Thursday, 5 December 2013

ICT and emerging trends in schools

Contact: Andrew Fluck, University of Tasmania

Locations: UTAS campuses: Newnham A221c; Sandy Bay Hytten Hall 325; Cradle Coast D212
Date: 12 December 2013 at 12 noon

Intended Audience: Teachers with responsibilities for ICT or Digital Technologies

Presentation by Professor Peter Twining from the Open University in the UK. Peter is visiting Australia for 6 months, with a fortnight in Tasmania. He will present his findings on international perspectives for digital technologies. Find out what is happening with 1:1 computing, tablets and BYOD (bring your own device) in Australia and the UK.

Peter Twining is Professor of Education (Futures) at the Open University in the UK. He directed VITAL, a UKP 9.4 million program to enhance use of digital technology in schools; and led the SCHOME initiative for alternative models of education (in Second Life). 

Currently he is looking at digital technology as a lever for change in schools (see the EdFutures website) and YOTS (your own technology survey). He will present findings from the latter, based upon UK and Australian case studies. He has also been involved with curriculum reform in the UK, and can comment on parallels with the emerging Digital Technologies subject from ACARA.