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Cities of the Future: Songdo, South Korea – Education

by Wendy Tanaka

Songdo International Business District is at the vanguard of education. The new city features a state-of-the-art school at the forefront of innovation. Episode 8 in the series.

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Our definition of educational excellence must go beyond literacy and numeracy to include knowledge of other parts of the world. (James B. Hunt, Jr., Co-Chair, National Coalition on Asia and International Studies in the Schools)


Around the world, education reform has become a top priority.

Teachers are trying new approaches to provide a richer academic experience for their students.

Songdo, South Korea, is at the vanguard of education.the new city built from scratch features a state of the art school at the forefront of innovation.

Jeff Mercer, Headmaster Chadwick International School: The design and the purpose of Chadwick International School is to educate the children of the businessmen in new songdo city.we want to have a world-class international school in the area. We have a student to teacher ratio of about seven to one.

The k-12 private school is linked to its founding campus in Palos Verdes, California. Both schools use technology in every classroom to improve the learning experience.

Headmaster Chadwick International School: We are one of very few schools in the world who actually has laptops in the hands of first graders all the way up to the eighth grade. The laptops are configured with all kinds of educational software, which is really one of the most critical things. We want to make sure that any of the technology that we use issomething that enables us to go deeper.

The centerpiece of Chadwick's technological infrastructure is video technology, which offers students a global education.

Lee Jong- cheol, Commissioner Incheon Free Economic Zone: Each student can attend meetings or engage in dialog with professors with people overseas. Deep conversation can take place over video technology.

Headmaster Chadwick International School: It's important for all students to connect to each other regardless of where they are in the world. Students need to learn to walk in other people's shoesto understand and appreciate other's perspectives and opinions. The fifth grade on both campuses will be taking a look at the political process with elections coming up in both countries.this will enable the children to have a much deeper and richer understanding of their own system because they can compare it to something else.

The telepresence technology willreally revolutionize education and provide ways for students and teachers and other members of the educational community to communicate and collaborate.

Communities around the world are increasingly using video technology in the classroom, but Songdo is ahead of the curve.


View the full series at : http://thenetwork.cisco.com/songdo