SEAMEO STEM-ED has partnered with the University of Tsukuba (Japan), SEAMEO Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (RECSAM), SEAMEO Qitep in Mathematics (SEAQIM), SEAMEO Regional Open Learning Centre (SEAMOLEC), Centro de Investigacion Avanzada en Educacion, Universidad Chile, Institute of Research and Development in Teaching Profession (IRDTP) for ASEAN (Khon Kaen University, Thailand), and the Institute for the Promotion for Teaching Science and Technology (IPST), Thailand to initiate one of its premier programs under the guidebook category. Titled “Using Coloring Book to Enhance Unplugged Computational Thinking,” the project will enrich the intellectual capacities of educators and students alike ─ tackling the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI), particularly Large Language Models (LLMs) like ChatGPT, which have significantly transformed the landscape of work and education.

Primarily focusing on competency development, the guidebook is a tangible medium that will lead to creating new value in the infrastructural bases for Society 5.0. It emphasizes the competence to work through predicting the future society with both negative and positive aspects under the 4th Industrial Revolution and SDGs. The judicious and critical utilization of AI and Robots is now expected to be at the forefront of a well-functioning society, highlighting the competence to live and find one’s own value through humanistically oriented activity in the Digital Society.

The guidebook is currently undergoing its final review stage for comprehensive refinement and will be unveiled as a manual for teachers on February 27th, 2024, at the 12th SEAMEO-University of Tsukuba Symposium in Tokyo, Japan.