Communications and Networking in Education: Learning in a Networked Society

Communications and Networking in Education: Learning in a Networked Society


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In most schools the dominant supporting technology has been either the stand-alone personal computer or a modest local network. The situation is changing rapidly as a rising number of schools provide access to the Internet for their staff and pupils, opening avenues for communication and networking hitherto not possible.
This book reflects on this change. It aims to further the vision of how these new technologies could improve and transform aspects of education. Yet in parallel it asks serious questions about the realities of an interface between the social, cultural and pedagogical contexts of education and the actual affordances that these new information and communication technologies offer.
The chapters in this book provide a heady mix of foresight and practical reporting, of planning for the future but at the same time respecting the problems education already has with current technologies. The richness of the points presented here stems in part from the range of experience of the international authors - from academics and administrators, to teachers and curriculum designers. This mix ensures that the central questions on communications and networking in education are considered not simply from a variety of personal perspectives, but also from different cultural and environmental experiences. And yet interest also lies in the commonality of reporting and discussion based on activity in the field. All the contributions draw heavily on research and experience in devising and running projects and experimental activities in a range of schools and teacher-training institutions and environments. The opinions expressed are thus grounded in knowledge gained from work embedded in the reality of today's educational settings. This must be the only sound base upon which to consider the issues of the future.
This book is essential reading for all professionals involved in all aspects of information and communication technologies in education. Teachers, lecturers, researchers, students and administrators will find it invaluable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475748130
Publisher: Springer US
Publication date: 03/14/2013
Series: IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology , #35
Edition description: 2000
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

Deryn Watson is Professor of Information Technologies and Education at the School of Education, King's College London, UK.

Toni Downes is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Languages, University of Western Sydney, Australia.

Table of Contents

Preface. Part 1: The Global Context. Communications in an era of networks; D. Watson, T. Downes. The future of technology and education: Where are we heading? M. Riel. Technology in transforming education; A.L. Semenov. Part 2: Networked Learning in Action. Interactive distance learning between Japan and Germany; H. Koizumi, et al. Creativity, visual literacy and information and communications technology; A.M. Loveless. Collaborative teacher training through telematics; G. Chiappini, et al. Approaching pedagogical networking through teacher education; T. Nummi, et al. Lurking, anonymity and participation in computer conferencing; J. Pearson. Computer-mediated communication in adult education; K. Denning, M. Davis. Projects in networked learning: European experiences. Part 3: Models and Issues in Networked Learning. A model for the study and design of teaching situations with ICT; S. Kennewell. Modelling online education; V. Midoro. Online university degree programmes; T.R. Cannings, S.G. Talley. The teacher as a mediator in a networked society; A. Klein, H. Godinet. Social interactions and the construction of knowledge in computer-mediated environments; C. Dowling. ICT as a tool for learning to learn; P. Forcheri, M.T. Molfino. Extending the role of glossaries in a virtual learning environment; K. Sinitsa, A. Manako. Virtual environments in educational networks; C. Bouras, et al. Issues and discussions around networked learning. Part 4: Cognition and Learning. Cognitive development in ICT contexts; P. Gibbons, et al. Using ICT to support constructive learning; C. Qi, Z. Jainwei. Computer-based communications in the classroom; R.M. Bottino. Mathematical website constructions for prospective elementary school teachers; J. Carter, B.J. Ferrucci. Part 5: National and System-wide Programmes. Information and communication technologies in Finnish education; M. Sinko, E. Kiesi. Preparing teachers for the connected learning community; D. Passey. Supporting pedagogical change through teacher development. J. Murray. Schools as partners in creating a learning city. M. Kendall. Part 6: Reflections on Research in ICT and Learning. Information and communication technology in education: Desires, promises, and obstacles; E. Lehtinen. Index.

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