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In 2008 is perhaps the year most of todays popular ed-tech gurus first flew solo. In the same year the Joint Research Centre Institute for Prospective Technological Studies in Europe, a peak research body drawing on work from numerous Universities and Commercial bodies looked at what the trend to 2020 would be, in terms of preparing societies for work and keeping them in work (relative to technology). They had apparently seen this trend emerging in journals, research and books on the topic. I know, hard to believe bloggers didn’t invent shifting-change.

They found 4 pillars needed in the future of learning which still seem valid to me.

1. Make lifelong learning and learner mobility a reality;
2. Improve the quality and efficiency of provision and outcomes;
3. Promote equity and active citizenship;
4. Enhance innovation and creativity, including entrepreneurship, at all levels of Education and Training.

The didn’t talk about tools or e-society, they just talked about learning, training and employment needs of European societies.

There are those who’s views fit the facts and those fit the facts to their view. Where this report looked at extensive facts, the dominant story of education told via social-media layers between 2008 and now – is that Web2.0 and ‘being connected’ is not the most important factor in ‘change’. Quite different things. We know technology is important, but I don’t think it’s important to learn in a dime-museum.

Yesterday I say Jane McGonagil “Reality is Broken” author and popular TED speaker posted to Twitter how when she gets her 40,0000th follower, she will randomly follow 4 more people. Hey Jane! can you patronise me a little more please – and thanks for pulp-fictionising the works of others for the masses too. BTW you’re ideas on community in your book – lack evidence.

Stick-to-your-guns, follow the evidence – the muffins are a lie.

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