|Dear Thought Leader,
Happy Monday! Welcome to our Top 10 Canadian EdTech News Stories of this past week.
It was a fascinating whirlwind trip this past week in China. Yes, I’m feeling a bit jet lagged, and still processing the incredible experience speaking at the 5th China Education Innovation Expo, hosted by Beijing Normal University; and connecting with my C21 Canada colleagues from SD43 Coquitlam and other global and local leaders in the educational technology space.
It was fortuitous that I connected with fellow Pepperdine U alumni, Dr. Laura Zeiger, Chair, Graduate EdTech Program, NJCU for This week’s International EdTech Podcast, on her pioneering work and book: Drones in Education, published by ISTE.
My five takwaways from the China CEIE19 Conference:
- AI will have a Huge impact on personalized learning. There is further potential to give teachers back more time in their day. That said, the teacher’s role will continue to evolve as ore of a facilitator of learning
- China is all about STEM deep learning and investing heavily
- 5G is going to give China a leg up and a leapfrog effect
- Global Competencies are being embraced as they are massive exporters and recognize the need to prepare their future leaders to compete
- The Chinese have an innovative spirit and incredible work ethic. They thrive by learning from the best and making it better.
- Bonus! Silicon China is quickly emerging in the tech triangle between Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai. One might think they were in Florida with palm trees, lavish hotels, uniquely designed skyscrapers and a massive convention centre; a SMART City in the making.
China is a world power on the move investing heavily in education to prepare its future leaders. Their highly advanced technologies offerings will help make up for their lack of equity and accessibility to learning. While our countries struggle to get along, I respect the openness of the Chinese education community to learn and share with foreign visitors. I must admit that my depth of knowledge is greater having spent the week mindsharing with other global delegates.
A couple of highlights from the conference include visiting schools for the first time and meeting Dr. Sugata Mitra, award-winning Tedtalks professor, famous for his Hole in the Wall research embedding a computer in the wall project in India. He was incredibly inspiring as a keynoter. Here’s a link to his TedTalk video highlighting the project and his thesis that kids can learn to figure it out if you provide them the tools and give them the agency to collaborate in groups.
With 10 days to go, I encourage you to join us for what promises to be a highly engaging 10th Anniversary Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit -The Future of Education and Skills 2030, December 5-6, Vancouver. Our passion is to provide you the insight and professional learning community, to deepen your knowledge to address your specific challenges when it comes to the future of learning and keeping up with emerging trends. And bonus insights on recent learnings from China, where Global education leaders from Australia, Canada, Finland, and the U.S. shared best practices.
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