On Friday May 17, ASIJ hosted the inaugural Technology Coaches Japan workshop for teachers from international schools in the Tokyo area. This event was attended by over 20 participants from seven different schools. We had a great mix of people from teachers and technology coaches to principals.
The day was structured around three presentations by Doug Johnson, a very well-known and established author on the topics of school technology and libraries. Doug is also the Director of Libraries and Technology for the Mankato Minnesota Public Schools area. Being able to have Doug as a speaker was made possible through joint funding by Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS) and ASIJ’s Professional Development Council. Doug worked with the group on three main topics:
Change from the Radical Center: This presentation suggested 10 principles to follow from the Radical Center of Education that will actually result in a positive change in education.
Using Personal Technologies to Motivate Rather Than Distract: This presentation Identifies some simple rules that can help you make the most of the devices that are increasingly common in the classroom.
Developing the Creativity in Every Learner: This workshop explored how we can define, encourage, use and assess creativity in our lessons and projects using technology.
The event also allowed time for teachers from the participating schools to connect and share ideas and resources which was very beneficial. Hopefully this will be the start of many more professional meetings between teachers, coaches and administrators that place value on technology as a learning tool. (Mike Moody, ES Instructional Technology Coach)