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Lord Puttnam on Educating for the Digital Society

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Mary Lynch says: 20 Jan 2010 19:28

It is great to see an Oscar winner and a man with passion and intelligence working on a project of this importance for society. Ireland are really in a strong position to take full advantage of digital education. If we wait the consequences will be evident on all classes of society. Let's push for a product on this.

Miaki Raga says: 20 Jan 2010 17:59

Very enlightening discussion. I think it's important that all the bases are covered for digital natives to ensure they have a rounded education. It's important that everyone of all ages keeps up too.

jMullins says: 20 Jan 2010 11:50

Excellent talk. I do think educating for a digital society is the way forward. However a lot of questions need to be answered. Who is going to teach the actual teachers in the latest technology because right now the younger generations that need education are way ahead in terms of ability to use digital technology? Gaming and education is an interesting concept if produced effectively. I also think educating users to find quality information you can trust is key.

John Dillon says: 20 Jan 2010 11:21

An inspirational speech for policy-makers, educators and students on how the internet has transformed learning.Much like the IIEA's event with Mark Little outlining a "filter" role for journalists, Lord Puttnam foresees a similar role for teachers at 8:45-9:1O to help students navigate their way in the digital society.

John F says: 19 Jan 2010 23:47

Some research on educational results suggest that key differences in test scores come down to an ability to see long-term, e.g. studying for hours = greater wages later in life. The kids who tend not to be able to see long-term, do worse. Computer games tend to provide immediate results in an understandable way. I think this is at the core of their universal appeal. If they can be adepted effectively to be even more educational than they are now), they could become an extremely useful tool.

John F says: 19 Jan 2010 23:43

However, looking at games from an abstract point of view, they are essentially problem solving enterprises, where you start a new game and need to analyse the system, the rules, the cause and effect, in order to achieve. You may try different tactics to see which work best, you may get advice from a friend or even serach online for information. This is all because of a desire to win the game.

John F says: 19 Jan 2010 23:43

I think his point regarding computer games in education is an interesting one. It's an area by in large ignored by policy makers because it's not something that they themselves do. They only get interested when trying to restrict violence and such.

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About this Event

19 Jan 2010 @ 9:00

Educating for the Digital Society

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About the topic:

Lord Puttnam addressed a breakfast meeting of the IIEA's Digital Future Group on the topic of Education in the Digital Society.  Introducing his keynote with a short clip from his latest film, We are the people we are waiting for, the Oscar-winning film producer highlighted the crucial role of the education system in preparing young people of today for the emerging Digital society of tomorrow.  He emphasised the need for the education system to embrace technology and foster digital literacy at an early stage to create the next generation of informed and responsible digital participants.  He called on Government to prioritise education spending and provide the resources necessary to meet this challenge.  As a resident of County Cork and chairperson of the Irish Government's International Content Services Centre Taskforce, Lord Puttnam takes a keen interest in developments in Ireland and he concluded his speech with his observations on the Irish education system.


About the speaker:

David Puttnam spent thirty years as an independent film producer.   His many award winning films include The Mission, the Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone, and the Memphis Belle.

He retired from film production in 1998 and now focuses on his work in education and the environment.  In 1998 he founded that National Teaching Awards which he Chaired until October 2008.  He served as the first Chair of the General Teaching Council (2000-2002), and on a variety of other public bodies.   He was founding Chair of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, and for ten years chaired the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, as well as serving as a Trustee of both the Tate Gallery and the Science Museum.. He has also recently become a Trustee of the Eden Project.  He was also Vice President and Chair of Trustees at BAFTA (British Academy of Film & Television Arts) from 1994 to 2004, and was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship in 2006. 

He was appointed President of UNICEF UK in July 2002, and played a key role in promoting UNICEF’s advocacy, awareness and fundraising objectives.  He retired from this post in July 2009.  

In February 2006, he became Deputy Chairman of Channel Four, and in April 2006 Chairman of Futurelab.   In April 2007 he became the Chairman of Profero. In the same month he was also appointed Chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Climate Change Bill Scrutiny Committee.  Also in 2007 he was appointed as Chairman of North Music Trust, The Sage Gateshead.  Most recently he was made President of the FDA. 

David was awarded a CBE in 1982, received a Knighthood in 1995 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997.    In France he has been honoured as a Chevalier (‘85), Officer (’92) and, most recently (2006) Commander of Arts and Letters.

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