The most awaited guest of the event was Douglas Kiang from the US, who has more than 28 years of experience teaching STEM topics to people of all ages and levels, including at Harvard University. In his presentation “ChatGPT wrote this keynote” with engaging examples, he encouraged all of us to view artificial intelligence as a tool in learning, not a threat. D.Kiang also led three sessions for teachers on how to effectively teach the computer science introductory course CS50x created at Harvard University, strategies to involve more girls in the technology field, and how to create a curriculum that is interesting for all students.
Märt Aro, education activist, co-founder of the DreamApply.com student application management platform, and chairman of the board of EdTech Estonia, presented interesting data on the development of the world and education industry in the presentation, “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Truth About Innovations in Education.”
Edgars Bajaruns, director of Sigulda Technology Education Center, robotics enthusiast, and teacher, spoke on the topic “Yesterday’s Future Technologies.” He emphasized how unpredictable the future of technology is and shared tools that his students use to solve problems that are relevant to themselves and the school.
During the event, teachers chose from 10 different workshops on topics related to technology education and participated in the discussion on, “The Role, Challenges, and Opportunities of Technology Education Teachers”. At the end of the event, Riga Business School’s 2nd-year student at the Business and IT Leadership program, Elīza Gulbe, inspired teachers with her experience in technology education, encouraging them to break stereotypes about girls in programming and allowing students to work on projects that interest them.
Throughout the day, event attendees were encouraged to network, continue conversations about the presented information, and visit the conference’s technology partner booths, where LMT offered the opportunity to try a virtual drone, and Tet introduced the audience to the Smart City project.