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    Reconceptualising learning

    There is a wider question about whether the structural changes currently being considered, debated and tested are radical enough to shape an education service for the 21st century.

    There is a wider question about whether the structural changes currently being considered, debated and tested are radical enough to shape an education service for the 21st century.

    For instance, today’s students have grown up with digital media in a way that makes it almost as natural as breathing. For education, this opens up possibilities for visualisation and virtual worlds, collaborative discovery, creating shared web content, providing and discussing feedback online, letting students engage in peer review and having more open questioning and discussion – among students themselves, with their teacher and, via the web, with a wider audience. This does not require the confines of a classroom or even a normal school day.

    In addition, neurological research is giving us a whole new understanding of young people’s development. One thing it tells us is that chemical changes in the developing brain mean that teenagers function better later in the day. Academies have been given the power to alter drastically the timetable of the school day and week, as well as the school year, yet very few have gone down this route. There are other implications of brain research on the way the school day is structured. It could be argued that we are still not making full use of what we know about young people’s development in order to create a learning environment that enhances their learning potential.

    Some would say that the recent changes that have been implemented do little more than tinker with existing structures rather than reconceptualising what an education service might look like. Such a way of thinking would debate much more fundamental issues such as the very definition of a school or college, the nature and locus of the virtual and physical classroom, the timing of the year and day and much more.

    • To what extent is the existing definition of school or college as a physical space an outmoded concept?
    • Is the existing definition of school terms and year still relevant?
    • Should schools (and the way they are held to account) be organised based on the age of students?
    • What should a place of learning look like in the 21st century?
    • Should the role of technology be to drive or support independent learning?
    Phase III: Structures, admissions and accountablity
    Total replies: 3 Last comment: 05 Oct 16
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    Gemma, Young person

    The impact of technology within education can lead to positive outcomes in academic attainment , however it has its negatives in relation to social development. Technology has become the new mode of communication and an inspiring place to seek information , explore and expand creativity. It therefore is able to support students outside of the classroom but how far will it go until it removes the important process of communication and eliminate our teacher job roles. The important of developing a relationship with student and enhancing their learning shouldn't solely be left up to technology as most of the current lifestyles within the 21st century has become dedicated to virtual reality . This idea leads a lot of room for errors within the education system.
    A few things to think about
    . Social development
    . Supporting students
    . Diversion of focus
    . Decline in teaching job roles
    . Peer interaction at face value.
    . Concentration leading to long hours spent at a computer.

    Comment on this Comment made: 05 OCT 2016

    rafi, Teacher/other staff

    yes i am agree with you. you and a great aim for other. i or my services are with you. i am thinking just like you. but i have sources.than i start an academy for those people how want to get education my team and i try to do it
    please prayer for us!!!!!!!!!!
    we will prayer for you and your team members May God Bless your and your family and your team members

    Comment on this Comment made: 22 JAN 2015

    Tanya Perry, Teacher/other staff

    Learning is an experience, that would be enhanced by technology. Its use could increase students progress and critical thinking. Being able to access materials virtually, pupils can try to assimilate information for theirselves. Technology can support learning to be more individualised and to track progress more efficiently. It can give pupils chances to source information that can engage and expand creativity and increase curiosity. Therefore, giving pupils chances to explore, expand and derive knowledge using technology, which may not have been accessible if it were a classroom void of technology is a reason to support its implementation. Technology creates a more dynamic world, so why isn't it implemented more fluidly into classrooms to make them more dynamic.

    Comment on this Comment made: 25 AUG 2014

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