Invitation to the CONNECT 2.0 International Online Conference, December 12, 2023


This year’s iteration of the CONNECT online conference – “CONNECT 2.0 – Combine Online Novation and Networking for Education Catered by Technologies” – is dedicated to the topic of skills development. Scheduled for December 12, 2023, the one-day conference will feature keynotes, panel discussions and workshops dedicated to practical ways of developing skills in schoolchildren and TVET students, with discussions to follow.

CONNECT 2.0 will summarize knowledge and experience sharing on the use of ICTs and AI in educational settings with the purpose of fostering the development of skills deemed indispensable for the coming decades of the 21st century. For this conference, the following skill sets are in focus: 

  • Green Skills   
  • Skills to Ensure Equality and Inclusion  
  • Digital Economy Skills   
  • Leadership Skills 

The conference will be of particular interest to school teachers (ASPnet and beyond), TVET teachers, education administrators, university departments and academic communities studying education policy and practice. They are encouraged to register for the conference and to engage in discussions to highlight diverse approaches and perspectives on skills development with the help of advanced technologies.

Date: December 12, 2023

Registration link:

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09.00am – 09.05am (London time!) Conference Opening & Welcome Address:

Mr Tao Zhan, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (UNESCO IITE)

09.05 – 09.20 (London time!) Welcome Speech and Introductory Remarks:

Ms Natalia Amelina, Chief of Unit for Teacher Professional Development and Networking, UNESCO IITE

09.20 – 09.25 (London time!) Welcome Speech and Introductory Remarks on Behalf of HEDU
09.25am – 09.40am (London time!) Welcome Speech and Introductory Remarks:

Mr David Baroni, Founder and Director of Europass Teacher Academy, European Project Manager, Expert in the Erasmus program and school consultant for European projects, Teacher and Program Coordinator since 2006

09.50am – 10.30am (London time!) Keynote Speech: 

Ms Annabelle Villamarin, School Leader, Author, IB Consultant, Programme and Evaluation Leader 

Empowering Future Leaders: Nurturing Digital Economy Skills with ICT, Data-Driven Design, and Ethical Decision-Making

Description: Empowering future leaders involves integrating ICT skills, data-driven design, and ethical decision-making in education. This 30-minute talk explores the evolving digital landscape, emphasizing the importance of nurturing digital literacy, data proficiency, and ethical consciousness. By combining technical expertise with ethical leadership, we prepare students for success in the dynamic digital economy. 

10.30am – 11.00am (London time!) Ms. Weiwei Wang, advanced teacher in High School affiliated to Beijing Normal University, leader of the English Teaching and Research team

The Application of Precision Teaching

Description: In the age of advancing artificial intelligence, education has to evolve to adopt innovative teaching models. Precision teaching grounded in data-driven approaches integrates technology enhancing students’ proficiency across subjects. This hybrid model allows educators to tailor instruction to individual learning patterns, providing a personalized and effective learning experience aligned with the dynamic landscape of AI-driven advancements.

11.00am – 11.10am (London time!) Break
11.10am – 11.40am (London time!)

Mr Chukwunonso I. Chikwendu, Senior Technical Instructor and Electrical Installation Facilitator at the UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre/Department of Industrial Technical Education, Mobile Laboratory Coordinator at the Centre for Technical Vocational Education Training and Research (CETVETAR) within the Faculty of Vocational & Technical Education at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka  

Digitalization and Greening of TVET Programs in Technical Colleges

11.40am – 12.00pm (London time!)

Ms Oksana V. Novikova, the Executive Secretary of the Coordination Committee of UNESCO Chairs in the Russian Federation 

Greening TVET empowering with advanced ICT

12.00pm – 12.20pm (London time!)

Prof Natalia A. Zhilnikova, Chief of Scientific Educational Centre on Ecological and Technosphere Safety, SUAI 

Green Skills Implementation in the Educational Processes of University 

12.20pm – 12.30pm (London time!)  Break 
12.30pm – 13.00pm (London time!) Ms. Saltanat Murzalinova-Yakovleva, Founder and Leader of ‘Center for Social Inclusive Programs’, expert in the Working Group on Inclusive Practices, winner of a social projects competition in the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan

Establishing Inclusive Communities as a Mechanism for Cultivating Empathetic Relationships Among School-Aged Children

13.00pm – 13.30pm (London time!) Mr. Vadim Tsurikov, CEO at KazSpaceAcademy and Head of the Technical Laboratory at Shoqan Walikhanov Private School; Mr Zhumakhan Amirzhan, Head of Innovations Department at KazSpace Academy, Scientific Researcher at the Technical Laboratory, associate teacher of Robotics at Shoqan Walikhanov Private School

STEAM and Engineering-Ecological Robotics as a Way to Solve World Problems

13.30pm – 14.00pm (London time!) Keynote Speech – CANCELED

Ms. Amanda Bickerstaff, Co-Founder and CEO of ‘AI for Education’, former high school biology teacher and EdTech executive with over 20 years of experience in the education sector, LinkedIn Top Voice in Education

AI Literacy: A New Foundational Skill 

Description: In a short time, AI literacy has become a critical foundational skill alongside traditional subjects to ensure that students and teachers are future ready. In this session, we will discuss the importance of AI Literacy along with key strategies and best practices from building AI Literacy across a school community.
14.00pm – 14.05pm (London time!) Closing remarks for the day

Ms Tatiana Shutova, Programme Specialist, Unit of Teacher Professional Development and Networking, UNESCO IITE

The working language of the conference is English. 

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The second day of the conference – December 13, 2023 – will be devoted to skills development in the countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the SCO Forum (feel free to check out the schedule and register for the SCO Forum on the page of the Forum!).