August 27, 2018
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been advancing development and demonstration tests of new learning programs under the Project for Future Classroom-Learning Innovation. These programs focus on key terms: EdTech, curricula optimized for individual learners, integration of liberal arts and science (STEAM) and solutions to societal challenges, and through these initiatives, learners are able to achieve two goals simultaneously: efficient acquisition of knowledge and cultivation of the ability to identify creative challenges and solutions thereto.
METI hereby announces that it officially opened a portal website of “Future Classroom-Learning Innovation,” aiming to broadly convey to the public the progress in a series of demonstration projects, information on the latest trends in EdTech at home and abroad, to which schools, cram schools and individual learners can gain access, and other information.
The Project for Future Classroom-Learning Innovation defines the ability that people in society need to coexist with artificial intelligence (AI), i.e., the ability to identify and solve challenges (quality required of all pioneers), and the project aims to establish social systems for better learning in which anyone can acquire such ability.
Specifically, focusing on the following main subjects: curricula optimized for individual learners, integration of liberal arts and science (STEAM) and solutions to social challenges, the project has been advancing development and demonstration tests of new learning programs in which learners are able to achieve two goals simultaneously taking advantage of EdTech: efficient acquisition of knowledge and cultivation of the ability to identify creative challenges and solutions thereto.
This portal website explains the progress in the series of demonstration tests, challenges therein and perspectives therefor, targeting not only businesses in the fields of education and EdTech and stakeholders involved in schools but also all people in Japan. The website will also convey information on the latest trends and other related issues from time to time that is useful for people in introducing EdTech into schools, cram schools, and learning at home.
2. Outline of the portable website
Conveyance of the latest information on the series of demonstration tests to the public
Under the Projects for Promoting Collaboration between the Education and Society (Projects for Making Further Innovations for Learning under the FY2017 supplementary budget), METI made the first call for applicants for operators of demonstration tests and selected successful applicants, and since July 2018, these selected operators have been embarking on demonstration tests in a variety of fields at target sites across Japan. The portal website will explain the latest information on the progress in the series of demonstration tests and perspectives thereof, including information on future projects, the operators for which will be selected in the second call that will start on August 27, 2018.
Release of news related to calls
The portal website will release information, including that on calls for applicants for new demonstration projects under the Project for Future Classroom-Learning Innovation and that on related events, and it will serve as a centralized source to convey information to the public.
Note: METI started the second call for applicants on August 27 (Mon), 2018. For more information, visit the portal website.
Establishment of an EdTech database targeting schools, cram schools and individual learners
The portal website will provide category-based, well-organized information on a variety of efforts for EdTech at home and abroad, a function to help schools, cram schools and individual learners to access EdTech and establish procurement structures for EdTech, and will publicize additional information from time to time. It will also provide a search function by which users are able to access a variety of information depending on their demands, for e.g., level of expected learners, uses, types of subjects, and fee structures.
Division in Charge
Education Service Industries Office, Service Affairs Policy Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group