Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Online Holdouts no more

As online learning has been incorporated into nearly every aspect of U.S. education—from prestigious universities to struggling public systems—one type of school has largely resisted the trend: elite private academies.
But now, some of the top independent schools are offering full-credit online classes to their students through a nonprofit venture called Global Online Academy.
Mike Kane for The Wall Street Journal
Global Online Academy Director Michael Nachbar, center, with Jake Clapp, the venture's academic dean, right, and Bernie Noe, Lakeside School head.

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After a test run last year, 23 schools are participating this fall, including Dalton School in New York, Lakeside School in Seattle and Sidwell Friends in Washington, D.C., as well as academies in Jordan, Indonesia, Tokyo and Beijing.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Professional Learning at Global Online Academy

Professional Learning opportunity that can be accessed through Global Online Academy. We are a member school. For more information see.......

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

EARCOS: Calling Presenters

Dear Colleagues, 

This year EARCOS will be held at Concordia International School in Shanghai, March 28-30. 

The strands or focuses this year include:
  • Physical Education
  • Visual & Performing Arts (chorus, vocal, music, dance, drama, strings, band)
  • Counselling
  • Chinese Language
  • (General Education / Tech)
(See attached flyers for more info on the performing and visual arts strands)

Presenting is great PD!  Share your knowledge, raise the prestige of ASIJ, and save on your costs of attending! 

ASIJ is eligible to send up to 3 presenters, though more often we're chosen to send two. Presentations are chosen on the basis of both their strength, the schools represented, and the differentiation from other presentations similar in nature.  

Should you be chosen as a presenter, the school will reimburse you the cost of:

  • Full Conference fees will be paid by the school
  • Full hotel accommodation for up to 4 nights will be paid by the school
  • Airfare as per regular delegates
  • Visa fees for presenter(s)
  • In the case of two or more faculty members making a joint presentation, the accommodation allowance will be split between the number of presenters (ie. two presenters – each get 50% of a room)

There is no other per diem or allowance. 
You are responsible for booking your hotel and flight, as well as for seeking your visa. 
Ensure you apply for a tourist visa to enter China. Do not indicate you're attending a conference or meeting etc., as this requires a different, more difficult to obtain visa. Additionally, there is a cost for the visa for entry into China, so please keep your receipt.

There are four hotels to choose from (see video in link) at varying prices. ASIJ will reimburse the cost of a standard room at any of the conference hotels. You may choose to upgrade at your own expense.  Many hotels offer a limousine service to the hotel for about 500RMB; note that a taxi costs about 150RMB.

Q: I'm keen! What do I do?

A: Drop me a quick email by October 1st. Please see Guidelines for Teacher Workshop Presenters (attached)  start working out your presentation. Presenters are provided 60 minutes. Please let me know how I can be of help; I'll do my best to be of assistance. 

You will present in-house at ASIJ (to invited colleagues, the EARCOS rep, PD coordinator on or before Oct. 26, as the deadline for our submission of proposals is on or by November 1st. We'll arrange after school etc. as best fits.

Presenting in-house is an excellent opportunity to get valuable feedback. To that end, it is important that this be as close as possible to your proposed final presentation, though given the tight deadline, I understand you may yet make changes. Please see the Teacher Workshop Evaluation Sheet attached for what EARCOS is seeking.
Thank you to all who are thinking about presenting! More for attendees soon!


Jeff Leppard

MacXpress Goes Google

How to link your iCal & Google Cal

Google Power Searching with Google - online course starts Sept 24 (finishes Oct 10)
Google Apps Training - We will be forming a study group/s for this activity
Google Summit - ASIJ will be hosting this event & we are forming a Planning Team
Google Teacher Academy - check out the application process. (For some tips and inspiration you can check out a recent Google Hangout conversation here.)