Showing posts from March, 2017

Build a Teacher Website in Minutes

On 18 & 19 March 2017, Jay Atwood (EdTechTeam) and I hosted the Taiwan Google Summit at Kaohsiung American School. In truth, this amazing edtech conference could not have happened without the support of the most innovative professional speakers in the field (Anita Chen, Vivian Lin, Mike Yung, etc.) and our team here at KAS (special accolades to the Tech Crew, the Tech Ambassadors, and of course Robert, Lena and Tom).

During this weekend long event, I lead a workshop on how to build a teacher website in minutes. I would like to share my resources here.
Google Summit in Taiwan This was a really energizing event for all who participated. Both days opened with brilliant keynotes. On Saturday, professor Benson Yeh lit up the assembly recalling his experience implementing the concepts of gamification in his university course.

On day 2, my friend Suan Yeo, education evangelist at Google gave us another insight into the future of education with his talk cleverly entitled #YouHadOneJob.


Design Better People

This is the L2Talk I gave at Learning2. Called "Design Better People", it focuses on how taking our students through the design cycle teaches them empathy, a positive, essential life skill.
Design Better People  TranscriptToday, I want to tell you a story, my story, as a cyberbully.  It happened long ago, when I was in Middle School.
Nowadays, you know how my story would begin:
You’re out for a pleasant walk on the Internet when you turn a corner and suddenly anger and hurt explode in your face.

My story could have happened on a YouTube video where invariably an anodyne conversation will lead to bitter exchanges in a very short time.

Experiencing trolls, cyberbullies directly or indirectly can be disorienting, even threatening.  And for our students, these are poor social norms to be followed. I believe designing with empathy can help correct those behaviors.
But my story took place in grade 6 when school photos were still in B&W.  Technically it was year 0 for the world wide we…