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Education innovations in Asia: five takeaways from Taiwan's NXTEducator Summit

By ITS Education Asia


There’s no question that children in school today will encounter an entirely different workplace than the one we’re in now. The impact of new technologies and a changing climate will influence the kinds of jobs available and the skills needed to be successful in them. While it’s impossible to know what exactly the future will hold, education scholars are emphasizing the need for young people to acquire skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving, which the NXTEducator summit discussed at their recent meeting in Taiwan.

Here are the 5 takeaways from the summit identified in the article:

  1. Leapfrogging is happening in the here and now. The summit’s featured innovators confirm that rapid, nonlinear progress in education, or what CUE calls “leapfrogging,” is alive and well in communities across the Chinese-speaking world.
  2. Advanced technology is being harnessed for learning. While many well-resourced classrooms have tablets and computers, the use of drones in school is less common.
  3. Familiar models are being used in new ways. Innovation isn’t always the brand new, never-before-seen thing.
  4. Innovation is promoting empathy and cross-cultural exchange.
  5. There is tremendous opportunity for governments to help innovation scale.

While we can’t say for certain what the world of work will look like 10 or 15 years from now, the conversations at the NXTEducator Summit show us that the education innovations community is putting into practice a range of creative ideas inside and outside of the classroom.

A very interesting article with some thought-provoking discussions raised.

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