EDUTECH 2018 is the largest ed­u­ca­tion con­fer­ence in the South­ern Hemi­sphere, cover­ing re­search, lead­er­ship, tech­nol­ogy and learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments, ped­a­gogy and cur­ricu­lum in­te­gra­tion.

The Australian Education Reporter - - CONTENTS - EMMA DAVIES

EDUTECH has shaped the fu­ture of Aus­tralian ed­u­ca­tion for the past decade with tar­geted pro­fes­sional learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment from pre-school to post-school.

EDUTECH and Fu­tureschools con­fer­ence di­rec­tor Saman­tha Young said the range of ex­pe­ri­enced speak­ers was a ma­jor draw­card for at­ten­dees.

“Ev­ery year we bring avid ed­u­ca­tion­al­ists the bright­est and most in­no­va­tive minds to share their unique ideas – rang­ing from Sir Ken Robin­son to Prof. Carol Dweck, Prof. Su­gata Mi­tra to Jan Owen AM,” she said.

This year’s speak­ers in­clude Mark Scott AO, Sec­re­tary, NSW Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion; Dr. Yong Zhao, World renowned ed­u­ca­tion­al­ist; Jen­nie Vine, as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal of one of Aus­tralia’s most in­no­va­tive pri­mary schools, Wooranna Park; and Prof. Toby Walsh, one of the world’s top au­thor­i­ties and Aus­tralia’s lead­ing sci­en­tist on Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence, to name a few.

Na­tional In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion (Sin­ga­pore) As­so­ciate Dean of Lead­er­ship Learn­ing and Head of the Pol­icy and Lead­er­ship Stud­ies Aca­demic Group Dr Pak Tee Ng is look­ing for­ward to de­liv­er­ing a key­note ad­dress at the con­fer­ence and ex­plor­ing the dif­fer­ence in ed­u­ca­tion prac­tices be­tween our two coun­tries.

“I am in­volved in the prepa­ra­tion and con­tin­u­ous pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment of school lead­ers and teach­ers for my coun­try,” Dr Pak Tee Ng said.

“While the con­text are very dif­fer­ent, other ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems may wish to study and un­der­stand Sin­ga­pore’s com­mit­ment to in­vest­ing con­sis­tently in ed­u­ca­tion, in­vest­ing in the pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment of ed­u­ca­tors, mak­ing ev­ery school a good school, and diver­si­fy­ing the ed­u­ca­tional path­ways for dif­fer­ent chil­dren to find suc­cess in their own way,” he said.

Dr Ng be­lieves that, while we should be open minded about chang­ing tech­nol­ogy as a tool that in­creases hu­man con­nect­ed­ness across time and space, and can em­power in­di­vid­u­als in the learn­ing process and en­able learn­ing at any place and time, schools should not use tech­nol­ogy blindly just for the sake of us­ing it.

“Schools should fo­cus on the ped­a­gogy that tech­nol­ogy can en­able, not on how fan­ci­ful or pow­er­ful a tool is,” he said.

For teach­ers and school lead­ers to keep up with rapidly chang­ing tech­nol­ogy, Dr Ng rec­om­mends cour­ses and con­fer­ences like EDUTECH to gain new knowl­edge, net­work with peers and gain ex­po­sure to new and ex­cit­ing ed­u­ca­tional pos­si­bil­i­ties.

“Teach­ers and school lead­ers must be role-mod­els of learn­ing, keenly seek­ing to hone their craft to bring qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion to the next gen­er­a­tion,” Dr Ng said.

Ed­u­ca­tors at­tend­ing the con­fer­ence can re­ceive points to­wards pro­fes­sional learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties which can be lodged with their state teacher reg­is­tra­tion board, and they also have the op­por­tu­nity to learn from the suc­cesses and fail­ures of oth­ers and im­ple­ment best prac­tice in their own schools.

“De­pend­ing on the num­ber of ses­sions at­tended, del­e­gates can get up to 13 hours for the two con­fer­ence days, whilst at­ten­dees who choose to at­tend one of our pre-event mas­ter­classes can get an ad­di­tional 6.5 hours for at­tend­ing the mas­ter­class,” Ms Young said.

The mas­ter­classes are a chance for ed­u­ca­tors to learn from lead­ing ed­u­ca­tion thinkers in a prac­ti­cal, in­ter­ac­tive and in­ti­mate group.

“It’s the per­fect com­ple­ment to the EDUTECH Congress pro­fes­sional learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence!” Ms Young said.

EDUTECH 2018 aims to ed­u­cate the ed­u­ca­tors; equip­ping them with the new­est tools, ideas and strate­gies to teach the next gen­er­a­tion of stu­dents to learn deeper, faster, wider and smarter.

“Look­ing at the big­ger pic­ture – learn­ing is think­ing with other peo­ple’s ideas. When you bring to­gether over 4000 schools from over 20 coun­tries and pro­vide a flex­i­ble learn­ing space – nat­u­rally we all swap ideas and learn from each other,” Ms Young said.

“We must learn from oth­ers suc­cess, and more im­por­tantly their fail­ures. This is why case study driven con­tent de­liv­ered in­ter­ac­tively and live at EDUTECH and Na­tional Fu­tureschools will never go out of fash­ion.”

Ms Young said that there is some­thing for ev­ery ed­u­ca­tor at this year’s con­fer­ence.

“It’s for the prin­ci­pals who feel they aren’t ready, not con­fi­dent and need sup­port. It’s for the teach­ers who can say that they aren’t able to pro­vide the ex­act com­bi­na­tion of re­sources and knowl­edge for ev­ery stu­dent and is will­ing to look at col­lab­o­ra­tion beyond the class­room so that their stu­dents can re­alise their full po­ten­tial,” she said.

“At EDUTECH, you can guar­an­tee lead­ers, ed­u­ca­tors, and stu­dents alike will get un­lim­ited ac­cess across two days to an in­cred­i­ble and ex­pan­sive net­work of peers, po­ten­tial com­merce and busi­ness part­ners, uni­ver­si­ties, de­sign and con­struc­tion thought-lead­ers.”

“Teach­ers and school lead­ers must be role-mod­els of learn­ing, keenly seek­ing to hone their craft to bring qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion to the next gen­er­a­tion.”

Dr Pak Tee Ng - As­so­ciate Dean of Lead­er­ship Learn­ing, Head of the Pol­icy and Lead­er­ship Stud­ies Aca­demic Group, Na­tional In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion (Sin­ga­pore).

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