WISE is the World Innovation Summit for Education, established 4 years ago by the Qatar Foundation, under the patronage of Her Highness Sheika Moza bint Nasser. WISE works to build the future of education through innovation on the basis of “creative thinking, debate and purposeful action.” The WISE web site is here: http://www.wise-qatar.org/
WISE has produced two books to date, and a third is in development, for release during 2014. The books are designed to support and inspire innovation and best practices for 21st century education. The WISE Books are research-intensive, based on travel to a significant number of countries in order to examine educational initiatives, projects, and best practices around the world.
The third book in the series “will focus on the link between technology and learning and will investigate how the connected society is transforming learning.” We are all familiar with the rapid adoption of digital technology, and the increasing opportunities for collaboration and connectivity, eliminating barriers due to geography and also between disciplines.
This next book will be written by Graham Brown-Martin, who is the Founder of Education Design Labs. His blog is at http://learning-reimagined.com/ and will report on his travels to meet with educators and schools in Ghana, Lebanon, China, Singapore, Brazil, Jordan, Dubai, the U.K., India, Russia and the U.S. in support of the book’s development. Award-winning photographer Newsha Tavakolian will illustrate the book. Mr. Brown-Martin has an extensive career in the education technology and entertainment software industries, which places him in an ideal position to understand the best ways to engage children with technology for project-based learning, gamification in education, and other digital learning technologies.
You can find a very interesting interview with Mr. Brown-Martin regarding his views around 21st century education and his plans for the book here on the WISE web site: http://www.wise-qatar.org/technology-education. He wonders why “We continue to use technology to reinforce 19th century teaching practice.”
Curriki is here to help change that, to support the use of 21st century technology and 21st century practice in support of better learning outcomes and the rapidly evolving needs of students for an education relevant to our post-modern world.
I have been very pleased to attend WISE’s annual summits on behalf of Curriki. My report from last year’s event, themed “Collaborating for Change” is here: http://currikiblog.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/wise-2012-in-qatar-was-a-great-inspiration/.
We at Curriki are looking forward to seeing the third book from WISE when it is released next year, and we encourage you to visit the WISE web site links above.