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Focus on: Will new technology ever improve education?

Focus on Technology.jpg'Any teacher that can be replaced by a machine should be!' – Sir Arthur C. Clarke

 

If there is one thing we can be sure of for the future, it is that new technology will be ever present. Indeed the promise of new technology has been with us throughout our lives, and will stay with us – even if the latest specific new technologies are constantly changing. This reality presents opportunities and challenges for all sectors of education. For the last few years, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have been hailed as the next big game-changer in higher education. But who knows if they will really transform the way students learn, or the way higher education institutions are organised? And what about schools? Media savvy kids – the 'digital natives' of our time – are often more clued in than their teachers about using new technology. So can teachers harness children's seemingly natural interest in communications technology to support learning?

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Read the full article in the Eurydice blog
Authors: David Crosier and Elisa Simeoni
 

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