Global perspectives on the future of education

Friday, 07 August, 2020

Global perspectives on the future of education

Teachers and parents around the world are keen to understand the future path for education in light of the rapidly evolving environment presented in recent months. For educators interested in hearing global perspectives, Google is hosting The Anywhere School event, bringing together thought leaders and changemakers from around the world for 17 hours of round-the-clock discussions and presentations. 

The event will run on Wednesday, 12 August from 11 am to 4 pm AEST/NZST. Here’s a taste of some of the sessions on offer:

North American sessions

Fireside chat with Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy

Sit down with Sal Khan as he shares his thoughts on online learning. Khan is the founder of Khan Academy, a non-profit that provides free, online-learning tools used by more than 30 million kids, educators and parents. For over a decade, Khan Academy has been building a platform so that students everywhere, from pre-K through to university, can learn all the subjects they need — on their own time, unrestricted by place — and ultimately use what they’ve learned in the real world.

What’s new with Google for Education?

Get a sneak peek at the upcoming launches for Classroom, Meet, G Suite and other tools. Hear directly from Google how new features were developed and see live demos to help you master the latest Google for Education tools.

Asia–Pacific sessions

New Zealand — Bridging the digital divide: A community approach

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted inequities that community and government initiatives are striving to address. How can schools build upon these response initiatives and provide all students with equal access to learning opportunities? Hear education changemakers like Nicola Ngarewa, Head of the Teaching Council New Zealand, on Disrupting Educational Norms, followed by a panel discussion featuring leading educators and student leaders on ways to bridge the digital divide and keep students learning.

Australia — Wellbeing perspectives: What we’ve learnt

Hear from policymakers such as Australian eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant, Ben Ballard, Executive Director of Learning and Wellbeing for the NSW Department of Education, and Professor Amanda Third on resilience and how to strengthen student wellbeing and connection during uncertain times. Learn strategies for helping teachers address wellbeing and remain aware of their students’ social and emotional learning needs when they’re apart.

European sessions

How to approach hybrid learning

Join Google Certified Innovator Emma Pass as she shares insights and practical tips on synchronous and asynchronous learning. Pass has taught in the UK and the US and currently teaches at Colorado’s PSD Global Academy, a K–12 school that has been using hybrid learning for the past three years.

LATAM sessions

Strategies for equity in public education: A case study of the municipality of Barueri in Brazil

How does technology enable access to and continuity of public education, even at a distance? Learn how the municipality of Barueri, Brazil, is expanding and promoting connectivity and democratic access to public education.

Click here if you are interested in attending this one-time event and help organisers spread the word by sharing a link with your peers. If sharing on social media, don’t forget the hashtag #GoogleEdu.

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