I worked on ASEF ClassNet Online Collaborations in the first and second grade of my school year and in 2014, I will again participate in one of them. I really liked working on the Sketch-Up Online Collaboration in the second year, which is why I have chosen to participate again in the third year of my education. There were several things I liked about working on the ASEF ClassNet Online Collaboration, first of all I like working with Sketch-Up a lot. Secondly, the international cooperation we had with other countries was a great chance for all of my classmates to get in touch with students from different parts of the world.
Mr Adam Stepinski, Teacher of English and History at Copernicus Upper-Secondary School
January 2014, Tarnobrzeg, Poland
Project work has always been my beloved didactic strategy utilized in teaching. It is, on the one hand, ambitious and challenging; but on the other hand, projects are the most effective and truly activating and motivating educational undertakings. They are a bridge to independent learning for students. Pupils take personal responsibility for tasks. What I most enjoy, while supervising projects, is seeing learners developing their skills in critical thinking and the expression of their own ideas. Students are actively involved and have a sense of achievement. What’s more, project experiences are good for mixed ability classes so that every student may participate.
Ms Nina Feyruzi, Institute Director, Khatulistiwa Indonesia, and member of the ASEF ClassNet
April 2013, Jakarta, Indonesia
“I became a member of ASEF ClassNet in 2008, when I first participated in its conference in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, and ever since, I love being its member, I feel like I find a family of educators who loves to share passion of teaching and learning for a better education in the future.” The idea of organising this conference was actually coming from the international school conference organised by Millennia Institute of Singapore, one of school members of ASEF Classroom Network (ASEF ClassNet). When I was invited to the conference held that year by Millennia Institute in 2010, I was still a teacher in SMA 3 High school of Jakarta.
St. Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School, Meera Bagh Hosts Students from JB Gymnasiet , Ystad, SwedenMs Geeta Rajan, Global Co-ordinator at St. Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School
March - April 2013, Meera Bagh, India
A ten member student delegation from JB Gymnasiet accompanied by Mr Lars Olov, Principal, Mr Niclas Tornbladh and Ms Stina Ekwell visited St. Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School , Meera Bagh, New Delhi from 29 March 2013 to 6 April 2013. The students from JB Gymnasiet got a taste of the Indian culture and lifestyle as they stayed with their Indian buddies. The delegation attended a few classes, noteworthy among them was an art class wherein they learnt some Madhubani painting. Another special class that they attended was the Home Science Class where the Swedish students learnt to cook Pulao, a dish prepared with rice, and some Raita (Indian yogurt). During their stay in New Delhi, the delegation was taken on a Delhi cultural tour by the members of the school’s Heritage Club. A formal event to welcome the guests comprising of a few traditional Indian dance items along with the performance of Dancing Queen by ABBA was also organised by the St. Mark’s School.
Mr Mayank Sharma, Student at St. Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School, Meera Bagh
November 2013, New Delhi, India
For me, the 11th ASEF Classroom Network (ASEF ClassNet) Conference at Bali was like a packet full of surprises. Of course, the first surprise was being selected as the student representative from St. Mark’s by our Principal Ma’am. Each day I learnt something new - whether it be about fostering global collaboration or promoting friendship with other schools. And that was what made me happy the most. Every single moment, be it watching the Kecak Dance Performance or giving the presentation for my Online Collaboration, “iMagz – Making Myself Heard”, will be etched forever in my mind.
PrProfessor Noemi Lusi, Professor of English language and literature at Liceo Classico Plauto
October 2013, Rome, Italy
Sharing, connecting, linking… That’s what contemporary society is all about and that’s what youngsters are particularly attracted by. This is why our way of teaching has to change. Organizing our activity around direct lessons in class behind a teachers’ desk cannot be the only way. We have to focus our attention on strategies which lead the group to learning through activities proposed in their language, the language of digital natives.
When I first went to Beijing in 2005, I could never have imaged the dramatic changes in behaviours and in what is called ‘intercultural competence’ that would have taken place. Thanks to the ASEF Classroom Network (ASEF ClassNet), we are now new people, more open to appreciate and understand who is different from us, so are our students, their families, our colleagues.
Visit by Students of St. Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School, Meera Bagh, New Delhi, India to Melaka, MalaysiaMs Wan Hailah binti Wan Yahya and Ms Rosnah Osman, Online Collaboration Coordinators at Sekolah Menengah Sains Muzaffar Syah (MOZAC)
July 2013, Melaka, Malaysia
In the wee hours of the morning of 23 June 2013, a group of students from St. Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School, Meera Bagh, New Delhi, India set foot on the grounds of MOZAC (Muzaffar Syah Science Secondary School) in Melaka. The group consisted of seven students – six boys and one girl – ranging in age from 15 to 17, and one accompanying teacher. This is not the first visit by students of St. Mark’s. Last year, another group of students also visited us during the Fully Residential Schools International Symposium; however, they were from the St. Mark’s Girls’ School, another branch of the St. Mark’s Secondary Girls Schools.
Pn. Rita Malina Rahmat, Advisor of Mozac UNESCO Club, Sekolah Menengah Sains Muzaffar Syah (MOZAC)
May 2013, Melaka, Malaysia
It was a privilege for ‘Muzzafarian’ to welcome a visit from Her Excellency, Madam Irina Bokova to Sekolah Menengah Sains Muzaffar Syah (MOZAC), Melaka on the 23 May 2013. She was on her two days visit to Melaka to see the UNESCO World Heritage in Bandar Hilir. SKUM has arranged her visit to MOZAC to see the activity of UNESCO Club which link to the ASPnet School of Europe and Asia. The honourable visitor was welcomed with ‘kompang’ to the Sultan Muzaffar Syah Hall accompanied by some UNESCO delegates as well as Sate Educational Officials, Encik Megat Nasir b. Megat Hashim, officers from SKUM and Officers from Boarding School and Excellence School Division, MOE of Malaysia. Her Excellency Madam Irina Bokova gave an appealing speech and mentioned that she enjoyed the warm welcome by all Mozac students and teachers. After the souvenirs presentation, she went to the exhibition booth in the hall and was briefed on our UNESCO'S Club and ASEF ClassNet Online Collaboration "Somewhere Out There".
I attended 10th ASEF Classroom Network Conference [HYPERLINK TO 10TH CONFERENCE PAGE] in Dundalk, Ireland, in November 2011, which created a massive pillar of the cultural and educational bridge connecting schools in Europe and Asia, one in Hungary – Varga Katalin Gimnázium in Szolnok. Overwhelmed by the experience and supported by two colleagues, I participated in the four ASEF ClassNet Online Collaborations, namely “A Diary of Our Culture”, “Chain Stories”, “Our Heroes, Our Inspirations” and “Famous Mathematicians” with about 30 students in my school.