The role of technology in Education 3.0
21 Apr 2009

The role of technology in Education 3.0

Note: This article is a part of

21 Apr 2009

Note: This article is a part of the Designing Education 3.0 series at Education Futures.

Little evidence suggests that new technologies in the classroom are being used to transform educational paradigms. At last year’s ASOMEX technology conference, ISTE‘s Don Knezek pointed out that student graduation rates — and their rates of interest in schools — have dropped over the past few decades.  At the same time, investments in educational information and communications technologies continue to expand. If technologies are not making an impact in the classroom today, should they power Education 3.0?

Yes, but we need to use technologies differently.  Moreover,

The problem is that Society 1.0 schools most often use technologies to teach old information rather than taking advantage of them to generate new knowledge.The use of technologies must be purposive and expand to the realm of adopting social technologies in schools. To harness the potential of open, socio-technological systems, 3.0 schools will need to rebuild themselves not on software, not on hardware, but on mindware. Such new technologies integrate the development of imagination, creativity and innovation –all critical in the 21st century workplace.  Mindware maximizes the potentials for human capital development that ambient awareness technologies permit.

Is your school investing in mindware technologies?

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  1. Ruth Howard April 25th, 2009 2:42AM

    I’m thinking along the lines that this really is a natural human potential movement. Seismic shifts on multiple fronts and the old paradigm can no longer exist. Despite and because of control. halelujah!

    Simultaneously the potential for ultimate control is tremendous.

    Could education be a human potential model?

  2. Anonymous April 27th, 2009 10:01PM

    Not sure what is meant by mindware, but check out johansen’s work on mindtools (constructive techniques and tools for enhancing education).

    The culture of education is difficult, representing transition for students. Too many things lie beyond the firewall, inaccessible to students except from home.

    The same disparity that Ray Ozzie has noted, that corporate and personal computing are on different paths, is also a problem.

    Our idea is that students will eventually just want to bring their own hardware to school, especially as durable netbooks become more common among elementary school children.

  3. rhyre April 27th, 2009 10:22PM

    Mindware – reminds me of jonassen’s mindtools idea, working on increasing the users capacity for different kinds of thinking with databases, spreadsheets, etc.

    Check out the page:

  4. scob May 2nd, 2009 6:27PM

    To be able to realise Education 3.0 we are going to need Teacher 3.0. Lets face it, schools teach the “same old crap” because they have the some old teachers!
    I see the need for a serious “top down” change to be able to move education into the 21st and 22nd centuries. Central Government, local Government, Principals, HODs. Time and funding, professional development and continual monitoring to equip teachers to be innovative in their practice and use technology to its potential.

  5. John Moravec May 3rd, 2009 7:51AM

    @rhyre Mindware and mindtools look like complementary ideas. Thanks for sharing the link!

    @scob You’re absolutely right! One of the next posts here will discuss 3.0 teachers. Stay tuned!

  6. May 5th, 2009 1:56AM

    Teachers job is becoming what people are not interested in doing so drastic action must be taken otherwise education will fail in this generation thanks ALABI THOMAS OMOTAYO

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  8. Sui Fai John Mak September 16th, 2009 4:59PM

    Interesting concepts. Imagination, creativity and innovation (ICI) are important in the workplace. Agreed. What is the exact meaning of 3.0 school and mindware? How will the workplace prepare for these graduates in the adoption of the (ICI) ? This would also involve a learning and cultural shift in the way of thinking (ICI), and a change of management and leadership style. Otherwise, our next generation teachers and students could be frustrated when what they learn could not be applied in the workplace, or simply hindered by the technologies or system…


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