International Symposium // Plenary session 5
This session was designed as an Interactive session with the audience: Addressing key challenges for the future: from vision to practice
Moderator: Keith Kruger, CoSN
What are the first steps should organisations take to start what has been decided and discussed during the two days to operationalising international cooperation?
1) We shoudl organise study visits and open up collaboration channels between (Nafissatou Mbodj)
2) Keith highlight the latest HigherEd report which came out recently, in the US there is a strong focus on mobile devices and the report has a special focus on mobile phones.
3) Dr. Cher Ping Lim asked the audience how the networks present in the room can sustain/scale up the pilot projects that we have started. There are pockets of innovation but how do you scale up these projects, how can educational network help?
4) In the US, there is now a strong drive for education, the new Obama administration asked CoSN to advise them on how new technologies could help so Cosn started calling other networks in the world to ask them about the latest policies in their countries. This is a real change at the policy level.
5) We should have a repository of best/interesting practices. There is a space to articulate innovative actions, especially in less developed areas...
6) We should work together to create portable portfolio for teachers and pupils which could be used in other countries
7) Domizio Baldini, an Apple Distinguished Education highlighted, there is and obvious generation gap which came along with new technologies at school and in life. Parents have to learn from their kids
What can the private sector do in this area
Keith shows a survey looking at the skills that employers are looking after when hiring new graduate. Skills include work ethic, collaboration, communication, critica thinking etc... all skills which are not assessed by traditional curricula.
1) School accountability: should the private sector also look how to extend teaching after school.
2) Curricula has to evolve, the core curricula still remain the same and are not adated to the digital world in which we live, is not adapted to kids who are digital native.
Who is the core audience we should address (policy makers, student etc), where do we start?
1) Young people, ICT practitionners, entrepreneurs
2) Teachers are the gatekeepers to the classroom, school leaders shoudl be the direct beneficiaries
3) In Africa the main target should be the students, policy makers and parents
4) We have to make a pandemic of improvement in education, we should think big and attack systemically what has to be done.
Keith concluding the session by highlighting that global connections are central if we want to create the conditions for 21st century learners.