Plenary Session

Education leaders from around the world come to address issues, crisis, direction for the future of children education and discuss at the plenary sessions.

Creative Education in the 4IR

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.- Picass0

Creativity dies as we age. What is the problem, the education or the circumstances that surround us as we grow up?

At the center of the Forth Industrial Revolution is artificial intelligence and its limitless potential. It has taken over everyday lives and replaced jobs, and even showed the ability to create art, which has been largely considered something that only humans can. The future of human work is now dependent on creativity and imagination, and we must rethink early childhood education as to prepare our children for the future.

Plenary 1

“Creative Education in the 4IR”

How will we make the transition from test-taking standardized education to a child that can think creatively?

“I am not creative” therefore, “My child is not creative”. Could this be true?

Professor Choe of Sunkyunkwan University and Creativity Center will dive into unlocking your child’s creativity and how to prepare for future.

Plenary 2

“Growing up to be Creative”

Over the past decade, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a mature technology to the extent where machines have started to demonstrate what was considered uniquely a human capability – creativity. Advanced AI nowadays has the ability to create art and music, and in the near future, its creativity may surpass the traditional sense of human creativity. However, there are certain, inexplicable aspects of human creativity that will not be mimicked or surpassed by the machines in a foreseeable future, and these are what we need to emphasize in child education to keep children competitive in this rapidly growing AI-enabled world.

In this plenary session, Dr. Kang will discuss his personal experiences from childhood and observation that helped support his belief in human creativity.

Plenary 3

“How Adventure Playground encourages creativity through play”

Adventure Playground takes a break away from the urban playground to encourage risk and adventure, is completely child-led, and is constantly changing. With tools like hammers, nails, paint, saws, and plywood readily available for children to use freely at their disposal, it is the ideal incubator to foster independence, curiosity, creativity, and imagination.

In this plenary session, Mr. Hideaki will address adventure playground in Japan, the role of play, and it’s true meaning and purpose in early childhood learning and development.

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Professor Shin, Jongho, Department of Education, Educational Psychology

Plenary 4

“Implementing an inquiry approach to learning in kindergarten”

Current early years pedagogical practices undermine the importance of designing and implementing engaging learning experiences. The IB PYP (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme) provides schools with the curriculum frame that facilitates the development of internationally minded students of the following attributes: caring, reflective, risk-takers, thinkers, open-minded, balanced, knowledgeable and principled, all through an inquiry approach to learning.

Ms. Cathy Brown, Principal at Namsan International Kindergarten and PYP Coordinator with over 20 yrs of early childhood education experience will walk us through her experience as an IB educator, running a kindergarten, and how the IB Program has helped shape her students’ creativity.

Plenary 5

“Guiding Art Experiences in Early Childhood Environments”  

Young children are curious about their world. Hands-on experiences encourage creative exploration. Art activities are learning opportunities. By using their imagination, children can think, plan, and create their own ideas. A child’s need for movement, achievement, and self -expression can be achieved with the right art program and guidance techniques. Much like physical development, there is a sequence to developing drawing skills. While developing these skills, children are expressing feelings and ideas.

In this session, Mr. Smith will talk about how with proper guidance, these art experiences promote physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth in children.