Journal article

The education revolution or devolution: the consequences of an iPad for every child

15 Jun 2014

Schools in Australia and overseas are rapidly introducing and then replacing new forms of information technology as learning aids. There is a growing trend for this to include individual personalised devices which provide ‘24/7 access’ to the internet and effectively endless information, apps and virtual gadgetry. The drivers of these programs reflect the way we have come to think about our relationship with technology, nature and the purpose of education, generating a range of consequences that are incompatible with sustainable development. This paper aims to illustrate how we can reveal this largely unrecognised way of thinking that underpins how we relate with the world, and thereby harness opportunities for change.

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