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1. electricity of the skin. The rapid growth of understanding of the brain, in particular, and of genetic systems in general, is matched by the speed of development of information systems. In the foreseeable future, these different fields of innovation may converge to produce intelligent computers which can interact with human consciousness. 10.


New technologies in all their variety are having profound consequences in all areas of our lives. Young people are often more alert to the possibilities of new technologies than their teachers. Schools have been seen traditionally as points of entry to a wider world of information and knowledge. Young people now have direct access to more information than previous generations could guess of, and are often more expert than adults in finding their way to it. Schools will need to think through the implications of this for their own future roles. New technologies offer unprecedented opportunities for young people to broaden their horizons; to find new modes of creativity and to deepen their understanding of the world around them. Schools also have resources available through these technologies to transform methods of teaching and learning. There are benefits and there are risks.

Like it or not, we are living in a time of immense technological change; the world of education is being asked to grapple with challenges and opportunities which almost boggle the imagination. Lord Puttnam of Queensgate

In future, new technologies may create divisions between those who can use them and those who cannot. This argues for systematic and comprehensive programmes of IT education in schools. On the other hand, there are concerns that the use of these technologies in schools could become too pervasive. There are fears that long exposure to screens, and the processes they involve, may have harmful effects. One fear is that young people are not having enough direct contact with others and that this may affect their social development. Second, there are emergent concerns about the possible effects on young peopleテ不 emotional and imaginative development. These and other possible effects have not been evaluated fully from an educational perspective. The best that can be said is that they are simply not understood. Whatever strategies schools do develop, the need will remain to promote other modes of learning and human contact so that the full capacities of young people are developed through and alongside the use of new technologies.

The Challenge for Education

NACCCE report


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All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education Report to the Secretary of State for Education and Employment the Secretary of State for...