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Building empathy for oneself, society, and the planet

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Annie Brookman-Byrne: What needs to change in mainstream education systems around the world, in your view? Simran Mulchandani: I don’t believe we have a clear understanding of what jobs are going to exist in 2050. Most parts of the world are still using a factory model, emphasising rote learning. Vast swathes of children all over…

“Coding is a creative tool for self-expression and solving problems“

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As a techie, entrepreneur Dora Palfi knows the beauty of coding. In her latest project, she brings a sense of community, software and hardware together to empower teenage girls to shape the future with technology. Franz Tschimben: There are lots of interesting companies and projects built to bring people, especially the youth, closer to the…

“Programming robots helps children change their attitude toward mistakes”

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Swiss primary school teacher Laura Hess observed new cooperative learning patterns when her school introduced robotics and programming to its pupils. Caroline Smrstik Gentner: Why did robots come to your primary school? Laura Hess: Two years ago, a group of teachers in my school set up a project group to find a way to introduce…

“A machine should be like a personal trainer for learners”

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Edy Portmann explains why it is important for schools to reinforce the scientist that lies within every child. He talks about intelligent learning systems and how they can be used to build collective intelligence, as well as to encourage students’ creativity and help them learn to work together to solve problems. Sabine Gysi: In discussions of…

“Young people need to understand technical subjects in today’s world”

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Educator, writer and engineer Barbara Oakley wants to inspire everyone to learn STEM topics, and sees Massive Open Online Courses as a path to broaden the reach of higher education. Caroline Smrstik Gentner: When you wrote “A Mind for Numbers,” you explained how our brains process learning and problem solving. What inspired you to do…

“Technology for teaching content is only one aspect of digitalization”

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In the second part of our interview, Daniel Schunk, professor of public and behavioral economics, talks about important and often forgotten aspects of digitalization and the changing role of teachers. Sabine Gysi: In the first part of our conversation we talked about digital tools and learning environments. Are there other aspects of digitalization that are…

“Technology enhances collaborative learning”

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Valentin Ruest, CEO US of Go Pollock, explains how technology can encourage collaboration instead of competition in the classroom. Aisha Schnellmann: Why is it important for students to learn collaboratively in the classroom, working as a team to achieve common goals? Valentin Ruest: Students tend to perform better when they are in a learning environment that…