What is the future of learning?
Professor Sugata Mitra 2013 TED Prize winner and professor of educational technology at Newcastle University and Chief Scientist, Emeritus, of the National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT) and other prominent thinkers shared their thoughts on how technology and the internet can enable this generation to take charge of their own learning at FrogAsia’s Leaps Of Knowledge “The Future Of Learning” conference.
Mitra’s 1999 “Hole in the Wall” experiment proved that children could learn how to use computers without formal training. That experiment has since been repeated at many places and acclaimed in literacy and education studies around the globe, inspiring other educators as well as the Oscar-winning movie “Slumdog Millionaire”.
“Because of the internet, learners can take charge of their own learning. This will profoundly change schooling as we know it [...] Technology does not do anything. It is people who have to use technology. In the hands of learners, information technology can profoundly change the way learning happens— from ‘just in case’ to’just in time’,” Mitra said.
Preceding Mitra’s appearance were keynote speakers Alvin Ung, author of Barefoot Leadership , and Gregory Bryant, VP of Intel APAC & Japan. Ung shared his experiences in SK Lemoi, a school in the rural jungles of Pahang that became the most improved school in Malaysia. Bryant enlightened the audience with the learning possibilities available through technological devices such as Google’s Chromebook.
The one-day conference, organised by 1BestariNet virtual learning platform provider FrogAsia, sought to engage parents, educators and prominent thinkers in the fields
of innovation, technology, and education in discussions about how education can be transformed through the use of technology and the Internet and to inspire them with what is possible today.
FrogAsia’s vision is to empower the next generation with the right tools and opportunities, made possible by the Internet and a learning platform that caters to different types of learning styles and enables greater flexibility in teaching and learning. FrogAsia believes that education can be transformed by technology and the internet. Earlier this year FrogAsia launched “Leaps of Knowledge”, a series of events comprising talks, seminars, workshops, conferences and other events that aim to enlighten, inspire and inform Malaysians on how education can be transformed using the technological tools available today and the abundance of knowledge in the internet. By keeping Malaysians informed through having the world’s leading educationalists, technologists, thinkers and personalities speaking in the country, FrogAsia aims to open up the debate on how education should be delivered and inspire teachers and students in the country to make the most of the information age. The Leaps of Knowledge series is sponsored by YTL Foundation.