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Behind the screen may 2013


This was presented at the Digital Education Show Asia, a technology and learning conference in KL, Malaysia.

This was presented at the Digital Education Show Asia, a technology and learning conference in KL, Malaysia.

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  • This presentation is called Speak Up! Transforming Classroom Discussions. Again, my name is Robert Appino. You can find me on twitter @rappin01
  • Here is a snap shot of where I work in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This is the High School building which is the main entrance to the campus. We have over 35 nationalities with 850 student early childhood to Grade 12. SSIS is situated in the newly developed Saigon South. We have over 850 student EC3-12. I work as a MS Technology Coach and teacher here at Saigon South International School, Saigon (HCMC) Vietnam. I’m excited to contribute to K12Online this year and wanted to say thanks to those that organized.
  • We are currently a 1:1 laptops grades 6-12 and starting next this will drop down to grade 5. My role is to support MS teachers implement technology into there existing curriculum.
  • social media can create comfort Why using social media is critical in schools. Opens up the world, contributors, commenters, collective ideas rather isolated ideas
  • Before we get into (how we are using social media to improve learning) I want to come back to my initial focus question.
  • Let’s explore this.
  • Consider this idea? Some students enjoy speaking up in class while others don't? This is a scenario that most educators are familiar with. How can we promote more students to share their ideas? There isn’t a one size fits all model for the diverse needs of every class.
  • How do we get students to share their ideas more. Social media great for sharing ideas. But before we dive into that lets explore two ways or modes that people share ideas
  • or two ways of sharing
  • Face to Face sharing: is when people having a discussion in the same physical space. Like right here at this conference. Social hours/times built into this conference. Many of us call this networking
  • Virtual sharing it’s ubiquitous. Many of us are tweeting about this conference and as result people from all around the world can tap into this conference and learn. The reason I actually know Jeff, Shaun, Tim, Aloni and Andrienne is from our virtual discussions over the years.
  • Some people and our student feel more comfortable talking and SHARING behind a screen
  • This study enabled me to realize that virtual discussions were a means of encompassing the broader needs to accommodate students to feel nurtured and valued in the classroom environment.
  • Susan Cain the author of Quiet establishes the fact that extroversion/ or the cult of personality in the US wasn't always valued the way it is today  She demonstrates how this historical change came about /and highlights how the "power of personality" or EXTROVERSION came to be the cultural ideal in the US In her book, she skillfully demonstrates that "introversion" is not a negative quality, rather this is seen as time for careful consideration for example, she details the background of Steve  Wozniak and other so called introverted people who became publicly successful do to their creativity fueled in their ‘Quiet’ moments She also highlights the ways in which Asian American students engage in school and college life. In her research she found that most Asian students preferred the introverted mode of interaction and for various reasons were more comfortable using this mode of communication  The research and underpinnings in her book were interest to me because of the parallels I could see in my own classroom. In this way the book Quiet is a breakthrough in understanding that introversion is not a negative quality and that EXTROVERSION is not the ideal.
  • So what do virtual discussions, Carnegie’s, Susan Cain’s book Quiet and Wang and Woo have to do with social media. Using social media can promote new ways of interacting virtually. So its not just face-to-face.
  • Before we get into how we are using social media to improve learning I want to come back to my initial focus question.
  • About four years we we’re reviewing our MS Reading Program and promoting reading. In the past we had students fill out log sheets and do book shares every quarter or semester so (book report, small group book share). Students would talk about what they are reading and learn from what other are reading. This was great. But I began thinking How can have a steady stream of book reviews and conversations about reading. Be it recommendation or whatever. We wanted to create a community of readers.
  • Started off with one grade the first year and by the second year we got 6-8 on board. Goodreads is a social network and community about reading
  • Goodreads books reports vs. getting up in front of everyone and reporting on your books once a semester you can do it weekly if you want.
  • Rate and recommend
  • It has all kinds of genres you can search. For example Paranormal Romance. I had a student that used to ask me all the time what books do I recommend. I’d give her some suggestions but she wanted to know which romance novels to read. My short answer would be none but instead of letting my bias get in the way I said check out goodreads. She ended making a friend from Australia that shared the same interests in Romance novels and they suggested books back forth. Advantage book suggestions (need Romance pict)
  • social widgets you can add to other sites. Our MS students add them to their blogs and other places. You can constantly share what you are reading.
  • Challenges. Goodreads is a social network about reading. We chose to keep Goodreads 100% public. Because we see value in students connecting with other students about books and reading. The challenges with this are control. With anything social we can’t control other people opinions. Book review example: not everyone likes a book and in some cases some people use strong language when expressing their views about a book. We could’ve made it private for all students at Saigon South.
  • Goodreads has always prided itself on
  • It will likely be dropped down into the Grade 5s but we’ll definitely make that private to We could’ve made it private for all students at Saigon South.
  • Impact. Well we are reading more and sharing our reading more. Teachers are in their second year of the 40 book challenge in which they challenge themselves and their students to read 40 books. They have specific guidelines and limits on genres.
  • Ultimate goals is to create lifelong readers and to engage students to ENJOY reading. It’s hard to enjoy reading if you don’t know what to read. A community of readers
  • It’s important that so and so says they like this book or recommended this book.
  • Technology has enable anyone to talk about reading anytime. No matter how shy or extroverted they are.
  • Social media and building
  • References from my paper
  • Image Attributions. You can follow the links and this presentation via
  • This presentation is called Speak Up! Transforming Classroom Discussions. Again, my name is Robert Appino. You can find me on twitter @rappin01


  • 1. Behind the Screen: Socializing in Virtual Comfort Robert Appino @rappin01
  • 2. Saigon South International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • 3. What is comfort behind the screen?
  • 4. How are you using social media to improve learning?
  • 5. What is comfort behind the screen?
  • 6. Some students enjoy speaking up in class while others don't.
  • 7. Share
  • 8. 2 modes
  • 9. Face-to-Face
  • 10. Virtual
  • 11. Carnegie acknowledges that, “[t]he biggest advantage [of virtual discussions] was for students who were shy, self- conscious, or intimidated in face-to-face group meetings” (2003, p. 63).
  • 12.
  • 13. Wang and Woo (2007) also said that “online discussions were more comfortable, less aggressive and offered more equal opportunities for group members to voice their opinions” (p. 282).
  • 14. Behind the Screen
  • 15. How are you using social media to improve learning?
  • 16. Community of Readers
  • 17. Status updates
  • 18. Status updates
  • 19. Rate Recommend
  • 20. Reviews
  • 21. Challenges
  • 22. Challenges of ownership
  • 23. Future Plans
  • 24. Elementary
  • 25. 40 Book Challenge
  • 26. 40 Book challenge by genre
  • 27. Drop Everything And Read
  • 28. Impacts
  • 29. Life long readers
  • 30. says that for iGeneration kids “social connections are EVERYTHING”.
  • 31. Socializing (about books) in Virtual Comfort
  • 32. Build
  • 33.  Cain, S. (2012). Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking. New York: Crown Publishers. Carnegie, T. A. (2003). Teaching a Critical Understanding of Virtual Environments. Business Communication Quarterly, 66(4), 55-64. Wang, Q., & Woo, H. L. (2007). Comparing asynchronous online discussions and face- to-face discussions in a classroom setting. British Journal of Educational Technology, 38(2), 272-286. References
  • 34. Attribution - Visual Behind the Screen by racheocity Speaking Up by HowardLake SSIS Campus images by rappino Speaking Up & Raising my hand image by rappino Trees by Mark Sebastian Balloons by Tim Geers Screens by campagnoli Book Report by rwentechaney Romance by by Andrew Scott Globe by Judy ** Future by dalioPhoto Private by Andreas-photography Book Stack by only alice Lifelong Reading by alex.ragone ResourcesDownload Presentation via Slideshare from Robert Appino
  • 35. Behind the Screen: Socializing in Virtual Comfort Robert Appino @rappin01