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Debating the DIY generation

Tom Chatfield reports from three party conference debates on technology and the future of education, sponsored by Prospect, Channel 4 Education and the Nominet Trust

By Tom Chatfield   175

Above: a digital future for the classroom?

Today marks the start of “get online week”—seven days during which over 3,000 events around the UK will be aiming to help “get 80,000 people taking their first steps online.” It’s as auspicious a time as any to look back over a debate I was lucky enough to chair at each of the party conferences entitled “The DIY Generation: Education 2.0” and devoted to exploring the consequences of the new digital order for education and learning. In addition to Prospect, the debate was sponsored jointly by Channel 4 Education—purveyors of some of the…

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