Mikael Eriksson Björling

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



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.

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

How the Internet is Revolutionizing Education

Nice infograph how internet is changing education from

How the Internet is Revolutionizing Education

Rewiring education in the Networked Society

ICT is transforming the way we learn and the way we do business. Competition that was once local is now global. And if you want to stay competitive, the need to know how to leverage technology effectively in the workplace is becoming essential, no matter what industry you work in.

Businesses and the public sector are seeking new ways of increasing efficiency, new ways to enhance their value proposition and new ways to extend their reach with the help of ICT. Broadband, mobility and the cloud are the core infrastructures driving this change.

But for businesses to be most effective in this ICT revolution, changes must first take place in our schools. As I wrote in an earlier post, six areas are transformed when ICT is introduced to educational institutions. One of these areas is skills and knowledge. What will the next generation of students need to know, and what type of skills and knowledge will be most important in the future? Read the full post at The Networked Society Blog.

Bra appar för barn

Det är intressant och se hur barnen använder apparna på Ipaden och mobilerna, hur de lär sig, hur de interagerar och vilka appar som de tycker är kul i längden.

För ett år sedan fanns den inte många appar för barn. Men sedan dess har strömmen stadigt ökat och framförallt är det många indie-producenter, folk som du och jag med bra idéer som skapar appar. Men på senare tid har mediehusen vaknat till liv men de är inte alltid så kreativa och har oftast inga originella idéer utan försöker leva på sina kända barnboksfigurer. I vårt hem är Nicke Nyfiken, Bamse, Pippi och Pettson alla älskade figurer i filmer och böcker men som appar lever de inte upp. Barnen vill ha dem och jag köper men de används oftast bara någon enstaka gång.

Ett störande fenomen i barnspel är ”In app stores”. Även om jag har den funktionen avstängd så är det störande när barnen råkar trycka på ”in app store” ikonen och hamnar i App Store.

Här kommer sex bra appar för barn som är roliga länge.

Spy MouseHD: Extremt kul både för vuxna och barn! Du är musen som ska hämta alla ostar som finns i huset. Men du måste vara strategisk och noga överväga ditt val av väg då katter lurar runt hörnen. 72 nivåer ger väldigt många timmar spel. Kostar 7 kr till iPhone och 22 kr till iPad. Finns ”in app store” men den är mndre störande då den ligger ganska dold.

Toca Store: eller något av de andra Toca apparna som Toca RobotLab, Toca Doctoe, Toca Hair Salon. De är alla bra, pedagogiska och lärorika. Pris mellan gratis och 15 kr.

Lego Duplo: Enkla spel som barnen tycker är kul. Gratis.

Drawing pad: Det finns många ritappar men denna är en av de bättre för barn. Kostar 15 kr.

Fingu: Ett enkel och roligt spel som lär barnen mattematik och koordination av fingrarna. Gratis.

Sock Puppet: Spela in din egen teater med roliga handockor, ljud och animering. Gratis.

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

The future school in the Networked Society

In this video, I talk about how new technologies are revolutionizing education.

Watch the video at the Networked Society Blog >>>

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