Digital Jersey held their first education event at Haute Vallee School yesterday evening, where Board Member Professor Stephen Heppell talked about hi...
Digital Jersey held their first education event at Haute Vallee School yesterday evening, where Board Member Professor Stephen Heppell talked about his experience and views on subject of 21st century education.
Attended by over 170 members of digital industry, education professionals and government, Professor Heppell gave many examples of the innovative use of technology in the physical learning spaces within schools and classrooms and explained the proven impact that this can have in terms of improving teaching and learning capabilities.
Later during an open question and answer session he spoke passionately of his wider experience in working with schools all over the world; most notably he emphasised the importance of ‘being brave’ in adapting to and accepting the rapid changes that technology brings with it.
He ultimately summarised with three key recommendations for Jersey with regards to evolving its education system, including:
Professor Heppell gave many examples of schools from all over the world that have adapted to technological advancement in their own way. From the simple appreciation of a new type of shared learning, (from the use of the iPad and Skype in classrooms), to wholly re-designed classrooms and learning spaces, for students, by students, based around the creation a space that recognises their different needs and elevates their desire to learn and gains improved results.
He also confirmed that he would be bringing his famous ‘BE VERY AFRAID’ initiative to Jersey in the future, in association with Digital Jersey.
Ted Ridgway Watt, CEO of Digital Jersey commented:
“We are absolutely delighted that Professor Stephen Heppell has committed so much time and passion to this event. He is a valued member of our board and we believe that his experience in education around the world will enable us to learn and develop our own innovative ideas, working in partnership with government, parents and, most importantly, our children, to ensure that Jersey has the skills and resources we need to become a success story in the digital age.”