Access denied? : twenty-first century technology in schools

Male, Trevor; Burden, Kevin

Centre for Educational Studies; Centre for Educational Studies
REF 2014 submission; Digital technology; Pedagogy; Learning
2014

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©2016 University of Hull
Abstract

This article considers how developments in technologies have transformed the kind of social interaction possible over the Internet making it feasible to undertake discourse and dialogue without having to rely solely on text based mediation. This represents a fundamental change to learning, shifting from passive acquisition of someone else's ideas to active learning experiences that empower people to inquire, critique, create, collaborate, problem solve and create understanding. Such technologies are also about the portability of mobile digital devices which now have the potential to allow any-time access for users either through Wi-Fi or mobile broadband providers and for those devices to become personal. The implications for education are enormous and the anticipated change probably ranks alongside the introduction of the printing press in terms of historical importance. This article considers those implications and draws on research recently conducted in schools and other educational settings in the UK. We conclude that the need to allow use of personal digital devices in schools seems inexorable the further we go into the new millennium. This simple premise is fraught with many difficulties and challenges, however, which suggest that for many students the current situation is ‘Access denied'.

Publisher
The University of Hull
Peer reviewed
Yes
Language
English
Extent
396 KB
Identifier
hull:9865

Journal

Journal title
Technology, pedagogy and education
Publication date
2014
Publisher
Taylor & Francis
DOI
10.1080/1475939X.2013.864697
ISSN (Print)
1475-939X
ISSN (Electronic)
1747-5139
Volume
23
Issue
4
Start page
423
End page
437
Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Technology, pedagogy and education on 16 Dec 2013, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1475939X.2013.864697

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