23 MAY 2017

Brighter Thinking in Hong Kong

Brighter Thinking in Hong Kong


What will our classrooms look like in 2030? Will teachers be replaced by online learning courses or even robots? How can we prepare students for the jobs that don’t exist yet?

These were the types of questions Cambridge University Press set out to discuss with teachers at the 2017 Cambridge Schools Conference in Hong Kong. We will be releasing a white paper of our findings - see below for more details.

The theme for the 2017 conference was ‘leading learning’ and Cambridge International Examinations highlighted three areas of focus over the course of the two days:

     -  Preconceptions and misconceptions
     -  Links between surface and deeper learning
     -  Metacognitive approach

As gold sponsor, Cambridge University Press exhibited and ran two Brighter Thinking workshops. These comprised of panel discussions around what educational outcomes will look like in 2030. A graphic recorder illustrated the ideas to create striking visual representations of both sessions.

The panel included local and international education leaders with individual areas of expertise and interests. These included mobile technology, educational gaming, changing infrastructure of schools and 21st century skills.

In the opening keynote speech, Professor Yin Cheong Cheng of the University of Hong Kong warned that a big wave of change was coming for education. In a world of changing job roles, increased competition and advanced technology, he argued students need to be adaptable in order to “dance with the tsunami.”

But how can teachers prepare their students to ride this wave?    

To address this, our panellists discussed two main questions:

     1. How can we prepare students for the future?
     2. What will the role of the teacher, textbook and technology be in 2030?

Controversially, most people – even the gaming expert on the panel – thought we would still be using print textbooks in 2030.

Furthermore, the teachers and panel largely agreed that classrooms would not look very different in 2030, despite the introduction of new technology. Students will have to be highly adaptable in the future job market and human teachers in the classroom will play an essential role in building these transferable skills, far more so than online courses or virtual teachers.  

We are putting together a report on the insight stemming from the panel forums. This will include the principle challenges and changes teachers predict for 2030. If you would like to receive the Brighter Thinking report, register your interest below.


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