The 2011 FNO Hong Kong Seminar
Monday and Tuesday, February 14-15 2011

Making the Laptop Classroom
A Stunning Success

Join Jamie McKenzie
at the Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong
for two days of nitty gritty, practical strategies to optimize your school's return on investment in terms of student learning.

Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3552 1111

Jamie McKenzie is an international speaker and writer who has devoted his career to understanding how to nurture the questioning skills of students. He is the author of several books that explore that challenge in depth. He has also been working with laptop classrooms for more than a decade, identifying those strategies that work best.

Jamie McKenzie's resume

All participants should bring their wireless equipped laptops to the seminar, as the workshop includes hands-on activities. There will be wireless access to the Internet.

How can schools make sure laptops actually contribute to student performance?

You can register and pay on line for this conference at

Schedule of Events

Monday, February 14, 2011

8:45 AM - Registration

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (with a mid morning break)

Managing the Laptop Classroom to Get Results: Effective Pedagogy

Many schools have underfunded professional development to support teachers as they consider the best ways to use new technologies with students. The PD they do offer is usually about driving the software and equipment rather than effective instruction.  In this session, Jamie outlines many of the moves, tactics, tricks and strategies required to win attention and student success in hands-on laptop classrooms.  He argues that pedagogy does matter and that PD should focus on how to manage such learning environments.

A successful lesson results from mindful devotion to the following elements, each of which will be in this presentation:

1. Lesson objectives, content and design
2. Classroom landscape
3. Classroom culture
4. Teaching moves, strategies, tactics and procedures
5. Equipment
6. Assessment procedures

An effective teacher knows how to orchestrate these elements to match the characteristics of the students, adapting to each group as the lesson proceeds.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch

1:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Addressing Tech A.D.D. (Technology Attention Deficit Disorder)

Some students (and adults) suffer from what Jamie calls Tech A.D.D. (Technology Attention Deficit Disorder - defined in the Urban Dictionary) but many argue that the young are a special breed — digital natives who are supposedly superior to their elders because they grew up immersed in things digital. In this session, challenges this notion, arguing that it masks serious issues and challenges teachers, schools and families should be addressing. He differentiates between facile, glib and sure-fingered on the one hand and deep, thoughtful and proficient on the other hand. He introduces his Tech A.D.D. Quiz and suggests a half dozen strategies to counter the drift toward Tech A.D.D.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

8:45 AM - Registration

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Laptop Writing and Thinking:
Secrets of Success

An entire day devoted to best practices.

If you believe that the best professional development involves learning by doing, then this is the perfect workshop for you.

Designed with teachers of upper elementary, middle and high school in mind, this session will focus especially on persuasive writing across several disciplines — science, social studies, language arts, the arts, etc.

Laptops could make a huge difference in the quality of student writing, but it takes some cleverness and strategy to realize that promise. Schools with laptops will see a major improvement in student writing when they teach students how idea processing and word processing can combine thanks to exciting software.

Jamie will involve the group in a process that takes advantage of mind mapping software, idea generators and synthesis strategies along with concept attainment, enrichment of vocabulary and the Traits of Effective Writing — all tailored to exploit the potential of laptops and electronic text.

You will experience first hand a mix of writing and thinking techniques that turn a laptop into a powerful tool for expression.


Each Day Alone - $ 200.00 USD

Both Days - $ 375.00 USD

This price covers the workshop, a morning tea/coffee, lunch and an afternoon coffee break.

Additional discount for schools sending 5+ staff members. Email Jamie at

for details.