2019 ASEF ClassNet Conference2019-12-06
Alex Wright, a Director at ScienceScope, attended and presented at the 15th ASEF Classroom Network Conference in Tokyo, Japan. The conference, which took place from the 25th to 29th November consisted of 51 teachers from 51 countries in Europe, Asia and Oceania. Also, in attendance were businesses, professionals and experts in the field of education and more specifically, technology in education.
The goals for the conference were to expose teachers to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). A key aspect was to gauge teacher’s readiness on these subjects but also to explore the developing role of the teacher in this new age of digital technology and AI in the classroom.
The conference was split into two learning points: education for sustainable development (ESD) and AI. These subjects were explored throughout the week with a comprehensive programme of presentations, panel discussions, lab sessions and study visits.
Finally, to close the conference, we looked to the year ahead and how schools can collaborate on projects to further experience and put into practice what was learnt throughout the week. ScienceScope, along with Downside school will be facilitating a collaborations project which aims to bring the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data into the classroom. We will also explore how teachers can use this to aid in their teaching of sustainable development in their classrooms. ScienceScope’s Alex Wright and Mike Randall from Downside school presented the project on the final day of the conference. They outlined the structure and goals of the project before finishing with examples of how the technology is being used to impact learning in the classroom at Downside.