Why do we need to know about social software?

….we are witnessing the rapid proliferation of technologies which are less about ‘narrowcasting’ to individuals, than the creation of communities and resources in which individuals come together to learn, collaborate and build knowledge (social software).Social software and learning, Futurelab 2006

The Social software and learning, report from Futurelab provides an important paper for discussion and debate around the issues of the changing view of education and the skills young people need to develop in the global knowledge economy. 

Futurelab, a not-for-profit UK organisation, works in partnership with industry, policy and practice to:

  • incubate new ideas, taking them from the lab to the classroom
  • provide evidence and practical advice to support the design and use of innovative learning tools
  • communicate latest thinking and practice in educational ICT
  • provide the space for experimentation and exchange of ideas between the creative, technology and education sectors.

You can find out more about the work of Futurelab by coming along to the next education.au seminar in Sydney, Friday 4 August. Annika Small, CEO of Futurelab will be one of the speakers along with Phillip Adams, broadcaster, writer and film maker and James Farmer, Melbourne based online communications designer and Online Community Editor at The Age.

To register go to: https://secure.educationau.edu.au

For further information and program go to: http://www.educationau.edu.au/whatschanged

Deebo – Deanne Bullen – education.au

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