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#EdCrunch2018 Presents: Koen Timmers – The World`s Best Educator

Posted Aug 09, 2018

Koen Timmers, “Global Teacher Prize” 2017 and 2018 laureate, will host a series of workshops as part of the “Digital School” track at #EdCrunch2018 – the Europe`s largest 5th Global conference on educational technologies, which will be held in Moscow on October 1st and 2nd, 2018. Timmers, a world-renowned educator, will talk about global educational projects and how to use the Internet to aid in the learning process.

Koen Timmers is a Belgian educator and author, enthusiast of blended learning and use of modern technologies in education. In 2015 he launched the Kakuma project involving 175 global educators offering free education to African refugees via Skype.

Timmers also launched several global educational projects involving 500 schools across 85 countries. His “Climate Action” project was supported by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, UNESCO, Greenpeace, etc. His “Innovation” project was supported by Charlize Theron and other public figures. Koen Timmers has created several educational apps and has founded his own online school Zelfstudie.com currently having 20000 online students, he is also the co-author of the book “Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

In both 2017 and 2018, Koen Timmers was recognized as one of the world`s best educators, receiving the “Global Teacher Prize”.

“Will robots be able to replace instructors in the Fourth Industrial Revolution? I guess they already can. Will AI be able to answer our students` questions in the future? I guess it will. But I don`t believe robots and AI will be able to bring in empathy and passion in the classroom”, Koen Timmers, said.

Koen Timmers will hold two workshops as part of the «Digital School» track at the 5th #EdCrunch2018 Global Conference on Educational Technologies.

The first workshop will be devoted to how to make the learning process global with the help of modern technologies. During the event, participants will learn about successful global educational projects and how to build relationships with other teachers and students around the globe.

The second workshop will examine questions of social media use in learning. Participants will learn about effective methods of how to work with communication technologies, as well as how to identify their benefits, drawbacks, and unexpected side effects.

The 5th Global Conference on Educational Technologies #EdCrunch2018, will be held under the motto “Data That Transform the World”, and the conference will be devoted to modern research and practical solutions in the field of big data in education. Every angle of the issue will be discussed, from methods of collecting and analyzing educational statistics to the use of blockchain technologies and artificial intelligence in the educational process.

#EdCrunch2018 is being held as part of implementation of the “Modern Digital Educational Environment in the Russian Federation” priority project. The 5th Global Conference on Educational Technologies #EdCrunch2018 will be held by NUST MISIS and the National Technology Initiative University “20.35” with the support of the Ministry of Science & Higher Education of the Russian Federation, Rybakov Fund, the HSE Institute of Education, Arizona State University, and the global EdTech platform HolonIQ.

#EdCrunch2018’s guests will learn more during the specialized tracks, which cover more than 15 areas in the field of education, including: “Children and Technologies”, “Digital School”, “Digital University”, “New Technologies and Analytics in Corporate Training”, and “EdCrunch Startups: Sales and Marketing”. Guests will also have the opportunity to attend the EdTech Alley, an exhibition of technologies and technological solutions in the educational sphere. More than 300 international and Russian speakers – world-renowned specialists in the fields of online learning, educational analytics, school and preschool pedagogy, corporate education, HR, and educational IT solutions – will give speeches during the event.

#EdCrunch - Global conference on educational technologies.

The 5th Global Conference on Educational Technologies #EdCrunch2018, will be held in Moscow, and it`s main topic is “Data That Transform the World”. #EdCrunch2018’s guests will learn more during the specialized tracks, which cover more than 15 areas in the field of education, including: “Children and Technologies”, “Digital School”, “Digital University”, “New Technologies and Analytics in Corporate Training”, and “EdCrunch Startups: Sales and Marketing”. Guests will also have the opportunity to attend the EdTech Alley, an exhibition of technologies and technological solutions in the educational sphere. More than 300 international and Russian speakers – world-renowned specialists in the fields of online learning, educational analytics, school and preschool pedagogy, corporate education, HR, and educational IT solutions – will give speeches during the event. EdHack, a competition between developers of software prototypes in the field of education, and EdCrunch Award, an international contest of massive open online courses, will be held before the main #EdCrunch2018 event.

Priority project “The Modern Digital Educational Environment in the Russian Federation

The priority project “The Modern Digital Educational Environment in the Russian Federation” was approved as a priority on October 25, 2016 at the meeting of the State Council Presidium under the President of the Russian Federation for strategic development. The Ministry of Education & Science of the Russian Federation is the initiator and organizer of the priority project.

The project is aimed at improving the availability, relevance, and quality of education available to Russian citizens through technologies of online learning. A resource providing access to online courses on a «one window» principle has been created and is being tested as part of the project`s implementation. This priority project provides professional training for employees of educational institutions in order to improve their skills and use of online training resources. The increase in the number of available online courses, in the efficiency of online training, and in the expansion of opportunities for the development of online courses in the formal education system will allow Russia to train 11,000,000 people on online courses by 2025.

National University of Science and Technology MISIS

In 2018, NUST MISIS is celebrating a century since the founding of its predecessor, the Moscow Mining Academy. Today, NUST MISIS is one the most dynamically developing centers for research and education in Russia. Being among the leaders of technological education, NUST MISIS is also a large-scale research center. The University has been included in the THE, QS and ARWU subject rankings in six fields, notably taking 30th place in «Engineering – Mineral & Mining», and appearing in the TOP-100 for «Engineering – Metallurgy».

The strategic goal of NUST MISIS is to strengthen its positions in the fields of materials science, metallurgy and mining, as well as to significantly strengthen its positions in the fields of bio-, nano- and IT-technologies by 2020. The University is comprised of 9 institutes and 5 branches – four in Russia and one abroad. More than 17,000 students from 69 countries study at NUST MISIS. 30 laboratories and 3 world-class engineering centers, where leading international scientists work, operate at NUST MISIS. The University successfully implements joint projects with leading Russian and international high-tech companies.