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With over 550 participants from 36 countries, the 21st Century Learning Conference is the event of choice for those who want to come together to learn, share and discuss current & emerging topics in education. With a strong focus on the impact of technology on learning and teaching, the event blends together inspirational keynotes, practitioner led workshop sessions, plus fun professional sharing and networking opportunities.


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Saturday, March 11 • 09:00 - 10:00
Adventures in School Management Software
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In this workshop, Mel Varga and Ross Parker will present the story of their experiences with the Gibbon school platform, an open source system designed to make schools better. Starting in September 2015, Mel has worked to lead The International School Macau's effort to move from a proprietary school system to Gibbon, with the result that TIS now boasts a free, flexible, community driven and highly usable suit of software for staff, student and parent use.

By leveraging skills already existing within their school, TIS are now working to give back to the Gibbon community.  Faced with a similar decision matrix at International College Hong Kong in 2010, Ross found reliable, flexible and mature open source solutions for schools to be lacking, and so set out on the journey of creating Gibbon. Building on prior experience of building and deploying school platforms, Ross was able to offer the essentials that most schools seek, as well as some innovative functionality, but quickly encountered setbacks in driving adoption of open source systems in school. This workshop tracks the development of Gibbon from conception, through development, to adoption.

This session is aimed at educators who are keen to get more out of their school's systems and data, regardless of their job title or experience in such areas. Attendees are invited to consider what offers a better fit for education: corporate software driven by profits, or a community of practitioners building free software to meet their own needs and push forward their own practice.

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Ross Parker

ICHK, Technology Director
Ross Parker is a teacher with a passion for engaging students around understanding, using, demystifying and building computer technologies. As a passionate creator of technology, Ross has spent 10 years involved in designing and coding school software. Most recently, Ross has been focusing his coding energies into founding and building Gibbon (https://gibbonedu.org), the open source school platform. In addition to teaching, Ross is responsible... Read More →
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Mel Varga

Technology Integration Coordinator, The International School of Macao
Mel is the Technology Integration Coordinator at the International School of Macao (TIS) where his role has him working directly with teachers to find ways to incorporate technology with their pedagogy. Previously, he was the High School Division Coordinator at TIS.   Specific areas of interest include Smartphones, G-Suite, Learning Spaces and Gibbon EDU. He regularly performs in-house PD sessions at TIS and has previously presented at 21CLHK... Read More →

Saturday March 11, 2017 09:00 - 10:00

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