Symposium for the Future

logoThe NMC Symposium for the Future is a special 2-day, live online event October 27-29, 2009. They commissioned a few "thought pieces" to get folks thinking before the event about technology and the future. help us to all think about the topic broadly and deeply.

One is from Danah Boyd, Microsoft Research and Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society,called "It is easy to fall in love with technology."  Gardner Campbell, Baylor University, contributed "The Stars our Destination" and Holly Willis, The Institute for Multimedia Literacy at USC, wrote "Tactics and Haptics and a Future That’s Now."

The symposium tries to look at technologies and practices that are just beginning to show promise in an educational or social context, and the applicability of technology to the social, environmental, and educational challenges we face today.

The Symposium is an outgrowth of the NMC’s Emerging Technologies Initiative, which seeks to answer the question of how to keep abreast of emerging technologies that may be important to our collective work as educators. At the core of this initiative is a focus on emerging technologies and the ways they can be applied in the service of teaching, learning, research, and creative inquiry. A major goal is to stimulate systematic thinking about our society and the future of education.

This Symposium is designed as a forum for discussion of the real challenges that face our world and our society, and in particular, how emerging technologies might be applied to solve them.


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