Step into the future with education tech

An educator sharing her insights at last year's EduTech Asia. This year's edition will feature keynote sessions on eight content tracks - such as special needs and early childhood - for conference pass holders.
An educator sharing her insights at last year's EduTech Asia. This year's edition will feature keynote sessions on eight content tracks - such as special needs and early childhood - for conference pass holders.PHOTO: EDUTECH ASIA

Discover how current affairs, when coupled with educational technology, can make your classroom a more vibrant place to teach and learn skills for the future.

The Straits Times, which recently launched its current affairs learning portal NewsEd, will next month join more than 200 international speakers, 2,500 attendees and 60 education product vendors at EduTech Asia 2017 in Suntec convention centre to discuss and exhibit the latest innovations in educational technology.

Even as technology permeates the education sphere - through classrooms, libraries and even outdoor learning - its true value can be unlocked only when education systems, processes and spaces take advantage of digital innovations to groom vital skills in students for the workplaces of tomorrow.

So besides presenting new advancements in tech-based learning, the organisers of EduTech Asia 2017, from Nov 8 to 9, also hope to spark important exchanges among educators, school leaders, policymakers as well as education service providers, so that teaching methods, schools and education policies can be transformed to take advantage of educational technology.

Echoing this point was Mr Farrukh Kazi, head of HP Education Industry Solutions, Asia-Pacific and Japan, HP Inc, a title sponsor for EduTech Asia 2017. "Education is at the cusp of the next big revolution since textbooks were first published. Technology today will continue to play a strong role in shaping how teachers teach and how students learn. But it is key that technology deployment is planned with well-defined educational outcomes as goals and not only for the sake of technology deployment."

This year's conference will feature premium keynote sessions on eight content tracks - such as K-12 school leaders, tertiary school leaders, special needs and early childhood - for conference pass holders.

The conference is designed to allow educators and education policymakers in the region to come together to share insights, build networks and plan out their school's educational technology strategies for next year and beyond.

Besides keynote sessions and practical workshops, visitors can attend a free exhibition of more than 100 sharing sessions by educators who use educational technology teaching methods, hands-on workshops, as well as a technology exhibition with 60 vendor booths.

Visitors to the free exhibition can also experience how augmented reality and virtual reality are being used in classrooms and attend mini robotics and coding workshop at the Robotics Pavilion. At the IMDA Digital Makerspace booth, visitors can try using digital components to make their own products, such as computer-controlled pendulums.

David Tay

• Visit www.terrapinn.com/edutechasia-expo to register or find out more about the EduTech Asia conference and exhibition. And drop by The Straits Times Schools booth at G12 on Nov 8 or 9 to experience NewsEd, a news-based learning portal being trialled by more than 30 schools. School teachers here can obtain free demo NewsEd accounts.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2017, with the headline 'Step into the future with education tech'. Print Edition | Subscribe