ManageBac User Group Conference Hong Kong: Recap

Hong Kong Academy

33 Wai Man Road
Sai Kung, N.T
Website: http://hkacademy.edu.hk/how-get-here
Saturday, May 7 • 10:00 - 10:30
Keynote: "From Silos to Arsenal: Authentic Learning Needs to Start Now"

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Our current system of education continues to replicate a model crafted in 1894 by "The Committee of Ten." What students "needed" to learn in 1894 has vastly changed over the past 122 years; however, our schools still work as silos. We separate learning into content areas with the hope that students connect the dots. We separate students by age with the hope that they eventually mentor one another. We separate teachers into departments with the hope that they collaborate and make connections within the curriculum.

Careers today are a blend of disciplines; yet, schools continue to teach content in isolation away from true application of knowledge and practice of skills. Let's acknowledge the silos and allow students and teachers to see outside of the barriers we have arbitrarily created. We can achieve this through vertical stratification and horizontal stratification. We can achieve this by ending the turf wars over content within our schools. We can do this by handing kids more agency in their learning. We can do this by helping students create an infinite canvas of their learning journey. 

Let's break down the silos and provide our future generations the arsenal they need now through authentic learning experiences, where students have agency and choice to create their true identity in our world today. 

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Dana Specker Watts

Director of Innovation, 21st Century Learning International
As the Director of Innovation for 21st Century Learning, Dana Specker Watts collaborates on all aspects of 21st Century Learning from online courses, workshops and conferences with a view to providing support for schools for sustainable change. Dana is currently a Curriculum Leader... Read More →

Saturday May 7, 2016 10:00 - 10:30 HKT
Theatre Ground Floor