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Dates 08 Jan 2016 12:00 am (UTC -10) 11 Jan 2016 12:00 am (UTC -10)
Place (View On Map) The Hawaii Convention Center

IICTC-HAWAII2016 Theme: “Convergence and Divergence”

The International Academic Forum, in conjunction with its global university and institutional partners, is proud to announce the Inaugural IAFOR International Conference on Technology in the Classroom in Hawaii.

This international and interdisciplinary conference will act as a centre for academics, practitioners and professionals to discuss new research in education. IICTC-HAWAII2016 will create opportunities for the internationalization of higher education and sharing of expertise. We invite professionals from all corners of the world to develop policies, exchange ideas, and promote new partnerships with organizations and peers.

The Inaugural IAFOR International Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2016 – Hawaii will be held alongside the Inaugural IAFOR International Conference on Language Learning 2016 – Hawaii and the Inaugural IAFOR International Conference on Education 2016 – Hawaii. Registration for either conference will allow attendees to attend sessions in the other.

This open and exploratory theme of “Convergence|Divergence” asks at us to look at the many and varied collisions and frictions involved in the coming together of individuals, cultures, ideas, as well as teaching and learning contexts and approaches, that we negotiate as educators.

In language education we have best practices that can be seen as a type of convergence. We want a solid foundation to our teaching that is based upon important shared principles, but we also see many areas where beliefs diverge or where areas of interests are different. For example, over the years some teachers focused on task based language education, others are doing motivation research, and still others have looked at critical pedagogy. These are examples of divergence, but they are overlaid on converging values such as creating safe spaces for learners, respecting all in our classes, and having a deep commitment to our profession.

Take the changes in digital communication over the past 20 years. We have moved from the open World Wide Web of Tim Berners-Lee to a more contained online experience that is found in mobile phone apps or social media. Some decry this filtering into “walled gardens” as stultifying and robbing the future of open inquiry because when everyone accessed the same Internet, they could roam widely and make discoveries. However, as we are funneled into application silos that do not interact with each other, we become isolated, leaving the open bazaar of the Internet, and are–dare we say–forced to gather in niche communities.

Moreover, at each convergence and divergence is the possibility of connection. The connection or connector is the human intelligence that we apply to our creative work. It is our humanness that ultimately connects us whether we are converging or diverging. Are you on the inside of a supportive community that wants to make itself understood to those outside? Or, are you on the outside watching as schools of thought and competing values seem to draw colleagues in different directions? The reality is many of us find ourselves in both situations–continuously converging and then diverging.

This International Academic Forum can be the medium that brings us together to negotiate the vibrant appeal of openness and the power of a concentrated coherent view. Through an interdisciplinary approach, we can embrace the ebb and flow of these contradictions to better understand our way forward as we develop as educators.

We look forward to converging on Hawaii, Dubai, the UK, and Japan in 2016, and to an exciting divergence of ideas.

IICTC-HAWAII2016 Keynote Speakers

Dr Paul Lowe, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London

Professor Chung-Ying Cheng, Professor of Philosophy, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA

The IAFOR International Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2016 (IICTC-HAWAII2016) will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center on January 8 - 11, 2016.

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