Innovations to Bridge the Educational Digital Divide (China): 2016 China Education Innovation 20+ Forum Annual Conference

Innovations to Bridge the Educational Digital Divide
2016 China Education Innovation “20+”Forum Annual Conference

3-4 November 2016
Beijing No. 18 High School

Hosted byChina Education Innovation 20+ Forum

Partner Agencies: China Association for Educational Technology; World Bank Education Global Practice; Institute for Balanced Basic Education Development and Educational Technology at China Central Normal University; China Institute for Educational Finance Research, Peking University; Youcheng China Social Entrepreneur Foundation; Beijing Chuangkebang Mobile Internet Incubator; Future Works; JMDedu; Beijing No. 18 High School; Fangzhuang Edu-Cluster; Zhongguancun Mooc Times Building


The 2016 China Education Innovation 20+ Forum Annual Conference will be held on 3-4, Nov 2016 in Beijing. The theme for the 2016 Annual Conference is: “Innovations to Bridge the Educational Digital Divide.”

The conference aims at sharing ideas, experiences and effective approaches facing the challenges of digital divide at China’s impoverished counties, and facilitating the cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral conversations regarding the “analog complements” (World Development Report, 2016) needed for digital innovation to succeed at the local, regional and national levels, and the ways to build and strengthen private-public partnerships. Around 400 participants will attend the conference, including representatives from China’s 100 most impoverished counties, representatives from awards winning counties of the First National ICT Application Contest organized by China Association for Educational Technology, representatives from China’s most renowned educational technology companies and NGOs, decision-makers from provincial and central governments, and researchers.

Since the “National Development Plan for ICT in Education (2011–2020)” issued in 2012, the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China has carried out a series of policies including “three connections and two platforms,” “full coverage of digital education resources in teaching sites” and “teacher ICT-related professional development.” As a result, considerable progress has been made in ICT infrastructure construction, application of digital resources, teaching innovation and ICT-supported educational management, especially for those rural schools lacking access to broadband network and basic ICT equipment. Despite the significant improvement in ICT infrastructure and development of digital resources, some impoverished counties still have no stable internet access, and the use of ICT has not been fully integrated into teaching and learning. In addition, there are no well-established financing mechanisms to support the regular use of ICT at schools, which has become a pressing issue for both local governments and schools.

The conference will be organized around three main sessions:

1. An Overview of Educational Digital Divide worldwide and in China

2. Introduction of innovative practices and effective approaches by participants from public schools, local governments, educational technology companies, and education nonprofits.

3. Panel Discussions. The first sub-session will focus on the application of ICT in teaching and learning, and from a global digital education perspective discussing the status-quo and trends of the digital divide in China’s basic education and feasible paths for the divide alleviation. Case Study session will present 10 educational innovation practices within-and-out of the governmental system, and promote in-depth discussion between participants from different backgrounds. Thematic Panel Discussions will be centered on the pain points in county level digital education development, e.g. e-learning resources development, teachers’ capacity and incentive, financing mechanisms, integration of teaching and ICT, and the last mile problems etc. In this module, dialogues and thorough exchanges will be unfolded among experts, principals, educational administrative institutions, innovation companies and NGOs in Education field. Meanwhile, an exhibition of digital solution to educational problems and the latest products and technologies is going to be held during the conference, aiming at building an exchange platform for digital education players and facilitating conversations among educationally well-performed counties, companies and researchers.