Building Innovation: Learning with Technologies
According to its forward by the renowned educator James Bosco, Kathryn Moyle’s monograph is a lucid, comprehensive and thoughtful analysis. It provides a very good basis for understanding the challenges we face in securing a full measure of benefit from the incredible opportunities that digital media provides for creating relevant and vibrant learning environments in our schools.
In 2010, schools exist in a world radically different from the world that existed when the system of schooling currently in place was invented.
Information Communication Technologies (ICT) have played a critical role in worldwide changes that have occurred in the last few decades. The World Wide Web provides a volume of information and learning resources unimaginable a few decades earlier. Most recently, Web 2.0 applications, such as social networking, collaborative work and play spaces, blogs, and publication places for creative products, are being extensively used by children and adults. These developments have resulted in a chasm between the world of information, knowledge production and dissemination, and learning as it exists outside of the schools, with what is happening within them.
[James Bosco is Professor Emeritus in Educational Studies at Western Michigan University. His professional work is focused on information and communications technologies as a force for school transformation. Currently he is the Principal Investigator for the Consortium for School Networking Project ‘Schools and Participatory Culture: Overcoming Organizational and Policy Barriers’.]