NCTE: INNOVATED

By Raymir Dimabuyu | | Affiliate Press

National Conference on Technology in Education

The National Conference on Technology in Education 2017 aims to be drive conversations about modernized trends in the Philippine education sector. In particular, it aims to achieve the following goals for educators:

1. Discover new tools and technologies that can be applied to the education industry
2. Brainstorm ways to incorporate cutting edge methods to traditional educator practice
3. Convene like-minded individuals in pursuit of a more competent local education technology (EdTech) landscape.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS:

1. K-12 and Higher Education Institutions and Thought Leaders
2. Classroom Teachers and Professors
3. Information Technology Departments of Schools
4. Education Innovation inclined Organizations, Startups, and Companies
5. Education Majors and Graduates

BACKGROUND:

More than any other time in the past, now is the perfect opportunity to merge advancements in technology with classroom practice, to improve the way educators teach to better fit how students learn.
The use of physical books and notebooks are now being challenged by the presence of tablets and other portable recording and reading devices. The existence of e-learning portals make individualized education possible and portable, breaking the physical walls of the traditional classroom. Because of technology, school equipment went from blackboards and whiteboards to wall projectors. Innovations in education is a continuing revolution. It’s an understatement to say that forcing the old ways to a new technology-driven landscape in the Philippines is like fitting a square peg into a round hole.

THEME:
INNOVATED: LEARN. UNLEARN. RELEARN

This year’s theme succinctly sums up the change that is required to adequately prepare students for the future. This was inspired by the statement of American futurist and writer Alvin Toffler: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” In order to effectively teach 21st Century learners, how can we transform ourselves to become 21s Century Educators and Schools?
The convention is centered on innovation. It serves to jumpstart the process of learning what new methods and strategies work, unlearning outdated practices, and relearning for a more competent future. Educators who wish to innovate and own 21st century skills will thrive under this 3-point framework.
1. LEARN – What are the new tools and strategies that can be seamlessly introduced to the Philippine education landscape?
2. UNLEARN – What outdated practices and concepts need to be removed from the system to propel education to greater heights?
3. RELEARN – Progress is hinged on a lifetime of learning and adapting. What new skills need to be considered as essential in supporting everyday work and pedagogy?

ACTIVITIES:

1.KEYNOTE SESSIONS
Experts from the fields of education and technology will inform and inspire participants by framing big ideas, challenging assumptions and opening up possibilities for teachers, students, classrooms and schools.
2.LEARN SESSIONS
The culture of technological change is hinged on empathy. In Learn Sessions, participants will be wearing the shoes of the modern learner. This assimilation of the modern students’ perspective is a reflective exercise that aims to inspire new insights and ideas.

3.PANEL DISCUSSION: JOBS OF THE FUTURE
In keeping with the fast changing future, career prospects will also be considered. The The Jobs of the Future panel discussion will tackle topics such as sustainability, digital citizenship, and the dynamic role that educators have to play in this technology-driven future.

4.RE-LEARN SESSIONS
Re-learn sessions will be led by school leaders, administrators, professional trainers and teacher experts in various fields. In these sessions, participants will focus on one aspect of their work such as assessment design, media education integration, lesson planning, strategic planning, and many others. Relevant outputs will be produced after these engaging, hands-on sessions.

5.EDTECH CAFE
Microsoft Ambassadors, Apple Distinguished Educators, and Google Innovative Educators will join forces as accessible experts at the EdTech Cafe. In the the EdTech Cafe, participants can join small group consultations about their particular context specific concerns. The casual setting breaks barriers and allows for a more comprehensive discussion on problems that are particularly useful for the participants.

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