Technology in transforming education

The Opening keynote address
  • Alexei L. Semenov
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 35)


This paper addresses the relationship between societal needs and ICT. In particular it identifies how society now has different goals and needs because of the new technologies. These include a recognition of the change in mathematics and the language of reason; thus discrete processes, such as approximation, will be more important than arithmetic. And yet change can be threatening for teachers, even those who are innovative. It will be important that the best of new technologies are harnessed for Information Processing by learners. But also new curriculum projects such as building an address book, should be devised for learning about information and information handling. A model for change is proposed based on co-operation, which builds on willing teachers, who are paired with a technology teacher for certain lessons. Help from the Internet and links with traditional educational ideas, such as the role of the teacher, should lay the foundation for open-ended change.

Key words

Societal needs mathematics co-operative teaching information skills emerging technologies 


  1. Papert, S (1990) The Perestroika of epistemological politics. In A. McDougall and C. Dowling (eds.) Computers in education. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: North Holland.Google Scholar

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© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexei L. Semenov
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  1. 1.Institute of New TechnologiesMoscowRussia

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