Emerging Technologies for Learning

Various authors, BECTA, May 03, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Released in late April, this booklet, containing short articles on five topics (mobile learning, ambient web, human computer interaction, social networking and the broadband home) offers a good and insightful look at trends in learning technology. I like this: "For today s class we will be building a 3D map of the village. First, we'll collect pictures, sounds and anything else of interest from each street. Split into teams of four and take your camera-phones with you. By mid-day we will have built our own virtual map, and then we can get together to plan which parts to research further." Yeah. Forget math and geography and one-hour classes. Move out of the classroom and into the real world. Connected and mobile, integrated into society and learning about it.
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