FOTE2008: 2nd Session ?, Ian Forresster (BBC), Ian Broad (Yahoo), Phil Butler (ULCC)

Mobile technology, Harold ?

Not quite sure what is being said other than it’s been suggested that we revisit Vygotsky and apply it to the use of mobile technology in learning and teaching.

He asserts that education ‘will’ move toward a more consumerist based economy, and that the customer choice will be based on the use of technology, mobile technology. And that they will do this because they will have better job prospects.

..l and then he just stopped.

Why Portability Matters – Ian Forrester, BBC backstage

There is a revolution in tech, this is based on the user being in control. But are they?

  • Data portability – principles
  • Ian Forrester - BBC Backstage

  • Bill of Rights for users
  • Ian Forrester BBC Backstage 1

Cloud computing – beware of propriety tools in the cloud, “how do you get stuff out of SL”, there is a lot of service lock in. Good quote from Stallman:

cloud computing forces people to hand over control of their information to a third party. His objections echo his longstanding belief in non-proprietary software. One reason you should not use Web applications to do your computing is that you lose control, It’s just as bad as using a proprietary program.

Likes Bascamp for project management and Yammer as an alternative for Twitter, BlipTV instead of youtube

Opening up the Web, James Broad, Yahoo

“Yahoo is my home,
my girlfriend hates my job,
I do css and stuff”

How lucky are we – tech innovation,  SatNav, Mobiles, sharing stuff across all activities

The Web 10 years ago, mostly read only, 1996 45 million users, mainly company websites, homepages, portals, basic webforms, Netscape or IE.

The Advances, Javascript, PHP, ASP, JSP, XML, RSS, Web Services, Communities, Tagging, Web Apps (The Web of today)

He seems to be trying to atribute a lot of social activity to tech advances, which it can, but.. “the web as gone through a a massive advancement (image of Facebook)”

We (Yahoo) realise that trust is a big issue

Dismisses encarta as something that we could have been ‘fed’, it could be biased by the author, whereas he asserts that wikipedia is something that is safer! He is very dissapointed that he didn’t have wikipedia during his education (I think he’s serious!).

A quick reflection on the title of the conference – I’m sure that he’ll make a reference to education.

Phil Butler

Lunch is Next (Phil’s first slide).

I’m not a technologist, I don’t even like technology.

The future of technology for me is something that does what it does when I need it to.

Harnessing Technology Review

It [technology] motivates learners
It opens up a world of resources and materials
Learning will be personalised

Learning culture is shifting

  • individual > social
  • information > communication
  • passive > interactive
  • insitutional tools > personalised tools


Melissa Highton: Who should be responsible for teaching digital literacies

  1. Harold – there is a new paradigm of digital culture
  2. Ian F – the BBC is good, everyone needs to learn, a combination of teachers, friends and peers should be responsible
  3. IanB – I’ve got a little sister and I believe in this, Yahoo answers is the answer
  4. Phil B – Digital literacies – immigrants and natives, we’re all immigrants

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