FOBIT 2015/ 2017

FOBIT stands for Fobisia IT and is part of the ongoing Professional Development (PD) that the regional group organise between all the associated schools across South East Asia. It follows a simple format called job-a-like workshops where host schools provide the opportunity for teachers to showcase working solutions and innovation.

This year was the second time we had hosted FOBIT the first being in 2015 to a smaller audience. This time we had around 100 participants that included student leaders, TTS staff, local hardware suppliers and, of course, the delegates themselves.

The difference this time was that we decided to widen the cohort and include local schools outside of the FOBISIA fold. Why? Well, these schools are doing great things in educational technology on all fronts: software, hardware and philosphy of learning alongside technology.

To see the success of this professional development you just need to see the tweets under the #FOBIT hashtag as well as the great resources being shared under the same tag.

The star events and talks came from Tara Linney, Adam Torrens and an inspiring session from Sean McHugh about what talk actually looks like in the 21st Century classroom. The best take aways from PD such as this as ever are the new connections we make with like-minded practitioners. It's also very reassuring too, that we're all on the right track with the experiences we offer our students at our respective schools.

Below is a quote from John-Paul at BIS Manila who encapsulates the feeling I think all attendees had.

I just wanted to send a quick e-mail to say thank for the fantastic FOBIT conference last week. It was such a great learning experience and I left with so many great ideas and tips. The variety of workshops, presentations and time given to meet and get to know new colleagues was excellent. 
Please can you send my thanks to your teachers and students for allowing us to roam so freely while they were having their lessons on the Thursday/ Friday; it was great to see them putting technology to such great use. Every student and teacher I met was tremendously polite and helpful and a real credit to your school. 
Finally, thank you for all the hard work you put in to make it so successful. It really isn’t an easy thing to do, yet you made it look that way.
I look forward to the next one.
— John-Paul, BIS Manilla

FOBIT 2017