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Asia’s Signature Education Event ‘Learning & Teaching Expo 2018’ Opens Today
Embrace international and innovative education trends and
Empower teachers and students to be future-ready
HONG KONG, 12 December 2018 – While global education keeps evolving with the focus shifting from imparting of traditional academic knowledge to equipping students with 21st century skills and computational thinking to tackle future challenges, educators must have a good grasp of the latest global education trends and innovative learning and teaching resources to embrace new opportunities and help students develop diverse skillsets, leading them to unleash their potentials and connect to future.
Jointly organised by Hong Kong Education City (HKEdCity) and Bailey Communications HK, the 3-day-expo opens today at the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre. As Asia’s signature education event, Learning & Teaching Expo (LTE) 2018 is fully supported by the Education Bureau of HKSAR. Themed ‘Tomorrow’s Learning Today’ again this year, LTE will bring together more than 300 education experts, scholars, government officials and school representatives from over 40 regions including Finland, Sweden, the UK, US, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong, etc. for exchange of insights on global education trends, emerging pedagogies, learning and teaching resources and technology, allowing education stakeholders to explore future education trends and prepare for future challenges. Over 240 sessions of keynote presentations, seminars, workshops and lesson demonstrations will be hosted together with over 350 exhibition booths, which records a 20% and 17% increase compared to the previous year respectively, for teachers and students to explore the latest education trends and innovative education resources worldwide.
At the opening ceremony, Mr Sunny Lee Wai-kwong, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hong Kong Education City, said: ‘The Learning and Teaching Expo enters its ninth year and we have witnessed a rapid influence of technology on education sector, with an aim to establishing an up-to-date professional exchange platform for schools to discuss the newest topics including global education trend, AI in education, school leadership in 21st century and STEM education etc, and gain inspiration from the creative mindsets and successful cases of the international professionals and local experienced teachers, explore latest education resources to promote innovative transformation that equips teachers and students with computational thinking and digital competences to embrace future challenges.’
Officiating at the opening ceremony, Mr Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, JP, Secretary for Education emphasised that competency in using IT is an important 21st century skill. To prepare students for future challenges, the Education Bureau has adopted a holistic approach to unleash the power of IT in education, including enhancing schools’ IT infrastructure, promoting capacity building in schools, and renewing curriculum. Next step is to nurture students as responsible IT users through equipping them information literacy. To make this happen, we need to enrich education sector with useful insights from different countries, and I believe Hong Kong Education City has set a valuable platform for educators to exchange innovative ideas on learning and teaching.
Missions and strategies are not the only elements in education. To achieve effective personalised teaching pedagogies, it is also important to conduct practical approaches with evaluation for improvement. In view of this, LTE 2018 expands the horizons of visitors and offers them opportunities to explore from fundamental concepts to hand-on professional development activities. For instance, the K12 Theatre introduces new education solutions with implementation and successful case studies; The Higher Education Theatre organised by eLearning Forum Asia explores the application of IT to teach and learn in higher education sector; The new Future Learning Theatre & Future Learning Workshops empower teachers to promote innovative education and nurture students with 21st Century skills; while the Digital Learning workshops, powered by Apple Distinguished Educators, showcases how to leverage technologies to effectively transform learning and teaching and spark creativity.
Mr Victor Cheng Pat-leung, Executive Director, Hong Kong Education City, said: ‘We are honoured to organise the leading Learning and Teaching Expo together with Bailey Communications this year. New education trends and pedagogies have emerged in recent years. Take AI as an example, it is not just a new widely-attracted technology, but also a tool to enhance learning and teaching effectiveness and achieve personalised learning through processing and analysing a huge amount of data. International collaboration and exchange are of utmost important when we enter the big data era. This year, HKEdCity received education and EdTech delegations from Sweden, Finland and Singapore to deeply explore global innovative teaching strategies and tools. During the Expo, HKEdCity will also sign an MoU with Microsoft HK to introduce latest technologies including cloud, AI and big data to schools, with a mission to empowering students with 21st century digital competences and establish a role model for future schools. LTE also partnered with Yidan Prize for the first year and invited one of their laureates, Professor Larry Hedges, to shed light on the crucial role of research evidence in education.’
Mr Cheng added: ‘International collaboration is not the only way to promote education reform systematically. It is also important for education professionals and school leaders to take the initiative to implement emerging strategies as role models. Meanwhile, continuous analysis and evaluation of successful cases shall be conducted with strategic mindset and planning so government, schools, tech companies and education resource providers can join hands and develop an innovative education blueprint together.’
Previous popular programmes are coming back with fresh perspectives on key education topics. Returning programmes including the 21st Century Classroom & Innovation Classroom where demonstrations of local and international schools’ effective pedagogies using cutting-edge EdTech solutions in different subjects are available; SEN Theatre and Early Childhood Education Theatre where experts will share on the latest trends and innovative teaching pedagogies; VPET Theatre, supported by VTC, where scholars and experts gather to discuss the future development of VPET; InnoSTEMer where innovative achievements in STEM education from more than 70 schools will be showcased. During the LTE, guests can also join the school visit sessions where they can visit 11 local primary and secondary schools, with a view to exchange teaching and learning ideas.
Mr Stuart Bailey, Founder and CEO of Bailey Communications Hong Kong, said: ‘The 9th LTE has seen another year of great success. More education experts, schools and education resources providers are joining the event to share insights and introduce emerging education strategies and solutions to Hong Kong. This year, apart from the returning of Australia, Finland and U.K. pavilion, LTE also invited education resource providers from China, Japan, Malaysia, Poland, Singapore, Korea and the U.S. to showcase their diverse education solutions and resources including early childhood education resources, eLearning tools, STEM resources and student assessment platforms. LTE will continue to bridge up the business and education sector, especially tech and start-up companies to showcase cutting-edge education products and services as inspirations for educators, as a result, businesses, teachers and students can all be benefited.’
Please visit www.LTExpo.com.hk for details and programme schedules of ‘Learning and Teaching Expo 2018’.
About Hong Kong Education City
Hong Kong Education City (www.hkedcity.net), a wholly owned company of the Government of HKSAR, operates one-stop professional educational portal in Hong Kong. The portal incorporates information, resources, interactive communities and online services, and promotes the use of information technology (I.T.) in improving the effectiveness of learning and teaching.
About Bailey Communications Hong Kong
Bailey Communications HK is a full service professional exhibition and event organiser based in Hong Kong. The focus of Bailey Communications HK is on developing quality events for both buyers and sellers. With a focus on how technology can assist in matching buyers and sellers so that real business objectives are met; Bailey Communications HK build smart events designed for the future.
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