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Legendary Harvard Educator Dr. Howard Gardner to join the XSEED Education “Conversation”

Legendary educator Prof. Howard Gardner of Harvard University, father of the famed Theory of Multiple Intelligences, will address school leaders at the XSEED Education Conference (XEC) 2018, to be held at ITC Gardenia, Bengaluru, on August 04, 2018. Dr. Howard Gardner is one of the most accomplished educators in the world today. In a career of over 50 years, he has written 30 books, including the Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, which is his most popular piece of work.

This year, the gathering is in an exciting new “conversation” format, from the earlier speaker-listener traditional conference format to innovative and engaging two-way conversations. The four and a half hour event will have a crisp timeline and four exciting segments including Candid Conversations – featuring school leaders, teachers, parents, and children – and the Global Guru Conversation featuring Dr. Gardner. “People are tired of listening to speeches in one-way conferences. The feedback we have received is that they want to be heard, they want to say things”, said Ashish Rajpal, Founder & CEO of XSEED Education.

Role of Technology in School Success, the theme for this year’s conversation, is most appropriate at a time when jobs and skills are the concern of every parent and student. Each year in India, millions of students graduate without the necessary skills to get a job. “This foundation, or the lack of it, is laid in school,” says Rajpal. He adds, “A good school is the one that gets its students future ready. We are discussing if technology can help make students and schools more successful”.

Technology for schools has been a knotty problem over the years. While at first glance most digital learning solutions seem promising, in reality technology in schools has been “oversold and underutilized”, as noted technology educator Andrew Gardner points out. School leaders often agree that investment in infra-heavy tech products has not brought measurable value to students. Effective digital solutions for schools must actively build thinking and problem solving abilities. The conference will bring together leading thinkers, like Dr. Gardner, to confer on the issue.

Dr. Howard Gardner has had a long-standing association with XSEED Education and continues to be an inspiration for founder Ashish Rajpal, who was his student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Gardner addressed XSEED’s inaugural conference in 2009 and also undertook a three-week lecture tour of India in 2012, where he addressed over 3,500 school leaders in 5 cities. Dr. Gardner will join the conversation live from Boston. The event will also feature XSEED Education founder Ashish Rajpal and noted ed-tech teacher and ‘Apple Distinguished Educator’, Andrew Gardner.

The XSEED Education Conference (XEC), organized annually by Singapore-based XSEED Education, is widely regarded as India’s most respected schools conference. The conference is now in its 10th year and has hosted over 10,000 school leaders so far. Noted global and Indian thought leaders including Tony Wagner, Peter Senge, Noel Tichy, Vinita Bali and Gurcharan Das have addressed the conference.

About XSEED Education

XSEED Education is a Singapore-based company focused on research-based, innovative education products that build thinking skills & problem-solving confidence in children. XSEED children ask more questions, write in their own words, complete their homework on their own, speak-up in class, persist longer in solving problems, and score well on tests. XSEED’s flagship K-8 program includes lesson plans, books, teacher training, and assessment. This year XSEED has launched its digital version, MAX. XSEED reaches over one million children and 75,000 teachers in eight emerging markets.  Contact: Atul Pokhriyal, +91 81304 75552, atul.pokhriyal@xseededucation.com.