The development of the new generation of information technology has promoted the transformation of school education. The intelligent era has put forward a new test for the integration of technology and education from the aspects of concept, path, system and model. New changes are required in school education to adapt to future digital developments. It is of vital importance to pay attention to the opportunities and challenges brought by school education reform to teachers and students.
Education reform driven by intelligent technology
Professor HU Qintai, secretary of the party committee of Guangdong University of Technology
Professor HU Qintai, secretary of the party committee of Guangdong University of Technology, believed the advent of the intelligent era has brought major changes in the educational environment and has also put forward new goals and requirements for school education. We shall actively promote the in-depth integration of intelligent technology and education, apply student-centered learning, and promote innovation in educational concepts, pedagogic approaches, and management models. We shall strive to cultivate creative talents and lay a solid foundation for achieving educational equity, building a high-quality educational system and a more open and inclusive lifelong learning system.
Professor LIU Jian, dean of China Education Innovation Institute of Beijing Normal University
Professor LIU Jian, dean of China Education Innovation Institute of Beijing Normal University, pointed out that intelligent technology not only brings a new educational mission but also provides strong support for promoting fair and quality education. The starting point for studying the futures of education is to reflect on and discuss how school education will be reformed in an intelligent era. He believed aspects of school education in this intelligent era are likely to be changed in this fashion: top-level design, student learning styles, data-driven teaching, and the construction of a collaborative education ecosystem connecting schools, families, and society.
Professor LI Yushun from the faculty of education of Beijing Normal University
Professor LI Yushun from the faculty of education of Beijing Normal University highlighted the developing trend of smart campuses. He noted that intelligent technology drives the construction of a smart campus. With the enhancing technical features and the increasing application of information technology in the teaching process, teaching has gone through a big change. The data-empowered smart campus and precision teaching together promote the development of quality education.
Professor KE Qingchao from South China Normal University
Professor KE Qingchao from South China Normal University focused on the cognitive revolution and school teaching innovation in the intelligent era. He stressed that the development and superposition of AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology would subvert human’s cognitive boundaries and bring a new cognitive revolution to human beings. The school teaching reform and innovation in an intelligent era need “brain-based learning”, which is based on the research of brain science and AI. In the process of promoting the deep integration of AI and education, it is expedient to conduct various educational social experiments, and to study and judge the development trends, risks and challenges of intelligent education.
Professor LUO Fang from Beijing Normal University
Professor LUO Fang from Beijing Normal University shared her findings from an “Intelligent Assessment of Mental Health”. She discovered that psychological measurement in an intelligent era is becoming more precise, and the measurement method will be transformed from the traditional self-report scale to intelligent assessment. Text information in the social media, wearable sensor data, and audio and video data can be analyzed by AI, achieving a seamless and accompanying assessment of students' mental health.
Professor CAO Xiaoming from Shenzhen University
Professor CAO Xiaoming from Shenzhen University delivered a speech on "Reform and Remodeling - The Prospects of School Education in the Intelligent Era". He put forward eight characteristics of the futures of schools: focusing on fostering global citizenship skills, innovative and creative skills, technical skills, and interpersonal skills; putting emphasis on individualized and autonomous learning, accessible and inclusive learning, problem-based and cooperative learning, and lifelong and self-driven learning.
Professor Anthony Seldon, who is the president and co-founder of the International Alliance for Active Education and the author of “The 4th Education Revolution”
Professor Anthony Seldon, who is the president and co-founder of the International Alliance for Active Education and the author of “The 4th Education Revolution”, explained how to change the traditional educational concepts and methods to make students better adapt to the changing society. He gave a detailed presentation on how intelligent technology has changed education, including the management and supervision of the educational system as well as education in rural areas. Also, the development of technologies such as the Internet and VR provides more choices for reading textbooks and conducting assessments.
Dr. Christina Hong, who is the president of Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi)
Dr. Christina Hong, who is the president of Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi), shared her vision of the futures of smart learning. She introduced the construction of a smart campus at THEi, the education and training of Hong Kong Vocational Education to cultivate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) talents for the development of smart cities, and some examples for the next-generation campus. She suggested the top 10 digital skills Education 4.0 demands: complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, people management, coordinating with others, emotional intelligence, judgement and decision-making, service orientation, negotiation, and cognitive flexibility.
School cases of technology-supported education
Ms GAN Lu, the chief principal of Preschool Education Group of Longhua District Education Science Research Institute in Shenzhen
Ms GAN Lu, the chief principal of Preschool Education Group of Longhua District Education Science Research Institute in Shenzhen, focused on how information technology empowers children’s inquiry-based learning. She introduced three important roles that information technology plays in children's learning progress: (1) children being “indigenous people” in the information age, (2) inquiry-based learning for children, and (3) environmental support. She further enumerated three typical cases of how technology is integrated into teaching.
Mr SONG Yan, director of the Information Center of Beijing Eleventh School
Mr SONG Yan, director of the Information Center of Beijing Eleventh School, gave a presentation on technology-empowered school transformation. He introduced how Beijing Eleventh School uses intelligent technologies for a new school form, including the topics on the top-level design of school informatization, technology-assisted classroom projects, project-based learning and online learning, and Internet service purchase.
Ms ZHANG Jia, a secondary school researcher at the Teacher Development Center of Suzhou Industrial Park
Ms ZHANG Jia, a secondary school researcher at the Teacher Development Center of Suzhou Industrial Park, emphasized technology-empowered project-based learning, aiming to provide every child a "good" learning experience. She shared the experience of developing smart education in Suzhou Industrial Park from the aspects of growth, exploration, and the future.
Ms CHENG Xin, director at the Educational Technology office of Tianjin Yinghua International School
Ms CHENG Xin, director at the Educational Technology office of Tianjin Yinghua International School, focused on the "Paths and Practices of Digital Transformation in Primary and Secondary Schools". She shared the exploration of smart education practice in Tianjin Yinghua International School, including the blueprint framework of Smart Yinghua, solutions on data island, the construction of business systems based on data center, the path of smart Yinghua’s construction and thinking of digital transformation.