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Education for a Changing World - Symposium 2017

The  Education for a Changing World symposium was held in Sydney on 9 and 10 November, and was attended by over 200 practitioners and policy makers from education, academia and industry. Mainstream media coverage of the event reached 1.2 million Australians across TV, radio and print. On day 2 #futurefrontiers was trending near the top on social media platforms.

Read the symposium summary (PDF 3901.79KB)

(L to R) Daniel Petre, Andrew Charlton, Toby Walsh, Genevieve Bell, Mark Scott

Day 1 - Carriageworks

Day 1 featured a series of talks and panel discussions on life and work in an AI world.

The Secretary of the NSW Department of Education, Mark Scott AO, opened the symposium with a speech outlining the challenge.

Future visions talks included guest speakers Fang Chen, Marita Cheng, Peter Corke and Genevieve Bell.

A lively panel discussion closed day one.

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Poll Results - How do you feel about an AI future?

Participants were asked for a one word response at the end of day one. This was the result:


Day 2 - Hilton Hotel Sydney

Day 2 built on the conversations from day one to more closely examine what the challenges & opportunities of an AI world mean for students and how education needs to respond.

To open day 2, the Minister for Education, The Hon Rob Stokes MP, discussed why we should be excited about the future.

Marc Tucker, President, National Center on Education and the Economy, US gave the keynote address via skype.

Deputy Secretary Leslie Loble moderated a discussion about the future challenges for education.

Two lightning talks provided additional inspiration for the delegates

To round out the design thinking sessions, groups were invited to pitch their ideas for tackling the challenges of the future.

Secretary Mark Scott's closing remarks reminded delegates of the challenges and the opportunities that were explored over the 2 days.

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What will the future look like? We asked our students

What will schools look like in the future? See what students think

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