Archive for May, 2009

Conference the future of learning day 2

9.00 The first lecturer was Tomas Fürth from Kairos Future, a company for future studies. I have heard him before, and read some of their material. Its an excellent, insightful and also very entertaining lecturer that makes the audience laugh continuously. I cant really quote him, but one of his conclusions is that people are becoming more and more autonomous, they are strong individuals in loose collectives. Very nice I think.

9.30 A panel of politicians and students answers questions from the audience. A very clever way of asking – write the questions on your computer or phone, which are displayed on the screen behind them. This creates a cool atmosphere of debate on the stage and on the screen. I had to write a question of my own:
“Which central agency can be a hub for the development when only 8 people at the Swedish Agency of Education works with what two full, but closed, agencies recently did”. The answer was vague, as they are from politicians.

The students from YBC got the really big applauses, while the politicians are met with more disregard.

10.30 Lots of small seminars all over the conference hall. Most interesting is to walk around to see the trends. Right now web2 seems to be hot, along with learning platforms (or are they just desperate?). Interesting how static learning objects were almost extinct, except for a mobile-learning-company, that tries to sell their concept with old quizzes.

13.oo Stephen Heppell lectures about his views and ideals.

Conference The Future of Learning

Right now I visit the swedish conference Framtidens Lärande (The Future of Learning) at Nacka Strand in Stockholm. It is a great initiative which is really needed in Sweden. In my opinion the swedish development was halted when the two government agencies CFL (which I worked at) and MSU were closed last autumn. So this might be a good reboot for the future.

10.10 The first speaker was Roger Säljö, who is a professor of pedagogy. Proing for the socio-cultural learning, he tried to set the digital learning in a historical context and making a prognose for the future. According to him, the development is starting to be definable. From a text based-learning environment we are moving into a media- and device-based learning environment. People will also become more and more creative by using their knowledge in unique ways.

10.45 Kia Höök from Stockholm University shows applications that uses the whole body to control the interface. By moving, dancing or sweating these devices are used for gaming or diaries.

 11.20 Agneta Jörbeck from Förskola, Fritid, Skola in Nacka. She talked about the problems of equipping schools with computers, in a well produced seminar where she interacted with recorded films on the screen.

12.15 I visited the discussion forum “Social media as knowledge tools”. Four short themes from four guys, among others the excellent Pelle Pedagog. Lovely discussion with so many perspectives. I had to ask a little myself.

 13.15 Lunch

14.00 Bruce Dixon, Anywhere, Anytime Learning foundation talking about future learning.

 

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About this blog

Starting from a project about foreseeing the future of learning, this blog is an output of thoughts, ideas, comments and research. I am trying to be practical too, providning examples of the different aspects of the subject. My name is Pelle Filipsson and I work as a web pedagog.