How can we make change happen?
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The Digital Agenda Assembly explores new ideas to make change happen on the educational scene. Robert Murdoch at the eG8 recalled that education was the pending challenge for our already digital societies. Do we have concrete ideas of how to push changes in educative systems.
How can we capture the innovation that takes place at the local level. Are we sure that we can transfer innovation as it is or shall we concentrate on the inspirational dimension of some initiatives to generate a myriad of new ones?
Do we believe that we are still in a early adopter phase and that we need still a lot to be done at the infrastructure level? There are many examples in Europe that demonstrates that very few students really access computers during class hours. Is this an "infrastructure problem" or the consequence of other type of barriers to innovation that are part of the system. Changing the system may in this case be impossible in a progressive way but should require a complete "revolution".
Is the way backwards possible today? Can we still discuss the role and impact of ICT in school or should we consider that there is no way back and that the only valid question is: what do we do now to make sure that teachers and students use ICT on a daily basis in school.
How do we cope with the lack of pedagogical vision at the school level and at the overall system level? What should be the role and responsibilities of the policy makers in this context? Can we overcome the many inhibitors to innovation in the classroom giving "time to time" or shall we impose new models? Why are countries so prone in changing curriculum everytime there is a change of government and why are they so cautious when adressing the role of ICT and the need for new learning environments? Do we really believe that the growing autonomy given to head teachers can lead to a quicker implementation of innovation in the classroom? Or shall we consider that this autonomy will reinforce the fragmentation of views and visions on the added value of technology to pedagogy and more globally to learning,