Capturing ideas and stimulating discussion between countries was at the heart of the launch yesterday of a new global education conference.
Taking place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London this week, the Learning and Technology World Forum enables leaders and policymakers to take more informed decisions on the use of technology in education.
Speaking at the launch, Jim Knight MP, Minister of State for Schools and Learners explained how the forum is part of a global commitment to improving learning and teaching, debating ideas, sharing solutions and learning from one another.
The three day event, which is in partnership with the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) and the British Council, follows on from last year’s seminar, ‘Moving Young Minds’.
Mr Knight added: “Our nations are facing different challenges, some are setting out on the road to change. We are united to providing the highest standards of education, narrowing the social divide and equipping every child. We hope that this forum will be as interactive as possible, capturing ideas and solutions and stimulate discussion.”
Stephen Crowne, chief executive of Becta, said: “The UK has long championed the development of better and more effective use of technology in education. Greater international co-operation will stimulate new ideas and opportunities for us all to learn from each other concerning our own respective national experiences, which ultimately will transform policy into practice and provide real benefits to educators, learners and governments everywhere.”
The conference is being organised with the support of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), as well as sponsorship from Cisco, Intel and Microsoft.
Mr Crowne continued: “The Learning and Technology World Forum provides a rare opportunity not just to debate the policy and application of technology in learning, but also to signal that the education community, individuals, commerce and the world at large all stand to benefit from its effective application.”