Wednesday, March 31, 2010

What it means to be an ADE: Reflection on ADE Asia Institute 2010

In the middle of March I attended the ADE Asia Institute held in Singapore. Becoming an ADE (Apple Distinguished Educator) was a unique experience, and one of the most useful professional development opportunities I have ever had.

While in the company of
Rebecca Stockley, Joseph Linaschke, Maxx Judd, Adrian Lim, and other Apple representatives, 50 educators from K-12 and tertiary levels worked through a program that involved:
  • Personal branding: the process where people and their careers are marked as brands; the brand of 'YOU' as a professional educator; finding a photo the captures 'YOU'; finding a movie that tells 'YOUR STORY'; Making, Building and Creating!
  • Discussion about moving beyond the 'facilitator role' to 'collaborators in learning'
  • Challenge based learning framework: teacher engaged as collaborators in the learning
  • Challenge based learning assignment: Identify your educational challenge, find like-minded peers, create authentic/rigorous project concept for use in your learning environment, pitch the team concept at presentation session

Madeleine Brookes, ADE Alumni and Julie Lindsay, ADE Graduate

What does it mean to be an ADE?
  • I am now part of a global network of educators who 'get it' in terms of moving learning and collaboration to the next level in 21st century education
  • I have access to a global set of resources created for an by ADE's and others, specifically aimed at improving learning and integration of challenge based learning
  • I have an immediate team of ADE's here in Beijing who are collaborating already on future events and opportunities for colleagues
  • I feel valued as an educator: the championing of us as educators and as ADE's was a special feature of the Institute. It is not always easy in our regular, day-to-day professional lives to be held in high regard in the same way, especially when representing ideas and challenges to administrators and colleagues that will ultimately change the way we teach and learn

Thank you to my team members for your amazing hard work putting together our 'Global Collaboration' presentation: Sabrina, Robin, and Joram

Some other challenge-based team presentation outcomes: In One Place, Culture Ed, Digital Portfolios,

Thank you to Apple Education for having the vision and seeing a way forward and providing the opportunity to connect, collaborate and create.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Across My Desk (weekly)

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Across My Desk (weekly)

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Outside My Window: March 8

We found it hard to believe that this late in the Winter season we can wake up to a layer of snow here in Beijing! A view from our back window into the courtyard this morning.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Across My Desk (weekly)

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Opening Up Education: Student Projects Speak Out

Which student initiated idea will change education as we know it today??

Last week at the Flat Classroom Workshop and mini-Conference at the ASB Unplugged Conference in Mumbai, Vicki Davis and I, along with Bernajean Porter and other wonderful Flat Classroom colleagues and educators encouraged students to envision the future of education. As an action-based conference format student teams (and educator teams too) designed a futuristic global project or idea that could most likely be implemented.
In the final presentation of the whole conference the three finalists presented their digital stories based on these ideas. We now invite YOU to vote for the idea and vision most likely to succeed or be implemented.

View the three videos and the wikis for each team. When you are ready to vote, find the Poll on the front of the workshop wiki. Please share this with other educators!


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