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Indonesian schools urged to ramp up IT infrastructure in schools

Education and technology experts are urging Indonesian schools in both the private and public sectors to improve their IT infrastructure to improve the quality of education in the country.

Craig Hansen, a Google Certified Innovator and Microsoft Master trainer who is among the speakers at the forthcoming GESS Indonesia education conference and exhibition, says schools in Indonesia must provide safe, fast and reliable access to the Internet to empower teachers and students. “Teachers can include a range of learning materials into their lessons and students should have 24/7 access to experts around the world who can enrich and extend the depth of their knowledge,” he added.

Hansen will be leading a number of sessions at GESS Indonesia, including Creating a High Performing Culture and Launch Your Creative Academy as part of the event’s Leadership Stream, a new addition to the conference programme of the leading education show in Southeast Asia.

Exclusively for GESS Leaders in Education members, the Leadership Stream is aimed at leaders within education from pre-school, K12 to those from HE/FE colleges and universities looking at the challenges that educational leader’s face, the qualities shared by all good leaders and the skills required to advance in senior positions.

Other Leadership Stream sessions feature educational technology leadership training at the ministry level by noted education and technology experts Matt Harris, a highly respected international consultant; and Rico Tan, Director of Technology at the Children’s Day School in San Francisco, California, USA. This session is aimed at helping leadership at the ministerial and district level to understand the full breadth and scope of Educational Technology. “We will discuss pressing needs for modern education and methods for leveraging technology across an entire district, region, or country. We will draw upon resources from successful programs in Asia, Europe, and North America to help attendees plan strategies for addressing organizational needs, plan strategically, and communicate the imperative of Educational Technology towards the economic growth of the country,” explained Harris.

You can view the full Leadership Stream conference programme here.

GESS Indonesia, which is set to take place at the Jakarta Convention Centre on 26-28 September 2081, features a high-level conference programme that also includes sessions covering the latest trends in STEAM, Digital Special Education Needs (SEN), to showcasing the benefits of sports, music, and drama in education.

“In addition to the top-notch conference agenda, GESS Indonesia will also showcase the latest education-focused products and solutions from leading local and international companies and brands during the three-day exhibition,” said Matt Thompson, Project Director, Tarsus F&E, organisers of GESS Indonesia, part of a global series of education shows taking place in Dubai as well as Turkey and Mexico.

According to Hansen, some of the edtech solutions that Indonesian schools could benefit from include using MOOCs (massive open online courses) which provide access to world-class professional development for teachers. “Students can also supplement their classroom learning experiences with content from gurus from every subject and industry. In addition, the geo-tools that are now available for VR and augmented reality make it possible for students to create their own learning journeys in 3D, for little-to-zero cost. Ultimately, the Internet of Things is connecting everything we use around the world, so students must understand the role of programming and experience coding. This is an exciting time for educators.”

Education professionals and decision makers from schools who wish to hear education experts present the latest insights on education as well as explore a wide range of education-focused products and solutions may view the latest agenda and registration details at www.gessindonesia.com.