Monday, April 30, 2012


The Global Online Academy is launching its first professional development courses to be offered this summer! By tapping into the vast expertise and experience at our schools we plan to offer a full catalog of professional development courses to our member schools and the wider educational community. 
Dates: Friday, July 13 - Friday, August 10
Cost: $400 for member school faculty / $475 for non-member schools 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

ISTE Learn and Lead

See the May 2012 edition of the ISTE Learning and Leading online journal. A new page in the blog has been created for linking to these as they are published.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

EARCOS 2012 Reflections

Over Spring break ASIJ supported attendance at the EARCOS Bangkok Conference of over  35 faculty. In finalizing the reimbursements for the conference expenses there are some valuable reflections and feedback from those that attended. Please take the time to share your reflections and comments on the conference workshops here. 

What do you plan to do with this new knowledge? 

What new ideas has this conference generated for you? 

Share your ideas here by commenting on this post.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Fun Failure: How to make learning irresistable

By Anne Collier
Failure is a positive act of creativity,” Katie Salen said. Scientists, artists, engineers, and even entrepreneurs know this as adults. But in schools, the notion of failure is complicated.
Salen, executive director of the Institute of Play and founder of Quest to Learn, the first public school based on the principles of game design in the U.S., explained how failure can be a motivating agent for learning in her presentation at SXSW.
Any practice – athletic, artistic, even social – involves repeatedly failing till one gets the experience or activity right. We need to “keep the challenge constant so players are able to fail and try again,” she said. “It’s hard and it leads to something rewarding.”
Game designer Jane McGonigal makes a similar point. She dedicates an entire chapter in her book Reality Is Broken to “fun failure” and why it makes us happy. When we’re playing a well-designed game, failure doesn’t disappoint us. It makes us happy in a very particular way; excited, interested, and most of all optimistic, Salen said. “Fun failure” even makes us more resilient, which keeps us emotionally safe.
The HS Library has a copy of Jane McGonical's book - REALITY IS BROKEN

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Changing how we learn: 10 disruptive tools for every generation

Changing how we learn: 10 disruptive tools for every generation

As the web rapidly transforms the way we consume knowledge, here’s a quick look at innovative tools, programs, and startups that are rapidly changing how we learn. See more

Monday, April 2, 2012

MacXpress - Preview Part 2

Due to school closing early on Tuesday April 3 we will offer the Preview Part B session 
on April 10 instead.

All divisions welcome.