Indonesia will host an educational show and conference next month featuring several innovative learning tools that employ modern technology to combine the increasing use of smartphones with mobile learning applications to further the country’s education sector.
Global Educational Supplies & Solutions (GESS) Indonesia, which will take place at the Jakarta Convention Center in Senayan on Sept. 27-29, will feature a series of workshops and sessions that focus on mobile learning-related technologies. It hopes to assist students, teachers and parents to find ways to make the most of these tools.
“There is tremendous demand for early childhood learning edugames and language learning apps throughout Asia,” Matt Thompson, one of GESS Indonesia’s project directors, said in a press release.
“This is part of our efforts to support the growth of advanced learning methodologies in Indonesia,” Thompson said. He added that the competition is open to all teachers in Indonesia.
Thompson said about 67 percent of Indonesian children between the ages of 8 and 18 have mobile phones, 27 percent of which are smartphones.
According to an industry report by the United States-based research firm Ambient Insight, Asia will spend at least $7.7 billion in mobile learning apps and technologies. The top-three spenders are expected to be China, India and Indonesia, due to their larger populations compared to other countries in the region.
GESS Indonesia will host sessions that allow participants to develop their own informative games or learn more about ways to curb the influence of gaming on the youth and direct them to more productive learning habits.
Now on its third year, GESS Indonesia will host 100 sessions, workshops and presentations covering a range of topics and themes aimed at enhancing overall quality of classroom teaching and learning. The organizers claim that this is the biggest education show and conference in the region.
The exhibition is part of a massive push to boost Indonesia’s education sector by gathering global and regional experts to shed light on digital education challenges and opportunities.
The conference will also host the Millennia 21CA Teacher Awards, which will recognize Indonesian educators who have successfully implemented modern skills in their educational activities.