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Chairing at WISEWell, the WISE 2013 Summit was epic and I was pleased to meet so many friends old and new who wanted to know about the Learning {RE}imagined book.

 

As I was filming interviews a lot of the time I didn’t get to spend as much time in sessions or meet as many of my fellow delegates as I would have liked but you know where to find me – virtually at least!

 

I’ve put some more AudioBoo’s online from some of the people we interviewed including former Australia Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, LEGO Education President, Jacob Kragh, BBC Learning Controller, Saul Nassé and many others. Find them here.

 

The Learning {RE}imagined team are now heading to China where we will be visiting the RDFZ Xishan School in Beijing, a flagship school for Apple, where every student is equipped with an iPad and where the school actively nurtures personal growth, creativity and innovation.

 

 

RDFZ was the first school in China to adopt a 1:1 computing approach based around Apple technology so we are looking forward to learning how this has worked out.

 

By way of contrast we’re then travelling to Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan province in Southwest China, to meet with Deng Fei, the campaigning journalist who leveraged social media in China in response to the many rural schools in the country that do not have facilities to provide children, many of whom walk many miles to school, with lunch. The “Free Lunch for Children” initiative raised more than $4 million in 8 months as a result of Deng Fei’s campaign largely conducted on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter.

 

 

We then travel to Ya’an the site of a catastrophic earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter scale that occurred in April of this year killing nearly 200 people and injuring a further 12,000, some 1,000 seriously were seriously hurt. Many homes and public buildings, including schools, collapsed during the earthquake and the region is still recovering. The Free Lunch for Children programme is actively supporting the community here and we will be reporting back on that.