Re-Establishing the School in the Light of Information Technology

Re-Establishing the School in the Light of Information Technology

Süheyla Bozkurt
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1408-5.ch010
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The aim is to open the discussion of the concept of education and school that emerged as a result of the changes in information technologies and to provide insight into the future educational institutions. Firstly, the effects of changes in the world on educational institutions were discussed. The skills needed by the world were introduced and finally the 21st century Web 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, and 4.0 technologies, which are information sharing methods that enable data sharing over the internet. In the conclusion part, a school structure where principles such as personalized ways and methods of access to information, development of creativity, acquisition of necessary methods for reasoning, integration of information with systematic attitude is proposed. For the schools of the future, it has been concluded that the elements of education such as classrooms, technique, methods, tools, and materials, and the role of the teacher should be reconsidered, and the school should be designed in a way that individuals can establish their own knowledge sphere within the boundaries of the school buildings.
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Globalization, while forcing mankind to use the new production process resulting from the use of different energy sources, also led to create new patterns of behavior. With globalization, the structure of information and data needed in everyday life has also changed and instead of the traditional approach to education and training systems, multi-media education began to be created.

While macro-economic and sociological balance, the invention and spread of globalization is the basis of the invention to society, Alvin Toffler explained these changes in his third wave theory. Toffler described the first wave as agricultural society and the second as wave industrial society. Today, there is an information society that starts with the digital age. As a result of the breakage that constitutes the three waves, the human being spawned by the world has changed its qualities and human societies have begun to create common values. These values and the coexistence of different generation groups necessitate a serious paradigm shift. Education is one of the most important tools in creating strategies for establishing tomorrow. In this respect, there is a need for a serious paradigm shift in education. It is necessary to adopt an educational environment that use different information and communication technology tools and perceives the world as a school maybe even as a classroom, instead of a traditional education approach where it is necessary to be in the same room and therefore have special buildings for the occasion.

The idea of establishing “educational networks” that would enable everyone to transform every moment of life into a learning, sharing, understanding and experience was first discussed in Ivan Illich's “Deschooling Society” in the 1970s. Illich, who sees the knowledge taught in school only as a means of contributing to the state's remanufacturing process, expressed the idea that whoever wants to acquire any knowledge, he/she should acquire it from whoever he/she wants. These ideas, which were criticized in various ways by his contemporary colleagues and evaluated as utopia during their time, constitute the backbone of the changing paradigm in our age. Now, with the increasing use of the Internet today, people are transferring their knowledge, experience and even their skills to each other through social networking environments rather than schools. Globalization can be defined as a multi-faceted collection of functions with changes occurring with the emergence of new information technologies, or a group of concepts that deeply, more intensively and faster connect human lives, meaning “Shrinking space, shrinking time and disappearing borders” (Yurdabakan, 2002). Globalization is based on various energy sources, production processes that neutralize the old factory layout, a new family structure, a new institution that can be called an 'electronic home', and future school and institution structures different from traditional schools. The civilization that emerges through globalization determines new patterns of behavior; it removes individuals from standardization, central units and management styles and from situations where energy, money and power is gathered in one hand. In addition, with the acceleration of the news flow, the structure of the information and data needed in everyday life has changed (Toffler, 2006).

Globalization obliges countries to come together in the field of education as well as in the field of economics, to benefit from each other's experiences and to produce joint projects. The form of society of the future will be shaped according to the type of people that education systems will cultivate. Countries are trying to adapt their education systems to the process of globalization and provide education in accordance with the universal values of the globalized world. In the 21st century, education was seen as the most effective tool of development and it was accepted that the most valuable investment was the investment made in human resources (Celik, 2007).

Key Terms in this Chapter

social networking sites: Social interaction sites are technologies that enable users to communicate with each other in online social communities.

Weblogs: Blogs are a type of website used by computer users to provide personal input to other internet users.

RSS Feeds: An innovation that comes with Web 2.0, but it is a technology used to keep track of updates on websites easier.

Globalization: A multifaceted group of functions that involve changes that occur with the emergence of new information technologies, or a collection of concepts that connect human lives more deeply, more intensively and faster, which means “shrinking space, shrinking time and disappearing boundaries.”

21st Century Skills: These are needed skills in the 21st century due to social, economic, political and technological developments. These skills can be categorized as communication and collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation leadership and responsibility, productivity and accountability, social and cross-cultural skills, media literacy, information literacy and technological literacy.

Information: All the means that allow the dissemination of information and news in a particular area and in a particular community. A set of structured data.

Wiki: Wikis are environments where users can edit and publish information on specific topics as a result of collaborative work.

Podcast Services: Podcast services are a type of broadcast based on the principle that video or audio is shared over the Internet for any compatible device.

File Sharing Services: Web services that allow files in various formats to be shared under predefined categories.

World Wide Web (Web): An information sharing method that enables data sharing over the internet.

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