Technology and Youth: A Remix that is Changing the Education LandscapeBy Maria Fusaro 06/23/2009 1:42 PM EST | 11 Comments
New technological tools are expanding — and fundamentally altering — the ways students can interact with the world. Helen Haste, visiting professor at HGSE, offers some provocative views of the implications for education that stem from new means for accessing information, communicating with others, and participating in a community. In these video segments, building on her four decades of research, Haste describes the 21st century student as a collaborative tool user who needs a new brand of competences to thrive within a changing environment.
The student as tool-user
In this first clip, Helen Haste contrasts two ways of conceptualizing the student. In one view, the learner is an individual problem-solver, using logic to work through puzzles independently. In the other view, learners are tool-users, collaborating with others using cultural resources, including technological tools.
Technology and youth participation
The 2008 U.S. election and the street protests in Iran may signal a new era of youth engagement with civic concerns—it’s too soon to say. But from Internet-organized rallies to Twitter-borne bulletins, it is clear that new digital technology is expanding the ways youth can participate in the political process. Participating in public protests and getting involved in single-issue politics are only a subset of the ways youth may demonstrate concern for the community. In this clip, Haste discusses four distinct patterns of youth participation she has identified through a sustained series of surveys, interviews, and related research on civic participation. She also discusses the school’s role in shaping students into competent citizens, able to be effective participants in the larger community.
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Five competences for adapting to a changing world
Helen Haste argues that citizens of the future need to be able to adapt to change, to use new and old tools effectively, and to be confident that they can act in effective ways. In this clip, Haste describes five competences that will be important for students in the 21st century, and should be developed in school.
Rethinking the landscape of education
The British government invited Helen Haste and other leading researchers to report on how technological change will affect education into the future—beyond the year 2025. In their report, Beyond Current Horizons, Haste and her colleagues focused on implications for youth identity, community, and citizenship. In this clip, she describes how the lessons learned from this experience, together with her model of the human as tool user, have led her to rethink the landscape of education.
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