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  • 1. LILT (ICT)
    Week 2 – The future of Technology in Education
  • 2. Social Networks
    What can teachers learn from social networks?
  • 3.
  • 4. What does the future hold for technology in education?
  • 5.
  • 6. ‘Digital natives,’
    ‘generation V’ (virtual)
    ‘internet generation’,
    ‘generation M’ (media),
    ‘generation C,’ referring to characteristics such as connected, creative and click
  • 7. “Marc Prensky warned at the turn of the century, “our students have changed radically. Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach”
    Emerging research findings suggest that school students’ uses of web 2.0 applications at home and at school tend to involve a ‘low bandwidth exchange’ of information and knowledge. Social networking applications appear to be used by young people to engage with learning content and other learners in a number of bounded ways, rather than supporting full interaction with information and knowledge to realise the ‘learning gains’ often attributed to digital media use. (Selwyn et al 2008)
  • 8. Digital ADD?
  • 9. What we know about the future…
    Increased computing power
    Move to ubiquitous computing
    Rich audio-visual communication
    We will live/work alongside more sophisticated machines
    Networks will underpin organisational structures
    Breakthroughs in Bio-science
    Ageing population
    Energy, mineral resources and climate change will remain big issues
    We will have to deal with radical national and global inequality
  • 10. Challenges for educators
    Marked difference between out-of-school informal learning and schooled learning
    Profound differences between young people’s engagement with technology
    Certain activities/learning require explicit encouragement and teaching (e.g. mathematical & scientific understanding)
  • 11. the evidence is that learners do not always use web 2.0 tools in straightforward educational ways, and their uses of web 2.0 technologies remain more limited in scope than the rhetoric sometimes suggests. Web 2.0 tools and practices are not being drawn into education as vigorously as might be expected, despite the many examples of best practice that can be highlighted.
    (Selwyn et al 2008)
  • 12. BUT…
    ‘The breathless rhetoric of generational change needs to be tempered, then,
    with an awareness of the difficulty for all generations and age-groups of developing
    complex conceptual and critical skills. (Facer 2011, p.20)
    The challenges educators will face, then, are not those of responding to a single overwhelming flood of new generational practice but of deciding how to respond to very visible different experiences of learning outside the school setting. This is a very old problem in a new form. (Facer 2011, p. 20)
  • 13. What does this mean for educators?
    We can shape the future
    The future is human
    We still need schools, but we need to reimagine them as places:
    For public engagement
    To build inter-generational solidarity
    To counter inequalities and injustice
    To make local decisions
  • 14. Learning in 2035
    Resource mapping
    Inter-generational and community-based learning
  • 15. Resource mapping
    Building blocks
    Personalised pathways
    Personal learning environments
    Personal learning networks