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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."
Additionally, a new survey from Cambridge International Examinations found that students are already reaping the benefits of technology in learning, thanks to confident and tech-savvy teachers. The survey, conducted among 500 teachers across the world, looked at the use of technology in classrooms. According to the research, the majority of schools have written an IT strategy, 80 per cent of teachers would like to see technology used to link classrooms around the world to share information and best practice and 1 in 3 respondents felt that in 10 years’ time students would be learning in virtual classrooms, making the physical classroom all but obsolete.
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. The fact that the conference took place in Singapore and that teachers from all over the world attended, gave us an opportunity to share ideas on an international level. It also showed us how much we have in common – during the panel discussion most questions from teachers around the world came down to the same issues."
Michael O’Sullivan, Chief Executive, Cambridge International Examinations added: "The conference was a great success, with a resoundingly positive reaction from teachers who attended from around the world. 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. Our world class curricula, new professional development qualifications, exciting new syllabuses and technological advancements are improving students’ learning experiences in classrooms around the world. Most importantly these developments are equipping them to face the challenges of the modern world and compete successfully on a global stage."
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 to 17 October 2013.
Notes to editors
The survey was carried out by Cambridge International Examinations between July & August 2013. 519 responses were received from teachers in Cambridge schools around the world. View the complete survey.
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