Kim Cofino, Yokohama, Japan

external image 10509033343_51e3b2bfa4_m.jpgOriginally from the US, Kim is an enthusiastic and innovative globally-minded educator. Kim has been teaching internationally since 2000, first in Munich, Germany, then in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, next at the 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.

As a Technology and Learning Coach, Kim collaborates with all community stakeholders to create an inclusive, open and involved learning environment. At YIS this includes developing and evolving the Connected Learning Community (1:1 program) which features a whole-school blogging platform (for students and teachers), regular parent sessions, empowered teacher leadership, and an integrated digital citizenship program.

Kim is a COETAIL co-founder and regularly consults with other international schools. Her work has been widely published in educational websites, journals and books. She is a member of the K12 Horizon Report Advisory Board (2008 – present) as well as a regular presenter and keynote speaker at conferences and professional development sessions worldwide. She occasionally blogs at Always Learning and you can find her on Twitter @mscofino.

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