Festival of Education 2020 | Keynote Speakers！
- Brett Schilke
Director of Impact at Singularity University
Keynote Speaker of Education Festival 2020
The fouth education revolution is fast-approching!
Sir Anthony Seldon
speaks at the first Festival of Education
hosted by Wellington College China in 2015Educators and industry professionals are having more conversations about AI and other emerging technologies from a real-world, present-day perspective than they ever have before. The future is here, and schools are readying themselves to embrace technological change.
How can educators avoid falling behind in an ever-changing environment?The 21st century has seen many education innovators leading industry reforms and transformations around the world. Singularity University is one of the institutions at the forefront of education innovation; it is considered a pioneer in the field and represents a worldwide trend toward digital transformation in education. Co-founded by Google and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Singularity University is another innovative education institute on the rise. The university does not grant degrees to its students, instead providing unique programmes to university graduates and corporate executives. It is the institute’s aim to “accelerate technologies,” and nurture future leaders to solve real-world problems by utilising technology. In an age when technological innovation and enhancement is constant, many internationally-renowned education institutes are beginning to shift their future focus toward reshaping their understanding and use of technology in education. It is obvious that technological transformation in education has become a global trend and will continue to evolve in the future. This ever-changing environment therefore draws us to another question: As educators ourselves, how can we keep up with the accelerating rate of change – how do we not fall behind?
Wellington College China staying ahead of the learning curveRapid technological development has changed the way humans acquire knowledge. As an established innovator in the education sector in China, Wellington College China believes that integrating education and technology will be a major global trend in the coming years, and is therefore committed to embracing emerging technologies within the College campuses. Last month, Wellington College Intenrational Tianjin became the first international Microsoft Showcase School in China. Microsoft Showcase Schools are a global community of schools engaged in digital transformation. As a Microsoft Showcase School, Wellington College Intenrational Tianjin will have access to some of Microsoft’s best technological innovations and be given the opportunity to host and attend events related to innovative education transformation.
Larry Nelson, General Manager of Education for Microsoft Asia Pacific
visits Wellington College Intenrational TianjinGiving young people a solid foundation of digital knowledge while still in school will set them up for great success in the future. Wellington College China is very excited to be embracing a strategy that gears its teachers and school leaders toward successful digital transformation, and we are confident this will facilitate technological innovation within the College’s sister schools.
The Future of Education: Beyond Technology?In a world that is constantly adapting to social, economic, environmental, and technological changes, understanding how to adapt and integrate change into daily teaching has become an important topic of conversation and debate. It is for this reason Wellington College China has invited a number of remarkable guests to host workshops and presentations relating to the theme of this year’s Festival of Education: ‘The future of education’. Without further ado, let’s have a look at this year’s three keynote speakers:
Director of Impact at the University of Singularity in Silicon Valley
Novelist and TV ProducerA factual television producer best known as the showrunner for ‘NASA’s Unexplained Files,’ and ‘What on Earth?’ on the Science Channel, Greg has more recently focused on writing; his debut novel The Crying Machineis a thriller that links power, religion, and artificial intelligence. The Crying Machine imagines new political factions of the future and asks some thought-provoking questions about how far humanity’s obsession with technology should go. With more than 20 years of experience in documentary-making and now writing, Greg is likely to inspire audiences at the Festival of Education to think about their own use of technology and how it can be implemented (but not exploited) for the betterment of humanity.
Dr Andy Cope
Author, Teacher, and Wellbeing expertA best-selling author, teacher, and happiness expert, Dr Andy Cope has spent the last 15 years researching happiness, wellbeing, and human flourishing. He has worked with some very large businesses including Microsoft, DHL, Kellogg, Hewlett Packard, IKEA, and Marriott Hotels. The ‘Dr of Happiness’ is a sought-after keynote speaker and has previously been featured in The Telegraph, Daily Mail, and Esquire. Understanding the importance of human emotion and wellbeing in education is key to the success of any student; understanding the role this plays in relation to technology and its use in schools is a topic worth exploring in depth. Dr Andy Cope will bring his unique expertise and opinion on the subject to this year’s Festival of Education.
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