Date and time: Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 9:30–18:00
Venue: Budaörs Városi Uszoda Sportcsarnok és Strand (BVUSS) (Hársfa utca 6., Budaörs, 2040)
The British Embassy in co-operation with the British Chamber of Commerce and the British Business Centre is working with the Association of Municipalities for Digital Future, Kodvetok Digital Education Workshop and Budadörs Mayor’s Office on the first British – Hungarian digital education conference and living lab. The event will take place in Budaors Sports Complex on 10 May. (MORE INFORMATION: www.kodvetok.com/konferencia, https://www.facebook.com/events/184746618696126/) More than 20 organisations will run living labs showcasing innovative education models, many of them of British origin such as the BCCH’s uSchool.
Please note that the language of the event is Hungarian.
Caitlin Jones, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy, Budapest
Tamas Wittinghof, Mayor of Budaors, President of Association of Municipalities for Digital Future
Who would not know the name of ZX Spectrum or ZZ81 in Hungary? Many from generation X have learnt their IT basics on these machines and some of them went into coding and made a career in IT. These devices have been brought about by the need created by the IT revolution which was on the horizon already in the 80s. They were primarily designed for education in schools to be used by children. These iconic machines have since become obsolete, but they have fulfilled their purpose by preparing a whole generation to cope with the changes of those times. British education policy has proved that by going against world tendencies, but at the same time also taking them into account, one can achieve better results.
In the 21st century technical revolution has entered a new phase. Today we do not teach computing, but develop competencies. IOT (Internet of Things), robotics, network theory, and STEM have become the buzzwords. Education profession has to embrace revolutionary change and prepare their students for these challenges.
Tradition places obligations. British teachers and engineers keep developing and introducing digital technologies and learning resources in education. Surveys indicated that they accomplished impressive results in developing the digital skills of children. An exemplary initiative of the UK experience is the BBC driven partnership bringing together business, civil society and government around the establishment of the Micro:bit digital education model. Therefore, BBC Micro:bit will take the front stage the conference.
The objective of the event is to learn from best practice examples and exchange experience. The recent publication of the Hungarian Digital Education Strategy and the formation of the Association of Municipalities for Digital Future makes our symposium especially timely.
Living Lab – Open workshop programme
Living Lab /Open workshop is a new concept in developmental education where instructor and user, the teacher and student, the seller and buyer, the presenter and the audience and everybody who comes into contact with new technology, meet and often swap places. The ecosystem of our digital future and its tools create such peculiar situations. MakerSpaces, MakerSchools, Innovation Hubs and alike are the scenes of this great mingling. They are the “brainchild” of Open workshops.
We aim to create this atmosphere in the second half of the Future of Digital Education event, but to an extent we want it to appear already during the first half, the conference presentations. We hope that many children who will attend will get to know and try out a vast range of fantastic tools of the digital future from the start of the event. We expect to run nearly 20 different workshops at the Living Lab from all over Hungary where participants can get a taste of the work of a varied range of educational and developmental organisations, learn about their achievements, experiences and difficulties while watching them in operation.
Participants will see how children cope with virtual reality, automation, robotics, programming/coding, animation, 3D, interactive language tutorials, and learn about how to make Internet safe for children, what makes a “digital” parent and get familiar with a fascinating choice of extracurricular programmes to supplement the IT education in schools. Presenters, experts, and the specialist visitors will continue to engage in smaller groups and form a living library of knowledge sharing to assist exchanges of information and experience in education to embrace the digital future. The organisers hope that these formations will allow for spontaneous discussions beyond what is envisaged in the official programme.