The world faces an unprecedented confluence of disruption. Constant advances in artificial intelligence, automation and biotechnology seem to challenge assumptions about what it means to be human. War and instability have triggered widespread dislocation and a migration of people on a scale not seen since the end of the Second World War.
These challenges spark urgent questions about the role of education and its capacity to support learners of all ages in navigating disruption. How can education be most effectively shaped for co-existing and co-creating in a world of complexity and dramatic change? Speakers at the 2017 WISE Summit share their views.
The Future of Learning: Personalized and Curiosity-led
Ms Sarah Borgman
Director and Curator, Skoll Community and Convenings
Rethinking Liberal Arts Education for the Twenty-First Century
Dr. Vishakha Desai
Chair of the Board of Trustees, AFS Intercultural Programs
To Prepare Kids for a Changing Economy, Invest in Great Teaching and More of It
Dr. Mike Feinberg
Co-Founder & Executive Vice Chair, KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Foundation
Measure, Match and Mobilize: Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age
Dr. Jörg Dräger
Executive Board member, Bertelsmann Stiftung
Why Schools Need to Do What Works
Sir Kevan Collins
Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)
To Enable Powerful Learning, Put Pedagogy Before Tech
Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership, International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE)
Technology should be integrated in a way that increases engagement through relevance. As students are utilizing technology are they just applying it in one discipline? I am not saying this is a bad thing, but we must eventually move beyond this typical comfort zone when it comes to tool use. When integrating technology does the task allow students:
The overall goal when integrating technology should be to provide opportunities for students to work and think. Another key strategy for successful integration is to use technology when appropriate. Technology will not improve every lesson or project, thus a focus on pedagogy first, technology second if appropriate will help ensure success. Many aspects of the Rigor Relevance Framework can be used to guide you in developing better questions as part of good pedagogy. The most important aspects of pedagogy are assessment and feedback. If technology (and innovation in general) is going to have a positive impact on learning, let’s ensure these areas are improved first. Then going forward always lend a critical eye to how technology is being used to address standards and inform instruction.
Eric Sheninger will speak at the 2017 WISE Summit. Join him here.