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MOFET International

Teaching and Learning in the information age

ITEC Webinar

Date: Monday, January 20 2014, 19:00 – 20:30
Time: 7 pm IST, 12 pm EST, 5 pm GMT (more)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Registration: Closed
Recording: click here for recording (attached - login instructions)

Mass-produced products were the central commodity of the Industrial Age. When these products were replaced by information as the focal-point of the economy our era became the Information Age. Though in this sense economic issues are the defining element of an "age", information, and the digital technologies that make it so readily available, affect all aspects of society – including, and perhaps especially, education.

Acquiring information has always been a central aspect of education. In previous eras information was scarce and acquiring it was difficult. Today's digital technologies make it ubiquitous so that "knowing" something has become knowing how to find what we need rather than remembering or memorizing. This fundamental change compels us to ask what is important to know today, and also how we can best learn what we have determined is important.

This webinar will attempt to give a broad overview of the ways in which digital technologies are influencing education. It will examine how our understanding of literacy is changing, and will question whether "knowing how to find the answer" is today sufficient, or whether we still must learn to "know the answer". It will ask how having "information at our fingertips" influences, for better or for worse, the learning process.

The webinar will examine the ways digital technologies affect the ways teachers construct learning environments – both teacher-centered and student-centered – and will ask when each of these might be preferable. It will also examine the role of "big-data" in education today, questioning how data-driven evaluation, made possible through the ubiquity of digital devices in the classroom, may be changing the "art" of teaching into a "science". 







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