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.


Web 2.0 and the school of the future, today

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

The future of schools and schooling constitutes one of the major areas of current education debate, especially in light of the increasing importance of digital technologies in contemporary society. While having undoubted educational potential, these digital technologies mark a significant area of uncertainty, which are encapsulated in current debates over the place of so-called “Web 2.0” technologies in education. This chapter offers a critical perspective on the emergence of Web 2.0 applications and the hype surrounding their uptake in education. It chapter looks at the changes brought about by Web 2.0 in society, the opportunities that schools might benefit from and, sadly, how little use teachers are making of these opportunities. It concludes by arguing for the need to retain a realistic, if not critical, perspective on schools and Web 2.0 – seeking to find ways of using Web 2.0 technologies to work with the schools of today, rather than against them.


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