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WHAT’S UP? THE FUTURE OF THE EDTECH FROM THE TEACHER’S PERSPECTIVE

Четверг 7 августа 2014

It’s no use denying the fact that the role of technology in our modern life is crucial. It penetrates all spheres of life and it’s become evident that it is the essential part of the state-of-the-art education as well.

 

настроение: creative

ключевые слова: EdTech, Digital Literacies, ICT, Flip Teaching, Blended Learning, British Council

город: Moscow

e-mail: mikesp87@mail.ru

 

It’s important to mention the idea suggested by a contemporary educator Sugata Mitra[1] who claims that the world’s greatest computer has always been in fact… the community of people. And no doubt there’s serious grain of truth in this: the technology shouldn’t be used just for the sake of it. There still should be pedagogy and methodology involved in ICT (Information and communications technology). I studied this idea in detail with a group of Russian teachers during the course provided by the British Council Moscow last year. It was called Digital Literacies and was led by professional trainers in the area of EdTech Gavin Dudeney[2] and Mark Pegrum[3]. In their book Digital Literacies written with Nicky Hockly[4](Pearson Education 2013) they present digital literacy as the fourth essential literacy of our society alongside “the 3 Rs”: reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic. Various digital literacies bring along new horizons to our communication landscape via new web 2.0 tools and social media and it is becoming more significant than ever for language teaching to encompass a wide palette of literacies which go well beyond traditional print literacy.

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