We all need guidance if we are to make the most of the new tools and opportunities that we face. Worse still, many technocrats and hardware manufacturers would have us look in the wrong direction for an answer. For the imminent learning revolution will come not from any particular technology but from a blend of past and current good practice, new learning approaches informed by brain research, developments in learning style analysis and findings in clinical psychology. In the next ten years, we will learn with increasing certainty how to make learning stick.
The use of ICT in all its forms may well have a dramatic and catalytic role to play in the learning revolution, especially as we learn more about subtle interplay between hearing, seeing and doing in the learning process. Yet for the moment we are in real danger of confusing the catalyst with the effect and while our gaze remains fixed on the technology, the dramatic learning opportunities it might assist may well pass us by. It’s time to stop enshrining and elevating the technology and focus on the learning.