18 October 2013
Learners will succeed in the modern world by the effective application of new technologies, according to renowned speakers and teachers attending the Cambridge Schools Conference in Singapore.
In debating how schools can help develop confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged learners, over 370 teachers from around the world focused on the impact of new digital devices on learning; the latest technologies in the work place; the emergence of new categories of jobs driven by technological innovation and how technology can be best integrated into the classroom to benefit learners. Teachers were given the opportunity to hear from renowned experts from the world of international education, such as Ayesha Khana, Chief Executive at Urban Intel, Professor John G. Hedberg, Professor of ICT and Education at Macquarie University and Dr Phil Kirkman, Teacher Associate at the University of Cambridge.
Ayesha Khana, Chief Executive at Urban Intel in Singapore, said: "Tomorrow’s world is going to be very different from the one today – we are going to have subjects that are completely new and jobs that have never been seen before. To prepare our students for these changes it’s important to use technology not only as a tool but as a partner. All teachers at the conference asked very stimulating and thought-provoking questions. They are taking technology seriously and are already realising that the world is changing and that we need to prepare our students for this."
Michael O’Sullivan, Chief Executive, Cambridge International Examinations said reaction from teachers to the conference had been resoundingly positive. He said: "There was a real buzz throughout the two days, driven by our shared passion to deliver excellence in education. Together we are in a strong position to support our learners."
Dr Vandana Lulla, Director at Podar International School in Mumbai, India, said: "I think what this conference does is really inspire teachers to think about the challenges in education and go out and try new things to address these challenges."
This year’s Cambridge Schools Conference also provided teachers with the opportunity to engage with panel discussions, share best practice in facilitated workshops and meet in interest groups. It was held at United World College South-East Asia East Campus, Singapore, from 16 -17 October 2013.