Learning the Unlearnable: Teaching the Unteachable

Technology in education shouldn't only be about changing methods of communicating knowledge - whether via an interactive whiteboard, a wireless netbook or a smartphone being illicitly used at the back of a class. It should also be about changing knowledge itself. Yet researchers, schools and policy-makers have tended to concentrate on how technology can enhance teaching without considering whether and how it should change the nature of what is taught. This lecture will draw on nearly three decades of research that has focused on technology and knowledge, and draw some conclusions for learning and teaching in the 21st century.