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29 October 2015 -- S.W.I.F.T. Round Table Forum Day 2


Mr. H.C. Chan welcomed participants and initiated day two of the SWIFT Forum.

In-house Sharing by School No. 19, Kazan, Tatarstan

            Best Practices around the World (PDF)

  • 2006 changes ushered in by new Educational strategies
  • Used IB ideas, such as Motivational Questions, Global Questions & Cognitive Learning
  • focus on 21st century skills that employers need from their workers
  • BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) became BYOI (Bring Your Own Idea)
  • Don’t tell teachers what to do, but what to expect

In-house sharing by School No. 19      In-house sharing by Hwa Chong Institution

In-house Sharing by Hwa Chong Institution, Singapore

            Enhancing Learning: Aligning Info-Comm Technologies with Pedagogies (PDF)

  • in-school $400 cash prizes for teachers who RECOGNIZE and INSPIRE others
  • same teachers are given significant air-time in school meetings
  • celebrate small successes and glorious failures
  • "5 Minds for the Future" by Howard Gardner, a key text: the disciplined mind, the synthesizing mind, the creating mind, the respectful mind, and the ethical mind
  • school approach: Critical, Caring, Creative, Thinking
  • a learning style of "one step back"

 Q & A: The degree of IT engagement in lessons at senior level compared to junior level, taking into consideration the constraints of preparing for written external exams was tackled. Schools admitted that there was a tendency towards fewer IT driven lessons in senior forms.    

Q&A      Q&A 


In-house Sharing by Mission Heights Junior College, Auckland, New Zealand

            How can Technology Support a Robust Inquiry into Teaching Effectiveness? (PDF, video)

  • school as a family, and focus purely on learning and learners
  • staff meetings conducted in energetic, noisy, engaged, active, decentralised style
  • live reports sent regularly to students and parents, with teachers’ feedback/remarks
  • teachers need to be learners, as learners co-construct with teacher

In-house sharing by Mission Heights Junior College      In-house sharing by St Edmund's College & Waverley College

In-house Sharing by St Edmund's College, NSW, Australia and Waverley College, NSW, Australia

A Whole School Model for Contemporary Learning  (PDF)

  • populating a safari requires a fence first. Parameters of educational exploration!
  • Whole School Approach
  • Piaget as an outsider/rogue is necessary, accepted and encouraged. Contributions!
  • Piaget: genetic epistemology: how knowledge acquired determines validity
  • teacher sharing: strongest fly: weakest raised up
  • Sugata Mitra: MIE Minimally Invasive Education, Victorianism. anti-imperialism. schooling mould clones to move anywhere
  • glass half full or empty… or is it anxiety? Silburn’s Emotional Resilience (2003)
  • Social capital = empathy, thinking of others 
  • Resilience… interaction

Q & A: The issue of parental anxiety towards novel methods as employed by Mission Heights was raised. In response, teachers from the school demonstrated their principles, and stressed the need for effective communication between all stakeholders.

Q&A      Q&A


Afternoon visit to Shun Tak Fraternal Association Yung Yau College to see best innovation practices by students who garnered many awards in science competitions over the years.

Visit to Shun Tak Fraternal Association Yung Yau College      Visit to Shun Tak Fraternal Association Yung Yau College


 Report of Day 1 Programme

Report of Day 3 Programme