This 2012 Cisco White Paper reviews a number of case studies of where technology is effectively used to improve learning.
Other key points include:
- it is critical to look at the underlying conditions that provide the foundations of success,
including culture, relationships, and approach.
- a culture of responsibility and trust can act as a powerful support for innovative development
- good relationships underpin the collaboration required in so many excellent projects
- and a design approach that engages and works with all stakeholders in education can ensure initiatives do not
become detached from addressing “the hopes and fears of all the years”.
An additional trend that appears in some of the case studies may be summarized as a growing democratization of education. Several case studies point to an approach where education is done with and by learners rather than done to them. If it is true that learners more readily adopt and adapt technology, perhaps technology has an important role to play in encouraging that agency and increasing motivation. The future may hold less fitting technology to existing systems of curriculum.