Education challenged to get the best out of technology
15 Jun 2012
UK ambitions for education cannot be met without technology, and in particular they cannot be met without technology designed to help people learn, according to a report from the Technology Enhanced Learning research programme (TEL).
The report says that for too long learning has been subsisting on the crumbs of technologies designed for other purposes. People have access to a variety of technologies in their homes and in their pockets but the study found little sign that this technology is being adequately exploited for teaching and learning. On the contrary many schools are struggling with cumbersome networks and outdated computers while their pupils are developing their skills at home.
All forms of professional life have been transformed by technology and unless radical change is made to what is taught and what is learned to meet the needs of the 21st century, the economy will suffer.
The report addresses 12 key themes aimed at getting the best out of technology, with recommendations relevant to everyone involved in learning including teachers, policymakers, lecturers and workplace trainers.
Ann Pickering, HR director at Telefónica UK, said: “There is a fundamental irony in the UK that at a time when growth depends on the digital economy, we’re still struggling to get to grips with how to deliver and develop digital skills. With a generation of digital natives sitting in classrooms across the UK, it’s critical that we invest, both in education and in experiences, to find new ways to develop them. Transforming our curriculum to align with the digital era is one vital step in a long-term journey.
“Businesses must also take greater responsibility for nurturing the next generation by creating practical, meaningful opportunities that allow young people for whom digital literacy is in their DNA to build, develop and grow their skills in a business environment. Businesses must also play a critical role in setting the agenda to harness a skilled generation, that’s fit for the digital future.”
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