Disruptive education

I gave a talk this morning at a conference for teachers, public servants and industry partners connected with the Singapore FutureSchools project. A sum of S$80 million is being invested over a period of four years (2008 to May 2012), involving a pioneer batch of six schools. The distinguishing feature of these schools will be their capacity to leverage the latest ICTs and innovative school design to deliver an engaging learning experience for students. Collaboration with business is important and there are around 25 industry partners including Microsoft, HP and Pearson among others. The focus of my presentation was how mainstream education practices are being disrupted by the burgeoning growth of social media, and how this is changing the way people learn.