As technology continues to transform our society, those responsible for our current systems of learning and education are facing overwhelming pressure to adapt. Education technology, connected learning and the rise of the Networked Society is transforming the established concept of learning, teachers’ roles and even the nature of knowledge itself.
Can ICT redefine the way we learn in the Networked Society? In a new video, renowned experts and educators explain how learning and education are shifting away from a model based on memorization and repetition toward one that focuses on individual needs and self-expression.
Formalized education is only one of many sources for the knowledge and skills we need to be able to participate in and contribute in society. Education technology and connected learning provide almost unlimited possibilities for the continuous development of skills and knowledge throughout our lives.
Progressive schools are already exploring the revolutionary possibilities that education technology offers. Outside many of the major educational institutions and formal educational systems, a new generation of creative individuals and entrepreneurs is emerging.
To fully utilize the creative potential of each person, we need to move beyond mass production of knowledge and toward mass individualization of personal development. What is lacking, however, is a true educational ecosystem – one in which government, academia, teachers, businesses and researchers work together to fundamentally rethink how education technology and connected learning can meet the future demands of our society.
According to a ConsumerLab study: Almost half of Estonian pupils use school computers for leisure activities. Many pupils also bring their own mobile phones and tablets to school to use for study purposes. This bring-your-own-device behavior blurs the boundary between leisure and school work.
Students and progressive teachers, empowered by technology, are turning established models of learning and education on their heads.
As we journey toward the Networked Society, ICT is unlocking the full potential of learning and education by redefining existing classroom models.
It’s time to go back to school - "Mom, I need a laptop!"
27 August, 2012
Today’s kids learn using laptops, and it’s mind-blowing to think about the resources that are available to them compared to what I had at school.
21st-century children: citizens of the Networked Society
8 August 2012
All children born in 2012 will have at least dual citizenship; one or several of these will be connected to their parents and where they were born, and one will be in the Networked Society.
Digital natives’ stake in the Networked Society
6 August, 2012
The number of digital natives is growing. By 2020, there will be approximately 4.25 billion digital natives under the age of 34. The percentage of older people with internet experience is also growing – what will this mean for the Networked Society?