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Generation Alpha are the children of millennials. Born from 2010 to 2024, they will be the first generation to grow up with tech seamlessly integrated into their lives and some have already started school. What skills do these children need, and how can we best teach them and prepare them to succeed and thrive?
Peter Diamandis of the Singularity University predicts that every person on the planet will have internet access by 2025. That’s 4 billion more people than have access today. Learning will take place at all ages, in all places and at any time. Learners will also be increasingly connected to world class educators and to each other. Could universal internet access help democratise access to education?
85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030, don’t exist today (Dell Technologies, March 2017). Increasing connectivity, automation, artificial intelligence and other rapid technological changes are dramatically redefining the work environment. Education systems need to adapt to provide the soft and hard skills required to succeed in this new world of work. This track looks at the future of work and how to best (1) prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s workers, and (2) reskill workers for changing requirements.
Paper based learning certificates still require prospective employers or academic institutions to phone and verify their origin. Blockchain has the potential to offer transparent, searchable and instant credentialing. But will it ever become mainstream? This session explores the latest advances in credentialing, and wider applications of the blockchain to education.
85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030, don’t exist today (Dell Technologies, March 2017). Accessing data and knowledge is (or will soon be) easy, fast and practically free for all. In a world where we can access infinite amounts of information via our mobile phone, what knowledge and skills do children need to succeed in the new world of work? This session will feature the view of industry as well as those running programmes to deliver these skills.
A study last year found that children who took part in a Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) programme were 11% more likely to graduate from college and less likely to have mental health problems or be arrested than students who didn’t attend one (Taylor, Oberle, Durlak & Weissberg 2017) Empathy, communication, stress management, self-control, responsible decision making and relationship skills are increasingly important. We know Social and Emotional Learning is important, but how do we ‘do’ it? This session will showcase successful SEL programmes and share insights on how to implement similar programmes.
Socioeconomic status remains the greatest predictor of how well a child will do at school, and in later life. This session will discuss strategies to reduce the attainment gap including improving the school environment, the impact of self-directed learning, the importance of investment in early years education and the role of technology and other evidence based findings.
Countries who put vocational training at the core of their curriculums have lower youth unemployment rates, yet TVET is still seen as inferior to academic, classroom-based learning. This session will look at apprenticeships and vocational training programmes from around the world, how they’re funded, their structure and their outputs.
Education institutions teach curriculums and are measured by assessment results. The last major changes to education curriculums happened in the 1800s. In a world where skills, rather than knowledge, should be king, and where we encourage each learner to create and manage their own learning journey, what is the role of a curriculum and how should we assess student progress?
After 50+ years and billions in investments globally, the impacts of ICT are one of the most debated topics in education. This workshop consolidates practices from OECD, ITIL, ISTE and other global research bodies into an interactive workshop to reflect on your ICT plan and to develop and refine your strategy. Read more and apply for a place here. Places are limited and are for educator and government leaders with a mandate for ICT vision and outcomes achievement.
In a world where language translation is available in real time via earbud, and where AI systems can now teach themselves languages from scratch, how should we approach language learning?
Teaching, one of the oldest professions in the world, has remained largely unchanged for centuries. This session draws on international examples of best practise within teacher training both at the start of, and during a teaching career.
Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and others are using a tech sector approach to education to develop alternative models to K-12 education. Some of these systems are gaining traction fast, and some have shut schools and pivoted from education establishment to technology provider. This session will bring to life new models in K-12 education.
AI offers infinitely more personalised, adaptive and engaging learning. It will, and should, impact the role of the teacher, but will it ultimately empower them, or replace them? This session looks at how teaching, one of the oldest professions in the world, is changing.
The global educational technology market crossed $17.7 billion in revenue in 2017 and is expected to grow to $40.9 billion by 2022 (Frost & Sullivan 2017) This session will look at the latest trends in edtech investment globally including a review of recent funding rounds, valuations and IPOs. The session will also touch on the differences between European and US investment strategies, startup activity in Europe and the role of China both as an investor, and as home to some of the world’s highest valued education businesses.
Personalised learning has been a hot topic in recent years. It’s been celebrated and received huge investment. It’s also been blamed for unmanageable teacher workloads and for creating self-fulfilling prophecies. This session will review the latest evidence base for personalised learning, the latest advances in technology and machine learning and how they can best be harnessed.
With increasing numbers of students learning online daily, what should the optimal online learning environment look like? This session will cover design thinking, user-centricity, usability and accessibility and what it takes to build the optimal digital learning environment.