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Innovating Education and Educating for Innovation

The Power of Digital Technologies and Skills

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OECD’s Innovation Strategy calls upon all sectors in the economy and society to innovate in order to foster productivity, growth and well-being. Education systems are critically important for innovation through the development of skills that nurture new ideas and technologies. However, whereas digital technologies are profoundly changing the way we work, communicate and enjoy ourselves, the world of education and learning is not yet going through the same technology-driven innovation process as other sectors.

This report served as the background report to the second Global Education Industry Summit which was held on 26-27 September 2016. It discusses the available evidence on innovation in education, the impact of digital technologies on teaching and learning, the role of digital skills and the role of educational industries in the process of innovation. The report argues for smarter policies, involving all stakeholders, for innovation in education.

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The potential of technology-supported learning

As showed, simply introducing digital technology into education for technology’s sake does not materially improve results. Such whole-system reforms need to place teaching practice rather than technology in the driving seat. This chapter explores how innovative approaches to technology-supported learning can truly enhance education. It considers five models of how teaching can be supported by technology: 1) educational gaming, 2) online laboratories, 3) technology-enabled collaboration, 4) real-time formative assessment and 5) technological support for skills-based curricula, using examples from the Hewlett Packard Catalyst Initiative project.It then considers other means by which technology can improve learning, whether in schools or for individuals: e-learning, where the web is to support learning; open educational resources, which provide customisable materials for teachers and learners; and new forms of online education, such as massive open online courses which potentially make education available to anyone, anywhere, at any time.

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