The landscape for ICT in education has seen significant changes in the last year. Schools, Colleges and Universities are coming to terms with a very different economic, political and technological climate and environment.
Gone or reformed are the big state quangos, ring fenced funding, a harnessing technology strategy, research funding and the capacity and capability of local authority interventions has been significantly diminished.
The advances in technology, however, including bigger and faster broadband, cheaper and more sophisticated portable devices, more robust wireless networks and longer battery life has been welcomed by some teachers and lecturers as they believe it will help them engage and motivate learners in a variety of different learning environments. more >
There are about 9.7 million people, 16% of the entire UK population, aged 65 and over. This figure is set to rise by 2033 to about 16.4 million people, or 23% of the population. And for those interested in longer term predictions, it is projected that by 2083, one in three people in the UK will be over the age of 60.
These descriptions represent a significant number of people and although it is useful to use terms like 'ageing population' or even 'older people' to represent the shift in the demographic make-up of the UK (and indeed the wider world), it belies an incredibly diverse group. The over-55 population can describe a difference of up to 50 years' life experience between those in early older age and those in late old age; it can describe people in good health and poor health; those who are physically or socially isolated or those living with, or supported by families; those who are digitally connected, and those who are digitally excluded. more >