Digital technology strategies: emerging trends and cross-cultural comparisons

Visiting Scholar - Professor Peter Twining

Professor of Education (Futures) at the Open University, UK

Date: Thursday 28 November 2013

Time: 2.30–4.00pm

Venue: Q.372, Level 3, 234 Queensberry Street

Over the last 30 years there has been a great deal of hype about the potential of digital technology to transform education, leading to what has been called a 'reality rhetoric gap'. Will Internet enabled mobile devices and digital technology strategies such as 1:1 computing, BYOD and BYOT be any different? 

This seminar will explore some emerging trends that are evident in schools that are implementing the use of Internet enabled mobile devices and other related digital technology strategies, based on 22 case studies carried out in England in late 2012 and a review of the literature. Comparisons will be drawn with similar studies in a small number of Australian schools that are being carried out between September and December 2013. 

Depending upon the participants’ interests the discussion may develop in a number of directions, including exploring a new service to support schools in auditing their students' access to Internet enabled mobile devices called YOTS (Your Own Technology Survey), and/or a wider consideration of the place of digital technology in the school curriculum (which would allow comparisons between the revision of the English National Curriculum and the development of the Australian National Curriculum). 

About the presenter:

Peter is Professor of Education (Futures) at the Open University in the UK. He has previously worked as primary school teacher and teacher educator.

Peter has been involved in the recent discussions about and drafting of the National Curriculum for ICT in England; directed Vital, a £9.4million Department for Education funded programme to enhance use of digital technology in schools in England; and led the Schome Initiative, which explored alternative models of future education.  

His current foci are on digital technology strategies that might act as levers for change in schools and YOTS (Your Own Technology Survey).