As we are on the brink of a fundamental shift in society, Ericsson is also set out to unlock the full potential of learning and education. Students and progressive teachers empowered by technology are turning established models on their heads while new skills and educational platforms are redefining our systems and institutions.
At the video briefing amongst 3 notable countries Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya, Ericsson lectured that implementing ICT into the classroom, facilitates more information, analytical skills, connectivity and behavioural pattern which provide maximum transparency between school and home lectures.
According to Ericsson’s literature on Learning and Education in the Networked Society, today’s young people live in an interactive culture characterized by unlimited access to information and content, anytime, anywhere. It is a culture that relies on peer-to-peer interaction for information to legitimize opinions, actions and behaviour. . This behaviour is fundamentally changing our society and in particular the institutions of learning and education.
It is also a culture that is fiercely entrepreneurial. The internet is their experimental workshop where user-driven trial and error teaches entrepreneurial skills and helps the best ideas to quickly rise to the top. It is a collaborative style of learning that is defined by openness and sharing.
Today a person with a smartphone has instantaneous access to millions of articles, books, essays, academic research, instructions and lectures on every imaginable subject. This development has broken down the barriers that used to exist between knowledge and the schools and libraries that were the gatekeepers of this knowledge.
ICT is significantly impacting how schools are organized and run. This change can be grouped into six specific areas that concern both processes and physical space. One of this areas is the work tools which includes the tools of the trade for learning and education are changing as students bring their own devices with them, be it a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Progressive schools are working with 1:1 programs, where every student and teacher gets a laptop or tablet.
Under the technical solution, Ericsson has the network connectivity and solutions for content management, communication and interactivity have become critical infrastructure for schools. The work space is also to be considered because through connectivity and mobility any space can be a potential place for school work and learning. The virtual classroom can complement the physical classroom and encourage collaboration, especially in areas where distance and travel are factors.
The ways of working is also to be considered because the idea that students should do one specific thing at one particular time is based on the needs of an industrial society. Project-based learning is more aligned with the reality of today’s information society. In project, students learn how to divide and take responsibility for different parts of their project, getting the opportunity to work both individually and in groups.
Teachers are, and will be, a vital part of education – but their role is changing. New ways of working mean the teacher’s role is going from being a “sage on the stage” to a “guide by the side.” Connected devices and new technical platforms are giving parents better insight into their students’ performance, as well as more direct contact with teachers and school administrators; this has to do with work relations.
Basic skills such as reading, writing and calculating will always be important- but in our rapidly changing world new skills and the passion for constant learning are becoming increasingly important. Students need to know how to deal with the unlimited amount of information that is available on the internet. They must learn how to sift through it, find relevant, trustworthy information, and analyse and understand it in different contexts.