Each year in India, millions of students graduate without the necessary skills to get a job, let alone those to excel at the workplace. The 2018 Skills India Report recognises “complex problem-solving” as a core skill, and parents and employers both agree the existing system fails to prepare students for the future. This foundation, or lack of it, is laid in school. Increasingly, the definition of quality school is one that gets all its students future-ready with the right skills. That is hard to do.
Can technology help schools do this? The XSEED Education Conference (XEC) 2018 will assess the potential of technology as a tool to close the skill gap and strengthen school performance. The conference will feature the legendary Professor Howard Gardner of Harvard University. It will feature Ashish Rajpal (Founder, XSEED Education), Andrew Gardner (noted technology educator), and other speakers and panelists of note. XSEED will also share its most recent developments in technology for schools.
Technology for schools has been intriguing and knotty problem over the years. While at first glance, most digital learning solutions seem promising, in reality, technology in schools is “oversold and underutilized”, as Andrew Gardner points out. School leaders often agree that investment in infra-heavy-tech-products has not brought measurable value to students. Also, technology for learning is different from technology for entertainment or communication. Effective digital solutions for schools, then, must be application-based and actively build thinking and problem-solving abilities. As Professor Howard Gardner nimbly puts it, how do we make our students “app capable and not app dependent”
Prof Howard Gardner is a developmental psychologist at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and one of the most influencial educators in the world today.
In a career of over 50 years, Prof Gardner has written over 30 books, with his most popular piece of work being the Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences (1983).
Ashish quit his international corporate career in Paris to pursue his passion for education and founded XSEED. He personally led the creation of the program from scratch, and continues to be deeply involved in the R&D and learning-teaching aspects. He has an Ed.M from Harvard Graduate School of Education and an MBA from XLRI. Ashish’s journey as a social-entrepreneur has been well documented, including a case-study MIT’s Legatum Center.
Andrew Gardner is a teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator, and Google “Innovator”. Currently, as Vice President of Professional Learning at BrainPOP, Andrew designs training materials and professional development experiences. Andrew is a founding faculty member at The School at Columbia University, has also taught at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education and at Harvard’s Future of Learning Summer Institute.