EARCOS

Going Deeper with Social Media and Technology in Teaching and Learning

Seisen International School invites you to join Dr. Alec Couros for a dynamic weekend workshop addressing the challenges of 21st century teaching & learning. In this workshop, participants will explore important questions such as: In the social media age, how do schools address digital citizenship and help children cope with digital identity? What strategies can we use to help children become upstanders in their use of social networks? How do we employ digital tools and maintain humanity in digital learning? The workshop aims to provide a broad conceptual overview of the unique challenges and affordances of our connected world, as well as leaving participants with practical strategies in dealing with current issues with social media and digital learning in schools. Participants' specific needs will also be assessed and then addressed where possible.

Date: November 12-13, 2016


Location: Seisen International School


Workshop Coordinator: Nate Gildart (ngildart@seisen.com)


Workshop Fee:
EARCOS member schools: ¥10,000 (JAPAN YEN) 
EARCOS non-member schools: ¥20,000 (JAPAN YEN)

 

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Alec Couros is a professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada. Learn more about Alec at his web site: http://educationaltechnology.ca/couros/ or through his Twitter feed https://twitter.com/courosa (@courosa) Seisen International School is proud to host this two-day EARCOS Weekend Workshop presented by Dr. Alec Couros.


Dr. Couros’ Keynote from FUSION 2013

Other videos here and here.
 


Weekend Workshop Schedule

Saturday November 12th
08:30 Registration & Refreshment
09:00 Session 1
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Session 2

17:00 Wrap-up

Sunday, November 13th
08:30 Registration & Refreshment
09:00 Session 1
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Session 2
17:00 Wrap-up

REGISTRATION

Please click here for workshop registration. Participants are asked to identify payment through (1) a bank transfer or (2) a cash payment on the morning of the first day.

Registration fee includes workshop materials, lunches, and refreshments.


Visas to Japan: Obtaining proper visas are the responsibility of participants.

Bank Transfer Payment Information
Bank transfer payments can be made to the following account. Please be sure to indicate your full name, write 'EARCOS', and remit the proper amount. Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., Tamagawa Branch Ordinary Account: #4057925 Account Name: Seisen International School Swift Code: BOTKJPJT 

GETTING TO SEISEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Seisen International School

12-15 Yoga 1-chome, Setagaya-ku

Tokyo 158-0097


Telephone

Local: 03-3704-2661

International: 81-3-3704-2661


Walking from Yoga Station (nearest station)

1. Take the East exit at Yoga station

2. Walk to Yoga Nakamachi Dori and turn right

3. Walk straight and cross Route 246

4. Seisen will be on the left past the Volvo Dealer


From Shibuya Station it takes 12 minutes to Yoga.

From Futakotamagawa Station it takes 2 minutes to Yoga.


Interactive Map to Seisen International School from Yoga Station (Seisen Website)

Google Map to Seisen (expanded view)


Parking is not available at the school.


TRAVEL

Travel to Japan

Haneda Airport

Haneda is about 1.0 hour on a limousine bus to the Yoga / Futakotamagawa area for about 1000-2000 yen. Reservations can be made, but are not recommended in the event a flight is late. From Futakotamagwa those staying at Tokyu Stay Yoga will have to take a train, bus or taxi to Yoga Station. A train or taxi is advised. Trains can also be taken from the airport and are slightly cheaper.


Narita International Airport

Narita is about 2.5 hours on a limousine bus to the Yoga / Futakotamagawa area for about 3000 yen. Reservations can be made, but are not recommended in the event a flight is late. From Futakotamagwa those staying at Tokyu Stay Yoga will have to take a train, bus or taxi to Yoga Station. A train or taxi is advised. Trains can also be taken from the airport and are slightly cheaper.


Travel in Japan

PASMO and SUICA Cards

These are prepaid cards that can be used for trains, buses and convenience stores around the Tokyo Metro Area. It will save you time purchasing the ticket or the hassle of losing the train tickets because you will need it to exit the train station. Information here.


Train Route Finder (find train times and routes throughout Japan)



ACCOMMODATION

Accommodations are the responsibility of the participant. The workshop coordinator will assist as best as possible, but cannot seek nor book hotels, tickets, etc, for participant. The closest hotels to Seisen International School are:

Close to Seisen International School 

Futakotamagawa Excel Hotel Tokyu

One train stop from school, plenty of shopping, restaurants, and limousine buses from Haneda and Narita Airports. It is one train stop from Seisen International School. Futakotamagawa Station is located 14-minutes on the subway to Shibuya, a central shopping and entertainment district of Tokyo.


Tokyu Stay Yoga

Located 10 minutes from Seisen International School. Smaller hotel. Plenty of local restaurants including Japanese ‘izakaya’ pubs, Indian, Italian, and more. Yoga Station is located 12-minutes on the subway to Shibuya, a central shopping and entertainment district of Tokyo.

Shibuya

Shibuya Granbell Hotel  
¥12,700 / Semi-double bed by Simmons Bedding Company (Free breakfast service).

Shibuya Tokyu REI Hotel   

¥12,100 / Semi double bed (Early Bird 60-days Special with breakfast).

Hotel Century Southern Tower   

¥20,520 / Buffet Breakfast book online @¥2,160 per person/nite.

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel  

¥28,300 / Sky View Deluxe Single (28-days advanced purchase rate).  

Shinjuku 

Citadines Central Shinjuku  

¥11,400 Citibank Credit Cardholder / ¥12,000 Regular.

Nishi-Shinjuku Hotel MyStays

¥12,600 Standard Single / 5 min. walk from Shinjuku Station.

Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku  

¥13,857 / Bright room, double bed.

Hilton Tokyo  

¥23,800 /City views, high floor (advance purchase required).

Other

Courtyard Tokyo Ginza Hotel

The Westin Tokyo

Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Hotel Okura Tokyo



Things to consider about Japan

  • While traveling around Tokyo and understanding trains is relatively easy, do not expect a lot of English spoken at train stations, hotels, restaurants, etc. Communication and movement, however, is usually not a problem for non-Japanese speakers. 
  • Credit cards are widely used, but ask if you can use a card before an order or purchase, especially at restaurants. 
  • Some hotels do not exchange money. There is a fee to exchange at banks, many of which are not open on Saturdays. Please contact the hotel if you intend to exchange at your hotel. 
  • A t this time of year Tokyo will be cool, as it is near the end of winter. A jacket and sweater are advised.

Some things to see and do in Tokyo:

  • Shinjuku-Harajuku Area: Meiji Jingu (Meiji Shrine), Harajuku, Yoyogi Park, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Robot Restaurant (Shinjuku’s Kabukicho - book ahead)
  • Ryogoku: Edo Tokyo Museum, Ryogoku Kokugikan (Tokyo’s sumo stadium), Great Kanto Earthquake Memorial Museum, Tokyo Memorial Hall (WW2)
  • Ueno Park Area: Tokyo National Museum / National Museum of Western Art / Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Ameyoko shopping district, Akihabara (electronics district)
  • Asakusa’s Sensoji Shrine (Kaminarimon gate a famous landmark)
  • Odaiba
  • Tokyo Tower
  • Skytree Tower
  • Imperial Palace grounds
  • Yasukuni Shrine
  • Craft beer and wine establishments are becoming plentiful and popular
  • Look for river tours, biking tours, and city bus tours

Japan Guide


Trip Advisor


Tokyo Weekender Magazine  

Tokyo Metropolis Magazine