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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 >>>

Social life of the young – same needs, different tools

When I was young, dating – or at least trying to date – consisted of slipping a note into a girl’s locker, or shuffling nervously towards her to ask her out with my friends offering humiliating support in the background.

Today it’s much simpler. Ericsson’s ConsumerLab report, Social Life of the Young, looks into how US teenagers are using technology in their social lives. What it shows is that a few text messages can test the temperature of a girl’s interest without you having to suffer the humiliation of your friends’ encouragement. Texting also allows you to communicate with your circle of friends during class or in the privacy of your family home.

Back in the day, walking around school holding your girlfriend’s hand was proof that the relationship was “official.” In today’s technology-driven society, and with Facebook being the highlight of a teenager’s online life, changing your status to “in a relationship” is now seen as the official announcement to your friends.

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

iPads take center stage at Sydney school as pen and paper are pushed aside

In a yearlong trial, a Sydney school has issued 145 year 6 students with iPads, which will be used to complete most of their classwork. So what will happen to pen and paper as more and more new technologies are introduced in schools? Do they have a future? Perhaps – well, I’m rooting for the pen. Read the full article at the Ericsson Networked Society blog

Digital natives’ stake in the Networked Society

The number of digital natives is growing. By 2020, there will be approximately 4.25 billion ‘digital natives’ under the age of 34.  The number of ‘net experienced’ people in the ageing part of the population is also growing – what will this mean for the Networked Society?

Read this post at: http://www.ericsson.com/thinkingahead/the-networked-society-blog/2011/08/16/digital-natives-stake-in-the-networked-society/

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