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Transformative Approaches to New Technologies and Student Diversity in Futures Oriented Classrooms

by Rowan, Leonie.
Authors: Bigum, Chris.%editor. | SpringerLink (Online service) Physical details: X, 242 p. online resource. ISBN: 9400726422 Subject(s): Education. | Curriculum planning. | Literacy. | Education. | Educational Technology. | Sociology of Education. | Literacy. | International and Comparative Education. | Curriculum Studies.
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List of contributors -- Part 1 -- Chapter 1: Educational Futures: technologies, schools, and diverse learners: Leonie Rowan -- Chapter 2: Schools and computers:  tales of a digital romance: Chris Bigum -- Chapter 3: Edges, exponentials & education: disenthralling the digital: Chris Bigum -- Chapter 4: Educated hope, modest ambition and school based equity reforms: possibilities and perspectives for change: Leonie Rowan -- Part 2: Chapter 5: Relationship centred schooling and knowledge producing schools: Carmel McGrath, Leonie Rowan -- Chapter 6: Empowering students as knowledge builders: Jan van Aalst and Carol K.K. Chan -- Chapter 7: Changing spaces, changing places: Helena Gillespie and Rob Walker -- Chapter 8: Teaching & learning: tales from the ampersand: Pam Hook -- Chapter 9 : Making scissors and paper rock: Old world technologies for re-engaging students in mathematics classrooms: Margaret Marshman & Peter Grootenboer -- Chapter 10: Swimming between the flags: The Floating World project: Craig Smith -- Chapter 11: Whose educational futures? Widening the debate: Mary Ulicksak and Keri Facer -- Chapter 12: Feedback clickers in plenary lectures: a new tool for formative assessment?: Rune Krumsvik -- Chapter 13: Imagining futures: Leonie Rowan -- Index: Subject -- Index: Names.

In this book we outline an optimistic, aspirational and unashamedly ambitious agenda for schooling.  We make cautious use of the concept of  ‘future proofing’ to signal the commitment of the various authors to re-thinking the purposes, content and processes of schooling with a view to ensuring that all children, from all backgrounds are prepared by their education to make a positive contribution to the futures that are ahead of them.
The book focuses on issues relating to technology and social justice to re-examine the traditional relationship between schools and technology, between schools and diverse learners, and between schools, children and knowledge. Drawing from examples from around the world, the book explores practical ways that diverse schools have worked to celebrate diverse understandings of what it means to be a learner, a citizen, a worker in these changed and changing times and the ways different technologies can support this agenda.
"Bigum and Rowan have put together a star collection of the most innovative researchers’ across the world. This will be a ‘must have’ book for anyone who knows anything about the field."  Prof Bridget Somekh Manchester Metropolitan University

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