All posts tagged: singapore

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Matt Harris: Encourage Those in Your School to Share

by Matt Harris Expert Educator Columnist, Singapore I have discovered that TED talks are a great companion on long walks. I often listen to them for inspiration as I walk to school in the mornings (I live in Singapore, so I can walk to school year-round). The other day, I was listening to one from a volunteer fireman in the US who tells a great story about helping people and giving back to his community. Watch the video here <LINK> I drew inspiration for a number of things that are now on my blogging and vlogging to-do list to discuss. One of them in particular, really stuck out for me in a profound way – Don’t Wait. I won’t go into a ton of detail here as I hope to share more about this topic later and on other platforms. But the gist of it is don’t wait to share the gifts you have to give. In the EdTech sense, don’t wait until you are an expert or you have that next job or you …

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Matt Harris: Global Not International

by Matt Harris Expert Educator Columnist, Singapore When I was asked about writing this column, Microsoft asked what unique view or approach could I take to Educational Technology. My frame was one of working in a leadership capacity in an international school. I am not directly tied to a national system or central cultural influence (despite the words German and European in my school’s name). Rather, I work with people and pedagogies from all over the world. I am “international.” And that is what Ed Tech has become: international. Take the MIE Expert program for example. How many Twitter and Facebook posts have you read that come from people in countries around the world. The Arabic posts alone on the MIE Expert forum on Facebook have me astounded as an English mother tongue speaker. There is enough reach within this community to hold that dialogue in a different language/script/direction and maintain engagement around the world.

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Matt Harris: Coding is a Universal Connector that We (You) Should Teach in (Y)Our Schools

by Matt Harris Expert Educator Columnist, Singapore I must confess: I am a coder. I like to create and build through computer programming. I find it engages a special part of my brain and calms me when I need a break of administrative or educational work. In fact, I used to code for Microsoft. I also teach coding and I love that coding teaches them to grow as analytical thinkers and problem solvers. In short, I am a big proponent for learning how to code. What has struck most of late is just how universal coding has become as a connector of people. When I first played around with the topic for this post, I considered titling it as, “Coding is a Universal Language,” but a set of colleagues corrected me. Coding does not follow the rules of common languages; it exceeds them. Coding ties people together from all backgrounds and ages with the universal concepts of planning, creativity, design, and development. It is both constructive and destructive, fueling collaboration in some and isolation in …

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Matt Harris: Introducing My Column

by Matt Harris Expert Educator Columnist, Singapore “Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century.” – Lewis Perelman Right now, I’m eating peanuts contemplating what to write in my introductory blog post. I want to outline the lessons learned and the value of international education from ed tech perspective. I was thinking about a rehash of my CV or some Ben Franklin-esque series of quips that encapsulate my intention for this work, but I decided against it. Let me talk to you about Ed Tech in the international schools space by giving a tour of my team: I have Database Manager from India, Ed Tech coaches from Germany and the UK, IT techs from Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, and Pakistan, and librarians from the US, Holland, and various parts of SE Asia…and I’m from the US. We are diverse in culture, language, ability, and approaches to working and we are indicative of what you find in most international school. And let’s be honest, the rest of the world.