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'Skeptical, critical, wise': preparing students for the digital world

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07.04.2019

In his book, On Us, Mark Scott, the secretary of the NSW Education Department, reflects on how we rushed to embrace technology without understanding its cost. In this extract, he considers how schools can help future generations avoid this mistake.

Given our dismal performance predicting how all this would play out, what chance do we have of preparing all those young people to live in a digital world that will change even more quickly and dramatically?

Cover of Mark Scott's book, On us.

As we have constantly seen, progress is hardly predictable and linear. And these technologies: it is how they layer on each other and reinforce each other that has made them truly remarkable. Mobile technology and social distribution. Location tracking and algorithmic targeting. Another dozen years for Moore’s Law to make everything ever more smaller, faster........

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