“Technology enabled education, a catalyst for Positive change”. …what research and experience tells us Jonathan Renaudon-Smith. Agenda. The pressure for change. What is the research is telling us? What strategies? Low cost computers?. The pressure for change. Video – Shift Happens
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…what research and experience tells us
Video – Shift Happens
The Learning Hubs Project is a one-to-one learning initiative involving 58,000 pupils and 5,000 teachers.The aim of the project is to improve educational attainment & engagement by providing every teacher and school child (primary 6 and above) with a personal learning device or "learning hub" such as a laptop computer, PDA or Tablet. All evidence shows that one-to-one learning vastly improves pupil motivation, involvement and attitude, resulting in a more enjoyable and productive classroom environment. This project if implemented today would be the largest and most ambitious one to one mobile learning initiative in the World.
Closing the chasm between the use of technology in school and ‘real life’ is but one objective. Others include:
“Learners are more comfortable engaging in personal or private subject areas using a mobile device than doing so using traditional methods” (Becta)
“All the experiments we have reported - and there are many others - point to the possibilities of deepening children’s engagement because they are involved more, and can be challenged more, in ways that they enjoy” (Becta)
“With a background of more than 4 years of trialling, research and development, m-learning has helped thousands of learners from all walks of life to develop their skills, confidence and motivation to learn.” (www.m-learning.com )
Highlights by Becta – the Gov. organisation charged with developing ICT in schools in the UK.
Harnessing Technology Review 2007: progress and impact of technology in education
2. Improvements in connectivity/broadband to all schools but teacher practice needs to develop more to gain full value.
4. Laptops for Teachers – single most effective strategy.
5.¾ of computers are sited in classrooms – which constrains use.
7. Learning platform (VLE) use increasing and now schools have to give all pupils an account, paid for or open source (e.g. Moodle).
11. ICT used mainly for whole-class activity rather than individuals or small groups. 75% of primary teachers and 80% of secondary rarely use to support collaborative working. In secondary use of ICT is limited for analysing, problems solving, collaboration and creativity – better in primary.
12. Ministers focussed on equipping ALL homes as necessary to ensure that pupils have access outside of school – use personal learning devices for learners and help staff at least not to get in the way or be hostile to change!
Recent digital education conference in San Francisco, a child said:
"Whenever I go into class, I have to power down."
That roughly translates as: "What I do with digital technology outside school - at home, in my own free time - is on a completely different level to what I'm able to do at school. Outside school, I'm using much more advanced skills, doing many more interesting things, operating in a far more sophisticated way. School takes little notice of this and seems not to care."
(‘How the best performing school systems come out on top.
McKinsey & Co.)
4 out of 5 people in the world have never touched a computer
Inclusive access is an issue for all nations
Currently low labour rates in Far East and India enjoyed by developed nations;
Political commentators suggesting that China will lift prices – Push;
Pull - Developing nations want knowledge economies and jobs – political pressure to re-distribute manufacturing or at least assembly;
Indigenous content development and training;
Recycling plastics from spent computers.Where will the jobs be?
Uses rice husk filled recyclable and recycled plastic developed nations;
e-Slate or UMPC with auto-sensing orientation developed nations;
Thin film, flexible, low cost, solar panels (student bags, car dashboards, window sills, jackets?) out this year…
“the future has arrived - it's just unevenly distributed”
science fiction writer William Gibson