2019 speakers

A few years ago, award- winning journalist Ginger Gorman and her family, suffered the effects of online hate first-hand. Her series of articles on trolling for newspapers in Australia became some of the most read stories. She will share her story and advice on social media self-defence on KnowHow EdTech 2019.

Head of Academic Partnerships at Kiron Open Higher Education, Heba Ledwon

Heba Ledwon is Head of Academic Partnerships at Kiron Open Higher Education, where she works on the connections between EdTech and policy-makers in the higher education sector. Topics that spark her enthusiasm include strategic partnerships for a digital transformation and open access to education and knowledge resources through digital solutions. She is also an expert in the field of integration of refugees into educational and labour markets. Particularly, her previous position as a policy officer and credential evaluator at the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK) allowed her to shape and contribute to major developments in this field. She also advised migrants and refugees with regard to recognition of their foreign professional qualifications with the Network Intetgration Through Qualification (IQ). Heba Ledwon holds a Master degree from Freie Universität Berlin in the fields of Philosophy and Political Science.

Senior Researcher Dr Ben Williamson

Through edtech, control over education is being handed to some of the world’s wealthiest and mostpowerful technology entrepreneurs, who want data, algorithms and AI to determine the future of learning itself. Should we let them take control of the classroom, or can we use edtech differently to shape positive futures for young people?

These are the words of Dr Ben Williamson, the author and Senior Researcher at the University of Edinburgh. His research traces the connections between educational policy, digital technologies, and practices in schools and universities, and he will be one of the speakers on KnowHow EdTech 2019.

Williamson is the author of Big Data in Education:The digital future of learning, policy and practice and more than 30 research articles and chapters. Recent topics of Ben’s research include data analytics, algorithmic decision-making, coding in schools, behavioural apps, and the development of performance metrics in the schools and HE sectors.

He is especially interested in examining how digital technologies anddata are brought into education policy and practice through the involvement ofpolicy networks of government agencies, think tanks, consultancies, policy labsand software companies. His current projects focus on ‘intimate data analytics’such as wearable technologies, and on the ‘data infrastructures of highereducation’ that are required for performance measurement of universities.

Ben maintains a public research blog at https://codeactsineducation.wordpress.com/.

Øyvind Steinkopf Sund, Operations Manager at Convertellingence, will do at talk about AI trainers: What do they do and how to become one?

Traditional job prospects for literature majors and other humanists might have to wait. Tech companies in Scandinavia are growing rapidly, and someone has to write copy texts, handle data, marketing, and make sure that the company runs smoothly. The prodigy data scientist needs help, and he will be the first one to tell you. 

Øyvind will tell us his story about how he went from literature studies to become an AI trainer at one of Norways fastest growing tech startups. What does the role of AI trainer entail, and how does one become an AI trainer? Hopefully, you will leave this presentation with a clearer understanding of what the AI trainer does. Who knows? Maybe you would want to become one yourself? 

The Creative Coder and Artist, Andreas Refsgaard from Copenhagen, will do a plenary talk and a workshop on KnowHow EdTech 2019.

In his workshop he will give you a hands on introduction to Machine Learning with a focus on creating your own interactive applications live on the web. No prior coding experience is required. In his plenary talk he will explain what Machine Learning is all about.

More speakers will be announced soon.

The KnowHow EdTech 2019 conference moderator

We are pleased to announce that Anita Krohn Traaseth will be this year’s conference moderator at the KnowHow EdTech conference. She is a Norwegian business executive and author.

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Sign up for parallell sessions

We offer a variety of parallell sessions: Best practice of both G Suite for Education and Office 365, Governance models, Games for teaching, Machine learning and Individual learning paths. Remember to sign up for one before - and one after lunch!

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The Impact of EdTech

KnowHow EdTech 2019 will focus on The Impact of EdTech. Impact on the personal, organizational and societal level. How do technology influence you on a daily basis, in your educational, professional as well as in your social life? This will be the main topics for this years conference.

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