them when the graduate. This may even be a portfolio for them to keep all their work.I'll try to start this by helping increase student awareness of social media with our school twitter account and twitter beam.
But what I was most proud of was the performance my students made. For about 3 weeks we prepared a presentation to give to teachers from around the world. Three students of the Sunbearsound put together an incredible presentation to show off what they've been doing for the last year. Actually, L2 is where the idea came from. When I was in Manila I saw a group of students present about the Bamboo Telegraph. My principal and colleagues we so impressed by the presentation they give. They even put together their own video for the event. Have a look below
What started off as an idea, quickly morphed into a massive event on March 4, 2017. The strategy to slowly integrate TED talks into our assemblies and homerooms created a "TED culture" in our school. Soon students were looking to create their own TED Ed club. Four months into the school year and the kids are actively helping to organize the event. after a long and tedious audition process, we had to make some difficult decision. we chose the best 12 speakers based on their 3 minute pitch. No buy in from our neighboring school, which is unfortunate because all our speakers are students.
In order to increase buy in for this event I promised to make it happen with very few meetings. And the meetings we did have would not be our traditional agendas. Instead, I cranked AC DC and asked teachers to come for a 20 minute meeting after school. Most of the teachers had other responsibilities that day, but still made it. I hope this was because of our hand delivered invitations. It had that dramatic effect. Teachers were happy to be there and the objective was simple; find out your role. The meeting only lasted 15 minutes, so they all left happy.
Now, with the help of the volunteers and the dedication of the TED Ed club, my co organizer, Andrew Mathie, and I can focus on accomplishing some tasks. We are thrilled to have such dedicated staff. The first week of speaker coaching has happened. The kids will have over 3 months to put together their presentation and the best part is they'll have a coach along the way. There's so much more to say about this, but in all honesty I don't have a time. Organizing an event of this magnitude is a fulltime job. so I'll update when we've some more information. Below are some students gaining real life experience marketing our event.
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