Title: The discourse of a 'smart' technology: implications for educational practice

Authors: Charles Crook

Addresses: School of Education, Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

Abstract: The term 'smart' has become widely and sometimes carelessly employed in relation to contemporary design. However, in certain areas of cultural practice it also has acquired a more specialised and focussed meaning. One such area is education. The present paper explores the discourse of smart as it is emerging in relation to both educational technologies and educational spaces. The characteristics of smart learning tools and smart sites for learning with such tools are defined in terms of their capability for organising regulative interactions. However, it is argued that these artefacts and these spaces can not be fully productive unless they are enveloped by a framework of human intelligence and judgement. This locates the teacher has having an important, novel, and distinctive role in the management of smart education. The range of such responsibilities is illustrated and related to contemporary themes in the psychology of learning.

Keywords: smart technology; smart learning; educational technology; teacher roles; discourse; smart education; learning psychology.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSMARTTL.2016.078161

International Journal of Smart Technology and Learning, 2016 Vol.1 No.1, pp.4 - 20

Received: 23 Apr 2015
Accepted: 12 Jun 2015

Published online: 05 Aug 2016 *

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