Sunday, 8 February 2015

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Twitter account and hashtag for the workshop

Dear all,

The hashtag we will be using for the conversation on Twitter for this workshop is #stemk12dialogue  

My Twitter account is jmftec

You can add your Twitter account on the comments section of this post.

Warm regards,


Dressing code

Dear all,

Some of you have asked about the dressing code, especially for dinners. In general, for all the activities casual dressing is OK. For dinners on Monday and Tuesday the dressing code is formal–casual.

Just a suggestion.

Kind regards,

Manuel and Sandra

Friday, 30 January 2015

Cash machines and activities on Thursday afternoon / evening

Dear all,

You might find useful to know that you can pay the taxi at the airport terminal with credit card. Also, there are several cash machines located at the different airport terminals. You may be arriving at terminal A or B, depending on which airline you are traveling with, and in both terminals you will find these services.

Also, you will find banks and cash machines located in the shopping centre where the hotel is located. See and .

On Thursday afternoon we are planning a sightseeing of Fundidora Park ( see ). Weather permitting, we will take a boat to go through Santa Lucía canal or we will go to the science museum at Horno3 ( see ). These are very interesting places to visit, and are part of the main attractions of Monterrey. Dinner will take place also at Fundidora Park.

So, Thursday will be a long day, having an early start, visiting schools, returning to campus, and then spending the afternoon / evening at Fundidora Park. Please ensure bringing your vitamins for extra energy during the week ;–) We are sure it will be a very nice experience for everybody.

Warm regards,

Manuel and Catherine

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Final workshop agenda

Please click on the following link to download the final version of the agenda: Final agenda

Practical information before and during your stay in Monterrey

You can download a PDF version of this information here: Click


The hotel is located just next to the campus and there are security guards at the entrance to the campus. Security will be given the names of participants. Generally, this is a very safe area. The hotel is located within a shopping centre.



Please note that the weather might be fresh / cold with some rain.

City information & tourism


Campus information

Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey
Ave. Eugenio Garza Sada 2501 Sur Col. Tecnológico C.P. 64849 | Monterrey, Nuevo León, México | Tel. +52 (81) 8358-2000


Hotel Fiesta Inn Tecnológico
Av. Eugenio Garza Sada 2411, Col. Roma, 64700 Monterrey, NL
Tel. 81 1877 0200

Important: Accommodation is paid in advance by the workshop. We will not pay extra charges such as phone calls, alcohol, other meals, and accompanying persons. Please ask Sandra Gudiño about the fees for accompanying persons.

Voltage and frequency

• Power plug adapter needed: Yes
• Power sockets: type A / B
• Voltage: 127 V
• Frequency: 60 Hz
• At 127V, Mexico has a lower voltage than the UK (230 V). The frequency of 60Hz differs also from the UK(50 Hz). You can not use your electrical appliances without a power converter. Laptops, tablets, cameras, smartphones, electric toothbrushes, etc, usually can be used in Mexico, as in most other countries of the world.
• Look for the following statement on the charger: 'INPUT: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz'.

Power plugs and sockets

In Mexico the power sockets used are of type A / B. For power sockets of type A / B you need a power plug adapter.

Airport Information 

There are two help and information desks at the airport: one is located in National Arrivals and the other in International Arrivals.
Transfer between terminals:
Free minibus shuttles operate between the three terminals from 0500-0000.
Taxi: Several taxi companies provide services to/from the airport, you may buy the ticket there just leaving the claim luggage place (journey time: 30 minutes; fares around 20 sterling pounds [300 pesos]). Rates are based on a zone system, and also depend the kind of vehicle and number of passengers.

Important: We will refund the fare from airport to hotel Fiesta Inn. In order to get the refund, you have to give us the official receipt you get after buying it at the airport terminal. At the end of the workshop we will also refund taxis from hotel Fiesta Inn to the airport. In order to do this you will need to send us a scanned copy of your receipt or a digital official receipt by mail to Sandra Gudiño.

City transportation

Taxis are the best way to get around Monterrey. They are reasonably cheap and are usually never more than 5-8 sterling pounds to get around the city (100 – 150 pesos). If you don’t speak Spanish try and write down the address where you are going because the driver probably wont speak English. Most places (Hotels & Restaurants) will call a taxi for you if you ask.This is the safest way to get them.

Please do not take taxis directly on the street.

Taxis companies and telephones:

Uber is also available in Monterrey. See

Important: We will refund the fare of up to 120 pesos per participant or group of participants (please share taxis), for the taxis used on Wednesday 11 and Friday 13, providing the official receipt provided by taxi driver or Uber receipt.

Dinners on Wednesday 11 and Friday 13

Important: We will refund the cost of these dinners with an amount of up to 200 pesos per person. Alcohol will not be reimbursed. You will need to provide an official receipt (printed or digital).

Other meals before 9th February and after 13th February within your itinerary

Important: We will refund the cost of these meals with an amount of up to 200 pesos per person per day. Alcohol will not be reimbursed. You will need to provide an official receipt (printed or digital).


In Mexico, you will need to provide the following details to ask for an official receipt (digital or printed):

Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
Calle del Puente # 222
Col. Ejidos de Huipulco
14380 Tlalpan, México D. F., México
RFC: ITE430714KI0 

(please note that in the previous line, the first letter after RFC: is “i”, the last number is zero, and the letter before the zero is “i” – apologies for these details part of the Mexican fiscal bureaucracy – without the correct details, we cannot reimburse receipts)

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Summaries of keynotes to be presented at the workshop

[in alphabetical order]

Dialogism: sequentiality, positioning, plurality, and historicity in the analysis of educational practice - Click here
Dr Juan Manuel Fernández-Cárdenas
Tecnológico de Monterrey, MX

Public school as learning communities: Exploring how teachers learn collaboratively - Click here
Dr Manuel Flores Fahara
Tecnológico de Monterrey, MX
Dr Guadalupe Rodríguez Bulnes
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, MX

Analysing classroom dialogue across cultural contexts and developing dialogic teaching supported by interactive technology - Click here
Dr Sara Hennessy
University of Cambridge, UK

A sociocultural model to promote children's literacy practices - Click here
Dr Rebeca Mejía-Arauz
ITESO University, MX

STEM Education in a globalised world: complexities and contradictions - Click here
Dr Catherine Montgomery
University of Hull, UK

Dialogue as an end of education as well as a means of education - Click here 
Prof Rupert Wegerif
University of Exeter, UK