Navigating the Promises and Pitfalls of Emerging Technologies

Whole School 

Introducing emerging technologies requires a balance of caution and innovation. As teachers and technology coaches, we’re always enthusiastic about the latest technology, but mindful to integrate them in a meaningful and ethical way. In this session, we will talk through our own experiences on implementing emerging technologies into the curriculum – how we started the ideas, what barriers we had and how we keep integrations going strong and organic. The main focus of this session is to share practical ideas to implement emerging technologies (VR, AI, Blockchain) into curriculum across different year levels. Participants can walk away with ready-to-go ideas and resources.

Bio Cora Yang:

Cora Yang is a Whole School Learning Technology Coach at Renaissance College Hong Kong. She focuses on PYP and MYP technology integration such as coding, robotics, VR, digital design (3D, laser cut) and circuit board. She believes that technology is the bridge for students to connect school with the real world. Technology can offer students more possibilities and opportunities to apply knowledge to different real-life skills. Cora is a curious learner who is always up for new things and technologies to learn. Just like her curiosity, she loves bringing new technologies for educators and students to enrich the learning and teaching experience. Cora constantly offers chances for students in her classes to work on project-based, student-centred activities. She thinks that passionate, persistent and humorous, approachable would be the words that match her work style. Do not let her talk about work, once she starts, she will never stop!

Bio Dalton Flanagan:

Dalton Flanagan is working as a Computer Science and Design teacher at Kellett School in Hong Kong. He has been an educator for over ten years. Dalton grew up in the US, but he has worked across Asia in Thailand, Cambodia and Hong Kong. Dalton is driven by creating authentic project-based learning experiences for his students. Connecting the students’ learning to the latest technology makes the learning authentic and engages them to dive deep into the project. He loves exploring new technologies and enjoys looking for opportunities to bring these into the classroom. Recently, Dalton has taken a deep dive into some of the new AI models. He currently lives in Hong Kong with his wife and daughter. In his spare time, he loves kayaking and rock climbing.