[Book Review] Authentic learning for the digital generation: raising the potential of technology in the classroom

Buckler, Alison Sarah (2017). [Book Review] Authentic learning for the digital generation: raising the potential of technology in the classroom. Journal of Interactive Media in Education (JIME), 1(6) pp. 1–8.

Abstract

Angela McFarlane’s book on technology in the classroom begins with the enticing question: ‘can we go on confiscating pupils’ smartphones indefinitely?’ As you might expect, her own response to this question is ‘no’. Throughout ‘Authentic Learning for the Digital Generation’, McFarlane maps out the contemporary landscapes of technology and education – both the hardware and tools, and the social/learning spaces enabled by these. Through this mapping she illustrates two key tensions: between a ‘real world’ in which technology-related change is constant, and UK education policy around technology which is static and under-funded, and between out of school environments in which personal devices (for both children and teachers) are embedded, agile and imperative, and in-school environments in which use of these devices is discrete, discreet and often disapproved of.

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