2013 WISE Summit: Reinventing Education for Life

2013 WISE Summit

The 2013 WISE SummitReinventing Education for Life – took place at the Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha, October 29-31

More than 1,200 prominent education, corporate, political and social leaders from over 100 countries took part in three days of debate, dialog and networking


2013 WISE Program Theme

Learning is fundamental to life. It is key to each individual’s ability to connect with others and to participate fully in professional, cultural and civic life. Learning is also about the ability to think independently, to adapt to change and to live meaningfully and well.

Too often, though, learners lack access to quality, relevant learning whether they are in the developed or developing world. Indeed, there is a widening gap between the learning we have and the learning we need to meet the challenges and aspirations of societies and individuals around the world. 

To address this, the 2013 WISE Summit, Reinventing Education for Life, explored how innovation can close the gap between education, learning and life

How to bring Learning to Life

On Day 1, participants reflected on how we can ensure that learning is relevant to people’s everyday needs and aspirations and addresses real-world challenges and opportunities. Issues to be discussed will include:

Literacy and numeracy - How can we guarantee the attainment of minimum standards by all learners? 
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) - Do all learners need high-level STEM skills and, if so, how can we teach them most effectively
21st-Century Citizenship – Are there universal values for global citizenship and if so, how do we impart these to learners?

How to Bring Life to Learning

On Day 2 and 3, sessions focused on how international, national and local communities can provide and support lifelong learning that is accessible, lively and engaging. Issues discussed included:

Teachers - Can we have education without teachers?
Data for education - What are the big questions we want big data to answer and for what purposes? 
Risk, success and failures - Are entrepreneurial approaches to risk-taking relevant for educators? 
MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) - Will MOOCs improve quality and access for all learners, or are they just the most recent fashion of the day? 
Frugal innovation - Can we do more with less?
Technology - Is technology liberating learning?

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The 2013 WISE SummitReinventing Education for Life – will take place at the Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha, October 29-31

Join more than 1,200 prominent education, corporate, political and social leaders from over 100 countries to take part in three days of debate, dialog and networking

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2013 WISE Summit Day 1

2013 WISE Summit - Day 1: Sessions

2013 WISE Summit Day 2

2013 WISE Summit - Day 2: Sessions

2013 WISE Summit Day 3

2013 WISE Summit - Day 3: Sessions

Speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds will participate in different sessions at WISE 2013, exploring current educational challenges and highlighting innovative solutions.

2013 World Innovation Summit for Education Speakers

Day 1

OPENING SESSION - Reinventing Education for Life
SPECIAL ADDRESS 1 - Dr. Edgar Morin (France)
THEMATIC PLENARY SESSION 1 - Bringing Learning to Life
WISE Learners' Voice Project Presentation
FORUM 1 - Towards 21st Century Citizenship?
FORUM 2 - Interview with Ms. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
SPOTLIGHT 1.1 - Wonder Woman and Why It’s Time for New Lessons in Masculinity
SPOTLIGHT 1.2 - iThra’ing a Nation: Learning through Inspiration
SPOTLIGHT 1.3 - Band-Aid to Smart-Aid
SPOTLIGHT 1.4 - Improving Access to Learning Using Native Amazigh Language in Morocco
SPOTLIGHT 1.5 - Improving the Educational Achievement and Opportunities for the Maoris
FOCUS SESSION 1 - Bringing Education Data to Life
FOCUS SESSION 2 - STEM for All

FOCUS SESSION 3 - Empowering Leaders in the African Context: a Model for Distributed Leadership

DEBATE 1.1 - Basic Literacy and Numeracy: Making Goals a Reality?
DEBATE 1.2 - How Much Does STEM Really Matter?
DEBATE 1.3 - Learning to Lead?

Day 2

Educating at the Extreme: Education Above All (EAA)
FOCUS SESSION 4 - What if Finland's Great Teachers Taught in Your Schools?
FOCUS SESSION 5 - Rethinking the Design of Teaching and Learning
DEBATE 2.1 - Can We Have Education without Teachers?
DEBATE 2.2 - What Data for What Purpose?
FORUM 3 - Succeeding by Daring to Fail

SPOTLIGHT 2.1 - Ending Early Marriage: the Role of Schools and Educators
SPOTLIGHT 2.2 - Teacher Professional Development Models in Contexts of Fragile and Low Income Countries
SPOTLIGHT 2.3 - Education for Anyone, Anywhere
SPOTLIGHT 2.4 - Exploring New Approaches to Learning through MOOCs in China
SPOTLIGHT 2.5 - Educate Girls in India
SPECIAL ADDRESS 2 - The Hon. Ms. Julia Gillard (Australia)

THEMATIC PLENARY SESSION 2 - Bringing Life to Learning 
SPOTLIGHT 2.6 - Amazing Growth of Lifelong Learning Cities in Korea
SPOTLIGHT 2.7 - Learning by Doing in Remote Areas
SPOTLIGHT 2.8 - ICT for Development in Rural Communities
SPOTLIGHT 2.9 - Empowering Indigenous Youth to Become Agents of Change

Day 3

WISE/UNESCO - Special Plenary Session - Educational Challenges in a Changing World
FOCUS SESSION 6 - The Web is the 4th Literacy
FOCUS SESSION 7 - Learning to be Frugal, Flexible, and Nature-Friendly: Grassroots Innovations for Inclusive Education and Development
DEBATE 3.1 - Can MOOCs Democratize Higher Education?
DEBATE 3.2 - Frugal Innovation: How Can We Do More With Less?
FORUM 4 - WISE Book - Learning (Re)-Imagined - featuring 2013 WISE Learners
SPOTLIGHT 3.1 - What Works: Transforming Dubai’s Education System through Collaboration
SPOTLIGHT 3.2 - An Online Learning Platform to Gain Employability Skills
SPOTLIGHT 3.3 - Innovative Collaborations for Quality Education
SPOTLIGHT 3.4 - Skillshare: Reuniting Education with Learning
SPOTLIGHT 3.5 - Breaking the Cycle of Poverty through Education
CLOSING PLENARY SESSION

Participants at WISE 2013 will have the opportunity to connect and collaborate during different sessions that will explore the topics of the 2013 WISE Summit.       

Online Broadcast

All sessions (with the exception of Workshops and Common Ground sessions) will be filmed and later made available online: www.wise-qatar.org
The Plenary Sessions and other sessions that take place in the theater will be broadcast live on the WISE website, in English and Arabic.
Sessions organized in Auditorium 3 and Room 105 will be broadcast with delayed streaming, in English and Arabic. 

Find out more about the following sessions:

WISE Plenary Sessions
WISE Debates
WISE Focus
WISE Workshops
The WISE Majlis
Open Program
The Forum
Spotlight
Common Ground
Demo Sessions

 

WISE Plenary Sessions

Plenary Sessions address broad issues under the overall theme “Reinventing Education for Life” and provide a framework for further discussions.  Three to five panelists engage in a structured conversation chaired by a moderator.  Plenary Sessions are broadcast live on the WISE website.  Participants, in the Theater and online, will be invited to submit questions via the WISE Summit App, the WISE website, and Twitter. 

FORMAT: 

Duration: 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes
Number of participants: 1,100, plus online participants
Venue: Theater
Q&A: Via the WISE Summit App, the WISE website and Twitter
Translation: Arabic, English, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish 








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WISE Debates

The moderated WISE Debates promote exchanges among panelists of various backgrounds on a topical theme and include significant time for Q&A. Depending on its content, each session will either be structured: as a panel discussion or as a “classic” debate in which each speaker has to defend or argue against a motion and try to convince the audience. 

FORMAT: 

Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Number of Participants: 100 to 300 depending on the venue
Venues: Theater, Auditorium 3 and Room 105
Q&A: Live questions from the floor and via the WISE Summit App, the WISE website, and Twitter.
Translation: Arabic, English, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish (Theater); Arabic, English, French, Spanish (Auditorium 3); Arabic (Room 105).






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WISE Focus Sessions

These sessions offer focused presentations on innovative best practices, projects and/or viewpoints from leading practitioners and experts. They include a short exchange with the audience. Tackling a related theme, they serve as introductions to the WISE Debates that directly follow them in the same venue. 

FORMAT: 
Duration: 30 minutes
Number of Participants: 100 to 300 depending on the venue
Venues: Theater, Auditorium 3 and Room 105
Q&A: Approximately 10 minutes of questions from the floor
Translation: Arabic, English, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish (Theater); Arabic, English, French, Spanish (Auditorium); Arabic (Room 105)

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WISE Workshops

WISE Workshops are an opportunity for members of the WISE community to share their expertise. A coordinator organizes a working session consisting of a brief presentation on a key education issue followed by group work or group discussion. 

FORMAT: 
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Number of participants: 30 to 50
Venue: Dedicated meeting rooms 
Translation: None

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The WISE Majlis

“Majlis” is the Arabic word for “sitting place” and is used to describe various kinds of special gatherings.  It is a central feature of life in the Arab world.

The WISE Majlis is also central to our Summit as a place where participants can meet and talk in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  Coffee, tea and buffet lunches are served there each day.  It is also home to most of the Open Program sessions after the daily lunch break, including open discussions in the Forum and Common Ground gatherings in smaller groups. The different Open Program Session formats are described in greater detail below.

The WISE Majlis is home to an Information Desk, an Internet lounge, workstations, meeting lounges and booths dedicated to the WISE Awards, the WISE Books, Learners’ Voice, Qatar Foundation, Qatar University, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), and to various organizations from Qatar and elsewhere. 

Near the Information Desk you will find the WISE Data Wall, a display of screens featuring WISE infographics and polls.  Summit attendees are invited to participate in polls and to view the results in real time via the WISE Data Wall. 

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Open Program Sessions

The Open Program follows lunch every day in the Majlis and other nearby venues, providing smaller format sessions of various kinds as follows. 

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The Forum

Forum sessions promote open discussion of a theme between speakers and attendees. Each session begins with a discussion between the moderator and two to three speakers and the audience is soon invited to join in. The small panel format facilitates interactivity among those present.

FORMAT: 

Duration: 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
Number of participan

ts: up to 80 seated plus standing room
Q&A: Questions from the floor
Translation: None
Location: The Forum / The Majlis

 




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Spotlight Sessions

These sessions consist of a brief presentation of a project, innovative practice or ideas by leading educational practitioners. The talks are succinct yet inspirational, based on hands-on experience. One speaker takes the stage at a time for a 10-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute Q&A.  There will be an opportunity for participants to continue the conversation with the speakers after the sessions. 

FORMAT: 
Duration: 20 minutes 
Number of participants: Up to 110
Q&A: Questions from the floor
Translation: None
Location: Room 105, Level 1

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Common Ground Sessions

Common Ground sessions give a voice to all. Up to 15 participants sit in a circle and engage in a spontaneous, informal discussion.  There is a host, the person who proposed the topic, but no principal speaker. The sessions are an excellent opportunity to get together with people from very different backgrounds but with common interests.

FORMAT: 
Duration: 30 minutes
Number of participants: Up to 10 seated
Q&A: None
Translation: None
Location: 3 separate dedicated Common Ground Areas / The Majlis

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Demo Sessions

WISE Demos are an opportunity to discover and discuss some of the latest educational projects, initiatives and tools, presented by organizations that are at the frontiers of innovative practice. They include a presentation or a demonstration of an educational tool, followed by an open discussion.

FORMAT:
Duration: 1 hour
Number of participants: 30 to 50
Venue: Dedicated meeting rooms 
Translation: None

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Browse key figures and latest trends in education and learning around the world.

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WISE EduDebates  invites different commentators  to share their views on a specific debate topic.  Each commentator makes his or her case with a short, sharp argument. In the lead-up to the 2013 Summit, WISE EduDebaters will address a range of issues.

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