Meet your workshop facilitators:

Kim Cofino, Yokohama, Japan

external image 3193671704_483ff79360_m.jpgOriginally from the US, Kim is an enthusiastic and innovative globally-minded educator. Kim has been teaching internationally for over 10 years, first in Munich, Germany, then in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, then at International School Bangkok in Thailand, and currently at Yokohama International School in Japan.

An Apple Distinguished Educator, her work focuses on helping core subject teachers authentically embed current and emerging technologies in the classroom to create a global and collaborative learning environment. Her inquiry-based, constructivist approach to teaching utilizes project-based learning experiences developed using the Understanding by Design process combined with the MYP Technology Design Cycle.

Kim regularly consults with other international schools interested in implementing 21st century learning, has been profiled on a number of educational websites and journals, is a member of the K12 Horizon Report Advisory Board 2008 - 2010, and is a regular presenter and keynote speaker at conferences and professional development sessions throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. Her professional blog, Always Learning, is an invaluable resource for teachers seeking examples of authentic student engagement.

David Larson, Shanghai, China

David is in his second decade in East Asian classrooms, then as a director and actor in educational theater, and now as a classroom teacher and technology integration coach at a Concordia Shanghai, a 1:1 laptop school. In his Masters in Educational Technology studies with Michigan State University, his consulting as an Apple Professional Developer, and his collaborations with students and colleagues, David is most enthusiastic about connecting people with technology to empower and inspire.

An Apple Distinguished Educator since 2007, he serves on the ADE-Asia Alumni Board, which allows him to luxuriate in the presence of gifted education professionals, and he co-directs Concordia Shanghai’s Apple Regional Training Center. While David loves presenting and participating at conferences, school workshops, and Model United Nations all around Asia, he especially loves coming home to his wife and two wonderful daughters.