Learning and Technology World Forum 2009
12-14 January 2009, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminister, London
The first ever Learning and Technology World Forum is being delivered by Becta (the UK government's lead agency on supporting technology in education) on behalf of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).
The forum incorporates and will build upon the success of Moving Young Minds, an international ministerial seminar that has grown in influence over the last five years. In 2008 Moving Young Minds drew participation from over 60 countries - with those present representing over two thirds of the world's population.
The Learning and Technology World Forum 2009 will retain the closed sessions which ministers have found so valuable. In addition it will extend new opportunities for leading practitioners and policy makers and widen its scope beyond the traditional schools sector to include the full range of learning opportunities in the further and higher education sectors.
For 2009, the forum's overarching theme is 'Next Generation Learning' which will encompass the streams of "Leadership for the 21st Century, Skills for the 21st Century and An Education Workforce for the 21st Century". This reflects the diversity of learners now benefiting from innovative use of technology and the opportunities for further pioneering work at all levels of education, skills and learning.
Following the Learning and Technology World Forum - and deliberately linked to it - is the BETT (British Education and Training Technology) show at London Olympia from 14-17 January. BETT is the largest education and technology exhibition of its kind with over 30,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors taking part. It is anticipated that many delegates may wish to extend their stay in London and attend BETT. Registration (free) to BETT will be provided to all World Forum participants.
Participants will explore and share knowledge, experience and ideas associated with practice and policy within each of the streams. Such sharing of experience, together with presentations by world leading specialists, will help to build a global picture of the range of approaches to learning and technology. Participants will learn from their counterparts and be engaged to explore and exchange different approaches.
The Learning and Technology World Forum programme will include:
- formal sessions of presentation;
- formal and informal opportunities for dialogue and debate;
- opportunities to learn from site visits across London, including schools, colleges, museums and art galleries and
- development of an international community of practice addressing technology's support for education.
Educational ministers, policymakers and practitioners from across the world.
Please note that participation in the Learning and Technology World Forum is by invitation only. No charge is made for attending the World Forum, though participants will need to fund their own travel and accommodation costs. The language of the event is English. A little closer to the event, a full programme will be made available online so please visit the Learning and Technology World Forum website for more information.
For details of location and how to get there, please go to the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre website.
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre