2019 EdTech Insights Hub Header - Individual Page Header  Lisa Short

Z-School|Globally Focused| zschool.org

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ZSchool is a community of learning, innovation & social impact partnerships for future-facing educators, organisations & businesses. The Mind Shifting community focuses on the fundamental shift required to embrace and advance what’s possible from the profound potential of blockchain and frontier technologies through education and due diligence.

How does your current role allow you to make a difference to the education and learning space?

My role as a global influencer and collaborator at a time of rapid and epochal change in the future of work and learning allows me to fully utilise my lifetime of diverse international education and business experience to advance the profound potential of frontier and emergent technologies from the 'non tech' perspective of people and social impact. With an eclectic career that spans all educational sectors, health, ageing, medicine, resources, civil construction, manufacturing, business leadership, TechED, EDTech, policy, strategy, systems and management I can deliver credibility and an honest narrative to propel change

What are the key trends you believe have the power to transform the way we learn?

There are three key things that are set to intersect, completely disrupt and transform the economy faster and more spectacularly than you will ever imagine.
• Blockchain and Frontier Technologies including AR/VR/AI and immersive scaleable convergent learning
• Shifting mind sets and embracing possibility through education & due diligence
• Women & Inclusive Diversity

Why is it important for all players in the EdTech ecosystem to continuously connect, network and learn from each other?

Because only building and connect global communities, ecosystems and resources that deliver quantum leap solutions will achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Everyday is a school day!

What should the rest of the world learn about EdTech innovation in your country?
I challenge the concept of 'EdTech and innovation in my country'. The future of work, learning and frontier/emergent technology must be convergent, not siloed in its thinking and be agnostic to international boundaries. Conceptually a take away from living in a vast country like Australia is that distance and isolation in learning can be overcome through the potential of technology. I use the case of the School of the Air in the 1980's where children on remote properties connected through radio to create a class room community. Now we can use VR immersive learning, the internet and other technologies such as wearables to connect a world of learners without barriers. The cadence is faster and the challenges broader - but the people and thinking that create the innovation are the generations that have evolved from these times.

When you think about joining London EdTech Week and EdTechXEurope Summit this year, what are you looking forward to?

A different conversation that is focused on delivering new models for the business of education, empowered by technology so that people who currently don't have access to education can receive it. Technology and disruptive thinking that removes 'sector' boundaries and builds on transversal resilience and collaboration with business.

Who would you like to meet at the event?

Sir Richard Branson because he's challenged the blinkers of education and continues to drive the need for an education revolution. Technology doesn't innovate - people do.

Join Lisa and our 150+ thought leader speakers at EdTechXEurope 2019 on 18 June 2019 - reserve your place now >>