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Monday, November 14 • 8:45 AM

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  • Marc Prensky, Global Future Education Foundation & Institute, USA
  • The World Needs a New Curriculum
  • Abstract: It is time to rethink our 19th century education for the future, says Prensky, not in terms of marginal fixes, but from first principles. Global education needs, he argues, a New Goal, a New Pedagogy, and a New sense of What is Important to Teach. The new goal, says Prensky is "becoming" rather than "learning" — becoming a good, capable, world-improving person. Learning is one means to becoming, and there is even a better means, which is real world accomplishment. That is the new pedagogy — education needs to move beyond passing on or creating "content" and beyond even "problem-based learning" to Accomplishment-Based Education, where the students spend the bulk of their time and efforts, starting in the earliest grades, solving real-world problems. In order to do this, Prensky argues, we need a curriculum that offers not that same math, language science and history for all kids (different students need these in varying amounts), but rather Effective Thinking, Effective Action, Effective Relationships and Effective Accomplishment, which ALL people need to succeed. This "New Core" curriculum needs to be based on individual student passions, have technology as its underlying foundation, and it must focus teachers, as guides and accelerators to "becoming", on the human elements of Respect, Empathy, Motivation and supporting the Passion of each student.
  • Bio: Coiner of the term "Digital Native" 15 years ago — Marc is an internationally acclaimed speaker and author in the field of education. He is currently the founder and Executive Director of the Global Future Education Foundation and Institute, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting "Plan B" — a new educational paradigm of kids' Improving the World and Becoming good, effective and world-improving people, through the means of Real-world Accomplishment supported by a curriculum based on Effective Thinking, Effective Action, Effective Relationships and Effective Accomplishment. (See global-future-education.org)

    Marc has spoken in over 35 countries. He has authored six books and over 100 essays, and his writings have been translated into 11 languages. His latest book is The World Needs a New Curriculum, and he is currently writing "Plan B" : Education to Improve the World, to be published in 2016 by Teachers College Press. Marc's background includes Masters Degrees from Harvard and Yale, teaching at all levels, six years at the Boston Consulting Group, and software game development. Marc's writings and speaking schedule can be found at www.marcprensky.com. Contact Marc at marcprensky@gmail.com.

Wednesday, November 16 • 8:45 AM

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  • Donald Clark, PlanB Learning, UK
  • AI - The Many Ways Artifical Intelligence will Shape Teaching & Learning
  • Abstract: We live in the age of algorithms. Google, Amazon, Facebook, Netflix and almost every other online service use the power of AI to improve delivery and there is reason to believe that it will have a similarly profound effect in learning. Donald will explain how algorithmic power is already shaping learning through adaptive techniques, semantic interpretation, marking and spaced practice.

    Bio: Donald is an entrepeneur. He was CEO and one of the original founders of Epic Group plc, which established itself as the leading company in the UK e-learning market, flouted on the Stock Market in 1996 and sold in 2005. Describing himself as 'free from the tyranny of employment', he is an investor and Board member of PlanB Learning, WildFire, LearningPool and Cogbooks. He is also a Trustee for City & Guilds and Deputy Chair of Brighton Arts Festival & Dome. He has been involved in consulting and implementing online learning in schools, FE, HE, corporate and government.

    Donald has been involved in film, games, web, mobile, interactive TV, gamification, MOOCs, adaptive, semantic web and VR and has won many awards for the design and implementation of online learning. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences, having delivered talks in the US, Europe, Far East, Australia, Middle East and Africa, and won several 'Best Speaker' awards...also a regular (and controversial) blogger on online learning!

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