Invited Speeches

Speech Title

Computational Thinking for Social Change

Mr. Nawneet Ranjan

Founder of Dharavi Diary

Speech Abstract

The role of Computational Thinking & Storytelling to understand and articulate different problem statements in the urban slum & rural lower income communities of India to solve them in a sustainable way.

Speaker Bio

Nawneet Ranjan, a filmmaker and social entrepreneur, uses Story & Technology to make Change Makers from slum and rural community. He observes, captures and engages the community to challenge the status quo using stories and technology which leads to create a product and bring about a change in the given social context. He is the founder of Dharavi Diary - Slum & Rural Innovation Project.

Speech Title

Computational Thinking Goes to Science and Math Class: The Case for STEM+C

Ms. Linda Shear

SRI International, The United States

Speech Abstract

While classes in computational thinking offer important opportunities for students, it is often difficult to find sufficient available time in the curriculum for the extended inquiry necessary to build these skills. “STEM+C” offers a way to supplement and extend dedicated computer science classes by embedding computational thinking concepts into other STEM subject areas. STEM+C is a growing trend around the world, with much emerging research on effective ways to accomplish that integration. These efforts are more substantive than just a strategic bid to "fit it in" somewhere; many believe that this integration can help further the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills and, depending on the scope and level of integration, help students understand how to tackle science and math problems using computational tools and techniques. This presentation will summarize current research on STEM+C and suggest implications for Hong Kong.

Speaker Bio

Linda Shear is the director of international studies in SRI International's Center for Technology in Learning. Shear’s research and consulting focus on systemic educational change and powerful uses of ICT (information and communications technology) to support deeper learning for all students. She currently directs research activities for the multinational study Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) Research, in which leading researchers in eight diverse countries are collaborating to investigate the factors that promote innovative teaching within and across local contexts.


CoolThink@JC Senior Primary Coding Curriculum Dissemination Seminar

(Language: Cantonese)


Prof. Siu-cheung KONG, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Mr. Andy LI, P.L.K. Dr. Jimmy Wong Chi-Ho (Tin Sum Valley) Primary School, Hong Kong
Mr. Lee LAU, Baptist Rainbow Primary School, Hong Kong

Speech Abstract

CoolThink@JC, a programme aspires to actuate computational thinking education in Hong Kong, is created and funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust; and co-created by The Education University of Hong Kong, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and City University of Hong Kong. Promoting computational thinking education can empower students to move beyond mere technology consumption and into problem-solving, creation and innovation. In the past two years, the programme has trained over 100 primary school teachers and benefited over 11,000 students from 32 pilot schools. Stepping into the 3rd year, the programme strives to make greater impact by sharing insights and curricular materials to more schools in Hong Kong so that students can benefit from computational thinking and coding education. In this Dissemination Seminar, we will shed light on the curriculum, how school can adopt it and what supports they will get. You will also get to know more from the sharing of pilot school teachers.


Speaker Bio

Professor Siu Cheung KONG currently is Professor of the Department of Mathematics and Information Technology; and Director of Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology, The Education University of Hong Kong. Prof. Kong holds a doctorate from the Department of Computer Science of the City University of Hong Kong. He has produced over 150 academic publications in the areas of pedagogy in the digital classroom; policy on technology-transformed education, professional development of teachers for learner-centered learning in seamless learning environments; IT in mathematics education; information literacy education and computational thinking education. He has completed/conducted 71 research projects since joining the University.


Forum on Computational Thinking and Future Education


Principal Tsz-wing Chu

Baptist Rainbow Primary School,

Hong Kong

Prof. Heinz Ulrich Hoppe

University of Duisburg-Essen,


Prof. Chee-kit Looi

Nanyang Technological University,



Prof. Siu-cheung Kong

The Education University of Hong Kong,

Hong Kong


Computational thinking is a thinking process involving the formulation of problems and solutions by drawing on the fundamental concepts of computer science. It is important to develop computational thinking competency among the young generations in the digital era, in order to nurture their problem-solving skills and creativity for solving everyday problems and continuing innovations in the digital age. The advocacy of paradigm shift to learner-centered learning together with the advancement of digital technology for educational purposes entail a necessary change in the educational landscape in the 21st century. Future education in the digital era is envisioned to prepare learners for a quality process of self-directed learning, of which learners appropriately select and use digital technology to support their knowledge construction and peer interaction in their personalized processes of subject learning and skills development without time and location constraints. This forum aims to discuss the critical issues for realizing future education in the digital era through computational thinking education.


Workshop by Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Interact with real world: MIT App Inventor and IoT (Internet of Things)

Mr. David Chi-hung Tseng

MIT CSAIL Visiting Scientist (with App Inventor),
Founder of CAVEDU Education


Jump into the world of Internet of Things (IoT)! Using MIT App Inventor (graphical Android environment) to design your first smart phone app. Through Bluetooth communication, your phone can interact with LinkIt 7697 dev board.

Note: LinkIt 7697 is an Arduino-compatible dev board, any other board supporting BLE can communicate with App Inventor normally.

Quota: 40