The modern digital age increasingly affects our everyday lives. We are experiencing rapid changes in how we engage with work, family, education and wider society in a globalised and interconnected world. How can the educational sector respond to the opportunities and challenges presented by the modern digital age?
- Flexible and lifelong learning opportunities facilitate increasingly diversified, inclusive and participatory educational offerings; while technology‐enhanced learning environments and tools support accessible student‐centred activities.
- However, recent research suggests ‘digital native’ students’ ICT skills often do not transfer easily to educational settings (Beetham et al, 2010); and that tutor guidance remains a critical determinant of the technology based learning practices adopted by learners (Goodfellow and Lea, 2009).
The theme of EdTech2012 is ‘Digital Literacies for Life’. We invite participants to address this key issue from practitioner, research and policy perspectives to identify, develop, apply and promote the digital skills, competencies and literacies required for education in the 21st century.
We look forward to lively interactive sessions, showcases, and presentations, combined with plenty of informal networking activities in the presence of our keynote speakers:
- Martin Oliver and Lesley Gourlay (London Knowledge Lab, University of London)
- Martha Rotter, Co‐founder and publisher of IDEA Magazine, Manager of OpenCoffee and tech/innovation/publishing blogger.
- Doug Belshaw, Researcher/Analyst at Jisc InfoNet, and Director of Educational Consultancy, Synechism Ltd.
Time: 31 May - June 1
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