Apple Distinguished Educators (Asia)
Western Academy of Beijing (WAB)
Here are some of the questions that I frequently ponder in my role as an education and technology integrator:
I am the High School Technology Integrator and IB Diploma teacher for ITGS at the Western Academy of Beijing. My passion is the IB Diploma Information Technology in a Global Society, which I have been teaching since 2001 and examining since 2003 (http://www.insideitgs.net/). Since my move to WAB, I have completely shifted from a PC to a Mac environment. I am also an Apple Distinguished Educator, class of 2008, the Beijing ADE coordinator and currently serve on the ADE Asia Advisory Board.
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Nanjing International School
Hi there, this is Ann from Nanjing, China. For the past 3 years I’ve worked as the Instructional Technology Coach at Nanjing International School. Technology is that ever changing amalgamation of questions, excitement, frustrations, more questions, challenges, successes, and ever more questions!
As a career teacher, I’ve watched and participated in the development of educational technology in many types of schools in a variety of locations, including Hong Kong, Zambia, China and the US. Through all the ups and downs of technology in education, I’ve tried to firmly stay rooted in evaluating programs, pedagogy, and tools for their effectiveness in student learning, creativity, critical thinking, and development. It’s an ever growing and learning experience for me.
As an Apple Distinguished Educator (2008) and alumni (2010), I bring my Mac passion into my work in providing direction and leadership to an educational program. In addition I’m involved in presenting workshops at regional conferences and participating in global initiatives, such as this Flat Classroom Conference.
I’m looking forward to meeting participants in this conference both face to face, and virtual. It’s exciting to be moving forward in the shrinking of our globe and the increasing of our collaboration.
Shekou International School
Hello! Hola! Guten tag! Salam alaikum! Ni hao! Coming to you from the sunny shores of southern California is a dedicated and experienced international school teacher and technology integrator. I am currently the high school psychology (IB & AP) teacher and technology integrator at Shekou International School in Shenzhen, China. I also developed and teach a course called Technology Skills for the 21st Century Learner. Prior to Shenzhen, I worked at the International School of Beijing where I was also a technology integrator and taught many high school social studies courses, including IB Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) and IB Psychology. I greatly enjoy having the dual role of teacher and integrator. Prior to Beijing, I worked in Munich, Germany and Bahrain.My current professional goals revolve around assessment practices and how we can bring more authenticity and creativity to the process while having rigorous emphasis on both content and skills, especially in IB courses.
I joined the ADE family in 2008 at the Asia Institute and participated as an alumnus at the 2010 ADE Asia institute. I look forward to the collaboration the Flat Classroom conference will bring. At the same time, I look forward to evolving our understanding about how we can harness the power of technology to contribute toward the transformation of education to be more relevant in today’s rapidly changing and hyper-connected world.
Billy began the tech world by taking apart tube type radios, constructing his own radios and stereos from HeathKit and Allied, and plunking around in FORTRAN at the university while studying Chemical Engineering. Wandering into education in the middle of his life, he fell head over heals with HyperCard on the Mac platform. He has taught in computer labs for many years in the USA. He and his wife have been working overseas for the last 8 years in which he has been the driving force for several schools' tech infrastructure. He enjoys teaching and continues to offer Macintosh workshops.