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5 Edtech Innovations and Successful Practice in China

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Listen and learn : Panel

Wednesday, December 2, 4:45–5:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Zhuang Chen  
Fan Lin  
Annie Ning  
Adam Turnbull  
Dr. Xiaoqiu Xu  
Qinqin Zhao  

This panel will discuss education innovations and successful practice in China, one of the largest and most dynamic education innovation markets. Panelists will share their expertise in China's market. Entrepreneurs and practitioners will discuss trends, policy, products and new perspectives on online and blended learning.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Online tools, apps & resources
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
Global Collaborator
  • Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The Chinese education system is complex and rapidly evolving. Much of the innovation happening in classrooms (and homes) across China are a result of innovative enterprise.

The purpose of "5 Edtech Innovations and Successful Practice in China” is to provide insight into how China's EdTech industry is leading the way in education innovation. We will provide examples of how enterprises are using modern technology to evolve how instruction is delivered.

The objective is to reveal how technology is solving some of China's most complex issues in education and some of the challenges in front of all education stakeholders in a complex environment.


The Panel would include a host and chosen experienced panelists from varied backgrounds. The host would briefly present prepared facts or statements about Chinese innovations and EdTech market and provide panelists directly (or indirectly) with a topic of discussion.

Panel Outline:
Host Introduction from MC - 1 min
Host Introduces each Panelist - 5 min
Panel Discussion - 35 min
How does China edtech help students to be empowered learners?
How do China educators help students to be knowledge constructors with edtech?
How do students become innovative designers, rather than passive learners with edtech? Examples?
What are the tips for global edtech to collaborate with China edtech?
What is teachers’ role in helping students using edtech to be global collaborators in the future?

Supporting research

China-based Ed-tech Closed 113 Deals and Raised around $2.5 Billion in 2020 H1
US Edtech Raises $803M in First Half of 2020 As COVID-19 Forces Learning Online
Chinese Edtech Sees $1.86B in Q1 2019, Bucking Plummeting Venture Trend
The K-12 Edtech Market Is At an Inflection. But Where Is It Going?

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Zhuang Chen, New Oriental Education and Technology Gr

Mr. Zhuang Chen is Director for International Cooperation and Business Development with New Oriental Education and Technology Group. He is responsible for tapping overseas high-quality educational resources to strengthen New Oriental’s market-leading position in China, from PreK, K12 to adult education. He leads New Oriental’s business development abroad, primarily in building strategic partnerships. Before joining New Oriental, Mr. Chen worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London for 12 years. He was Digital Editor for BBC East Asia before his departure. Mr. Chen has MSc in International Political Economy from London School of Economics and Political Sciences.

Fan Lin, NetDragon Websoft Inc. Ltd.

Emma is currently Strategic Development Director of NetDragon Websoft Inc. Ltd., assisting Chairman and responsible for implementing the strategic vision of the organization through her role in strategy, partnerships, business development, and communications. A Graduate with Law, Emma has dedicated most of her professional career to strategic partnership building, and her prior work experience portfolio before joining NetDragon includes China Telecom and a law firm. NetDragon is an education technology company that has been operating on the Chinese mainland for almost 20 years. Our focus from online games to education started with the acquisition of overseas brands like Edmodo, Promethean.

Annie Ning, ISTE

Annie Ning, is currently the Director, Asia Affairs at ISTE. Prior to joining ISTE, Annie volunteered in Hanglai, a village in southwest China with Serve for China, a non-profit aiming to alleviate poverty in rural China by placing graduates around the world in villages where they can support rural area and develop social entrepreneurship. Annie holds a master’s degree of science in education from Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

Adam Turnbull, Eduscape Global
Dr. Xiaoqiu Xu, VIPKid
Qinqin Zhao, EdwithU

Qinqin Zhao is the Founder of EdwithU, the first community for Chinese students and professionals in the education field across the globe. Since June 2018, EdwithU has been on a mission to connect, inspire, and empower people in education, and has connected thousands of members and supported their professional and personal growth through round-table discussions, expert talks, mentorship and coaching programs, and online forums and career fairs. Qinqin holds a master's degree in Learning Sciences and Technologies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Peking University.

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