A generation after the technological revolution brought about by the internet and affordable, easy-to-use digital devices, “adapters” and “native users” bring diverse experiences and points of view on to the growing presence of the digital realm. In education, this generational divide has both negative and positive aspects, such as the effects of the adoption of digital platforms on child development and the merits of unfettered access to knowledge.
This event will start with a basic assessment of the status of the digital revolution in today’s classrooms and schools, and of the internet itself, exploring how it affects learning and teaching. Panelists will then focus specifically on how designers can create relevant physical environments that best respond to these imperatives. Aware on one hand of the paradox of creating spaces to harness tools that are both ubiquitous and invisible, as well as the market driven imperatives of the technology industry, we will explore how designers, educators, users, and technologists can cooperate to create better learning environments for tomorrow.
Adena Dershowitz, Director of Digital Learning, Lycée Français de New York
Jeff Pfaffmann, Associate Professor, Computer Science, Lafayette College
Adam Rogers, Emerging Technology Services Librarian, North Carolina State University
Filippo Vanni, Student, The Beacon School
Susan Wells, Founder, TechTerra Education, Durham, NC
Alex O’Briant, Associate Partner, Ennead Architects
Daniel Heuberger, AIA, Principal, Dattner Architects