Category Archives: MacArthur Foundation

Handheld Learning 2007, Day 1, Opening Session, part II

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The international speakers…..

Tarek Shawki, Section Chief, ICTs in Education, Science, Culture, Information Society Division, Communication & Information Sector, UNESCO.

On ICT Utilization towards Building Global Knowledge Societies

UNESCO as a laboratory of ideas and standard-setter; also a clearing house to disseminate info to member states.

Priorities:

  • Access to networks and high quality content
  • Dealing with cost of access; capacity building
  • Content development
  • Freedom of expression
  • Media development
  • Knowledge preservation

E-knowledge requires a lot of (different) players

Mr. Shawki then continued to talk about organizational structures and partnerships, which I won’t try to describe here, but which is important in that it shows how ICT developments are happening globally.

Final comment: UNESCO is working on a report comparing all of the different mobile devices for individual governments who are confused with regards to what’s out there.

Next up, Francesc Pedro from OECD’s CERI. His presentation is pretty much the same thing he did at NECC, which I blogged here. He did show some interesting MacArthur-Foundation-made videos.

Francesc’s key point I think is that there is a real need for solid, research-based information in the area of ICT for learning, especially on an international  level, and a need to focus on the changes that learners are bringing.

Not a lot of talk about mobile learning in these two presentations, but more big-picture issues to think about …

Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning (MacArthur Foundation)

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Not one of my deeper thinking pieces, but an important entry nonetheless: The MacArthur Foundation announced its

five-year, $50 million digital media and learning initiative in 2006 to help determine how digital technologies are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. Answers are critical to developing educational and other social institutions that can meet the needs of this and future generations. The initiative is both marshaling what is already known about the field and seeding innovation for continued growth.

Not sure how I missed this one, as the announcement came last Thursday. The project website is accompanied by a blog to which the likes of Mimi Ito, Henry Jenkins, and danah boyd are contributing. Very exciting stuff, and an area of digital technology research I’ve gotten increasingly interested in.

For a synopsis of the initiative’s launch, see danah boyd’s post on the Spotlight blog.  More than worth a read….

 

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