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Friday, December 12
 

8:00am PST

Morning Tea & Registrations
Friday December 12, 2014 8:00am - 8:45am PST
TBD

8:30am PST

Welcoming Remarks
Speakers
avatar for Angelica Nierras

Angelica Nierras

Managing Director, Faria Education Group


Friday December 12, 2014 8:30am - 9:00am PST
Auditorium

9:00am PST

Keynote: "Are We There Yet?"
A thought-provoking and interactive session looking at whether schools are genuinely catering for C21st learning and preparing young people for the world in which they will live. The session will explore the suitability of school structures and systems, the appropriateness of school curricula, C21st skills, the use of technology, and initial teacher training.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Gernon

Michael Gernon

CEO and Principal, GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis


Friday December 12, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am PST
Auditorium

10:00am PST

Coffee Break
Friday December 12, 2014 10:00am - 10:30am PST
Restaurant

10:30am PST

ManageBac at GEMS World Academy
In this presentation "Communication and Student Attainment through ManageBac," you will see how GEMS World Academy utilizes ManageBac as an effective communication tool for assessment and attainment for teachers, students and parents. Andrew and Rhonda will present how ManageBac is developed to support the educational and curricular needs of the School as it is our primary communication tool. We will also discuss the benefits of using the Web Platform and the impacts on teaching and learning at GWA.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew MacRae

Andrew MacRae

Technology Integration Specialist, GEMS World Academy
Andrew MacRae is currently the Digital Learning Coordinator and ManageBac coordinator at GEMS World Academy, Dubai.  He has been teaching in the Dubai region for 5 years and has 7 years teaching experience. Within that time Andrew has worked closely with schools on progress and attainment... Read More →
avatar for Rhonda Zaharko

Rhonda Zaharko

MYP Coordinator / Senior Leadership Team, GEMS World Academy
Rhonda Zaharko is currently the Middle Years Programme Coordinator at GEMS World Academy, Dubai.  She has been an educator for over 20 years and has been teaching in the Middle East for 10 years, 3 of which have been in Dubai.  Rhonda has a passion for grading and assessment and... Read More →


Friday December 12, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am PST
Auditorium

11:30am PST

ManageBac Company Update
In 2014, ManageBac celebrated its seventh year of operation. We owe you our sincere thanks, and we look forwardto many more years of working closely with our schools. Welcome to our first user group conference in Dubai!​

In 2015, we will be introducing ManageBac on Rails 4, which is a complete re-architecture that will provide:
  • Modern and responsive user interface design that will support web and mobile access via your phone & tablet.
  • Real-time and collaborative curriculum planning with an accordion-style unit plan editor.
  • Support for IBCC.
  • French and Spanish language support.

We are also committed to:
  • Continuing our work with admissions offices through OpenApply,
  • Improving international school management with InterSIS,
  • Offering single sign-on integration with FinalSite, and
  • Delivering an e-submission platform for IB world schools.

Together we remain inspired and excited to fulfill our original promise:
To ensure that IB World schools have a state-of-the-art technology infrastructure.


Friday December 12, 2014 11:30am - 12:00pm PST
Auditorium

12:30pm PST

Lunch
Friday December 12, 2014 12:30pm - 2:00pm PST

2:00pm PST

Three Perspectives on IBCC
Hear three perspectives on the IBCC from experienced coordinators on:
  • Planning and Implementation of the IBCC - Putting the pieces together, rationale and how the IBCC benefits the learners. (Peter)
  • Developing the IBCC – exploring the core programme (Michael)
  • Enterprise for IB – an insight into the possible ways Enterprise can diffuse through the CAS and C&S system in your schools and how Enterprise can look and be misinterpreted! (Alexander)

Speakers
avatar for Alexander Harrison

Alexander Harrison

IBCC Coordinator, GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis
Alex Harrison is the IBCC Coordinator at Wellington Academy, Dubai, Silicon Oasis. Having previously taught in the UK, he is now in his third year in Dubai, UAE and is thoroughly enjoying the context of International teaching.   - Session Description – Enterprise for IB – an... Read More →
avatar for Peter Stoddart

Peter Stoddart

IBCC Coordinator, Emirates International School - Jumeirah
I Graduated from Lancaster University with a BA (Hons) Business and Management and then completed a number of years in Industry. Following this I completed my PGCE Business Education (14-19 Yrs). I have held Curricular and Pastoral Leadership positions both in the UK and the UAE... Read More →
avatar for Michael Worth

Michael Worth

IBCC Coordinator, Greenfield Community School


Friday December 12, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Room 3116

2:00pm PST

MYP Next Chapter and Implementation
ManageBac staff will present a brief overview of the key changes in the system for MYP Next Chapter.

Next, Carolyn Parker will look at starting a new school, and developing a new MYP curriculum using ManageBac. The session will focus on using the task features to create rubrics, the grade book to track assessments, and the service as action components of the MYP.

Speakers
avatar for Kirsten Anderson

Kirsten Anderson

VP of Sales, Faria Education Group
avatar for Carolyn Mason Parker

Carolyn Mason Parker

MYP Coordinator/Assistant Principal, GEMS International School- Al Khail


Friday December 12, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Room 3118

2:00pm PST

Curriculum Planning, Assessment, and School-to-Home Communication in PYP

All the PYP coordinators around the world need to have in place the below practices and requirements in their schools related to the standard C2 the written curriculum:

1. The school ensures that there is a coherent, horizontally and vertically articulated programme of inquiry.

There is documented evidence that the curriculum developed addresses the five essential elements.

2. 
The written curriculum is available to the school community.

3. There is a system for regular review and refinement of the programme of inquiry, individual units of inquiry and the subject-specific scope and sequences.  

- Programme standards and practices January 2014

We all know how difficult this task is, especially in large schools,​ new schools or even schools that are looking for innovation and best practices. Change is a key word in our daily life these days… Change on all levels. Teachers, parents and students want stability, accountability and day to day communication regarding the learning process in the classroom.

In this session we will share how SEK International School in Qatar is using ManagBac to make sure that we are providing a structured, virtual learning environment for all our community members where the planning process, the assessment and the daily communication are all connected!


Speakers
avatar for Ali Ezzeddine

Ali Ezzeddine

PYP Coordinator, SEK International School Qatar
Ali Ezzeddine is the PYP coordinator in SEK international School Qatar. He started as a French teachers 13 years ago in Lebanon and now he is representing the region Africa, Europe and Middle East in the PYP committee. He became a workshop leader in 2010 and started doing face to... Read More →


Friday December 12, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Room 3120

2:00pm PST

ManageBac, OpenApply, Finalsite Support Workshop
Hoping for 1-1 hands-on support time? Join ManageBac, OpenApply, and Finalsite staff for an open Q&A workshop.

Friday December 12, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Room 3124

2:00pm PST

Establishing In-House Protocols

These days it seems we are inundated with a constant flow of new and exciting tools in technology. However, it is important to focus on a core set of tools that allow teachers to streamline communications and maintain consistency in their messaging. ManageBac allows Istanbul International Community School to do just that! 

This session will outline how ManageBac can act as a conduit to effectively communicate deadlines to students / parents as well as provide real-time feedback for formative assessments. We will cover the many tips and tricks IICS has learned during our rollout of the tool and give insight into some best practices for providing orientation to new students and easing the minds of parents before Back-2-School night.

If time allows, we will quickly run through some of the main tools IICS uses alongside ManageBac. 

- EasyBlog Jr.
- Kahoot!
- Socrative
- Easel.ly
- Wix & Wordpress
- Google Apps


Speakers
avatar for Brycen Davis

Brycen Davis

Technology Integration Specialist, Istanbul International Community School
Brycen Davis is currently the technology integration specialist and new literacies learning coach at Istanbul International Community School. Along with integrating technology into the curriculum there, Brycen provides orientation training to teachers, students and parents on "the... Read More →



Friday December 12, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Room 3122

6:30pm PST

Dinner at Imperium
Join us for a sponsored full buffet at Imperium, which comprises of Cold seafood selection, selection of 10 hot dishes with soup, carving live station, grilled station, pasta live station, selection of salads & cold mezzeh, selection of cheese & bread, pork station with 2 hot dishes & selection of cold cut (Salami & Ham), Dessert section with 2 hot pudding & fresh fruits.
https://www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/jumeirah-zabeel-saray/restaurants/imperium/ 

Friday December 12, 2014 6:30pm - 10:00pm PST
Imperium Jumeirah Zabeel Saray - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
 
Saturday, December 13
 

7:30am PST

Coffee
Saturday December 13, 2014 7:30am - 8:00am PST
Restaurant

10:30am PST

Cross-Cultural Harmony in Admissions
The core of international schools admissions practice is maintaining cross-cultural harmony. This session will start with a brief introduction to Qatar and the International School of London in Qatar, and show how international schools relate to a host country's culture. We will discuss how admissions departments balance cultural harmony through external and internal challenges, share experiences with other admissions officers, and build a common structure of common global admissions dashboard. The session will end by focusing on your own well-being and the importance of managing your own internal harmony, plus an EQ activity highlighting accomplishments and values.

Speakers
avatar for Nivin El Aawar

Nivin El Aawar

Head of Admissions and Marketing, International School of London Qatar
Nivin El Aawar is the Head of Admissions and Marketing at International School of London in Qatar. She is a mother for two adorable daughters who attended International education since the beginning of their learning journey. Nivin holds an Executive Diploma in Human Resources Management... Read More →



Saturday December 13, 2014 10:30am - 12:30pm PST
Room 3114

10:30am PST

DP Coordinator Meeting
From its inception ManageBac has been a vital tool in assisting coordinators to manage the IB Diploma programme efficiently. The aim of the session is to explore the use of ManageBac within the Diploma programme, ranging from the core, to internal assessments, unit planning, and its use as a communication tool for students and parents.  Participants may have varying levels of expertise with ManageBac and may not be using all the tools available within the software. The session will allow the sharing of expertise and enable participants to extend its use within the DP programme at individual schools.

Speakers
avatar for Nausheen Arif

Nausheen Arif

IBDP Coordinator, Emirates International School-Jumeirah
I am the DP coordinator of EIS-Jumeirah and have worked in this role for many years. I also teach ITGS in the DP programme and I am also an examiner with the IB in this subject.    Initially I worked as a programmer, but found my passion in teaching. I have taught ICT for the... Read More →


Saturday December 13, 2014 10:30am - 12:30pm PST
Room 3116

10:30am PST

Curriculum Design after the Next Chapter
Come inquire into an inquiry planner!

This session will look at the structure and function of the new disciplinary and interdisciplinary unit templates recently published by the IB MYP. The two-hour session will explore:
  • Connections and relationships within and between the new unit planners to better understand how it can transform teaching and learning in the classroom. 
  • Improvements the IB MYP has made to better support teachers.
  • Design and implementation units of study.
  • Designing units that support culminating projects through action and service opportunities.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Smith

Bob Smith

MYP Coordinator, Woodstock School
Ever since I can remember I wanted to be a teacher.  After earning my degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, I received my California teaching credential and have been an educator for the past 26 years. I have a passion for all things relating to education and teaching... Read More →


Saturday December 13, 2014 10:30am - 12:30pm PST
Room 3118

10:30am PST

Using ManageBac to Support PYP Learning
In this presentation, you will see how GEMS World Academy went through the transition of implementing ManageBac into the program and where we are today in the use of the curriculum tool. David will explain the training system GWA uses to give parents, students and staff the skills to use ManageBac to support learning. Finally, he will walk you through the roadblocks to look out for when transitioning, implementing and building your program and how ManageBac helps to troubleshoot and problem solve.

Speakers
avatar for David Gerber

David Gerber

PYP Coordinator, GEMS World Academy, Dubai
David Gerber is currently the PYP coordinator at GEMS World Academy, Dubai.  He has been teaching in the region for 4 years and internationally for 8 years and has teaching experiences from places like New Zealand, Alaska, the state of Washington and Germany.  David has been working... Read More →



Saturday December 13, 2014 10:30am - 12:30pm PST
Room 3120

10:30am PST

ManageBac, OpenApply, Finalsite Support Workshop
Hoping for 1-1 hands-on support time? Join ManageBac, OpenApply, and Finalsite staff for an open Q&A workshop.

Saturday December 13, 2014 10:30am - 12:30pm PST
Room 3124

10:30am PST

Implementing ManageBac (and other technologies)

This session will focus on the roll-out of ManageBac for MYP and DP at Ecole Mondiale World School, featuring classroom management, the Personal Project, CAS, and reporting.

The session will include training session videos, testimonies, suggested feature requests and feedback sessions with Teachers, Students & Parents.

Lastly, an overview of other technologies in use at Ecole Mondiale will be provided:

  • Implementation of Google Docs

  • Google Sites

  • Touch On Cloud

  • iPad Apps – Sketches, Math Bingo, iBooks, Coop Fractions, Movenote etc

  • iTune-U


Speakers
avatar for Farah Misquitta

Farah Misquitta

Technology Coordinator, Ecole Mondiale World School
Farah Misquitta has been the Technology Coordinator at Ecole Mondiale World School, Mumbai, for the past 5 years and is responsible for having implemented modernized teaching tools through upgraded technology and boosted IT integration to impact teaching and learning in classrooms. Gravitated IT inclination among teaching faculty by pushing their technology-infused pedagogy to new levels... Read More →



Saturday December 13, 2014 10:30am - 12:30pm PST
Room 3122

12:30pm PST

Lunch
Saturday December 13, 2014 12:30pm - 2:00pm PST
Restaurant

2:00pm PST

Reporting for Diploma
This session will look at:
  • The route that ISL has used to introduce ManageBac as our major curricular tool in the DP and MYP. This will include use of the grade book and reporting.
  • The use of ManageBac as a classroom tool to enhance student learning.
  • Where do we go from here, the possible route we will take in the future to include what changes 
  • ManageBac are bringing in and what else we may ask for. 

The session runs through how various tasks may be achieved, but will also be interactive and I look forward to participants input to help us all improve student learning.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Hamkari

Joe Hamkari

IBDP Coordinator, International School of London Qatar
Joe Hamkari has been teaching since 1986 and has lived and worked in a range of countries, including Jordan, the Bahamas, Colombia, Kazakhstan and Qatar as well as the UK. He has worked in private and state schools both boarding and day as both a teacher, Head of Department and... Read More →


Saturday December 13, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Room 3116

2:00pm PST

Assessment and Reporting in MYP
By developing Rubrics and Options for both IB courses and Middle School/High School subjects you will be shown how to create effective report cards and templates to suit your school needs. Participants will learn how to address key areas of the MYP in regards to ATL skills, how to export and track student data, and utilizing the calendar for Assessment and Homework Tracking. Examples of Templates will be shown throughout this workshop session.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew MacRae

Andrew MacRae

Technology Integration Specialist, GEMS World Academy
Andrew MacRae is currently the Digital Learning Coordinator and ManageBac coordinator at GEMS World Academy, Dubai.  He has been teaching in the Dubai region for 5 years and has 7 years teaching experience. Within that time Andrew has worked closely with schools on progress and attainment... Read More →
avatar for Rhonda Zaharko

Rhonda Zaharko

MYP Coordinator / Senior Leadership Team, GEMS World Academy
Rhonda Zaharko is currently the Middle Years Programme Coordinator at GEMS World Academy, Dubai.  She has been an educator for over 20 years and has been teaching in the Middle East for 10 years, 3 of which have been in Dubai.  Rhonda has a passion for grading and assessment and... Read More →


Saturday December 13, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Room 3118

2:00pm PST

Flipping the Classroom with ManageBac
Flip ManageBac: How embedding YouTube videos into events can powerfully prepare your students for class.

The session has 3 parts:
  • Short presentation on Flipping the Classroom.
  • Demonstration of embedding videos within ManageBac.
  • Discussion about favorite resources for teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Frank Peterson

Frank Peterson

ICT Specialist, Raha International School
Frank Peterson is currently working at Raha International School, as a ICT specialist. He started his international teaching 25 years ago, in Nepal, and had his first brush with the MYP 20 years ago at Overseas Family School, Singapore. As the technology coordinator at Gyeonggi Suwon... Read More →


Saturday December 13, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Room 3122
 
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