On October 29, 2010, over 230 teachers and faculty participated in a full-house conference entitled “Transforming Education with 21st Century Learning - Tools, Methodology and Assessment” in Taiwan.
The purpose of the conference was to celebrate 10 years of joint efforts among Intel, the Taiwan government, National Taiwan Normal University, and industry ecosystem partners in promoting ICT in education to develop a better educated workforce in Taiwan. The conference stressed the importance of Education Transformation to bring 21st century learning skills into the classroom and the need for a holistic approach to eLearning in order to provide the next generation of students with the skills and talents that would be required to participate in the modern workplace.
The conference recommended solutions for educators and administrators to implement 21st century learning in the “Cloud” era and provided opportunities to share and learn the best known methods for delivering these skills, including tools, methodology, and assessment.
The one-day conference agenda addressed each element of Intel’s Education Transformation model through 4 keynotes, 2 hands-on workshops and 8 case study presentations. In addition, a large number of eLearning ecosystem partners who have endorsed Intel’s education vision and strategy, including Ministry of Education (Policy), National Taiwan Normal University (Professional Development), and eLearning solution providers (ICT) such as Shou Yang Digital Technology* (SI and LMS), Royal e-Pen International Corp* (Touch Panel and eWriting), AVer Media* (Interactive White Board) and Lenovo* (Hardware) provided support.
One of the highlights of the conference was an inspiring iSchoolBag* eClass demonstration that was presented by Rui Tong Elementary School, Taoyuan County, Taiwan. The demo showcased their ongoing efforts in implementing a 1:1 e-learning environment that is aligned with Intel’s Education Transformation vision. Using iSchoolBag, teachers are able to build mobile classrooms (using mobile computers, a Teaching, Record, Broadcasting System (TRBS), wireless access), experience paperless teaching (with digital white board, writable eBooks, eNote), and utilize social media (via blog, FaceBook* and YouTube*) to easily track students’ homework and learning status.
Attendees were amazed to see the children’s proactive learning models and results that the Rui Tong teachers demonstrated. The iSchoolBag e-classroom is always open for children through the collaboration of hardware, software, tools and platform that is built in the cloud.
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Intel® Innovation in Education is a sustained commitment – in collaboration with educators and government leaders worldwide – to help today’s students prepare for the demands of tomorrow. From K-12 to higher education, Intel Taiwan strives to focus resources and bring experience from around the world to improve the use of technology in Taiwan’s education system.
In Taiwan, Intel has teamed with the Taiwan Ministry of Education and National Taiwan Normal University to implement Intel® Teach to the Future. Since its launch in 2001, more than 24,000 elementary and middle school teachers (10.2% of the nation’s total K-12 teacher population) and 4,700 teacher’s college students have been trained through the Intel Teach to the Future program to incorporate the use of technology in their teaching programs, to design more comprehensive lesson plans using more innovative teaching methods, and to increase student interest in learning.
To date, 94% of the teachers trained indicate that they feel the program is helpful to them in terms of integrating the use of technology in education, according to the post-training survey conducted by the National Taiwan Normal University in 2004.
The Intel® International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) provides an opportunity for Taiwan’s students and science teachers to interact with their counterparts from other countries and to expand their global outlook.
Intel sponsors Taiwan’s outstanding young scientists who are selected from the National Taiwan Science Education Centre’s national science fair. Selected students visit the US for the Intel ISEF. Intel also provides teachers the opportunity to attend the Intel ISEF Educator Academy and nominates experienced professors to serve as special award judges for Intel ISEF.
In cooperation with the National Taiwan Science Education Centre of the Ministry of Education, Intel organizes many activities to encourage students to pursue science and engineering careers. To provide students with guidance on how to develop science projects, a “Science Camp” is held where former winners of the Intel ISEF share their experiences, a “Team Project Seminar” where international winners are invited to Taiwan to share their valuable experience, and Taiwan’s experts are invited to provide students with guidance on how to develop science projects.
In Taiwan, Intel has established the Intel® Computer Clubhouse to help youth aged 12-18 gain computer skills outside the formal school setting. Intel has worked with the Ministry of Education and the Good Friend Mission, a Christian outreach center, to establish a Computer Clubhouse in Taipei to provide an IT learning environment to help youth build basic computing skills. Since December 2002, the Taiwan Computer Clubhouse has attracted more than 360 young people.
Intel has established multimedia and Internet laboratories at the National Taiwan University and the National Chiao Tung University, and a wireless communications laboratory at the National Ching Hwa University. Intel also provides support for related curriculum development and research projects.
Intel organizes technology lectures and invites university students and professors to participate in the Intel Developer Forum to further understand new technologies and future trends. Intel also sponsors student research competition to help Taiwan foster more young talent for future growth of Taiwan’s high-tech industry.
Since 2003, Intel has worked with National Chiao Tung University, National Chiao Tung University and National Taiwan University at the Intel Innovation Center (IIC) on joint research projects focusing on wireless and networking communications. And extend the scope to National Cheng Kung University on digital home researches in 2004.
For more information do log onto www.intel.com/education/tw. This site is in Traditional Chinese.