UNESCO MGIEP calls for proposals for its flagship conference on digital pedagogies for building peaceful and sustainable societies TECH 2019 (Transforming Education Conference for Humanity) is one of the largest Ed-tech conferences globally

New Delhi, July 29th, 2019: The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) is currently inviting proposals for the third edition of its annual global conference, Transforming Education Conference for Humanity (TECH 2019), focused on digital pedagogies for building peaceful and sustainable societies, held in partnership with the State Government of Andhra Pradesh and the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India. TECH 2019 will focus on showcasing the role of digital technologies in enabling a shift from “transmissive pedagogies” to “transformative pedagogies” to create more peaceful and sustainable societies and will be held in Vizag City, State of Andhra Pradesh, India, between December 10 to December 12 this year. UNESCO MGIEP is currently inviting proposals by academics, students, educators and practitioners in the field of education and technology – for an opportunity to present at the Conference. In the past couple of editions, TECH has attracted global leaders in the space of education technology from over 75 countries.

The conference is apt for Educators, Data Scientists, developers, entrepreneurs, investors, ministers, policymakers, ESD stakeholders, peace and human rights education, digital media and learning, comparative and international education.

Commenting on TECH 2019, Dr. Anantha Duraiappah said, “Technology in education must be seen more than just a transmissive tool but as a transformative pedagogy delivering many of the long-held pedagogical ideals such as ubiquitous learning, active knowledge making, dialogical and reflexive relationships, and individualized learning. TECH 2019 aims to bring together some of the world foremost experts from across a range of disciplines and schools of education such as Education for sustainable development, global citizenship education, education for human rights and education for peace among many others to work on a unified theory of education for human flourishing through digital pedagogy. TECH 2019 is different from other education related conferences; it is NOT about educational technology for job creation but for digital pedagogy for human flourishing.”

“The conference aims to showcase in particular how digital pedagogy can be harnessed to mainstream Social Emotional Learning in education systems, curricula and teacher training to build not only the intellectual intelligence but also the emotional intelligence of learners. An education that does not build the emotional intelligence of learners is a deficient system that only produces half a human being and not the whole”, he adds.

TECH 2019 is currently inviting proposals for the following themes:

Transformative Pedagogies for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)–
The need for resilient and adaptive individuals to rapidly changing environments is the need of the hour. Recent research has demonstrated that students need to be “socially aware” and “emotionally-connected” in order to learn and for societies to flourish. Innovative technologies are required to promote SEL in classrooms. Participants will be able to –
Present the research evidence for SEL delivered in traditional and/or digital forums
Showcase good practices in curricula for building social and emotional skills through gaming and digital learning tools and methodologies
Provide hands-on training to educators and youth to develop and employ innovative gaming and digital learning technologies to directly or indirectly deliver SEL experiences that promote values of peace, global citizenship and sustainable development

Reimagining Learning Spaces for Planetary Citizenship & Data, in which participants are invited to-
For education to be transformative, it must explore notions of intersectionality and create learning spaces conducive for people to take multiple perspectives, engage in dialogue and critical reflection, and transform society through self-transformation. Participants will be able to –
Organize a scenario building workshop to envision probable, possible and desirable futures
Share good practices of integrating ESD, GCED, global learning, human rights education, peace education, education for gender equality etc. in whole school approaches or informal or non-formal learning spaces
Showcase examples of innovative practices for using games or simulations to build awareness on concepts of peace and sustainability, or SEL

Learning & Education – Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Science and AI
Data Science & Machine Learning, in particular, has caught the imagination of the world and the field of education too has seen widespread utilization leveraging ‘narrow’ (specialized) AI such as automated grading, adaptive learning, individualized content discovery at scale. Participants will be able to-
Critically reflect upon the profound impact AI could have on how education and training is organized, including the automation of not only low-skill or routine tasks but also high-skill and cognitive tasks; the redefinition of 21st century skills; and the rethinking of the meaning of human existence and well-being
Share ideas on if and how we can or should embed the principles and values of peace and sustainable development in AI
Showcase cross-border data exchange and data mining protocols facilitating sharing of global insights powered by distributed Data sources
The scientific advisory board at TECH 2019 includes renowned experts in the field of social and emotional learning, data science and artificial intelligence, and education for peace, global citizenship, and sustainable development. These include Susanna Pollack, President of Games for Change; Harri Ketamo, Chairman, Headai; Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Professor of education at the University of British Columbia (UBC); Mila Thomas Fuller, Assistant Director of online learning at the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Some of the confirmed speakers at the conference are:
Jesse Stommel; Executive Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies, University of Mary Washington
Zigor Hernandorena; Senior Project Manager – Fun Learning Department, Ubisoft
Elliot Soloway; Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Michigan
Kiran Sethi; Social Entrepreneur – Design for Change
Elisa Navarro Chincilla; Educational Video Games Developer
Patricia Jennings: Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education, University of Virginia
Elliot Soloway: Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan

For further details on TECH 2019, visit the official event website here. To apply for the conference, click here. UNESCO MGIEP is inviting proposals for TECH 2019 till August 31st 2019.

TECH 2019 will provide three unique tracks of Explore. Experience. Empower, inviting participants to discover cutting edge research, experience the best on offer in digital pedagogies and empower to build peaceful and sustainable societies.