Global Symposium on ICT Use in Education 2016

The 10th Global Symposium on ICT use in Education (GSIE) will take place from 9-11 November 2016 in Seoul, Korea.

The symposium, which is coordinated by the Korean Education Research & Information Service (KERIS), is one component of a longstanding partnership between the World Bank education global practice and the Republic of Korea exploring the use of ICTs in the education sector around the world.

Global Symposium on ICT in Education 2016

“4th Industrial Revolution and its Impact on Learning: The Transition to Digital”

9-11 November 2016, Seoul, Republic of Korea


co-organized by the Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea; The World Bank, Korea Education and Research Information Service (KERIS); UNESCO (Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education) and other partners

The Global Symposium on ICT in Education (GSIE) 2016, hosted by the Korean Ministry of Education and the World Bank, is scheduled from 9 to 11 of November 2016 in Seoul, the Republic of Korea. The Symposium is organized by the Korea Education and Research Information Service (KERIS), in partnership with UNESCO Bangkok (Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education) and Intel Asia Pacific. The theme of this year’s Symposium is “4th Industrial Revolution and its impact on learning: the transition to digital”.

The world is in the middle of a technological revolution called the Fourth Industrial Revolution which builds upon the Third Industrial Revolution’s ICT technologies and blurs the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres. The world is embracing the power of big data, IoT, robotics, drones, wearable devices, etc., in all spheres of life with new technologies emerging rapidly. It is opening up new possibilities for us and will fundamentally change the way we live, work, play or relate to one another. The implications of the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are just dawning on policy makers worldwide. As an example, 5 million jobs will be lost to automation by 2020 but technological advances in robotics and machine learning will also create new jobs and change the skills that employers will seek. By 2020 more than a third of the core skillset of most occupations will be made up of skills that are not considered crucial to the job today. To compete and thrive in the future, everyone needs to update their skillsets, more so, the next generation. This is because two thirds of children entering primary school in 2016 are likely to find themselves working in jobs that don’t yet exist.

This symposium will focus on assisting policy-makers establish collective understanding on the new demands of learning in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, what are the emerging technologies and educational models to empower next generation for this and what are countries doing for smooth transition. Thus, the main objectives of the symposium are to:

  • Build collective understanding of skills and learning competencies required in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its potential impact and implications.
  • Share good working models of country level policy changes and on ground experiences for transforming education systems to gear to the new demands and needs.
  • Construct good pedagogical practices and approaches for integrating new skills in learning environments that prepare the next generation to deal with the unknown.
  • Evolve global cooperative networks to connect and gain from each other to build collective impact for next generation learners

Discussions will be organized around the following sub-themes:

  • What would be collective future-skills and competencies required to succeed in the new era?
  • What are future directions and transformations of teachers’ roles as learning facilitators?
  • How should schools and communities develop innovations in the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
  • How educational policy should prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and digitalization?
  • 10th Annual Symposium: Looking back at the past decade and looking forward for the next decade. What would be education agendas for the next decade?

venue: Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel, Seoul, Republic of Korea