Inspired by Technology, Driven by Pedagogy

A Systemic Approach to Technology-Based School Innovations

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This report highlights key issues to facilitate understanding of how a systemic approach to technology-based school innovations can contribute to quality education for all while promoting a more equal and effective education system. It focuses on the novel concept of systemic innovation, as well as presenting the emerging opportunities to generate innovations that stem from Web 2.0 and the important investments and efforts that have gone into the development and promotion of digital resources. It also shows alternative ways to monitor, assess and scale up technology-based innovations. Some country cases, as well as fresh and alternative research frameworks, are presented.


Can digital learning resources spur innovation?

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

This chapter looks at the results of a study carried out in the five Nordic countries[i] that analysed recent developments in the area of digital learning resources (DLR) from the perspective of systemic innovation. Three different types of innovation are examined: government-initiated innovations; innovations initiated by commercial actors; bottom-up innovations (user-generated). The authors point out how technology makes the conditions for DLR innovation different from many other fields of education and present five “embryonic scenarios” illustrating the ways that DLR might be strengthened, promoted, developed and incorporated are presented. The chapter concludes with recommendations directed towards to the production and use of DLR, and to the more general issue of systemic innovation in education.


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