Friday, 6 June 2008

The Future of Education

This week I have been talking with educators about the role of key competencies in developing citizens for the future. The web holds many possibilities for learning in new ways - collaboration is key in relating to others, and in participating and contributing.

Many educators seem unaware of the power of the internet and web 2.0 in changing the face of education for the future. One powerful presentation that may help to stretch thinking in this area has been developed by Anthony Williams. Wikinomics and the Future of Education explains some of the trends in ICTs (especially wikis) and some of the powerful ways in which these will affect the future of learning.

I was particularly interested in the development of Curriki - the development of an open source curriculum, "where all of us -- our community of educators, parents and students -- can work together to develop interesting, creative and effective educational materials that the global educational community can use for free." The ability of this wiki to deliver curriculum globally and involve everyone freely in the process - collaborating and sharing across networks - is just one way of thinking beyond your own back yard. What are you doing to broaden out your own understandings?

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