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Round Table 3: Technology enablers

The second morning started with the Round Table 3: Technology enablers, which was chaired by Prof. Erik Duval from KUL.

An introduction was given by Frans van Assche, Senior manager for interoperability in EUN. He asked us the question whether learning anytime, anywhere will take place now or in ten years? Then he looked at different kinds of interactions that take place between teacher, learning resource and co-learners in the virtual world. The tools and infrastructure will evolve into a variety of different devices and conduits, such as having one-on-one devices and wireless access, which will enable direct video-conferencing. There will be other tools that will comprise a Personal Learning Environment, too. He predicts that the slow evolvement of virtual worlds, web-experiments and e-teacher will continue into 2016, however, more vibrant evolution of interactions with co-learners and new learning material (e.g. games) and of a higher quality. He foresees that the old and new will co-exist in the upcoming ten years, however, questions how evaluation will happen.

The first panelist was Martina Roth from Intel EMEA Education, who talked about technological trends and consequences for education with the title "The World Ahead...starts here". Intel sees the Public Private Partnerships as a model for success in the future, too, to help teachers in what they are doing best, thus their core contribution in education.

She was followed by Annie Mullins from Vodafone Global Product and Content Services, who talked about the use of mobiles in supporting education. She asked what does the access to the Internet and other networks mean for children? From adults' perspective it usually represents some fear factors regarding the safety, as phones are not primarily designed for children and young children. Adults feel rather unsure about the introduction of social networking tools. However, interesting things are coming out such as the use of podcasting, for example. Ms Mullins also talked about the policy gap regarding the new mobile devices, that policies were in many cases designed by adults, who are not that familiar with those technologies.

The two educational ministries were represented by Belgium Flemish Community and the Kennisnet from the Netherlands. Jan de Craemer, from Ministry of Education from Belgium Flemish Community, talked about the visions on technology, how there are two main groups: the technological determinism and social constructivists. He sees the middle way between the two as important for education. He sees the future as open (like open content, technology, etc..), where an important value are the forces and communities behind "open artefacts" that produce them. He also talked about safety, how new dangers will emerge, such as cyberbullying.

Keimpe de Heer from Kennisnet Ict op School Foundation, the Netherlands, talked about how education should adapt with technological changes and the new world that the learners are living in. Technologies disable boundaries between learning and school, formal and informal learning, etc. To conclude, Mr. de Heer showed a little animation about how "Web 2.0" could be used to support learning. (The animation is available at the end of his presentation slides).


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Will it be possible to have the animation shown by Keimpe de Heer. It was excellent, and I would find it very helpful to show other people. Credit would, of course, be given!

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