Event Details

4x Series: Tech Challenges: Surfing and Diving Deep

December 04, 2014


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Sess 4) Digital Learning : Individual Adaptive Construction or Connected Social Interaction? ›


Sess 1 Internet of Things:  Luxury for the Rich or Sustainable Equity for All?

The multiplication of communicative objects that take decisions without human intervention is not a simple technological phenomenon, but a complex reorganization of social interaction. Will this development enable greater equity throughout the world, or will it widen the digital gap?

Sess 2 Digital Reality: Escape to a Virtual World or Explore an Augmented Culture?

The combination of virtual reality, game theory and gamification techniques has given impulse to the development of new approaches to many aspects of life, including learning, medicine, and economics. Is this combination leading us to a closed “playground” where fantasy dominates, or can we develop an enriched contextualized culture?

Sess 3 Human Bionics: More Freedom or Electronic Slavery?

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Engineered extensions of the body, such as intelligent prostheses, implants for enhanced perception and automated medical treatments are going to be the norm. They may be seen as part of a desirable future of greater autonomy and freedom, or as instruments of greater dependency and surveillance of citizens.

Issues to be covered include:

  • Before, we used technology to change the environment. Now we use it to change ourselves.
  • If bionics can treat depression effectively, should they be used to induce feelings of happiness?
  • Elective amputation and bionic replacement - it's here, now!
  • An artificial limb connected to your cell phone could be hackable!
  • A bionic hand that can feel - it's here, now!
  • Who is responsible when a thought-controlled device causes unintended harm?
  • Electronic devices will include living tissue, and be grafted, not implanted.

Sess 4 Digital Learning : Individual Adaptive Construction or Connected Social Interaction?

Education technology is developing to include multiple media combinations, in order to deal with complexity of codes, content, interactions, and cognitive processes. Some solutions favour individual adaptive learning as a personal cognitive structure, while others provide learning environments for collaborative cognitive development. How can they be merged?

About the Presenters: Ray Gallon is owner of Culturecom, a consultantancy specialized in Business Process Improvement through Communication, and co-founder of The Transformation Society. He has over 20 years' experience in the technical content industries, including major companies such as IBM, Alcatel, and General Electric Health Care. Previously, Ray was an award-winning radio producer and journalist, working with broadcasters such as CBC Canada, NPR United States, France Culture, Radio Netherlands International, Deutsche Welle, WDR Cologne, Germany. In the late 80's, Ray was program manager of WNYC-FM, New York Public Radio. Ray is a member of the international board of directors of the Society for Technical Communication STC and past president of STC France. He is a two-time winner of awards in the trans-European technical communication competition, including Best in Show. He is a frequent speaker on communications topics at conferences and seminars around the world, and has taught communications subjects at New York University, The New School New York City, Université de Toulouse Le Mirail France, Université Paul Valéry Montpellier, France and Université de Paris Diderot.

Neus Lorenzo PhD is Inspector of Education in Catalonia Spain and cofounder of The Transformation Society. She is the former head of the Foreign Language Service in the Departament d’Ensenyament, the local Ministry of Education. She has worked as a training adviser at the Council of Europe for Pestalozzi courses, as advisor for the Anna Lindh Foundation in Amman Jordan and Alexandria Egypt, and at the Inspectorate of Education in the Generalitat de Catalunya Catalan government. She has also represented the Spanish autonomies before the education committee of the European Parliament. She is an author and co-author of educational material and textbooks for Oxford University Press, Richmond-Santillana, Oceano, and McGraw Hill. Her areas of expertise include communication, language learning, digital learning, ICT, organizational networking, educational assessment, international collaboration, and headmaster coaching. In addition to her duties with The Transformation Society, she is currently doing research with the Jaume Bofill Foundation, the OECD, several Catalan universities.