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Divergent discourses

June 12th, 2011 by Graham Attwell

I have been watching quite a few of the TED talks lately, having participated in the TEDxKids event ten days ago in Brussels as a guest reporter on Twitter. And I am struck by the vast and seemingly goring gulf in the discourse between those advocating the imaginative use of computers and mobile devices for learning and the official discourses of education administrations. Whilst TED speakers promote creativity, the need to make mistakes, active making and learning, the use of games and collaborative approaches to learning, official discourses, at least in England and it seems in many other countries too, talk of outcomes and testing, curriculum, of behaviour and discipline and so on.

It is hard to see how these different discourses can be resolved.It is also sometimes hard to see the spaces in the official education systems for the creative spaces for experimenting that are needed if we are to introduce new pedagogic approaches to teaching and learning.

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