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Peterson Symposium CARDIFF 2010


Welcome We are delighted to be able to welcome all IB friends to Cardiff to mark this wonderful occasion, the first IB Peterson Symposium 2010. In memory of Alec Peterson and his commitment to the IB as first Director General, the transition from Peterson Lecture to Symposium propels the profile of this event and provides an interactive setting for the wider IB community. The Symposium will explore the impact of emerging technologies on teaching and learning, and how they could impact on the development of IB programmes. As the IB looks to the future and strives to sustain academic excellence on a global level, the Symposium will provide the perfect setting. We are also very proud to welcome Professors Christopher Dede and Nancy Law who, both eminent in their fields of learning technologies, will be offering their foresight and leading us in thought-provoking discussions. The use of technology in our everyday working lives allows us to be part of an expanding global network. We have a responsibility to ensure that all IB students benefit from our commitment to technological advancement. Online learning, the virtual community and e-marking are just some of the ways in which the IB is embracing this global trend. We hope that as IB educators the Symposium will encourage you to think critically and reflect upon the work that you do. We hope that you will maximize the opportunity it presents and work positively together as a community to continue to develop ideas for the IB of tomorrow.

Jeffrey Beard Director General

“ Alec Peterson was a visionary with charisma. He had the necessary academic standing to make the IB credible. He was very competent and convincing in public.� Ritchie 1992

Alec Peterson The Peterson lectures were inaugurated in 1989 to commemorate the commitment of Alec Peterson to the International Baccalaureate (IB) as its first director general from 1966–77. From the start, he had been attracted to the “IB project” developed by teachers at the International School of Geneva in the early 1960s. This project encompassed so much of Alec’s own desire for a broad-based education favouring critical-thinking skills, community service and an international perspective. Of Scottish origin, Alec read Classical Studies at Oxford and quickly gained a reputation in Britain as an educator who wanted to reform the A-level system. His work with Mountbatten in Malaysia during World War II gave him a zest for promoting world peace and in-roads into diplomatic and political circles on an international scale. Alec was director of the Department of Educational Studies, Oxford from 1958 to 1973 and he was for many years (until 1977) chairman of the editorial board of the prestigious periodical Comparative Education. A highly respected and broadly travelled educator, he had the international and

academic stature to promote the IB Diploma Programme around the world while at the same time being both grounded and a charismatic visionary, a rare combination. He played a particular role in shaping the theory of knowledge course, then at the core of the IB Diploma Programme and now influencing all aspects of the curriculum, from the primary years through the middle years to the Diploma Programme. His students admired him. He was bright, caring, civilized and very persistent. In 1987, a year before his death, Peterson published Schools Across Frontiers, his account of the creation of the United World Colleges and the International Baccalaureate, and his final tribute to these two organizations whose history was so intertwined with his own. When he died in 1988, Alec Peterson had supported the IB for a quarter of a century as an educator, an internationalist and a pacifist.

“ Rational, imaginative, with fantastic persistence. He was a good speaker and writer who made an enormous contribution. He wanted to broaden the ‘A’ levels through the IB.” Sutcliffe 1992

Nancy Law Nancy Law is Professor and Head of the Division of Information and Technology Studies in the Faculty of Education and the Director of the Centre for Information Technology in Education at the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include international comparative studies of pedagogical innovations and information technology, models of ICT integration in schools and change leadership, computersupported collaborative learning and the use of expressive and exploratory computerbased learning environments. She serves on a number of policy advisory boards/working groups related to ICT in education for the University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong government and the Microsoft Partners in Learning project. Nancy has been a member of the International Steering Committee of the Second Information Technology in Education Study (SITES) conducted under the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) since 1997. She has provided expert input to various IT in education related projects conducted by UNESCO, OECD and the


European Commission, and is a member of the working group for the International Project on Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills. She serves on the board of directors of the International Society of the Learning Sciences, as well as on editorial boards of the International Journal of ComputerSupported Collaborative Learning and the International Journal of Web Based Communities.

Chris Dede Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy and leadership. His funded research includes three grants from NSF and the US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences to explore immersive and semi-immersive simulations as a means of student engagement, learning and assessment. In 2007, he was honoured by Harvard University as an outstanding teacher. Chris has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Foundations of Educational and Psychological Assessment and a member

of the 2010 National Educational Technology Plan working group. He serves on advisory boards and commissions for PBS TeacherLine, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center, and several federal research grants. His co-edited book, Scaling Up Success: Lessons Learned from Technologybased Educational Improvement, was published by Jossey-Bass in 2005. A second volume he edited, Online Professional Development for Teachers: Emerging Models and Methods, was published by the Harvard Education Press in 2006.

George Walker George Walker has been director general of the International School of Geneva and the International Baccalaureate as well as visiting professor at the University of Bath. In an earlier phase of his career he was head of two UK comprehensive schools and advisor to ICI plc.

He is the author of several books on international education. He retired from the IB in 2006 but is still busy as a speaker, writer and consultant.

“ Peterson was very impressive. He had a major role in developing the philosophical underpinnings of the IB. He was the outstanding international education figure.” Gellar 1991

Schedule Thursday - 22 April 2010 Hilton Hotel Cardiff, Ballroom 15.15 - 17.45 hrs

IB Peterson Symposium

Speakers Chris Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. ancy Law, Professor and Head of the Division of Information and Technology N Studies in the Faculty of Education and the Director of the Centre for Information Technology in Education at the University of Hong Kong. Facilitator George Walker, former director general of the International School of Geneva and the International Baccalaureate as well as visiting professor in the University of Bath. 17.45 - 19.30 hrs

Cocktail reception at the National Museum of Wales

Friday - 23 April 2010 Hilton Hotel Cardiff, Ballroom 09.00 - 13.00 hrs

Working session for academic staff and speakers

13.00 - 14.00 hrs

Buffet lunch, Hilton Hotel, Atrium


Cardiff Cardiff was named capital of Wales in 1955 and is the gateway to the history and traditions of the nation. Cardiff is a proud city with a diverse, rich culture and language, and a city that has undergone a fascinating journey over the last 2,000 years. Cardiff has progressed from a small settlement, to the world’s busiest port, to the modern international capital it is today. La ciudad de Cardiff, capital de Gales desde 1955, abre una puerta a la historia y las tradiciones de la nación galesa. Cardiff es una ciudad orgullosa de su patrimonio, con una lengua y una cultura ricas y diversas, que en los últimos dos mil años ha sufrido una transformación fascinante. Un pequeño asentamiento en sus inicios, Cardiff llegó a ser en una época el puerto con mayor actividad del mundo y es hoy una capital moderna y cosmopolita. Capitale du Pays de Galles depuis 1955, Cardiff est une fenêtre sur l’histoire et les traditions de la nation galloise. Dotée d’une diversité culturelle et linguistique riche, c’est une ville fière de son patrimoine qui, au cours des deux derniers millénaires, a connu une évolution fascinante : de petit village, elle est devenue l’un des ports les plus actifs de la planète, puis la capitale internationale moderne que l’on connaît aujourd’hui. Enwyd Caerdydd yn brif ddinas Cymru ym 1955 ac mae’n borth i hanes a thraddodiadau’r genedl. Mae Caerdydd yn ddinas falch gyda diwylliant ac ieithoedd cyfoethog ac amrywiol ac mae’n ddinas sydd wedi mynd ar daith ryfeddol dros y 2000 o flynyddoedd diwethaf. Mae Caerdydd wedi datblygu o fod yn bentref bychan i fod yn borthladd prysuraf y byd, i’r brif ddinas fodern ryngwladol a welwn heddiw.

© International Baccalaureate Organization 2010 | Location depicted on front cover: The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff

“ Alec always looked forward. He was interested in the introduction of new subjects and new ideas in the IB... He was... particularly interested in the current debate on the role of internationalism in the IB. Those of us involved might well refer to his brilliant last chapter on the nature of internationalism in Schools Across Frontiers.” Robert Blackburn 1988

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