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I’m in Singapore for a few days to visit a smattering of schools, reunite with a college friend, and co-present with Kim Beeman (@KimBeeman). Kim is the Head Librarian at Shrewsbury International School. She and I were graciously invited to Singapore by Katie Day (@librarianedge). Katie is the remarkably knowledgable, innovative, and inspiring Head of Libraries at UWCSEA East, and I met her at the Librarians’ Knowledge Sharing Workshop Kim hosted last month at her school in Bangkok. Kim and I are exceedingly excited to be here for the following two events:
- TeachUp 2015 Mini Conference co-organized by Caroline Meek who runs UWCSEA’s Centre for International Education
- Librarians’ Professional Learning Lunch co-organized by Katie Day and Barb Philip
Our first presentation is full of resources for educators to take control of their professional development, DIY PD. We hope to demonstrate a variety of models to actively learn and network via Twitter chats, unconferences, webinars, PLNs, digital spaces, and Google Hangouts. These are just a few of the ways to propel and sustain personal growth and join a vast online/offline participatory culture of learners.
Our second presentation is about Digital Literacies and contains resources for ethically locating, gathering, and using digital media. We’ll also talk about standards, literacies, and citizenship.
As per the TeachUp website: TeachUp is a mini-conference for anyone involved in teaching looking for peer-delivered professional development. Share and learn tried-and-tested new ideas with others. TeachUp meetings will take place three times a year and are for anyone involved in teaching: teachers, Heads of Departments, Principals, librarians, administrators and support staff.
I’m in Singapore for the weekend! I visited schools and libraries with Kim Beeman, Head of Libraries at Shrewsbury International School in Bangkok. Many thanks to Katie Day, Head of Library at UWCSEA East in Singapore for helping to coordinate our visits and hosting us!
After visiting Dulwich College Singapore and Singapore American School earlier in the day, our third school visit was at Tanglin Trust School. Suzanne Parfitt of the Upper School Library kindly toured us around her newly renovated and expanded space plus the Junior and Infant Libraries. In addition, Suzanne showed us the Staff Library (!) which is a lovely collaborative faculty room with tons of learning resources, a kitchen area, and windows. So important!
Tanglin is celebrating its 90th birthfay, and the library hose 90 books (one from each year of its existance) to highlight. Something I noticed and loved was that EVERY library we visited had a reading theater space which doubles as classroom performance space. Hard to achieve in a city school without oodles of available spaces spread about sprawling campuses but soooo valuable…
Check out Tanglin’s Infant Library’s story sacks! And the screen saver that the 6th grader sees when she logs onto the computer reminding her of the school’s Responsible Use Policy! Also, notice the beautiful new space offering flexible collaborative learning opportunities — it is furnished with Steelcase furniture, writeable surfaces, and maker materials — all in an area which was formally an open patio!