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Lenovo holds first EdVision summit to discuss gaps in online learning

Global technology company Lenovo held the first virtual EdVision Summit to provide a platform for educators to share their experiences and best practices in education transformation under the new normal.

In collaboration with Microsoft and powered by Intel vPro, the summit saw educators exchange ideas on how to better prepare students to excel in the digitalized world with the latest teaching technology solutions and services, enabling flexibility and agility.

Lenovo first launched the EdVision program in 2020 to empower educators with smarter technology, deliver innovative education solutions, and provide best-in-class devices and services for e-learning. With the EdVision Summit, Lenovo has collaborated with industry leaders and key members of the education sector across different markets to help educators understand how to implement new models of teaching, learning, and collaboration, while still managing cost, efficiency, and security.

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“The EdVision Summit drives thought leadership across members of the academe and is a fantastic opportunity for educators to share their best practices,” said Khoo Hung Chuan, director of Education Transform and Development, Lenovo Central Asia Pacific. “Through the launch of our EdVision program last year, we have already seen our products, services, and solutions empowering the next generation of educators and students. By bringing more members of the academic sector together, we can accomplish meaningful change on a wider scale and really drive the transformative potential of Smarter Technology for All.”

Blended learning

Citing news sources, Lenovo said education is going to be a priority for 2021, as the sector continues to receive the largest portion of the 2021 national budget, with 16.7% allocation equivalent to P751.7 billion. “Prioritizing the adoption of flexible and blended learning, the government stated that it is implementing programs that focus on the development, reproduction, and delivery of learning resources and procurement of multimedia packages for public schools,” the media release stated.

This forms one of the many reasons Lenovo has launched the EdVision program, which is to further support the sector’s technological transformation. To help address the challenging implementation of blended learning, the program provides robust hardware, software, and services and drives widespread adoption of technology in the sector. It also offers enablement workshops for educators to equip them with the right skills and knowledge in administering online learning.

The virtual Summit featured presentations, product demos, and panel discussions by eminent thought leaders in edtech, together with breakout sessions carefully tailored to the individual needs of each market. The Summit covered a wide range of topics, including the top 10 predictions in education for 2021, ensuring teaching continuity using today’s technology, and shifts in classroom education with the new norms of personalized teaching, presented by experts from Lenovo, market intelligence firm IDC, Intel, and Microsoft. Education specialists from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the Philippines also participated in a break-out panel discussion to discuss the evolving needs of blended learning and digitalization of education beyond COVID-19.

Participants were able to gain advice on using transformative digital technology to preserve operational continuity in education, together with valuable strategic insight from industry thought leaders and experts. They also had the chance to participate in a best practice sharing workshop and Q&A opportunities. The Summit was able to shed light on how to overcome the challenges in transforming education together with innovative solutions that ensure connections extend beyond the classroom.