NorthTec represented at international education conference

31 May 2017

NorthTec represented at international education conference

NorthTec’s Nigel Studdart will soon be packing his bag for a trip to Europe, where he will be speaking at a prestigious international education conference.

Nigel, who is NorthTec’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) Project Team Leader, will be the only New Zealand speaker at the International Conference – the Future of Education, being held in Florence, Italy.

The two-day conference features speakers from around the world, including several European countries, the USA, Canada, Brazil, Israel, Australia, Jordan, Kuwait, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore.

Their presentations cover a wide range of topics, from studies on higher education and second language acquisition, to innovative teaching methodologies and collaborative and experiential learning.

Nigel’s presentation, entitled Future Proofing Curriculum Design and Delivery for a Digitally Disrupted World, will focus on the need to prepare students of all ages for careers of the future, using the latest innovations in educational theory and practice to develop a ‘growth mindset’. He will speak about the need to harness the powers of older people in relation to digital knowledge, both in order to combat ageism and to link all age ranges within the community.

His work at NorthTec has centred on the creation of links between secondary and tertiary education and industry, in the digital and technological sector. This has included establishing digital literacy programmes and computer coding classes in the community.

He said: ““This will be a great opportunity to showcase New Zealand’s leadership in ‘tradigital’ education linking the digital and cultural, old and young, and bringing New Zealand’s educational expertise to the world stage.”

The conference, on 8 and 9 June, aims to promote transnational cooperation and share good practice in the field of innovation for education.

This year’s event is the seventh annual conference, bringing together teachers, researchers, practitioners and project managers from all over the world to share findings, expertise and experience about innovative teaching and learning methodologies. It is organised by international education and training institution, Pixel.

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