Theme 1 Table 4 (Red)

Implications of continuously emerging technologies for learning and learners

Facilitator: Andrew Williams
Provocateur: Judy Fawcett
Topic: The future learning environment, teacher and student roles and experiences; What’s the difference?

Comments from the Table to be added below


Skills Knowledge and literacies

Not all students are "digital natives." They need to learn how to use the technologies for education purposes.

Assessment and curriculum development

If online work is assessible students are encouraged to use the technology.


Mass amateurisation

Technologies exist to help teachers easily create digital learning material.

Mass amaterisation. Teachers can put their material "out there" online for other educators to assess its worth.

Teaching methods

Teachers are very necessary still. The teachers need a new skill set in order to take advantage of the technologies, but they are required to facilitate learning. Often teacher education is given too low a priority.

Technology skills should not be partitioned from other teaching skills (science, maths). Risk in separating these teaching skills. Teachers need to know how to orchestrate learning and manage learning environment. This may or may not involve technology.

VET perspective - Framework has provided many teacher learning opportunities.

Some sections of teacher training is currently content focussed. Other, more generic skills, including use of technology, are required for effective teaching. Current focus on direct instruction. System drivers counteract innovation drivers. Students are assessment focussed and also motivated by getting jobs (that's why they're learning).

It takes a great deal of time for teachers to teach with technology. It does not make teaching more efficient.



Technology facilitates access to information. Also facilitates revision (particlarly good for ESL stuedents). Technology can create efficiencies but does not necessarily change underlying technical techniques.

Students resist education's appropriation of "private" online spaces for teaching and learning.