As part of the keynote sessions at the Partnerships for Global Learning conference, a panel of guest speakers was invited to share their opinions on “Technology and the Future of Education” from a global perspective. The panel consisted of Steve Hargadon, Lucy Gray, Julie Lindsay, Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano and me (Anne Mirtschin). Steve ably led the discussions and spent much time preparing the forum questions. Approximately 600 conference participants listened to the panel.
Here are some of the questions directed at the panel members:-
- Please give a favorite example of a use of technology in global education/collaboration
- Have our definitions of global education changed because of the internet and web/collaborative technologies, and how do we begin to identify (store) best practices we’re seeing with technology and global education? That is, what do successful global projects [using technology] look like?
- How do we measure the outcomes of global education, and how is the technology involved?
- In an increasingly test-driven education environment, how do you find leadership support for global activities?
- Students and teachers increasingly lead parallel lives: they are learning from and with new technologies, they are being measured in inadequate ways… Lets’ talk about technology from the educator side
- Are there ways of overcoming technology gaps between participating schools? How do you connect with a school that has low, limited, or no access to technology or connectivity?
- Is global education our end goal? What is your prediction for where we are headed?
Thanks Steve, Julie, Lucy and Silvia and a big thank you to the organisers of this great conference for inviting me to participate. It was such an exciting and proud moment. The conversations continue on our mighty bell space. Please join us.