Educational Applications of Information Technologies by International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) WG 3.3
Thursday, March 10 8:45 AM-9:45 AM
Abstract: How should young people be learning? Are teachers ready to teach in the 21st century? What does research tell us? And what are the challenges for researchers in the next few years? Mary Webb will introduce the successes, challenges and opportunities identified through the work of International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 3.3 whose members research educational applications of information technologies in more than 20 different countries across the globe. This will then be illustrated by key members of the working group: Based on an analysis of models for 21st century learning and on findings from the Second International Technology in Education Study Joke Voogt will identify findings relevant to the preparation of teachers for teaching with technology in the 21st century. Researching the impact of IT on teachers’ uptake and practices not only has to take account of the type of technology implied by IT but also the range of institutional, contextual and personal factors which might inhibit or enhance its use in education. Drawing on many studies across the globe Margaret Cox will discuss the impact of IT in education, the implications of how effective research is and how it can inform future policy and practice. We know social interaction supports learning, and this can be difficult online, on time. Andrew Fluck will describe how advances in artificial intelligence offer a possible solution which is being applied to behavior management scenarios in teacher education. Niki Davis will respond to the Keynote panelists drawing on decades of engagement and leadership with SITE and IFIP.