Exploring new frontiers in education

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Ravi Gupta, Editor-in-Chief

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

If the past is any guide, then the predictions for 2012 are certainly going to be wrong. Let’s face it: in years to come, education for millions of children will become a laptop, tablet and cellphone experience. The year 2011 saw India making a major push towards digitising education. In January 2012 issue of digitalLEARNING, we take a broad overview of the trends for ICT in the education space.

This issue is a compendium of thoughts expressed by the eminent leaders, thinkers and innovators who attended eINDIA 2011, the prestigious three day conclave organised in Gujarat. eINDIA 2011 was all about taking a multifaceted look at a set of ICTs that are changing the world in more ways than anyone of us could ever have foreseen. A large number of technology options for constructivist, meaningful learning have already become available; in times to come we can expect even better digital education products.

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The world of technology is witnessing tectonic developments. Many panellists at eINDIA 2011 were of the opinion that we should choose our technology wisely, if we can. Through digital tools students can have access to all kinds of dynamic, interactive illustrations. This makes it easier for them to understand abstruse academic concepts.

Imagine a system that allows teachers and students to interact on social media. Students might start receiving educational material on Facebook. The knowledge and growth potential are vast. The young generation is growing in a digital age, for them learning needs to be relevant, meaningful and fun. Allowing them to use social media tools to achieve learning objectives makes sense in the globally connected, digital world.

digitalLEARNING began its journey seventy four months ago. In February 2012, we will be celebrating a momentous landmark – the magazine’s 75th issue. And we assure you that we are going to do everything to make the 75th issue truly memorable. As usual we invite our readers to share their own thoughts, through blog comments at our website, on where they hope digital technology in education will go.

We look forward to your participation in our forthcoming issue.

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