2021 Educational Information Promotion Forum: Education and ICT Online

2021 Educational Information Promotion Forum: Education and ICT Online

The Japan Education Informatization Promotion Association (JAPET & CEC) organized the “2021 Education Informatization Promotion Forum” on March 11 and 12, 2022. The event was held online for a total of 19 sessions over a two-day period on three tracks.

Hiroyoshi Yasuhiko, Director, Study Support and Teaching Materials Division, Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education, Ministry of Education, delivered the keynote address on the first day, entitled “National Direction for the Promotion of GIGA Schools and the Support System for Education ICT”. , Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Hiroyoshi Yasuhiko, Head of Study Support and Teaching Materials at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Science and Technology

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Mr Yasuhiko first explained why the “Information Education and Foreign Language Education Division”, the driving force behind the GIGA school concept, had been abolished in the organizational restructuring of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. In October 2021. The goal of the newly established “Study Support and Teaching Materials Division” is to promote the integrated development of ICTs, such as educational terminals for children and students. At the same time, a cross-sectional organization called the “School Digitization Project Team” will be created, which will work when interacting with other departments. The name of the category of Information Education has disappeared, but instead there is a tendency to expand the work to expand ICT education across the Bureau of Primary and Secondary Education.

Why is the GIGA School concept needed?

Regarding the GIGA school concept, it was first re-introduced from the context that led to the idea. Japan’s population will decline significantly, and with the spread of artificial intelligence, many future jobs will be replaced by robots. Looking to the future, the current situation is that the United States, the United Kingdom, China, and France have significantly increased the amount of ICT investment and increased GDP.

Although the level of ICT investment in Japan is low compared to these countries, the student qualification is very high, according to the OECD Member Program Program for International Student Assessment (PISA2018), which ranks 11th out of 37 countries in reading literacy, and ranks first and second in mathematical literacy. In addition, according to the International Mathematics and Science Education Trend Survey, Elementary School Mathematics ranked fifth out of 58 countries, while Elementary School Science ranked fourth, junior high school science fourth, and junior high school science third.

Mathematical literacy and scientific literacy of students are at the forefront of OECD member states

Mathematical literacy and scientific literacy of students are at the forefront of OECD member states

(Source: Hiroyoshi Yasuhiko’s slide)

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On the other hand, however, in PISA 2018, digital device usage time in school classes ranked 37th, the lowest among OECD member states. In addition, the number of questions required to use a computer to answer a question has increased due to the fact that the PISA 2018 reading comprehension ranking did not reach 11th place. Scores may be slower, such as scrolling, dragging out choices, and changing tabs with tabs, and the lack of “digital reading comprehension” was evident. “Under the new study, it is important to develop information-sharing skills,” says Yasuhiko.

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Based on this background, the relationship between the new study course and the GIGA school concept was introduced. Developing the qualities and abilities aimed at in the new learning course requires active, interactive and in-depth learning, individual optimal learning, and collaborative learning. Each individual terminal and high-speed network in the GIGA school concept plays an important role in the realization of such learning.

The GIGA school concept supports the realization of the new learning course

The GIGA school concept supports the realization of the new learning course

(Source: Hiroyoshi Yasuhiko’s slide)

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