The Virtual Future Vessel

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Stiftelsen Globträdet har under många år drivit projekt där barn och ungdomar arbetat med miljöfrågor, internationellt samarbete, konst och lärande. Jag har vi några tillfällen blivit ombedd att prata om hur IT och Internet kan bidra till Globträdets arbete.

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The Virtual Future Vessel

  1. 1. Future Vessel, Stockholm October 1998 Creativity as a tool for change The Virtual Future Vessel Johan Groth <johan.groth@gogab.se> National Agency for Education Internet Society (ISOC-SE)
  2. 2. Computers and Internet I <ul><li>Computers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>rapid execution of simple instructions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>” unlimited” memory </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internet: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a network of computer networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>millions of connected computers </li></ul></ul>Future Vessel Dr. Johan Groth, <johan.groth@gogab.se> Stockholm, October 1998 National Agency for Education Page Internet Society (ISOC-SE)
  3. 3. Computers and Internet II <ul><li>New ways to communicate </li></ul><ul><li>New ways exchange information </li></ul><ul><li>Imply changes in how we live, learn and work </li></ul>Future Vessel Dr. Johan Groth, <johan.groth@gogab.se> Stockholm, October 1998 National Agency for Education Page Internet Society (ISOC-SE)
  4. 4. Changes – Analog vs digital information <ul><li>Easy to store and distribute information </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to present information </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to copy information, without loss of quality </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to change format of information </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to supply meta-information </li></ul>Future Vessel Dr. Johan Groth, <johan.groth@gogab.se> Stockholm, October 1998 National Agency for Education Page Internet Society (ISOC-SE)
  5. 5. Changes – Computers vs networks <ul><li>Share resources </li></ul><ul><li>Share information </li></ul><ul><li>Work together globally </li></ul><ul><li>” The network is the computer” </li></ul>Future Vessel Dr. Johan Groth, <johan.groth@gogab.se> Stockholm, October 1998 National Agency for Education Page Internet Society (ISOC-SE)
  6. 6. Changes – Local vs global <ul><li>Interests more important than ”closeness” </li></ul>Future Vessel Dr. Johan Groth, <johan.groth@gogab.se> Stockholm, October 1998 National Agency for Education Page Internet Society (ISOC-SE)
  7. 7. Changes – Information consumer vs producer <ul><li>Access all types of information with one tool </li></ul><ul><li>Possible to create information in any format </li></ul><ul><li>Cheap to create information in all formats </li></ul><ul><li>Possible to reach a world wide audience </li></ul>Future Vessel Dr. Johan Groth, <johan.groth@gogab.se> Stockholm, October 1998 National Agency for Education Page Internet Society (ISOC-SE)
  8. 8. Changes – Text only vs multimedia <ul><li>Primacy of text is removed </li></ul><ul><li>All formats equally easy to handle </li></ul><ul><li>A return to ”pre-printing press times” </li></ul>Future Vessel Dr. Johan Groth, <johan.groth@gogab.se> Stockholm, October 1998 National Agency for Education Page Internet Society (ISOC-SE)
  9. 9. Changes – Issues vs concurrent publication <ul><li>Printed = permanent </li></ul><ul><li>Possible to change with time </li></ul><ul><li>Possible to change with user </li></ul><ul><li>Possible to change with user’s needs </li></ul>Future Vessel Dr. Johan Groth, <johan.groth@gogab.se> Stockholm, October 1998 National Agency for Education Page Internet Society (ISOC-SE)
  10. 10. Changes – Visible vs invisible development <ul><li>Services become more important </li></ul><ul><li>Products become ”invisible” </li></ul><ul><li>Companies become ”invisible” </li></ul><ul><li>” Hard to explain what you are doing” </li></ul>Future Vessel Dr. Johan Groth, <johan.groth@gogab.se> Stockholm, October 1998 National Agency for Education Page Internet Society (ISOC-SE)
  11. 11. IT and Swedish schools <ul><li>A rapid development of infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Content driven, bottom-up approach </li></ul><ul><li>Examples source of inspiration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Swedish Schoolnet, Netdays etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries, museums, companies, organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools </li></ul></ul>Future Vessel Dr. Johan Groth, <johan.groth@gogab.se> Stockholm, October 1998 National Agency for Education Page Internet Society (ISOC-SE)
  12. 12. How does IT affect schools? <ul><li>New ”doors” open into schools </li></ul><ul><li>Subjects change and merge </li></ul><ul><li>No common teaching material </li></ul><ul><li>New sources available, simple and cheap </li></ul><ul><li>Processes rather than results </li></ul><ul><li>Parallel changes (buildings, pedagogy etc.) </li></ul>Future Vessel Dr. Johan Groth, <johan.groth@gogab.se> Stockholm, October 1998 National Agency for Education Page Internet Society (ISOC-SE)
  13. 13. IT and Globetree <ul><li>Blue Wave </li></ul><ul><ul><li>problem based, thematic work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Future meeting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>multimedia communication across boundaries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Future vessel </li></ul><ul><ul><li>global, real and virtual meeting </li></ul></ul>Future Vessel Dr. Johan Groth, <johan.groth@gogab.se> Stockholm, October 1998 National Agency for Education Page Internet Society (ISOC-SE)
  14. 14. <ul><li>Start with a pedagogical idea </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing is technically impossible </li></ul><ul><li>Spend resources on education, not hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Specify function, not hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare for organizational and administrative changes </li></ul>How should IT be introduced in school? Future Vessel Dr. Johan Groth, <johan.groth@gogab.se> Stockholm, October 1998 National Agency for Education Page Internet Society (ISOC-SE)
  15. 15. <ul><li>Every time and technology has possibilites </li></ul><ul><li>IT can be a powerful tool to support communication and cooperation </li></ul><ul><li>But: a forest is an unrivaled multimedia production! </li></ul><ul><li>Go out and visit the Virtual Future Vessel! </li></ul>Conclusions Future Vessel Dr. Johan Groth, <johan.groth@gogab.se> Stockholm, October 1998 National Agency for Education Page Internet Society (ISOC-SE)

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