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Information and Communication Technologies in Schools : A Handbook for Teachers or How ICT Can Create New, Open Learning Environments

Alexey Semenov

lundi 17 avril 2006, par anass

Modern civilization is characterized by the growing pace of change. The economy now undergoes a radical transformation (including the structure of the labour market and requirements for job qualifications) within a single generation. Because of the enormous difficulty in understanding, appreciating and even surviving change, we talk about the impact of these changes as future shock. On the other hand, these fundamental shifts do not appear suddenly, as bolts from the blue : they are always a part of a longer historical evolution, in which technological development plays a part.

It is not out of place to cite Alvin Toffler who coined the term future shock about forty years ago :

In dealing with the future, at least for the purpose at hand, it is more important to be imaginative and insightful than to be one hundred percent “right”. Theories do not have to be “right” to be enormously useful. Even error has its uses. The maps of the world drawn by medieval cartographers were so hopelessly inaccurate, so filled with factual error, that they elicit condescending smile today...Yet the great explorers could never have discovered the New World without them. (Toffler 1970)

We believe that ICT will be a key factor in future positive change - provided they are in the possession of people who use them creatively and for the common good.

Source : UNESCO.2005.Auteur :Alexey Semenov

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