EdTech Winter School 2018: Rethinking education in the age of digital technology

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 12:00am


After the success of the 1st EdTech Winter School in 2017 “Emerging trends and new horizons in the study of education and technology”, the Center for Research - Ceibal Foundation in partnership with ANII (Agencia Nacional de Investigación e Innovación), will soon open the call for applications to this year’s edition.


The theme for the 2018 edition will be “Rethinking education in the age of digital technology”. It aims to gather leading keynote speakers from diverse fields at the intersection of education and technology, such as Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining, Teacher training and development, digital and media literacy, skills among others. The EdTech Winter School aims to offer a stimulating learning environment for participants to present their work or research in the field of EdTech to an international community; to discuss key challenges and opportunities, research trends and policies with leading international experts. Additionally, Winter School participants will have the opportunity of creating joint research proposals and apply to the Education Sector Fund: Digital Inclusion: Education with New Horizons, created by the foundation and ANII.


This year edition “Rethinking education in the age of digital technology” aims to assess, analyze and explore the diverse challenges and opportunities that educational systems face in the 21st century, in particular related to the fast-paced change and advancement of digital technologies.


The past decade has witnessed multiple changes across the economy and society brought or influenced by the gradual integration of information and communication technologies across every sector. ICT have reshaped every aspect of human life, creating new forms of communication and collaboration, enhancing and favouring human rights, creating new economic models, fostering innovation and disruption just to name a few.

While education has and is still being influenced by digital technologies in a moderate way, it is necessary to address how its future might be shaped by ICT-related advancements -such as the Internet of Things or Artificial Intelligence-, and which changes those may bring to society. As other policies, education needs to be able to provide suitable answers to societal needs and challenges, therefore also encompassing changes.


This 2018 edition of the EdTech Winter School will focus on rethinking education with a current but also future perspective in light with the changes that digital technologies are generating across the globe, addressing some of these key questions:


Which is the current landscape of digital education across the world?
Which are the challenges and complexities affecting education and which actions are been taken to address the first?
Are education systems responsive to societal needs and technological change?
Which is the role of digital technologies in education; including institutional and policy frameworks,teachers development, practices and pedagogical methods; teacher and students role in the teaching-learning equation, students’ learning practices and skills acquisition; students performance, evaluation and assessment among others?
Have digital technologies generated or enhanced changes in teaching and learning practices and if so, which is the potential of these changes to translate into long-term learning improvements and outcomes across the world?
Are digital technologies fostering disruption or innovation in pedagogical models or teaching practices?
Is education preparing students for the future of work and which is the role of digital technologies in that field?
How are we assessing and evaluating education in the age of digital technology?




The Winter School will offer an exciting opportunity for postgraduate students and early career faculties to analyze and discuss cross-cutting topics at the intersection of Educational and ICT research and policy with leading international experts in the fields; to present their work in the area fostering the creation of networks, exchange experiences and expertise, and creating synergies for future collaboration and work.

Specific objectives:

To create a collaborative environment of discussion and analysis involving keynote speakers from a diversity of international universities and research centers, along with early career scholars and students. This will be an opportunity for learning about novel research methodologies and scientific perspectives enabling capacity-building and knowledge transfer in areas of common interest.
To present and exchange national and international research-based case studies across the five lines for research of the Winter school: Social uses of ICT and Digital Culture; Resources and Platforms; New Ways of Knowing, Learning, Teaching and Evaluate; Extended learning achievements and Educators in the Digital Age.
To create a long-term international academic network of excellence in education and technology (EdTech) based on multidisciplinary studies with different methodological perspectives. The academic network aims to enable international capacity building in the fields of EdTech, innovation and inclusion. This community will be also of great value for promoting and implementing international research projects, seminars and initiatives in the field.


Additionally, Winter School participants’ will be invited to:

Collaborate in a special publication that will be prepared, where attendees will disseminate the results of their work during the workshops
Explore future collaborations in areas of common interest;
Become a Ceibal Foundation’s affiliate and participate in collective books publications,
Dissemination of academic works in the Institutional Repository of Ceibal Foundation, among other scientific initiatives.


PROGRAMME (4 days +1 open day)

4 days – From the 4th June until the 7th June 2018

Open day - 8th June 2018

During a week of academic activities, participants are expected to gain valuable knowledge, skills and meaningful perspectives in the fields of EdTech, innovation and inclusion. The official language of the event will be English. The programme will combine keynote lectures, training, workshops and participating in joint project-based learning.
International academics and renowned experts will be invited to lecture about their latest work and to work along with participants during the workshops. National and international participants are expected to benefit from lectures, as well as from the exchange and discussion that will take place during these days.
Participants will be also organized in teams to design research projects or an impact evaluation study of a national EdTech policy. This multidisciplinary work will be presented as a poster at the end of the Winter School with attendees and other communities.
A number of social activities will be included in the program.


The “open day” (public event) will be an additional opportunity where keynote speakers and

participants would be able to share their research with Primary and Secondary national school teachers. The aim of this final day will be to exchange knowledge and practices in education and technology.



SPEAKERS - The list of speakers will be announced shortly.



The Winter School has three different target audiences who are expected to benefit from attending this event:

(a) national and international postgraduate students enrolled in a PhD, Master's Degree or specialized course at the moment of their application;

(b) national and international early career scholars (particularly early career faculties, lectures, research associates);

(c) national and international policy-makers involved and/or interested in education or technology.


Candidates to participate in the Winter School should be able to demonstrate academic knowledge or professional skills and experience in fields related to education and technology, ICT and innovation, and social inclusion. Please note that the event lectures and activities will be held in English, therefore candidates should have a good knowledge of the language.


VENUE - The venue of the event will be announced by mid-March.



Call for applications will open shortly. If you are interested in receiving information about the call for applications, please send us an email to fundacion@ceibal.edu.uy or check the website regularly and follow us on Twitter @fundacionceibal

Information about the application process, evaluation of applications and scholarships will be included when the call opens.



The Center for Research - Ceibal Foundation and ANII (The National Agency for Research and Innovation) will provide full scholarships to cover the participation for the best candidates (including accommodation and lodging). During 2017, 20 full scholarships for national and international participants were provided. 


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