English Language Teaching in the Digital Age

I am preparing a presentation for a teleconference on ICT in ELT in Vietnam sponsored by Pearson on 23 September. When doing some research to enrich my talk, I came across with a lot of useful stuffs which inspire me to put more time and effort for this presentation. First, I am stung with the concept of society 3.0 in the digital era which was described clearly in the following slides by John Moravec, Ph.D from University of Minnesota

In his presentation and articles, John Moravec provides three paradigms in education which are much influenced by the similar concept in technology (Web 1.0 static web -> Web 2.0 user-generated contents -> Web 3.0 semantic web)

Education 1.0 is pertained to pre-industrial, industrial, information age whereby education aims at producing obedient workers who can perform well in his/her role in a factory.

Education 2.0 is pertained to the knowledge-based society influenced by the development of technology (as depicted in The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman) and globalization. In this society, information is not very important, but the significant thing is how to process information into knowledge. Education are supposed to create knowledge-generated and value-constructed generations rather than obedient students.

Education 3.0 serves the development of society 3.0. It is a creative society with accelerating changes, global interdependence and of knowmads – those who work creatively, own great imagination,  have the ability to make inventions and can work with anyone, anywhere, any time.

The popular modes of learning in society 2.0 and 3.0 are collaboration, personalized and self-paced learning, differentiated instruction, and blended learning in virtual classes or schools. Virtual learning is a new kind of social and cultural interaction in this mode of teaching.

It can be seen clearly that the current trends in education are learning via social media network including Facebook, Xu Twitter,YouTube, Linkedin, Slideshare, …

To address the demands for these types of learning, teachers are supposed to teach creativity, imagination and ability of invention rather than teach old ideas/concept with ICT.

John Moravec concluded that education 1.0 can not educate people for the society 3.0. What does it mean for us as ELT professionals? We are in a part of the whole educational system, what we can do to make changes accordingly? These are questions I am going to pose for participants in the teleconference.

John Moravec also introduced the concept of  visible learning as in his project.

What do you think and suggest to move forward? Do you have any recommendations for my presentation?


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