Digitalisation, propelled by technology advances in the Internet, big data, cloud computing and artificial intelligence, is having a profound impact on education reform. There are great opportunities but also immense challenges for early childhood Chinese language educators wanting to leverage on and integrate new digital technologies into their work. Close to 400 early childhood (EC) educators attended the 6th International Early Childhood Chinese Conference 2023 to gain new insights into how best to harness digital technology for both work and professional development.
KLCII Early Childhood Chinese Conference held at Lifelong Learning Institute
Jointly organised by KLC International Institute (KLCII) and Chinese Testing International Beijing (汉考国际(北京)), the event themed “International Early Childhood Development in the Digital Era” was held on 11 March 2023 at the Lifelong Learning Institute (Singapore). Chinese Testing International (汉考国际(北京)) is a professional international Chinese language education and assessment service organisation which serves more than 30 million Chinese language learners worldwide.
The hybrid event conducted in Mandarin saw about 400 participants from 50 preschool brands from South-east Asia and China attending the event.
In his welcome address, KLCII”s CEO and Principal, Mr Chua Ying Hwee, highlighted the importance of reimagination, continual adoption of new technologies and upskilling to stay relevant in the rapidly changing education environment. He shared how KLCII had in 2019 taken major steps to digitalise operations and automate processes to successfully transform its business.
Through the pandemic, KLCII has not only maintained its edge in preschool educator training, it has also expanded into providing business transformation consultancy services and training courses. This year’s conference was designed to expose early childhood educators to new ways of thinking and help everyone keep pace with changes in the world, bringing new ideas to improve Chinese language teaching in preschools.
KLCII CEO/Principal Mr Chua Ying Hwee giving the opening address on stage
Four keynote speakers and eight workshop presenters, comprising international EC experts and practitioners, were featured in the day-long conference. They offered preschool Chinese language educators fresh insights on how they could embrace digital technologies for their professional growth by integrating them into their pedagogical practice.
The keynote speakers included:
1) Mr Liang Chun Xiao, Former Senior Researcher (Vice President) of Alibaba Group and Director of Ali Research Center, and Executive Director of E-Commerce Committee of China Information Economics Association
Mr Liang shared the transformative impact of the digital age on education and the importance of foresight in shaping its future. It is necessary for educators to leverage new technologies, foster imagination and creativity, and adopt a long-term vision to ensure that education remains relevant and effective in a changing society. Educators too must adapt to these changes and develop new skills and knowledge to stay relevant.