Mikael Eriksson Björling

About digital transformation, design, creativity and lifestyle in the Networked Society.


Learning and Education

Lärare och Sociala medier – Ett fenomen utan tydliga riktlinjer


En ny rapport ”Nationell kartläggning av svenska lärares (åk 7-9) användning av sociala medier” har publicerats av Uppsala Universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Sociologiska institutionen. I slutsatserna sammanfattar författarna Elin Thunman Johanna Lovén Marcus Persson att:

”lärares elevkontakter på sociala medier: ett utbrett fenomen utan tydliga riktlinjer De flesta högstadielärare i studien använder sociala medier, antingen privat eller i undervisningen (92 procent). Var tredje, 31 procent, anger att de använder sociala medier för elevkontakter.”


53% av lärarna är för det mesta eller alltid tillgängliga på sociala medier för elever utanför elevernas skoltid. Om du eller dina barn har en lärare som är aktiv på sociala medier i samband med undervisning är beroende på lärarens egna intresse. Författarna skriver:

“Lärares användande av sociala medier för elevkontakter kan beskrivas som ett gräsrotsfenomen, där initiativet kommer från lärarna själva och där det i hög grad blir upp till dem själva att skapa strategier för sitt användande.”

Läs mer i rapporten som du hittar här: Nationell kartläggning av svenska lärares (åk 7-9) användning av sociala medier

The future of learning

The future of learning, what is it about, what challenges are we facing? A couple of years ago I did a film (together with a bunch of skilled people, such as the film team from Radon) in a project about, how education and learning is changing as we enter the Networked Society. We meet with some of the most prominent thinkers to talk about learning and education. I like this film a lot (still)! And looking around most schools and university have long way to go to meet the future.

EdTech Sweden

Konferensen EdTech Sweden hölls i Stockholm Waterfront för några dagar sedan. Jag var där och höll en keynote under rubriken ”The Big Picture”. Jag tillsammans med Denis Hurley (Director of Future Technologies på Pearson) pratade de första 50 minuterna på konferensen. Denis fokus var framtida teknologiers användning i utbildning, tex. virtual eller augumented reality. Min presentation Learning in the Networked Society eller på svenska, lärande i det uppkopplade samhället handlar om IKTs (Information och Kommunikations Teknologiers) generella inverkan på industrier och dess särskilda påverkan på utbildning och lärande. Presentationen hittar du på Slideshare. Mina intryck av konferensen som höll för andra gången i Stockholm var mycket bra! Den var välorganiserad med bra moderatorer, Ulf Skarin och Tommie Cau i de sessioner jag deltog i samt att det var bra kvalitet på talarna i programmet.

cvnatkixeaep5k6Jag (Ericsson), Helena Sjöberg (Microsoft), Marcus Wärn (Spotify) och och moderatorn Tommie Cau under panelen ”Innovation och digitalt i DNAt, organisationer måste tänka om”

Båda bilderna i denna bloggpost har jag lånat från Tommie Caus Twitter konto @TommieCau

Läs mer om framtidens lärande här >>>


5 really cool Lego Mindstorm machines

It’s pretty amazing how advanced stuff you can develop with Lego Mindstorm. These are five robot favorites!

Cool machine that folding a paper plane and launches it

Amazing record-breaking Lego ball contraptiont

This cool Lego Rubik’s cube solver you can build with a single set Mindstorms NXT 2.0

Of Monster and Men Little Talks played on guitar by Lego Mindstorms EV3

Lego NXT balancing Segway style two wheel robot

Individualized learning in the Networked Society

When I met Professor Stephen Heppell in London last month, he raised interesting ideas about measuring the learning process. He said that in the future, we will start to measure our learning in the same manner as many of us today have started to measure our health or our sports activities.

As the services and processes we use for learning become networked, we are starting to generate lots of data. Data that could be used to individualize the learning process in schools to fit the individual students’ needs and keep them motivated. As Jose Ferreira, CEO ofKnewton said when we interviewed him for the Future of Learning film, “We’re crunching data from the students, so that they know what they are weak at.” He continued, “There are two text books for teaching algebra in the United States; at the local pharmacy there are 50 types of toothpaste. There are 25 times the product differentiations for toothpaste then for teaching each individual brain about myriad concepts you have to learn to be part of the modern economy.”

In the future, it will be possible to visualize the personal learning progress, to track progress, and to get individualized support based on what you have previously done. You will be able to get personal suggestions for tasks, to be stimulated and to do the work in a learning style that fits your personality. I see that as the learning process becomes more and more networked, it could also provide more transparency between the school and the home, allowing parents to follow and be part of the learning process much more deeply than they are today. Read more at the Networked Society blog >>>

The transformation of learning and education


We are in the midst of a great transformation in society. In our latest Networked Society report, “Learning and Education in the Networked Society” and the documentary film “The Future of Learning” we take a closer look at this change.

Today, there are 2.5 billion young people who were born after 1991. A significant number of them were born into a culture that embraces various digital opportunities. These people are being shaped by the possibilities of interactivity, collaboration and sharing, and have constant access to their peers and to infinite content, whenever and wherever they want.

When these people are at school and college, they bring their personal technology experience into the classroom; students become a major force for change. Progressive teachers’ new behavior and use of ICT also drive a bottom-up pressure on schools and government to transform. Combined, student and teachers form the outer force.

There is also an inner force, which is driven by the need for governments and institutions to save money and be more efficient, while at the same time ensure educational quality and competiveness. This leads them to look for new ICT-based opportunities to be more efficient, to extend their reach and to enhance their value proposition. Read more at the Networked Society blog >>>

Learning and education are in a time of transformation. The research I been involved in shows that students and progressive teachers, empowered by technology, are the catalysts to fundamental change. ICT is literally breaking down the walls of the classroom, and we have to start looking upon learning as something that takes place everywhere, all the time. Going toward the Networked Society, ICT will be increasingly important to lifelong learning.

Have a look at the Future of Learning and Education report and watch the thought provoking Future of Learning film released by Ericsson

Empowered learning – how ICT is reshaping our classrooms

All around the world, a lively debate is taking place on the subjects of learning and education. At the 2011 Networked Society Forum in Hong Kong, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes proclaimed that the textbook is dead. In a recent interview, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University, Sugata Mitra says that we don’t need institutional learning anymore because everything we need to learn has been dematerialized.

Read the full post at the Networked Society blog >>>

How the Internet is Revolutionizing Education

Nice infograph how internet is changing education from

How the Internet is Revolutionizing Education

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