Can technologies be used for democratic education ?. Dzul Amirulhaq : Indonesia Coen Gelinck : The Netherlands Christine Minetto : France Kathryn Moyle: Australia. Jefferson.
Can technologies be used for democratic education?
DzulAmirulhaq: IndonesiaCoen Gelinck: The NetherlandsChristine Minetto: FranceKathryn Moyle: Australia
No other sure foundation can be devised for the preservation of freedom and happiness… Preach a crusade against ignorance; establish and improve the law for educating the common people. Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against the evils[of misgovernment].
Thomas Jefferson to George Whythe - 1786
John Dewey was perhaps America's most famous philosopher. He devoted his life trying to reform the public schools and reconstruct American democracy to increase citizen political participation.
A common terminology?
Definitions are in the following general areas:
School-based programs which ignore politics (eg community service, character education) don’t promote democracy but can hinder democracy
What are technologies?
Something invented after you were born…to those born after invention, it simply is life.
Early pioneer of personal
computers and graphic user interfaces
Pace of Change
25 billion app downloads from the apple store
Facebook started (Feb)
First iPad Released (Apr)
13,000 iPhone apps downloaded
168 million emails sent
Every 60 Seconds
20.6 million TB of data created
6,600+ new photos uploaded to Flickr
295,000 Facebook status updates made
694,445 searched conducted on Google
Critical life skills required for students to survive and flourish in the digital age:
Use controversial social and political issues
Provide positive experiences in civic participation
Trust student populations to develop their own instruments in solving problems
To vote ‘Yes’ text
To vote ‘No’ text
Should students be allowed to use their cell phone in class?
Technologies can be used for fostering democratic education by
Kahne, J. & Westheimer, J. (2003). Teaching Democracy: What Schools Need to Do. Phi Delta Kappan; Sept 2003, Vol. 85 Issue 1, p34-66
Gould, J. (ed) (2011). Guardian of Democracy: The Civic Mission of Schools, he Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools.
Final: readings are available on Edmodo
Outstanding participatory democracies have leaders everywhere who understand that the fragile bird of freedom relies on people, stepping forward and stepping up to help define what that freedom means and I want to encourage each of you in your sphere of influence to take what you’ve heard and to become champions for change, seeking ways in which we can adopt technology to further enhance democracy worldwide.
Jenny Shipley (2011)
Prime Minister of New Zealand (1997-1999)
and Vice-President of the Club de Madrid