Teachers are the foundation and source of education. Against a backdrop of the deep integration of digital technology and teaching mode, teachers’ information literacy and digital technology skills have become important factors that affect the future development of education. At the 2020 Global Smart Education Conference “The Futures of Education and Teachers’ Capability Building Forum” held a few days ago, world-renowned experts and scholars, representatives of international organizations, heads of government departments, front-line educators and entrepreneurs exchanged their views on issues such as the development of education and the training of teaching skills in the future.
A networked, digitalized, and individualized learning pattern comes to characterize our education in nowadays. Only by reforming teaching content, teaching methods and teaching styles can it meet the needs of the development of the times. Getachew Engida, former Assistant Director-General of UNESCO, believed that the development trend of future education and the direction of future teacher training were issues worthy of consideration by all mankind. Zhu Xudong, director of the Department of Education of Beijing Normal University, pointed out that teachers’ capacity building was one of the core elements of education in the future.
Getachew Engida, former Assistant Director-General of UNESCO
Zhu Xudong, Director of Education Department, Beijing Normal University
Exploring the path of future education development is the common mission of mankind
Joseph South, chief learning officer of the International Educational Technology Association, put forward the idea of designing a flexible learning system. He believed that flexible teaching based on multiple teaching methods and active learning for personalized development would become the “new normal” of future education. Under the conditions of the deep integration of online and offline education, the flexible learning system will create conditions for the transformation from passive learning to active learning, and cultivating learners' autonomous learning ability is the basic driving force for future education.
Dr. Xiong Li, deputy director of the National Engineering Laboratory of Intelligent Technology and Application of Internet Education and CEO of NetDragon
"Future education will be more ‘Engaging’, more ‘Efficient’, and more ‘Effective’”, Dr. Xiong Li, deputy director of the National Engineering Laboratory of Intelligent Technology and Application of Internet Education and CEO of NetDragon Networks, shared the “3E Education” development concept on the conference. He emphasized that the in-depth integration of AI, big data, 5G and other technologies with education was bounded to happen. The “New Education Infrastructure” will promote the integration and development of 5G and AI, VR, AR and other technologies, and further release the potential of future education.
Joe Lam, Managing Director of Pearson China and India
The new talent economy, evolving economic landscape and the tremendous influence of technology are major driving forces that lead to the transformation of global education. Joe Lam, managing director of Pearson China and India, proposed the idea of developing “learner-centered artificial intelligence education”. He believed that the development of teaching technology would definitely promote the transformation of learning from the “teacher-centered mode” to “leaner-centered mode”. He also believed that a new era featured by personalized learning was coming.
Prepare Future Teachers with an International Perspective
With the deepening of the integration of intelligent technology and education, profound changes will take place in the future of education. What roles will teachers play in future education, and what basic qualities and skills should they possess? Educators from China, Serbia and Africa shared their practical experience and typical cases in preparing their teachers for future.
Chen Changjie, Deputy Dean of the Smart Learning Institute of Beijing Normal University and Vice President of NetDragon Networks (first from left), Biljana Maric (second from left), consultant to the Minister of Digital Education of Serbia
In recent years, NetDragon Huayu Education has implemented a “future teacher” training program worldwide. Chen Changjie, Deputy Dean of the Smart Learning Institute of Beijing Normal University and Vice President of NetDragon Networks, released the “Serbia National Teacher Informatization Ability Training Plan”. The Teacher Education College of the University of Belgrade in Serbia has already cooperated with NetDragon. Both parties are training teachers and students to use new technologies based on artificial intelligence, virtual reality and 3D simulation to improve the quality of teaching. In the future, NetDragon will work with the college to formulate more detailed national teacher informatization training standards and a national teacher training plan to help Serbia teachers comprehensively improve their information literacy. Danimir Mandic, Dean of the Faculty of Teacher Education at the University of Belgrade, pointed out that although artificial intelligence could help improve the interactivity of teaching, teaching aids could not replace teachers. The use of technology would create new possibilities for teaching and learning.
Danimir Mandic, Dean of Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Belgrade, Serbia
At present, many African countries still lack Internet facilities, and the digital education technology and equipment for teachers are insufficient. Affected by the pandemic, some countries have implemented distance learning. These measures have inspired local teachers to use information technology in their teaching. Yumiko Yokozeki, Director of the UNESCO Institute for International Capacity Building in Africa, introduced the changes in education in Africa during the pandemic. In order to meet the needs of teachers, the African Institute for International Capacity Building, Beijing Normal University, the Open University of China and other institutions jointly launched the “African Teachers' Distance Open Learning Project” to help improve local teachers’ digital teaching capabilities. She emphasized that humans could turn the challenges brought about by the pandemic into opportunities and provide teachers and learners in Africa with a better lifelong learning model.
Yumiko Yokozeki, Director of UNESCO Institute for International Capacity Building in Africa
Zeng Jin, CEO of Sony International Education, Hayford Siaw, Director General of the Library Administration of the Ministry of Education of Ghana, Karthik Krishnan, Global CEO of British Encyclopedia Education Group, Lin Yuandong, Founder & CEO of Suzhou Chisheng Information Technology Co., Ltd., Director of Promethean International Education Strategy Experts such as John Collick and Kate Baker, Senior Community Participation Manager of EDMODO, also conducted in-depth discussions on the future direction of education and the improvement of teachers’ ability. The forum was hosted by Zeng Xiaodong, Executive Director of UNESCO International Rural Education Research and Training Center, and Chen Hao, Senior Commercial Director of Netdragon Huayu Education. The conference adopted the combination of online and offline participation, and the live was broadcast to the world through the Internet. Netlong Huayu Education provided support for the meeting.
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